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Pentalux Bamboo Fly Rods


Welcome to Pentalux Bamboo. My name is Robert Smith, these bamboo fly rods are my obsession and I want to sincerely thank you for your interest. There is no other rod shape in the world like the Pentalux. An irregular polygon, this original design produces an improved strength to weight ratio to that of the traditional bamboo rod. Patent Pending design combines the attributes of the quad, penta and hex shapes to make a most unique and smooth casting fly rod. Please inquire about an opportunity to try one.

Current Models

Bamboo rod makers stand on the shoulders of the masters who have come before us and as such most of my rods are the direct influence of previous makers works, with the initial internal tapers from some of the most influential rods that I have had the pleasure to cast or fish. My trademarked Pentalux rods are all proprietary tapers as the Patent Pending design which has resulted in improved strength to weight ratios and an exceptionally smooth rod action have resulted in original tapers. Available models and designs continue to evolve - current rod designs:
--- - 5' 10" 2/3 wt brookie rod. 5102RS
--- - 6' 0" 3/4 wt designed for panfish. Full flexing. 604RS
--- - 6' 7" 3 wt midge rod 673RT - Initial tapers from F.E Thomas
--- - 7' 0" 3wt Latest prototype - 703RT
--- - 7' 0" 4wt 2.8 oz. medium fast 704RS & 704RT
--- - 7' 0" 5/6wt weighs 3 1/4 oz. smooth, powerful and accurate - based on a Sam Carlson taper 706CS
--- - 7' 3" 4 wt. Dry Fly rod weighs less than three ounces. Extremely fine tips - 734CS
--- - 7' 4" 4/5wt 3.1 oz. Standard trout rod developed on PA trout streams - personal taper - 744RS (originally the S4)
--- - 7' 6" 5wt 3 1/2 oz All around trout rod. 765RS Initial tapers from favorite Paul H. Young "Martha Marie"
--- - 8' 0" 6/7 Big water trout rod. 806CT - Crompton Taper - smooth, powerful and very responsive
--- - 8' 3" 4/5wt TP Travel rod 835TS - original taper
--- - 8' 4" 8wt Bonefish rod 848XT
--- - 8' 6" 8wt bass rod 868RT - very parabolic
All models are built with either the S or T design configuration - noted as the second letter in the model number. The S is used for many of the standard trout rods and offers a slightly deeper flexing rod action and a side bracing effect to the cast. The T shape offers the ultimate in strength to weight for the material. Please inquire for further details and information.



Builders preference is for flame banded bamboo that is final tempered in an oven. Dark flaming and traditional even tempering also available. Blued nickel silver hardware over either a cherry or mahogany oil finished reel seat.  Other seasonal woods are optionally available. Reel seat cap is die stamped with SMITH Pentalux logo and each section has the rods serial number cold stamped into the bamboo.  Vintage Brown silks and Nylon guide and ferrule wraps with kevlar tipping at the base of handle and male ferrules on all S series rods and yellow for the T series Other options available.
Standard models are without a hook keeper.  Highest quality cork handles - Pentalux rod shapes are determined by model with buyers preference standard.  Fine agate stripper guides are also standard with specific color choices optional. All rod models now use titanium recoil guides as standard with saltwater rods carrying Fuji titanium stripper guides.   Please inquire for more details.



"...smooth and accurate, a pleasant casting tool." -Paul Eberhart.

-- on the 765RS: "This is the smoothest 7 1/2 ft 5wt I've ever cast" -Tom Moran

--- on the 744RS: "Elegant, wonderful five sided small stream rod."

"A quick little rod. This rod does everything you would want a 4wt. to do."

"Quite flexible but with power. A rod I could fish small dries with all day but could cast an attractor or hopper."

"The rod just keeps working!"


Order Information

Price for all current two piece, two tip models with labeled sock and buffalo hide rod tube stamped with owners name (optional) rods corresponding Serial and Model Number $2250.00 or $1950.00 US with aluminum or black powder coated metal tube with stamped brass cap and nickel silver rod hardware. X series rods $2550.00 with buffalo hide tube and titanium guides. F series rods (field grade) also occasionally available for $1350.00 with metal tube. Wood Pentalux style cases can be custom made with an array of Ultrasuede color choices that can be matched to the rods tipping - please call for further details, options and specific pricing. $200.00 is required to place an order on any standard model rod with the balance due prior to rods shipment. Custom orders require a 50% deposit. For further inquires or questions regarding my rods please send an email or if you wish to place an order please call me directly at 201.790.3900 - I look forward to speaking with you about your rod.

Thank you for your interest in SMITH Pentalux bamboo fly rods.