FDC, I thought bamboo was used to cane criminals in the far east. As for a fishing tool, I'm too inexperienced to know. I've never used 444 Sylk but I do have a sharkskin floating on four of my primary setups plus another one ready to rig. Many who fish near me inquire about the noise, what noise? That splashy flippy jumpy noise, oh, that is just the fish stretching my line! Sharkskin may sound funny, but believe me, it makes my casting reach much farther. I can only imagine what it could be if I ever break down and get some professional casting instruction. Good luck.