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Re: Hardy "The Match Roach"

Post by Olly » Sat May 12, 2018 10:29 am

Having just looked at a picture on Amazon of Arundo donax, Giant Spanish Reed, growing in a pot I can see the resemblance to bamboo.

There are better pictures on https://www.poleyaco.za/product/also-av ... sh-reed/rd.

I also found this comment:-
""This is a tall architectural grass often confused with bamboo. This variety has broad green leaves and thick hollow trunk and would make an excellent back drop to any exotic garden. Known to be frost hardy.""

Could this be the 'tough lightweight bamboo'?

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Re: Hardy "The Match Roach"

Post by AllRounder » Sat May 12, 2018 11:06 am

Well done on yet another wonderful acquisition Mal. :Hat:
In response to the Spanish reed discussion interestingly having browsed through a few of the Hardy bottom fishing catalogues the Ideal Roach rods were listed as made from “whole bamboo specially selected for lightness” in the 1937 and 1939 catalogues and as “specially selected Spanish reed” in the later 1953 and 1955 catalogues. Were they actually the same thing?.
I have an Ideal Roach in the stained green standard finish and I’ve often wondered why this is the only rod in Hardys range that had a coloured finish. Perhaps they were trying to disguise the Spanish reed!

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