Sunday, August 26, 2007

Testing The LeoRod Number 3

LeoRod Number 3 Passed The Test With Flying Colours
This is the Month of the Hungry Ghost. I don’t normally fish because my grandma had always warned us to leave the dead and ghostly alone to celebrate their month of freedom in peace, without any disturbance from the living. I had kept that tradition until today. Because, I could only fish every fortnight and I couldn’t wait to test my new LeoRod.

Uncle Wong had advised me that the rod would take a 4 weight line. So I brought along my Hardy Bougle fly reel spooled with a 4 weight Sage Double Quiet Taper fly line. I tied on a heavier fly to see if the casting could turn it over. On the third cast, a huge Peacock Bass hit the fly hard, but spitted the fly before I could recover my senses to strike. The other reason was I didn’t dare to put too much sudden jerks on the new bamboo rod in case it broke. The rod casted nicely but needed a bit more line from the 4 weight fly line. It turn over the size 10 fly nicely when I have 20 feet of line in the air. I caught a 900 gram Peacock Bass with it. The LeoRod lived up to its maker, Uncle Wong’s expectations and was bend to the butt. Ady had a go at cast the rod too. I fixed Uncle Wong’s Bill Ballan Classic Reel spooled with a 5 weight Scientific Angler GPX fly line to test the rod. It was beautiful to cast. The rod shoot off the 30 feet of fly line effortlessly.
We will bring the rods to Lower Peirce Reservoir to have another test this afternoon with PH.

This Peacock Bass Had A Solid Take.














































Testing LeoRods At Lower Peirce

Testing LeoRods At Lower Peirce


















Sunday, August 12, 2007

Singapore LeoRod Number 3

My LeoRod
Uncle Wong was the only guy who caught a Peacock Bass this morning. The rest of us - CY, Ady and me – all got a big fat dinosaur egg as souvenir for our morning exercise. We really disappoint the valve technician who must had woken up rather early to open those valves. The water was at full force. Maybe next time we’ll have better luck. Especially when my LeoRod will be ready and I am going to de-flower it at the River.

Garrison 209 taper, 7 feet 6 inches with purple wrap. Tiger maple reel seat. Nickel silver ferrules. With the Uncle Wong's LeoRod Number 3 Signature Wrap. CY and I helped Uncle Wong with the vanish tube. Take a look at the pictures.

My LeoRod - Garrison 209 Taper.

The Birth Of The Singapore LeoRod Number One
These pictures were taken way back on 11th June 2006, when Uncle Wong still had some hair on his head. I was sworn to secrecy with a cleaver and a flame thrower to keep these pictures away from my blog until the project was completed. But being a man in intregrity, I simply refused to be threatened. Uncle Wong had no choice but to bribe me with a LeoRod. You guys will forgive me when you take a look at the beauty of the LeoRod and will understand why I could be bribed. When those boolonium poison creep in my innocent blood and made me corrupt, there is nothing I could do.......boo hoo hoo................so sinful and shameful. So these pictures remained in my computer until today, courtesy of Ady's request and Uncle Wong's permission and the near delivery of my bribe getting delivered, I proudly present The Historic Moments of The Splitting of the First Bamboo Fly Rod in Singapore.

The LeoRod Is Born.






As usual, Uncle Wong got the first first.


And it turned out that, it was the only fish caught this morning.


CY couldn't bear to part with my AJ Thramer, while Ady was giving him that "ranger lai liow" look "time to go" .




One more shot before I went for our morning coffee.




The noodle stall.


My LeoRod with beautiful purple wraps.


Garrison 209 taper.


Uncle Wong's signature wrap with 3 wraps for rod number 3.






Tiger maple wood for reel seat. Nickle silver cap and ring.


Red agate stripping guide.




Nicle silver ferrules.










PH's LeoRod. Number 2 of 2007.






CY trying to make an offer even before the rod was vanished. Muahahaha......


Uncle Wong thinking of how to squeeze in the signature wraps when he reach rod number 125.


The dust free drying cabinet.




Mixing marine spar vanish.




Drain vavle for the vanish tube.






Rubber gasket keep the air out of the vanishing tube.








Motor and pulley for the dipping.


Pulley and guides.




These pictures were taken way back on 11th June 2006, when Uncle Wong still had some hair on his head. I was sworn to secrecy with and clever and a flame thrower to keep these pictures away from my blog until the project was completed. I was a man in intregrity and refused to be threatened. But I was corrupted and was finally bribed with a LeoRod. So these pictures remained in my computer until today, courtesy of Ady's request and Uncle Wong's permission and the near delivery of my bribe getting delivered, I proudly present the Splitting of the First Bamboo Fly Rod in Singapore. The Birth of the LeoRod Number 1. Enjoy the photoes.














Uncle Wong lay the clever on the bamboo with his left hand while the midwife(CY) held on steadfastly. With a swing of the mallet in his right hand, the clever split the bamboo and the First Singapore Built Split Bamboo Rod, "The LeoRod" was born.

I was lucky to witness and capture History being made on this day, 11th June 2006.






























Kuan's split bamboo was also born on this day.














































Uncle Wong marking the spiral arrangements for the nodes.














































You guys thought I was joking when I said I was threantened, here is the proof, I nearly got slaughtered okay.






































And then nearly died when Uncle Wong fry me with this.
But when he bribed me with a LeoRod, I had to keep the pictures away until today.
Man of integrity right?
I kept my promise............muahahahahaha.