Welcome to the Forum. Fishing 'Boo' is a treat and there are a lot of rod builders who can do a first class job of refinishing the rod (or give you very good advise on the subject.
Loved the ending to your post.
If you want a loooooong list of 'banned words' try the UK Mother Board. You quickly learn to leave out 'slanguage' out of postings. Something quite enoquous here can have a very different meaning elsewhere.
Or if I do I'll follow up: ('Murican for xyz.)
As someone once said: "Two common People, separated by the same language." Or sum such.