'A short time ago I was fortunate to acquire a fine bamboo fly rod; envisioned, designed and crafted by Paul J. Dufour. By no means do I consider myself a bamboo rod “expert”, however during a quarter century as a fly tier, guide, and fly shop owner, I have managed to get my hands on many cane rods from classic makers the likes of Payne, Leonard, Morgan, to the other end of the spectrum; exemplified by post WWII imported junk, and everything in between.
During my approximate 20 year association with Paul, a couple of aspects of his personality have become obvious. First of all, he is passionate about all his undertakings. Next, his uncompromising attention to detail (bordering on obsession) has always been reflected in his widely diverse projects. These factors, coupled with a visionary sensibility, fine craftsman skill, and state-of-the-art tools and equipment, have combined to provide him with all necessary means to produce exceptional fly fishing instruments. Lastly, and most importantly, the partnership between Paul and his lovely wife Rosanna will, in my opinion, guarantee P.J.’s Fine Bamboo Rods all deserved success.
My 8 foot 3 weight not only allowed me to realize a decades old dream not only of owning a fine bamboo rod, but has also enabled me to return to those aspects which formed my obsession with fly fishing in the first place. I will defer to others more knowledgeable than myself to offer technical details, but this rod has re-instilled in me a passion for fly fishing that regrettable has waned in the past few years. Who could possibly ask for anything more than that.'
Mark "Pops" Miller
Client & Customer
I began fly fishing in the early 2000’s after buying property in the Pagosa Springs, CO area. Over the ensuing fifteen plus years I’ve acquired and used various rods from Orvis to Sage to TFO and numerous others. In 2018 I received my first bamboo rod custom made by PJ’s.
The appearance of the rod is like a piece of fine art worthy of being displayed in a case on a wall in your home - but don’t. It is crafted to be used in all locations and conditions which is exactly what I’ve done. From small mountain streams to rugged hard-to-get-to rivers to mountain lakes, it has served me beyond expectation.
Mine is an eight-foot, five weight, two-piece, two tip rod. The handle is Rattan wrapped with a Buckeye burl reel seat. The Ferrell’s are nickel silver super swiss and are wrapped in two colors of silk.
The most exciting aspect of this rod is the simplicity of the feel as it loads and unloads. With my other rods I often seemed unsure about the timing and feel of my cast, not being able to determine the stage which my line was in. Bamboo offers a better feel and a smoother action. It slows down my actions helping create a rhythm resulting in a more precise and easier presentation.
When you get your PJ’s bamboo rod you are getting a one-of-a-kind rod that no one else will have, a legacy piece to be handed down from father to son to grandson.
Fly Fishing Guide
'I feel confident with the efficiency of this rod! This rod has continually compelled me to pursue the art of dry fly fishing, and perfecting the technique of coaxing picky brown trout to slurping up my dry fly. I feel inspired to diversify away from my tendency of modern nymphing which is my go-to fishing technique. A bamboo rod of this caliber persuades me away from my completive fly-fishing roots and moves me to slow down and embrace the history and tradition of the sport.'
Steve - Custom Rod Customer
I met with Paul a couple of times before starting this build. I had some ideas for what I wanted. Fish a lot of high mountain streams. He listened carefully, offered ideas of his own, and sent me on my way to think about it for awhile. So I thought about it.
I wanted an 8' 3wt. with a Colorado theme. Left the interpretation of that up to him. Tippy with muscle to handle the occasional big fish I come across.
Since I am local he had me come to the shop to help shape the grip. Wonderful experience.
Only rod I have cast that required no adjustment on my part. Power to handle wind balanced with delicacy to present small dries with precision accuracy. Roll casts, bow and arrow, distance perfectly represented in a stunning package.
Impeccable craftsmanship with the flawless attention to detail I expected. Everything I wanted and more.
Paul made the agate stripping guide himself with an agate he found up on Wolf Creek pass in our backyard to honor my Colorado theme. Did I mention attention to detail?
Thanks to Paul and Rosanna for making this journey to my first bamboo rod so beautiful and smooth.
We always encourage our customers to contact us directly to assure we meet each of our customer's vision for their custom rod. We are often working in the shop, but will return all phone calls and emails as soon as we are able. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.