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I have seen a lot of figures in this list concerning stagger. What does 2x2, 3x3  mean? I know, I could research this in the archives but, really, who has time to sift through all of the threads that say "hey good idea guy" and all of the other nonsense. I could find it on my own but the traffic on the list has been slow, so I thought I would get it going again.  (Shawn Hawkins)

    The information you seek is here:

    Global Fly Fisher, Rod Building - From Graphic to Split Bamboo.  (Harry Boyd)

    Unless you're talking about quads, 2x2 should be 2x2x2.   The numbers denoting a stagger are the numbers of nodes that coincide at any one location on the rod.

    In a 2x2x2 stagger, each node has a node at the same location on the strip directly opposite it in a 6-strip rod.   In a 3x3 stagger, every other strip has a node at the same location, so the nodes in strips 1, 3, and 5 are all at the same location, as are the nodes in strips 2, 4, and 6.  Other options for staggering nodes are spiral and the Garrison staggers, both variants of a 1x1x1x1x1x1 stagger.  In the spiral stagger (actually it's helical) the location of the nodes trace a helix around the rod.  In the Garrison stagger, the nodes in strips 1, 3, and 5 are arranged in a helix in one direction, while the nodes in strips 2, 4, and 6 are arranged in a helix in the opposite direction.  These have the advantage that at any location where a node is located there are 5 strips without nodes to reinforce the node, but are generally more difficult to get straight.  Other options for staggering nodes are random (usually, but not always, the hallmark of an inferior rod) and 6 (all nodes at the same place - rarely used except by curmudgeons wanting to make a point).

    For 8-strip, 5-strip, 4-strip, and 2-strip rods, other staggers are possible.  (Robert Kope)

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