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  1. #1
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    Jun 2013
    Harrisburg, PA

    Default Baitcaster-to-Fly Rod conversion (antique)

    If I'm not flyfishing, I use spinning gear and never got the knack of bait caster equipment. I've haad this particular rod for ages now that was handed to me by my pap who has long passed... Its a, Horrocks-Ibbotson Co. Rod and I don't know the date.

    I have been wanting to do something with it (unless if it'll be worth THAT much to let it sit as-is)

    For the rod builders here. Can I turn this into a flyrod? Give me suggestions please. The front handle is a good fit to my hand + I can probably make a modification there. I figured the back handle can be trimmed down but where the issue lyes is extending it. I would need to adapt a compatable bamboo tip of sorts.

    I never built a rod before but wondering if this can be a do-able project to get my feet wet.

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    Here's some photos.

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    Here's the guide and tip.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

    Default Re: Baitcaster-to-Fly Rod conversion (antique)

    That's a nice lookin' boat rod, but it's far too heavy to "convert" to a fly rod.
    It wasn't ever meant to be a casting rod. It's for trolling
    I wouldn't say that it's worth a lot, but somebody would want it. As is, not chopped up.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Central Coast of Calif

    Default Re: Baitcaster-to-Fly Rod conversion (antique)

    Ditto what Rip says. I would find another guide to replace the broken one, rewrap and if required refinish the rod. That rod is a bit if history. You don't see them anymore.

    "Blessed is the fly fisher who's quiver contains grass, glass & graphite custom rods." Book of Rods 3:16

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    Default Re: Baitcaster-to-Fly Rod conversion (antique)

    Me personally would restore it and put it in a glass box and hanging it on my family room's wall. To me the sentimental value of a handed down item from a pap is greater than any fly rods. Who knows you might be able to hand it down to your kids or grand kids.
    I am highly qualified to comment in this forum after receiving a Specialized High Intensive Training (S.H.I.T) at the Olde Schitt Institute of Technology (O.S.H.I.T).

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