I'm becoming a big fan of bamboo fly rods. Bamboo rods are made from a material that is both beautiful and comes from a very small location from the other side of the world. Bamboo rods are fun to cast (the few I've tried so far) with a good feel of the line and a slower smoother action than I'm used to with my graphite rods. And each rod has its own cool story. Some are hand-crafted by local makers. Some were mass-produced back in the 20's, 30's, 40's or even more recently. Many had former owners and caught trout and other fish in another era and in places I can only guess at. Some bamboo rods are in original pristine condition. Some have been rescued from the junk heap and perhaps refinished into good rods. Others show the effects of many years of hard but good fishing. And they all seem to have their own feel and story. Being new to bamboo I am wondering if there are any local gatherings where folks bring their rods to show and try? Kind of like a classic car show. I'd love to see others bamboo and perhaps see how they cast. And maybe hear some great stories as well.