Who all remmbers the days of the old bamboo fly rods and only the purest fished them. The days when you took the section over a steam kettle to straighten. So your ferrel(s) would not get stuck you rub then along side your nose to get the oils. After the strike you always held the rod more towards them so you would not over stress the bamboo. It is now the days of high modulus graphite. Not in my book. I still love using the wood. The fight is so much different. Appreciation of the true sport of fly fishing. I guess what I am getting at is how many of you still use a bamboo fly rod? Here is a pic of one of mine that I still use today. It was bought at Eddie Bauers when it was in Seattle. I mowed a lot of lawns to get this. The overall weight is outstanding but I love how the bamboo feels. Maybe this is the reason I had to get surgery on my casting arm :rofl: William "BRAVEHEART" Wallace Jr.