Last September, I purchased my first bamboo fly rod, from an ad posted by a long-time WFF member. As bamboo rods go, it was a cheap one, made from a Chinese blank, and I know that this sometimes generates some jawing, but it's what I could afford. The WFF member also built the rod from this blank, which I like. Since it was to be a Christmas present, I lawn cast it once or twice, and I might have taken it to the local pond once to catch a few bluegill, before putting it away. I finally got to use it a little more in the past two weeks - Spring is coming very late to the Chicago area. Now, I may have wiggled a high-quality (and price) bamboo rod around in the past, but I don't remember it, so I don't have a frame of reference. I will say that once I adjusted my casting speed to the rod, mine casts like a dream - I think I'm lucky enough that I have a reel and line that balance the rod correctly, so it casts nicely, and you get that intuitive feeling of the rhythm that the bamboo wants you to use. I can safely say that I have not cast as far as I possibly can with this rod, just as far as I need to on the waters I've used it on, so there is a good bit of reserve. With two children nearing college age, I don't know if I'll ever be able to afford a truly high-end bamboo rod for a long time, but must say I am having a blast with this one. I think that if a person wants to think about getting a bamboo, and is intimidated by the fear of picking up a decent old one, as I am, the low end rod would be just fine. At least, I feel I got my money's worth and more, and I guess that's what counts. My opinions only, of course.