I got myself a "new" rod.
I've been waiting to post on it until I took some pictures, but that hasn't happened.
It's a South Bend #25, 7.5', 2/2 "Double Built".
It's in great condition considering that it's over 70 years old. One wrap needs repair and that's it. Tips are straight, decals are perfect.
As South Bends go, this is one of the rarest and most desirable and even though bamboo isn't really my thing, I knew that I could easily get a return on my investment if I wanted to sell. I've already had an offer
I'll try to take some pictures after it's cleaned up
I own one boo right now one of Tom Ciemegas fine 71/2' 4/5 weights. It actually comes with three tips, two four weights and one five weight. Tom use to work at Paul Youngs shop in Detroit and was there the same time as Bob Summers. I am a big fan of the MI school of Boo rod builders, from what I've seen the MI builders (Dickerson, Young, Summers, and Cooper) built rods that were a bit faster for boo than the Leonards school of the Northeast. My favorite tapers are the Paul Young Midge, Dickerson 6611, and Bob Summers 735.
There are several great builders in MI currently Duane Mckensie of Keystone Rods, John Pikard, Wes Cooper, Lou Burhart of Brack hill rods, Ron Barch of Alder Creek rods, and of course Bob Summers is still going strong. Its a great state for tackle tradition and the home of the Adams, and the afore mentioned Black Beauty.
I have a 8' 5-6wt Phillipson blank that I was told was refinished by HL Leonard. It is a nice little rod without any markings. I found it on Craigslist in San Rafael Ca. It was purchased along with a Heddon #8 rod that was sold not much later. The Heddon was in pretty bad shape.
The rod has been in rotation for about 3-4 seasons. I have sent it away to have a guide repaired and set removed. It is ready for another trip to the repair shop with a crack in one of the strips of bamboo near the tip of the rod(for lack of proper bamboo verbage).
I have matched the rod with a Hardy SA System 6 reel. They go together well. I usually fish the Upper Sacramento River, Little Truckee, and the East Carson with this rod. It has also visited Putah Creek, all for Trout. The largest trout landed measured about 21". I absolutely love fishing this rod.
I purchased this rod with out ever casting a bamboo rod before. As soon as I can afford it, another boo rod will be added to the collection. The hardest thing is deciding what rod to get next!!! I am open to recommendations.
Thanks for starting the thread Ard! I look forward to adding comment about my second boo rod.
I was just on the phone with another member yesterday evening kicking this same topic around. You might want to drop me a PM and include your phone number. Since you're on the West Coast we're only an hour apart for timing a call.
Always good to hear from members and I'll tell you what I know,
O.K. I confess. I comitted the ultimate sin by trying to get my ferrules apart by twisting. Greased ferrules before assembly but, no dice. Didn't do any damage I can't repair but, still can't get ferrules apart. Have tried: rubber grips, frozen bag of veggies, two man pull, between the legs pull, and all or the rugular stuff one would find if they were to enter "Bamboo Fly Rod Stuck Ferrules" in their web brouser.
What kind of rod? This will tell me if they are old German Silver or Super Z Stainless.
I will have some suggestions. Starting off the frozen veggies will first contract the female section around the male component inside. This will be counter productive, better to heat the outer ferrule so that it expands a tad and then quickly apply the pull. Also, if you have lube in the joint it will become more viscus with the heat but will become almost like glue when cooled.