I rarely do this but making an exception. I see people spending money on the Made in China rods and think if they would look a little a good value pops up from time to time. Here might be one. http://classicflyrodforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=68924 Tim's blanks are well respected, but he is not one of the top builders so they are reasonable. The taper is one of the great 4wt tapers. Can't speak for the build quality, but just as long as he did not mess it up it is a great rod to try bamboo.