that's what I did. I didn't realize that there was all different models to choose from. I always fished 9 foot graphite rods so that's what I did. I purchased the Granger from a Johnny Bishop, who was a bamboo fly rod lover. He told me about the condition of the rod and that the Granger bamboo rods were made in Denver. I told him I'll take it. When I got it, it was beautiful but quite heavy. I took it to the Big Thompson and fished it all day. My arm was sore from fishing it and when I got home, I called Johnny and told him that this was rod very heavy and I would like to exchange it for a lighter rod. He said to keep the rod and he would send me a 4 weight bamboo rod at no charge. I said no, he said he was sending it to me anyway. When I got it, I took it to 11 Mile Canyon and landed many large trout. It handle beautifully and I'm talking fish ranging from 15 -22 inches. Johnny had said it was a Southbend bamboo rod, that had been produced when Wes Jordan was at Southbend, stripped and refurbished by a bamboo rod maker. Kevan said it was not a Southbend rod because of the matching nodes and other information that I didn't understand. One day on the way to the Big T, I stopped by Mike Clark's shop and showed him the rod. He said it was not made by Southbend that it had matching nodes and all the things Kevan had said about it. He referred to the Southbend bamboo rods as a pole and this rod was not a pole but a well fabricated bamboo rod. Johnny Bishop and I had become best friends, starting from my search for a bamboo rod. We visited him in Belton, Texas and fished for redfish at Port Aransas, he introduced me to Chris Johnson who owns Living Waters Fly Fishing (did a demo at his shop) and tied at Sportsman's Finest in Austin. He visited me in Colorado on many occasions and we went to the Fly Fishing Show twice in Denver and watched me tie there and at Charlie's Fly Box on another occasion. He passed away, a loss to this world. The last time we fished together was at 11 Mile Canyon. He brought his Wes Jordan Bamboo Rod personally built by Wes Jordan and was signed by Wes as well as his wife Gloria's name. It was given to him by Gloria Jordan who Johnny helped in the past. He was always helping people. He was so excited to fish it and caught a 22" Snake River Cutthrout with it. I watched him do it. He was like a kid in a candy store. He couldn't stop talking about it for the rest of his stay. That is the joy of fishing with bamboo, making friends with the same love of bamboo . Oh by the way, I am totally restoring my FE Thomas Bamboo Rod and it's been rebuilt, all original parts have been restored to it's original lengths and is being wrapped by my best friend Kevan Davidson.