Background: A fellow turkey hunter and good friend gave me these two fly rods in the hopes that I could bring them back to life. When completed, I will get to keep the Kingfisher and he gets the Horrocks and Ibbotson Featherlight.
Update: Both rods cleaned up nicely. The varnish stripper did it's job with 3 coats and a bunch of wiping and scrubbing with rags and a tooth brush. But in the end the bamboo is in nice shape and all sections look good. There was just a little thread dye that had bled into the bamboo from some of the original guide wraps that I could not remove and I can live with that.
All the ferrules are okay except for two on the Kingfisher.... One has to be remounted and realigned, not a big deal, but the other is cracked badly on the butt section. Right or wrong I decided to take a "crack", pun intended, at fixing it. And since it was on the rod that is to be mine I won't feel bad about it if it doesn't hold up. I can always remove the ferrule at a later date and replace it, if need be.
Here we go:
|So there is lots of suggestions on the web as to how to fix this... Most advice is to just replace it, if you can find a Kingfisher ferrule of the right size from days gone by....|
|The second layer of thread and CA glue...|
|and a third layer ... this Gel Spun thread is super strong and it will be interesting to see if this does the trick.|
|The finished repair... and it looks pretty good, but I will probably add some guide wrappings so it blends in with the rest of the rod.|