Fishermans Glossary

Here you will find a brief history and information about all of the products we make on this site, as well as a few other items, people and locations that we think you should know about.


Bamboo Fly Rod

A bamboo fly rod or a split cane rod is a fly fishing rod that   is made from bamboo, also referred to as cane. With more than 1,000 different bamboo species and nearly a hundred different kinds. Although Tonkin is the species most commonly used for fishing purposes, due to its high density of power fibres.

Bamboo fishing rods produce a smooth, fluid back cast which   provides its own ‘dampening’ effect at the end of the back cast; the   forward cast accelerates the line throw through the air with the same   ‘dampening’ effect at the beginning of the cast and then, again, at the   end of the cast as the caster lays the line out over the target water —   so smooth, so precise in its placement.

If you would like to order your own fishing bamboo fly rod then please contacts Rawson& Perrin with your requirements.


Fishing Floats

The history of the fishing float goes back a long way. Even as early as 2500BC cork was used as a float for fisherman. Of course these floats would bare little resemblance to what we’re used to today.

It wasn’t until the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries that fishing floats took on the shapes and sizes that we see now. This era was also when anglers used floats in the same ways that we do.

The materials used to craft floats have evolved a lot through the centuries. From the early cork floats, glass floats that the Japanese used to keep their nets afloat to balsa and eventually the plastic ones that are now commonplace on the bank.

In fact cork is one material that has lasted through the ages and is often still used in the present day.


Fishing Priest

A priest is a tool, often resembling a blunt weapon, used for   quickly dispatching fish.

Priests usually come in the form of a heavy metal   head attached to a metal or wooden stick.

The name ‘Priest’ comes from   the notion of administering the ‘last rites’ to the fish. Anglers often use priests to quickly kill fish.

If you would like to order your own fishing Priest then please contact Rawson& Perrin with your requirements.


Trout Scoop

A trout net, also called a trout scoop, is usually a net or mesh   basket held open by a wooden hoop. It may or may not be on the end of a handle.

It assists a wading fisherman in landing his quarry, most often this will be a Trout although other fish are common.

The small design of these nets allows the angler to cast and wade unhindered with the scoop easily accessible on the fisherman’s back.

The wooden hoop is usually constructed out of thin strips of wood laminated together and is crafted to be perfectly in keeping with the traditional looks of bamboo fly rods.


Fly Fishing

Modern fly fishing is usually said to have originated on the fast, rocky rivers of Scotland and northern England. Throughout the 19th Century fly fishing was constantly developing and new techniques such as using dry flies were invented in order to catch fish in streams and rivers choked up with weed where using a nymph was impossible.

There are hundreds of casting and fishing techniques associated with fly across the world and often changing from one stream to another will result in a change of technique.

Although fly fishing tackle has been modernised with the introduction of carbon rods, many anglers still use the more traditional split cane rods. The prestige and tradition of fly fishing lends itself perfectly to the increasingly elegant bamboo rods.


Izaak Walton

Walton was responsible for writing The Compleat Angler, a book that despite being centuries old is still held dear by many a traditionalist angler.

It was first published in 1653 but it was continually added to for quarter of a century. Although a little ‘old fashioned’ in his descriptions of fish. Many of the techniques described in the book still catch fish today.

He talks about using cork floats to out-wit fish due to the superior presentation that a fishing float offers.

It is said to be good luck to visit Izaak’s grave in Winchester Cathedral, many anglers make the pilgrimage to Hampshire.

Adam Rawson
Dad, husband, maker of split cane fishing rods and lover of the great outdoors.

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