Graphene! Could a clear fly rod be in your future?

Graphene: A one atom thick bit of chicken wire.

Unless you’ve been out of touch and off on the Kvijak hooking giant Rainbows you’ve probably heard that the Nobel Prize for Physics went to some guys who discovered this stuff called Graphene.

Graphene is a one-atom-thick planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice.

Why do I think my readership, a bunch of misanthropic troglodytes, would be interested in some new fangled technology, like graphene?

Because I think that maybe this Graphene stuff could be layered up to make a more stealthy fly rod, – A CLEAR ONE!

Thats right a clear fly rod.

Pair that up with the new more stealthy clear fly lines and we are talking about the ultimate, spooky fish hunting tools. Don’t get me wrong I love bamboo and all that traditional stuff, but if I could have clear fly rod that preforms as well as an opaque one, sign me up!

There are certain circumstances where that would be a nice advantage.

So here is the message to the fly rod designers, take a page from Gary Loomis’s textbook and go stand out in the parking lot where these guys work and when they come out ask them how to layer this stuff up, glue it together and wrap it around a mandrel. That is a recipe for GOLD I tell you!