If you are planning a weekend fishing trip with your family, do not forget to take a bamboo cane pole with you. This traditional version of the modern fishing rod is still used by some people today who swear by its efficiency. It usually takes about 10 days to two weeks to complete, so plan to make it ahead of time. Use it when sitting at the waterfront by yourself or with your children while catching your evening meal.
Cut two or three 10- to 14-foot long bamboo sticks that have a 1 1/2-inch diameter with a machete. Make sure you cut the base carefully without damaging the tip. Strip the leaves off the bamboo sticks and place them in a wheelbarrow or tarp to discard.
Saw the base of each bamboo stick carefully, just under the lowest node or joint, to make it square and even. Take care not to damage the tip of the pole. If using a knife, cut carefully in a continuous circle, until you slice through the center. Sand the lower edge to make it smooth. Rub your hand across the entire stick and rub sandpaper over any sharp or uneven spots to smooth them out. Try to make it as smooth as possible.
Wind a length of cord or string around the tip of each bamboo cane and knot it. Extend the cord to a tree branch and knot it there securely, so the cane is vertically suspended with its base off the ground by a few inches. Let the bamboo hang from the tree for two to three weeks until it tans in color and dries up. This hanging process is essential so you have a straight bamboo cane and not a curved one. You can apply a coat or two of varnish to the cane if you like.
Take the bamboo cane down and whip it a few times to test its strength and agility. If it breaks, use another cane.
Wind fishing line around the base of the bamboo cane, at least 3 inches above the spot where you will hold it, and tie it there securely. Wrap electrical tape around the knot. Extend the line down the pole, wrapping electrical tape every 2 1/2 feet.
Wind 10 to 12 inches of fishing line an inch below the tip of the bamboo cane to rig it. Measure a length of line identical to the cane's length, and add a foot of overhang to it before cutting it with sharp scissors.