09-09-2004, 08:04 PM
I have recently recieved an old split bamboo flyrod in excellent condition that hasnt been fished in over 40 years. It is a custom rod, so I'm thinking the collectors value is pretty much shot. I've been debating weather or not it should be fished, any comments? And what about taking care of it, should it be refinished? how often and with what?
That's a tough one to answer without seeing the rod. What condition it is in, the quality of the cane, the soundness of the ferrules, does it have a "set", etc. all have to be considered. During that time (40 to 50 years ago), there were lots of cheap Japanese (and other) oriental fly rods that weren't too good imported into the country. But you MAY have a piece of good Tonkin cane there.
So, it's a dilemma. A lot can be told from the quality of the guides, reel seat, wrappings, etc. See if you can find an "expert" locally, and consult with him. But if he says it's junk, and offers to take it off your hands cheap, RUN LIKE H_LL! You've got a good one.