After asking which rod Carmichael had as his favorite, I got a very friendly reply were he told me that his favorite for trout fishing is the mod 204E. A beautiful 7' 3" long rod, casting a 4 and 5 weight line like a dream, so I just had to build this rod for the next summer.
Splitting the bamboo into strips with that special cracking sound, and stagger the nodes using the 3x3 method. Cutting the strips to the right length. And ones again have a nice odor spreading around in the workshop just like freshly made popcorn while I use the heat gun to warm up the nodes so they are pliable and ready to be straighten using the wise.