Yonder, I am currently writing an article for Southern Trout Magazine on this very subject. Should be sending it in to the editor this week and it will hopefully be in the next issue. If I am fishing in the GSMNP you can be certain that I will be fishing a bamboo rod. I build my own and have built smokies rods for others in everything from an 8' 6wt to a 6ft 2 wt for the park. If you want to get more info, feel free to contact me at
Let me know what you have in mind and I can hopefully provide some direction for you.