I bought a book about 15 years ago, "The Master's Guide To Building a Bamboo Flyrod" By Everett Garrison, and Hoagy Carmichael. (meadow run press, 1994 ed.)
It was originally published in 1977, when some of these old timers like Pinky Gillium, Everett Garrison, and RL Winston, were still alive. I guess Hoagy is now also passed on to "better waters". This book isn't as big on History but more a document which shows the difficulty involved in building a bamboo flyrod, complete with mathematical tables, and painstacking information on tapers, etc. It was soon after I purchased this book that I decided it would be better to just save my money and buy a bamboo flyrod, then to make one...( take the normal 100 hrs it takes, and double or triple it and you're looking at what it would take for me to build one!
Before this book there was a book in the Michigan State Library called Master Rods and Rodmakers" or something to that effect which I borrowed quite a bit and would read about these guys who in the twenties, thirties, forties and fifties were bringing the craft into the light. I inherited a bamboo rod from my grandfather, still useable, which I heard he purchased at a garage sale for 5$. I did some research on it in the above named book and found that it was a circa 1927-29 Goodwin Granger 8 ft rod with extra 8 and a half foot tip. there were many stories told to me over the years of this rod and the piscetorial divinations it conjured. I subsequently stuck a Martin reel with an "autoretrieve" and managed to rip the guide eye almost completely off the rod, and decided to stop there and place it in my collectibles. It will someday go in a case in my fantasy flyshop which I hope you will all visit..