AuSable Essays...



Check here often for stories, quips, and philosophizing about life on the Au Sable, in the rod shop, and Northern Michigan in general...




March 21, 2024






What Spring Looks like Now...








What We hope it Looks Like in a Few Weeks...




Spring is but a dream...


It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since I did an update here. Oh yeah, I promised myself I'd do better and, well I didn't. Like a lot of people, I hate paperwork and my distaste extends to electronic devices and that includes updating the website. I probably wouldn't be doing it today either except I've had the whole day goofed up by having to be here and there at certain times, which isn't leaving much room for getting into anything too involved. Besides, it's positively crappy outside and this chore has been nagging at me, especially since spring is coming and client visits to the shop increase dramatically. It's only right that I give them an idea of what's in stock to take out and play with.

Well, we really didn't have much of a winter and it was a nice, balmy 70 degrees a couple weeks ago. Yesterday the wind blew at 40 mph, it was in the teens, and the snow came down all day sideways. It sure makes you think spring is but a dream no matter what the calendar says. But enough griping. That's just the way it is in Northern Michigan this time of year. At least the early gradual warm up seems to have mitigated our usual season of mud. In fact, our fire danger has remained rather high for the past month.

The shop has been busy all winter and it's been a struggle to get inventory built while filling current orders. But seriously, making rods is what I do, and well, if I didn't do that I would no doubt find some seriously destructive behavior to engage in like downhill skiing or golf. Keeping busy in my case is a very good thing.

I would like to thank all who recently came by our booth at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Warren, MI on March 9th and 10th. It was a great turnout and a pleasant weekend catching up with old friends and making new ones. Mary and I were able to debut our newest 6' 9" 4 weight parabolic which for lack of a better name I will call the Para 12. It received a very positive reception from those that cast it and will surely be a popular addition to our lineup. Please stop by the shop and give this new offering a fling.

At present, we have a few rods in inventory. Not a lot, and the selection is kind of narrow, but if you stop by the shop and rod room, we can still put a couple nice rods in your hands for you to cast, evaluate, and decide if bamboo is for you. Turnaround time for an ordered rod right now is about three to four months, but I'm working hard to get rods into client's hands as quickly as possible without compromising quality of the build one iota....which will never happen. We can also talk to you about ordering a blank as well. Our blank program has proved very popular with those that want to create their own expression without the cost associated with tooling up to make split cane rods. Two tip, two piece blank sets are currently priced at $395.00, so for around $500 you can have a rod finished by your own hand. Turnaround time on blank sets are about 6 to 8 weeks depending on what's on the schedule. We will gladly give you advice through the building process. Whether you're new to bamboo or an old hand at it, we'd love to have you come by for a visit. We are open by appointment at present and are here most of the time.

We love the company. Easy directions can always be found on the "Contact Us" page. Just give us a call!



Until next time, have a great and productive spring, and keep the waders wet on the outside...


John (and Mary) Niemann

The Razing Kane Rod Company


940 Sumac Trail, PO Box 32


989-344-8320





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