Do you love big bluegill?
I picked up an old split cane fly rod the other day. I know that it's not any of the valuable name brands, but through a little internet research I found out that it is respectable. It will never be worth much but it has a decent action and would be fun to Bluegill fish with.
I plan on stripping the old varnish. It seems to have been stored in a pretty hot place (attic, CONEX, or the like) and the finish has sagged and blemished. It will need new check winding and some new guides. If I can get it apart without damaging it, I will replace the cork as well. I am also going to cold blue the ferrules and reel seat.
I have built rods before, fiberglass and graphite, but never messed with cane. Anyone have any tips for restoring my first split Tonkin cane Bluegill rod?
Well folks... I haven't done a thing on this project since I started it last year. I plan on getting back to it soon. I have collected a lot of information (some from places you guys have suggested) and plan on fishing this rod this year for Sunfish.
I will keep everyone updated.