Bought my first Cane rod today after years and years of wanting one. I remember the first time I was ever in the presence of a bamboo fly rod, she was a delicate little thing in an obviously very special case at Cumberland Transit in Nashville. A local maker who was a minister in rural Tennessee, man that thing was just exactly perfect and I knew it some how. I was literally buying my very first fly outfit that day, a very basic Orvis setup but I knew I wouldn't be satisfied until I had a bamboo stick. That memory has owned my imagination until today, the finish was so nice and she was just so smooth. I've had chances on lesser examples since, but none met the measure. A fixer upper just wasn't going to do the job. Then I found this nice little Hardy, and a bargain too. 7' 7" 6wt in super nice condition. Original sock, the tube is aluminum and might not be original and there is only the one tip....but hey, I can only fish one tip at a time, right. Next thing you know, I'll be drinking single malt. Perish the thought.