As a combo birthday/Christmas/Father's Day/whatever gift I now am the owner of not one, but two new bamboo rods. Both are eight footers, 2/2. One for a six and one for a five weight. Different tapers but both agree with my old guy's casting. Both were built by Joe Balestrieri of Redwing Fly Rods back on the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin. The prices were low enough to allow for two rods and the rods are pure art work. Haven't had them on the water yet but testing in the yard has been encouraging. Just had to share with somebody. Thinking about trying a silk line. Anyone out there with experience with that?