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Old 03-11-2014, 04:46 PM
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I am new to fly fishing and it's equipment. A friend just came into a bunch of Divine rods. He gave me what he believes is a very early rod, approximately nine or more feet long. There was no stamping as Divine eventually did to his rods. The rod needs some cleaning and minor repair. The case alone, though a bit thread bare, is pretty cool. Can someone recommend a person to trust with repairing and cleaning the rod? I don't want it to be look brand new. I would like it to keep its age patina. But I do think it needs some repair. I live,regretfully, in New Jersey, hoboken specifically. Any recommendations would be much appreciated. One last question: any chance of my finding a matching reel? This rod just screens to be cast.
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Welcome to the forum Bill. Sorry can't help with the rod repair, but I'm sure there are plenty on here who can. Enjoy
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Welcome Bill,

You might get a little more response for this question on the general discussion forum.

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Hi Bill,

Welcome to the forum, I have moved your post to the Fly Rods forum hoping there will be someone familiar with this make of rod. I'm guessing this is a cane rod? If so perhaps some photographs of areas you feel may need work would help with an evaluation. Although I don't know this particular make I have some experience with old cane rod restorations and can offer advice.

For posting photos this link will be helpful; Posting Pictures Using Photo Bucket

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Like Paine, Chubb, Edwards and Thomas, Fred Divine was a disciple of Hiram Leonard. But unlike the other former Leonard employees his rods varied greatly in quality.
He made rods from lancewood and lemonwood. Calcutta and Tonkin cane.
Four, six and eight strip. And even a patented spiral laminated bamboo rod.
His most expensive rod sold by Abercrombie & Fitch was wrapped "grip to tip" with white silk with disappeared under the varnish, but caused the rod to be heavy and stiff.
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