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The Ol' Bamboo - Fluff Chuckin' with Ray Eichelberger and Lowell King
There were two events that caused the demise of the golden age in the early 1950's. The president of the United States at that time, Harry Truman, placed an embargo on Chinese goods which virtually ended the import of bamboo. Another event that caused the end of the golden age was that of the Shakespeare Company releasing the "Wonder Rod", which was made of fiberglass. Between these two events, bamboo fly rods almost became extinct. There were two companies who continued to build bamboo fly rods after fiberglass took the fishing rod business by storm, Orvis and Winston...but only as a sideline. Fortunately bamboo fly rods didn't disappear totally from the scene. This should be looked at as a tribute to the material itself for standing the test of time against many odds. Fly rods made of bamboo are still sought by fly fishers, as well as collectors alike.
found and trained some local housewives on the assembly of the bodies used in making the flies. These ladies worked out of their own homes, which made this business endeavor a real "cottage industry." A few years later, the business was flourishing so much that a couple more housewives needed to be employed to meet the demands of a busy business.