A Rod Named Didima
Sometimes you need to share with others who will understand the things that get you excited. A week or so ago Stephen Boshoff, bamboo rod maker and innovative craftsman extraordinaire, called me and said he was sending me one of his rods to use and give him feedback.
I had in fact seen the rod before and said then that when I grow up I would like to commission him to build me one. Alas, my wife the exchequer would have to agree to release the appropriate funds. I, of course, consider it appropriate, but if it’s the truth you are after, she and I can’t always reach consensus on what is a priority and what is not!
It’s not everyone’s idea of a small stream rod, but it grabs me – it is blonde, only 5ft, has a palm grip, invisible bindings and is designed for a 3wt line. In my eyes, and for those tiny mountain streams in well-hidden secret places I have discovered and have yet to discover, it is exquisite.
Stephen named the rod after a Lilliputian stream we have fished together, the Didima that flows through a deep, wild, unspoiled gorge high in the mountains. It captures the pristine character and soul of that little crystalline stream that threads and picks its way among the ancient water-worn boulders, over pebbled runs and beneath over-hanging vegetation – a place of cherished memories, of trout and friendship.
Guest blog by Peter Brigg