gmreeves, You should visit the ultralight fly fishers forum. There are several bamboo builders on there.
heres an interesting thread on a 1wt boo build.
The important thing about playing a fish on these rods is that you do not play them off the tip. You angle the rod and pressure them with the butt section. large fish can be brought to hand quickly using this technique. This is a 6.5ft lami 3wt with a 19" smallie earlier this year.
I wouldn't suggest these rods for nymph fishing, but dries, small poppers and small streamers are fun to fish.