Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
Having once made a 12' bamboo spey rod which I was not keen on, I decided to dismantle and salvage the lower of the three sections, including each of the corks. Waggling the remaining top two sections I thought they may prove to be a good 8" spinning rod, and so it came to pass. I added six extra and thin strips of bamboo under the length of the new cork handle to increase the rigidity in that area, it's a great fishing rod which is a thrill to use; coupled with a vintage and diminutive Mitchell 308 reel.
Sliding reel fittings purchased new, direct from Hardys. Custom brass and black rubber button end out of shot. Agateen lower guide, Hopkins & Holloway tip guide and (same make) light weight High Bells guides. Just above cork handle, dome of polished ebony. Intermediate silk wraps throughout. Bronzed nickel silver ferrule. Small blade spinner fitted with equally small and single barbless Siwash hook, enabling easy release.
It's not only fly rods which can sport a 'bit 'o class'..
Last edited by MHC; 10-01-2019 at 07:31 PM.