I was about eight or nine when I was given my first rod - a nine-foot split cane
one with a small brass reel.
While I would vigorously enter the water and make my way downstream, he would patiently assemble his split cane
rod in anticipation of the first adult mayflies of the evening.
When split cane
rods were overtaken by glass fibre rods and then rods of carbon fibre, the close relation with a rod seemed to disappear.
George reels, the Artisan Sintrix fly rods and the Gladstone and Moran split cane
fly fishing rods.
In addition to tackle and books for sale, there are also a number of contemporary reel and rod makers represented at the fair including The Mill Tackle Company, run by former Youngs Production Manager Garry Mills of Redditch, Paul Cook of the Art of Angling - a renowned rod maker and restorer - and the Andrew Davis Rod Company run by split cane
enthusiast Andrew Davis of Long Eaton.
But my favourite idea of this season is festive place settings, made with cinnamon sticks, with nuts or small cones stuck to them so they stand upright to take florist card holders or split cane
to wedge the name in.
The Work of Tribal Hands: Southeastern Split Cane
The materials to repair a split cane
seat cost between $25 and $30, and the project takes about six hours of work to complete.
In the middle of the row of shops shown used to be a fishing-tackle shop from which I bought a set of Richard Walker Avon split cane
rods, Mark IV, made by B James & Son of London.
Mr Stephenson said: 'Special presentation and Tournament split cane
rods and a variety of other rods and reels will be sold, plus a quantity of black and white original pictures, some depicting the making of a BBC black and white film.
It includes alabaster lace fossil stone, split cane
and crushed bamboo.
Traditional materials such as wood, metal, and glass are being mixed with exotic materials like bark, twigs, fossil stone, split cane
, crushed bamboo, and coconut shell.