Quad Bamboo Fly Rods



Quad rods are four-strip rods made of four 90-degree-angle strips with more of the valuable outer culm power fibers. While more fishermen are discovering the benefits of quad rods in recent years, this is a design that actually goes back to the 1800s. The design was originated by Hiram Leonard, then popularized by W. E. Edwards in the 1940s.

These rods are much more difficult to make than Hexagon rods. With fewer rodmakers producing them, there are not as many quads in the hands of fishermen. However, quads are an excellent choice for the serious angler because they can be very accurate fishing instruments.

Quads are made from wider strips than Hexagon rods, so they can cast straighter than their Hexagon rod counterparts. Another advantage of a Quad is the dimensions of the rod. It has more power fibers in the section versus the Hexagon rod, so the Quad would be smaller in diameter casting an equal line weight of the Hexagon rod.

Tapers: There are many Edwards quad tapers available, too many to list, but one of my favorite trout tapers is the Sam Carlson 7 1/2′ 5-wt. It is medium action progressive and delicate tip. This rod is smooth and sweet, also one of my favorite tapers.
There are many Edwards quad tapers available, I have lengths of 6 ft 7-foot, 7-1/2 foot, 8-foot, 8-1/2 foot, 9 ft, and 9 ft 3 inch Salmon .

8′ 3PC QUAD TAPER OFF OF AN ORIGINAL EDWARDS ROD. I WOULD SAY IT IS MEDIUM FAST ROD WITH A LIGHT TIP. PLENTY OF BACK BONE TO THE ROD. CAST A 5WT. FORWARD LINE.

1. My taper – 7 1/2 5-wt., compound taper. It has a similar bend form to a Martha Marie Young rod and is quite powerful.

2. Sam Carlson 7 1/2′ 5-wt. Medium action progressive, delicate tip. This is a smooth and sweet relaxed taper, also easy to cast. Sam knew what he was doing! This is one of my favorite square quad tapers.

3. Three-piece, 8-foot, 5-wt, medium action. This taper is taken from a Dickerson 801510. It’s a nice medium action rod.

4. 7′ Edwards quad. Model 25. Casts a 4 DT.

5. 6′ 2pc. 4-wt. quad cast nice and far for a little rod .

6. 7′ 2pc 3-wt.

7- 7’6″ 3 dt S. A. Gpx or 4wt. Forward Hollow sq. Quad made for small waters, small flies, and small to medium fish. It has a nice lt. feel, with a progressive taper.

8- 7 ‘ sq. Quad Hollow built 3wt rod for small flies and semi-small fish.

9- 8′ 4wt Hollow 4wt Quad nice light line rod.

10- 9’ 3pc . fast 7wt, throws tight loops 70ft plus. large trout western rivers or Lt. steel head rod or bass rod.

11- 8 ‘ 5 wt. Hollow Quad, nice light line rod.

12 – 8 ‘ 3″ 5wt Hollow Quad rod. Nice longer length rod for mending line.

13 – 8 Edwards 3 pc off a Special gray rod. It is a 5dt or 6wt forward line rod and is powerful. It is a nice larger water rod that can handle wind.
14 – 9’ 3″ 2 pc 10 wt line Salmon or Steel-head rod, my taper.








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