At Headwaters Bamboo Rod Company we build our rods based on proven historical tapers. A taper is a bamboo rod term that defines the rod length, optimal line weight, and rod flex action. Each of our tapers are named after a world class Oregon fly fishing river. Take a look at the images below to learn more about our six tapers.

Deschutes River ValleyDeschutes River



8’ 0” 6-wt; 4.7 oz; 2 Piece; Medium Flex Action

Design: Dickerson 8014

The Deschutes is a workhorse that will cast across the water and cut through the breeze—to land the fly just where you want it. This medium action taper gives good distance and is the fishing equivalent of high performance.

Pronunciation:  deh shoots

metolius_400Headwaters of the Metolius River  Metolius

7’ 6” 5-wt; 3.2 oz; 2 piece; Medium Flex Action

Design: Payne 101

The Metolius provides a balance between power and accuracy. This classic medium taper is well-designed and does not easily overload. It is a superb, versatile taper for varying fishing conditions. If you’re looking for one bamboo rod that does it all, the Metolius is a good choice.

Pronunciation:  meh toe lee us


rogue_400Rogue River Rogue

7’ 6” 5-wt; 3.6 oz; 2 piece; Medium Fast Flex Action

Design: Phillipson Peerless

The same medium-fast taper of the Breitenbush is engineered to 7’ 6” for the action and excitement in a larger rod for powerful long casts and accuracy. Whether working a large body of water or in tight quarters, the quick response of this rod will bring pleasure to any angler.

Pronunciation:  rohg


Breitenbush_400Breitenbush River Breitenbush

7’ 0” 4-wt; 2.9 oz; 2 piece; Medium Fast Flex Action

Design: Phillipson Peerless

Fly anglers who prefer a faster-action bamboo rod will be thrilled with the Breitenbush. This powerful, medium-fast taper is delightful to cast. Built for smaller streams and spring creeks, this taper is ideal for close-in action yet has excellent reach and achieves pinpoint accuracy.

Pronunciation:  bright n bush


Santiam River

7’ 0” 4-wt; 2.7 oz; 2 Piece; Medium Flex Action

Design: Garrison 201e

The Santiam fishes with a confident relaxed action inherent in fine bamboo rods. Its progressive medium action loads well as demand is place on it. This action works well for both close-in situations and moderate distance. Its easy loading, precise casting, and crisp, responsive action makes it a joy to fish.

Pronunciation:  san t am


grande ronde_400Grande Ronde River Grande Ronde

6’ 6” 3-wt; 2.3 oz; 2 Piece; Medium Flex Action

Design: Dickerson 6611

The Grande Ronde taper is exceptional for working small streams and spring creeks. The smooth, progressive action allows for more “feel” when fighting even small fish. This light, delicate taper is maneuverable for fly presentations to 40 feet.

Pronunciation: grand rond