Home of Hexrod Cane Rod System

Hexrod is a system for designing split cane fly rods.

Hexrod uses the engineering stress analysis developed by Everett Garrison and described in his book, A Master's Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod, Everett Garrison and Hoagy B. Carmichael, first published in 1977. Wayne Cattanach implemented the analysis in the BASIC language and named it Hexrod, and this online version is started as a translation of Wayne's code into CGI/Perl by this author. I made it available beginning in 1997 on the personal webpage server at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Like many computer programs, Hexrod grew by "creeping featurism." Many cane enthusiasts submitted ideas for improvements and important information for inclusion. In particular, Claude Freaner worked out the stress formulas for penta and quad construction, which permitted conversion between rod geometries. See the documentation page for some details.

I've tried to make Hexrod simple to use; anyone who knows how to construct a split cane fly rod should be able to get the hang of it in a few minutes.
Frank Stetzer (fcstetzer at gmail.com)
Milwaukee Wisconsin USA
Bellingham, Washington USA
June 15, 2009