Bespoke Custom Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods by Chris Clemes

We have these stunning bamboo rods and reels available in-store for casting and demo purposes. We can arrange to have a member of Chris Clemes staff to meet with customers at Farlows to discuss commisions in detail. Please contact the Farlows store for more details on 0207 4841000.

Chris Clemes bamboo fly rods are our most exclusive numbers and the flagships of our workshops. A perfect balance of form and function they are the epitome of the rod makers craft.

Whether custom finishing one of our celebrated bamboo fly rods or commissioning a bespoke build from the start we promise to deliver expert guidance and an exceptional fly rod that will not only serve your own current fishing requirements but those of generations to come. Each fly rod is unique, and the result of cooperation between the customer and our workshop in order to meet your exact requirements.

Harmony (2 piece, 1 tip fly rods) - from £1,150

A range of classic 2 piece one 1 tip split cane fly rods finished to the same high standards and quality as our Symphony bespoke range. Each cane rod is hand split, planed and straightened and made from the very finest Tonkin cane. The range includes a limited stock of our most popular and celebrated rod blanks, ranging from small dry fly or nymphing tools for fishing overgrown and tunnel conditions to larger rivers and streamer fishing. From £1150 which includes all the options below.

Included with our Harmony range:

  • Rod length, weight and taper: Choose any available rod blank at our workshops
  • Configuration: 2 piece, 1 tip section bamboo fly rods
  • Finish: Varnished finish as standard, impregnated by request additonal £100.
  • Reel seat hardware: Premium Nickel Silver
  • Reel seat style: Downlocking sliding band
  • Wooden spacer: English walnut
  • Grip style: Flor grade Cigar or Reverse Half Wells
  • Fittings: Black Nickel snake guides, winding check and hook keep
  • Stripping guides: Traditional Red Agate and Black Nickel
  • Wrappings: Maroon with 3 coats of varnish
  • Built from the finest hand selected Tonkin Bamboo
  • Each rod is split, planed and straightened by hand
  • Powder coated aluminium rod tube as standard
  • Waiting period 2 - 8 weeks depending on availability at our workshops

Available Rod Blanks

1. The 6 ft No 3
2. The 6 ft No 4
3. The 6 ft 6ins No 3
4. The 6 ft 6ins No 4
5. The 7ft No 3
6. The 7tf No 4
7. The 7ft No 5
8. The 7ft 6ins No 5
9. The 8ft No 5
10. The 8ft No 6

Symphony (custom 2 piece, 2 tip fly rods) from £1,500

A range of custom built 2 piece, 2 tip bamboo fly rods, each Symphony fly rod is split, planed and straightened by hand and is made to your chosen length, weight and action. Commissioning a new bamboo fly rod allows you to build a bespoke rod to suit your ideal requirements. Choose from a wide variety of finishes and hardware choices which are included with each order. Each order is undertaken by consultation with our workshops. From £1500 including all of the options below.

(A 50% non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of order, the balance to be paid prior to shipping. International shipping will be quoted at time of order)

Included with our Symphony rods:

  • Rod length: Any length by consultation
  • Rod weight: Any weight by consultation
  • Taper: Any taper by consultation
  • Configuration: 2 piece, 2 tip section bamboo fly rod
  •  Finish: Choice of impregnated or varnished rod blank
  • Reel seat hardware: Black Nickel or Nickel Silver
  •  Reel seat style: Down-locking or sliding band
  • Wooden spacer: English walnut
  • Grip style: Cigar or Reverse Half Wells
  • Fittings: Black Nickel snake guides, winding check and hook keep
  • Stripping guide: Red Agate and Black Nickel
  • Wrappings: Maroon with 3 coats of varnish and black tipping
  • Rod tube: Black powder coated aluminium
  • Built from the finest hand selected Tonkin cane
  • Split, planed and straightened by hand
  • Waiting period: 2-4 months

By special request: (additional costs may apply):

  • 1, 3 or more pieces
  • Configuration: Quad or Pent
  • Custom inscription on rod blank
  • Hollow build
  • Flamed finish
  • Engraved reel seat

Hallmarks of a Chris Clemes Bamboo Rod:

  • Built from the finest hand selected Tonkin Bamboo
  • Each rod is split, planed and straightened by hand
  • Our reel seats are turned from Solid Nickel Silver
  • Exhibition grade Turkish walnut spacers & hosels
  • Traditional agate and black nickel stripping guides
  • Custom made leather rod tubes as standard
  • Flor grade cork handles
  • Choice of either polished, varnished or impregnated finish

The Chris Clemes finishing service allows you to personalize one of our existing bamboo fly rods. Our range includes a limited stock of our most popular and celebrated blanks, ranging from small dry fly or nymphing tools for fishing overgrown and tunnel conditions to larger rivers and streamer fishing.

