In a post about rod building tools, Mike Monsos posted this link to building a PQM rod (Poor Man's Quad). It's a square rod made from two pieces of bamboo and it appears to be a fairly basic entry into the world of bamboo rods. But what are they like to fish? In all honesty, while I would love to learn rod building, my time is so limited and precious these days that the time spent building even a basic rod is going to be time stolen from somewhere else. If a PQM fishes well, then it would be worth it. If it is just sort of a real basic way to have a bamboo rod without any of the fun of bamboo, then I think I'm better off saving up money and begging a bamboo builder for a budget rod someday down the road.