You can repair and restore old cane fishing rods and make them like new again
Vintage or antique split cane fishing rods are very much treasured by both fishing tackle collectors and anglers. The modern graphite rod is a fantastic invention, but there is absolutely nothing quite the same as the casting action of a split cane fly rod for some anglers. These fine rods have that feel to their action that seems to be just right for many people.
However split cane rods are quite easily broken or damaged and it is not unusual to find old split cane rods that are in need of repairs or a complete restoration.
Thread windings on the rod sections and also those holding the rod rings in place can become frayed and/or loose and must be replaced. Sometimes there can be a distinct bow in the rod which needs to be straightened. The cork handle may have become worn or just dirty and needs some work or replacement.
It is really quite simple to perform this work yourself when you know how to do it it properly. This article which was published in a magazine is now copyright expired and in the public domain. We have copied it and enlarged all the pages by 125% to 8"X11" for your ease of use. This article demonstrates how to do the rod restoration work from start to finish including repairing bad breaks in the rod. You will learn how to rewind the thread windings properly and how to restore the rod handle and replace any broken or missing hardware.