Our custom service allows you to select the following finishes for each rod –

  • Refine, either Varnished or Impregnated
  • Choice of premium flor grade grip in either cigar, half or full wells.
  • Choice of reel seat either up-locking or slioding band in Black Nickel or Silver Nickel
  • Chosen inscription on the rod - £60
  • Engraving of initials or family crest on the Nickel Silver reel seat - £60
  • Custom leather rod tube £260 - £360 depending on the size
  • Embossing on the custom leather rod tube
  • Custom built display or travel case - by consultation

Gentlemans Fly Fishing Kit from £2000

The Chris Clemes Gentlemans Kit is the ultimate must have flyfishermans gift.

Each fly fishing kit is custom made at our workshops in England and includes a choice of either an available Harmony or one of our bespoke Symphony split cane fly rods presented in a beautifully made custom wooden presentation case. Optional extras include a choice of a matching Maestro No278 fly reel, silk fly line, a custom leather fly rod tube and an engraved brass plaque.

Each order is unique and built by consultation. Prices start from £2,000.

Included with each kit:

A Harmony Fly Rod (Symphony by request)

  • Rod length, weight and taper: Choose any available rod blank at our workshops
  • Configuration: 2 piece, 1 tip section bamboo fly rods
  • Finish: Varnished finish as standard, impregnated by request additonal £100.
  • Reel seat hardware: Premium Nickel Silver
  • Reel seat style: Downlocking sliding band
  • Wooden spacer: English walnut
  • Grip style: Flor grade Cigar or Reverse Half Wells
  • Fittings: Black Nickel snake guides, winding check and hook keep
  • Stripping guides: Traditional Red Agate and Black Nickel
  • Wrappings: Maroon with 3 coats of varnish
  • Built from the finest hand selected Tonkin Bamboo
  • Each rod is split, planed and straightened by hand
  • Powder coated aluminium rod tube as standard
  • Waiting period 2 - 8 weeks depending on availability at our workshops

A matching Silk Fly Line

  • Finest hand braided and tapered Silk Fly line
  • Made from the highest quality Japanese silk thread
  • Traditionally oil impregnated to ensure a long lifespan (3 x longer than a plastic line)
  • Guranteed suppleness with no need to prepare the line other than by greasing.
  • Available in DT and WF varients and in Straw, Emerald and Coffee colours
  • Find out more about Silk Fly lines

A wooden Presentation Case

  • Individually made lined case to fit each fly rod
  • Engraved brass plate

Optional Extras

Chris Clemes Gentlemans Kit Chris Clemes Gentlemans Kit

The No278 Reel £580

Chris Clemes fly reels are easily identifiable with their classic raised pillar faceplate design and sunken counter balance. Each reels components are painstakingly turned at our workshop in Redditch from a variety of solid bar metals including aluminium, nickel silver and naval brass ensuring a better overall fit once assembled. Production of these fly reels is limited.

The reels feature tapered Ivorine handles, nickel silver gun screws and pillars with a gun metal anodized frame. The fly reels get their characteristic sound from our unique adjustable click and pawl drag, which provides a directional click, with the outgoing click louder than the incoming. The spools run on both ball race and phosphor bronze bearings for a smooth wind, and can be easily converted from left to right hand wind. Each reel is serial numbered and comes with the Chris Clemes inheritable warranty on workmanship.

The No278 fly reel measures 2 7/8” in diameter and is available in 3 models (00, 10 & 20) to match #1/2, #3/4 and #5/6 lines and can be easily converted to your choice of left or right hand wind. The models, in particular the 00, feature a shallow arbour to prevent line memory but with ample capacity for both silk and synthetic fly lines.

Hallmarks of our No278 Fly Reel

  • Turned from solid bar aluminium, nickel silver and naval brass.
  • The Gun screws, Pillars and bridge are constructed from solid Nickel Silver.
  • Tapered Ivorine handle.
  • Classic single action fly reel with a 2 7/8” diameter.
  • Custom leather case and reel sock as standard.
  • Adjustable click and pawl drag with a rim rension regulator
  • Easily converted from left to right hand wind.
  • Perforated rim on one side.
  • Spare spools available.
  • Production limited to batches of 20 of each model fly reel.
  • Available in 3 models to suit #1/2, #3/4 & #5/6 weight lines.

Custom wooden display cases are available  for an extra £100.

Custom finish your No278 Fly Reel:

  • Engraving on the sunken counter balance - £60
  • Conversion from left to right hand wind.
  • Embossing on leather reel case - £40
  • Custom wooden presentation reel case available as extra - £150
  • Matching double taper silk fly lines available as extra - by consultation

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