if he sells them for that price he is not making minimum wage--birddog
Steve Pennington is not trying to make a living building bamboo fly rods. he is trying to introduce as many people as possible to them by making rods that cast beautifully. though very well made with a first-class finish, they won't win a concours d'elegance. they will help you understand the appeal.
Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price.--Coldwater Collectibles
fly fishing and baseball share a totally deceptive simplicity; that's why they can both be lifelong pursuits.