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Old 07-03-2007, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have aquired my grandfathers OOLLLD fly rod and reels.
I would like to get the handle re-corked, the reels spooled and cleaned.
My goal has been to learn to fly fish or at least get proficient as I can at casting so I can start wetting line/tipit-whatever and catch some brookies!!
I would spool and clean myself but i want to start of with a clean slate as it were.
And i need an expert angler to evaluate me antique equiptment.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, guys!!
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What is the rod material? Any idenrifying writing on it? Make and model of reel?
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Fiber Glass.
No branding on it

The grip is strange. Instead of a solid Cork handle around the shaft, It has about twelve 1" diameter cork bushings that are layered in a row of ea other top form the handle. those are coming loose.
It needs some TLC. But Im determined to use it as it was my grandfathers.
I'll post Pics tonight
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would clean them up and then put them on the wall! Go out and get a nice light graphite fly rod to learn on. There's a reason they dont make them like that anymore-
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree Slayerfish. I have an old Tonkin Cane bamboo that an old friend now deceased gave me before he died. I'd hate to use it and break it. But, it looks nice on the wall.
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Yep, The rod is worth more just cleaned up a bit with water than trying to refinish it. Trust me i learned the hard way.
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Also, at Basspro, there are a few books for sale in their book section that have collector's pricing of old fishing gear. Not saying you would want to sell it, but instead maybe know what it's worth...

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Old 07-09-2007, 06:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yep, The rod is worth more just cleaned up a bit with water than trying to refinish it. Trust me i learned the hard way.
good advice! lots of folks scrub, sand, varnish, paint or polish all of the "monetary" value away from old stuff everyday ... sentimental value has no price tag . sure would hate it for you if you broke it too.
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