What Our Bamboo Rod Clients Say About PJ's
Mark "Pops" Miller
'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.'
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 competitive fly-fishing roots and moves me to slow down and embrace the history and tradition of the sport.'
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.