FFAC Sponsor Showcase: Missamo Tirocchi of T-Rods
We are very excited to show case to all you anglers "T-Rods – Hand Planed Bamboo Rods by Massimo Tirocchi". Massimo Tirocchi a sponsor of Fishing For A Cause.
T-Rods has made a custom "Fishing For A Cause" Bamboo Rod in which we will featured on the FFAC website and will be able for purchase in the near future. (see photos below)
Massimo Tirocchi was born in 1970. He works fishes and lives in a beautiful Italian region called Abruzzi.
He has been working with wood since an early age and has been fly fishing for 23 years. In the beginning of 2000, he built his first bamboo rod and from then he has been in love with this wonderful passion. Massimo Tirocchi is also a member of the Italian Bamboo Rodmakers Association.
Moreover, as an artist in spirit, he also likes to incorporate his ideas into his creations.
Here is his philosophy:
"Each Bamboo culm is unique. That means to me that each Bamboo culm has his soul. Making bamboo rods what I do is to free that soul from the superfluous material. It's a way to work inspired by sculpture art, the one that proceeds "by way of removing". Each single step is hand-made, without haste, without machines that, with cold and asectic execution, rape the culm's soul. The result is fly fishing rods that are unique as hand-made suits tailored to you".
Massimo tells us that "...each one of the rods is created in order to manage the trade-off between the followings aspects:
• total weight of the rod and its distribution; • rod action; • balance point of the rod"
Massimo carefully design his own taper according to his specifications and taste which is tip action rods with progressive action, a typical combination excellent for the TLT casting method developed by Roberto Pragliola.
Rod making By Passion – Living the Bamboo New Age
“Many times, speaking with Fly Fishermen, I realize that they still consider bamboo rods just like wonderful objects of the past. This idea is probably due to the new fly fishing approach that needs rod with features very difficult to find in the “classic” bamboo rods. I think in example to the lightness, to the progressive action and to the durability of rod. T-Rods design approach has been inspired by these requirements, and with the support of International Casting Masters we develop our own tapers with the goal of carry out Bamboo rods that are not only aesthetically admirable objects, but effective and modern fly fishing tools. This approach allows us to offer to the exacting Fly Fishermen, rods able to join modern features to the historical bamboo verve. The result is fly fishing rods that are unique as hand-made suits tailored to you”.
Taper Design – Managing a trade off
The rod tapers are created in order to manage the trade-off between the followings aspects:
• Total weight of the rod and its distribution • Rod action • Balance point of the rod
Each single step is hand-made, without haste, without machines that, with cold and ascetic execution, rape the culm’s soul. We use only high quality Bamboo Arundinaria Amabilis (Pseudosasa amabilis) and first quality components (Bellinger reel seats, CSE ferrules, Snake Brand snake guides and agates, cork and silk). Each rod is hollow build and it can be shipped with one or two tips (twin tips). We offer tapers from 6’ to 7’6’’ in two or three pieces for lines #2, 3, and 4(WF and DT).
Via Luigi Rizzo, 19
67051 Avezzano (AQ), Italy
Phone: + 39 360 253659
Additional Related Articles about Bamboo Rods:
Why Bamboo? http://www.goabra.org/Why bamboo.htm
Bamboo Rod Care - http://www.goabra.org/Rod Care.htm
Wear and Tear - http://www.goabra.org/bw.pdf
Split Bamboo Fly Rods Too Slow, Too Soft, Too Fragile. Don’t You Believe It! - http://www.goabra.org/splt bamboo.htm
T-Rods Feature - http://www.upon-bamboo-fly-fishing-rods-and-reels.com/makers-of-bamboo-fly-rods-massimo-tirocchi.html Note from the editor: I recently ordered a custom 7" 3" dry fly bamboo fly rod from Massimo. My rod features black only threads, light stain and a custom black rod handle that suits my personality well....traditional with a modern flare! See photos below:
By Sherri Russell