The rod is a 7' 6" 5wt. It turned out to throw a really nice line. I took the Dickerson 7613 taper and altered it a little to allow for the bamboo ferrule and am really pleased with the outcome.
I have read about turnig rods out of wood on the lathe but have never tried it. Their is a pretty recent book on the subject but I don't have it yet. I know there were some in the past that turned traditional hexagon bamboo rods into cylinder but I don't see the advantage in it. The reel is a Bill Ballan. It has served me well since I bought it. Every now and then you can find a used one on ebay for fairly cheap but you can also buy a new one for around $250. Benchmade, classy looking, affordable, and functional. I like them. The only complaints I have heard about them is that they some times have some rough edges. Maybe I just got lucky.