tnfly, Yep, spent many a night in a tent in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks in the 90s and climbed them all, many of them two and three times. The Adirondacks are a jewel in my humble opinion. I have backpacked, trout fished, deer hunted, and canoed all over that 3 million acre park. If you ever get the chance, go there. Just avoid the black fly season (May - July 4th).
I have considered bamboo for a few years. Talking with Mike McKinsey and Stan Smart (many thanks to these guys) pushed me over the edge to build my own. Frankly, I can't see paying a couple thousand dollars when I can buy a blank and top notch hardware and have a solid, albeit not perfect, rod that fishes the same for <$500. And I couldn't be happier with the result so as I mentioned I am getting ready to build #2. Mike says if you can tie flies you can build a bamboo rod. I agree.
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