Yes, zen to the bone when fishing cane. Even the walk into a run over cobbel and river rock is enjoyable when holding a finely finished cane rod, an old Hardy reel with a long history from a friend who passed away many years ago. A floating line softend at home in heat, dye treatment to act more like silk and a beautifully tied summer steelhead fly at the end of your leader.
And yes to the soft wood dispute. From what I hear from the north woods of BC that there is concern that we Americans are buying up all the cane at an alarming rate also all the Hardy reels at an alarming rate. Our desire to own it all goes in all directions.