Besides the warmth there is a feel you just can't get with other materials. Bamboo will tell you exactly how it wants to be cast. Try to overload the rod or cast it faster than it wants to be and you will rewarded with a lousy cast. But, take a moment to slow down and listen and you will be graced with a fantastic sensation of laying down a beautiful cast with a delicate presentation. Plus I am willing to bet you will lose fewer fish when you set the hook just due to feel and the forgiving nature of bamboo.
In a nutshell there is nothing better than casting a bamboo rod with a dry fly to a native fish on a secluded stream. Personally, I am not one who feels the need to catch 60 fish a day, I prefer to enjoy the overall experience. So if you are a fly fisherman who feels the need to cast and fish at Mach 3 Bamboo probably isn't for you. I may be bias toward Bamboo rods, but I do challenge you to give Bamboo a try.
And another thing, don't be afraid of Bamboo. It isn't nearly as fragile is it would appear. There isn't any fear of the rod breaking after taking a shot by a weighted fly or a quick tumble down a hill. One Bamboo builder use to take a section of Bamboo rod and hammer it thru a board when he gave presentations about Bamboo rods. Try that with graphite!
When you do get the opportunity to fish a Bamboo rod, really take the time to feel what the rod is telling you. Trust this Bamboo addict, you will be rewarded with a fishing experience that is second to none.
Until next time my friends,