Re: Old Bamboo Rods
I don't want to be the guy to poop in your proverbial cereal but you gotta lot of work there for some nothing special rods. You could definitely salvage a shorty from the Japanese rod but the top needs to be stripped and refinished, they'll both need new ferrules and that's around 60/70 bucks for a three piece. Most likely new seats which could run up pretty high as well. Factor in the time it all takes and its a fairly involved restoration. While bringing these old rods back to life is a lot of fun, it can also be a a lot of headaches, for the time, effort, and cost you might be better off buying a varnished/ferruled blank and finishing it. That said, it would be good practice for when you come across a banged up South Bend, Heddon, Orvis or Leonard. If you got the tools and the time go for it!
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