Bamboo Rods Inventory

4/11/16…..What’s up weather?!

We are having a fantastic fishing year!  Hope you can come up and experience it!

The creeks are all in great shape….low for this time of year….but perfect for fishing!

HATCHES:  Blue Wing Olives, small tan caddis, Hendricksons, quill Gordons, blue quills, crane flies and midges. We have had rising fish almost every day, even in the colder weather. The nymphing has been bonkers!

We are waiting on the arrival of the Grannom Caddis any day now…..!
I would like to take a minute to thank Mitch, Matt and Aston for all their help!  If you ever want to experience what Central PA has to off with an true expert…..these guides are INCREDIBLE!!

Don’t believe me?…..if you get skunked…..we will take you again for FREE!!
Here’s David….went out with Mitch and caught a pile of fish with a bamboo rod created by LJ Downes that he was trying out…..great job guys!

New Cane and Rodmaker News

Latest bamboo news


He won’t be buying anymore rods now!

Posted February 21, 2013

A rod for every occasion

This year in the world of cane rods has been all about, “Do you think we could ______?”
4 pc 7’6″ 4wts and 3 pc 10’6″ 7 wts and faster than ever and More semi parabolic? I don’t know if it’s been all fun and games for Jim Downes but it sure has been fun for me watching the smoke pouring out of his ears!

Posted February 20, 2013

Downsie’s New Cane

Downsie's new bamboo rod

So our buddy Downsie at has a new rod for 2012: a 7′-0″ 3/2 4 weight, with Thomas-like wraps in red tipped black with full intermediates, complete with an Arne Mason leather tube for $1895. All Downsie’s rods are flamed to a medium brown and fitted with nickel-silver reel seat hardware and ferrules (blued hardware is no extra charge). Rods are guaranteed against defects in workmanship for life and carry an unconditional guarantee for one year from the purchase date.

Posted August 5, 2012

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Meet Our Makers

Laying down on the job!

Is the rod you ordered seem late? Jim has been wrestling with a few things!!!
Please file all complaints with Jim directly at our EXTRAVAGANZA March 16th. 9-5.


Jim Downes

Jim Downes, of the LJ Downes rod company, has been building bamboo fly rods professionally for more than 15 years. The enthusiasm and dedication to the art of cane rod making is reflected in the exacting fly rods he crafts. Culms of bamboo used in the L J Downes rod shop were hand selected in China over two decades ago. His tapers are proprietary, based on but not copied from Heddon’s high-end fly rods. Attention to detail and outstanding workmanship are the hallmarks of an L J Downes bamboo fly rod. Not only are these rods pleasing to the eye, they are made to be fished!
Jim is slightly less pleasing to the eye however….