I am not seriously considering this project at this time but am curious. Do folks sometimes convert older 9' bamboo rods into short 6' bamboo rods. If so, what rod characteristics are you looking for in the rod to be sacrificed to this insane project? Original line weight - What type of rod would make a good piece for this type of project? Would it be a rod already designed for lighter line such as an HEH? Would a medium weight HDH be the best? Could a heavier HCH work? Original action - I imagine you'd want a rod with a slower action rather than a stiffer action since shortening the rod would loose critical loading action. Would one of those cheap Japanese rods be a good candidate for this type of project? Strategy - Would you ditch the butt section of the rod and mount a reel seat and grip on the mid-section? Any ideas? Thoughts?