AN EXTREMELY RARE "ILLINGWORTH " LIGHT SPINNING REEL WITH MAKERS ORIGINAL BOX, CIRCA 1930'S
 
VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE
Restoration and Repair of Split Cane, Whole Cane and Greenheart Rods. Vintage Reel Repair and accessories
 
 
ROD RESTORATION AND REPAIR SERVICE
Repair and Restoration work undertaken on any rod
 
 
REEL RESTORATION AND REPAIR SERVICE
Repair and Restoration work undertaken on any reel.
 
 
CONTACT DETAILS
E.mail and Phone.
 
 
EXAMPLES OF RESTORED REELS
Reels of all makes, shapes and sizes bought back to their original glory!
 
 
SPECIAL ROD DRYING UNITS MADE TO ORDER
Give your rods the finish they deserve
 
 
COARSE FISHING RODS
Hardy, Chapmans, B.James, Olivers, Ogden Smiths, Allcocks plus all the other top makers
 
 
SPLIT CANE RODS
Allcocks, Walker Bampton, Chapmans, James plus others. Coarse, Salmon and Fly.
 
 
WHOLE CANE RODS
Spanish Reed, Tonkin Cane, Whole Cane. Bottom Fishing.
 
 
WOOD RODS
Greenheart, Lancewood, Mahogany. Salmon and Fly.
 
 
EXAMPLES OF RESTORED HARDY FISHING TACKLE
Rods, Reels and Accessories from the worlds most famous maker
 
 
VERY RARE AND HIGHLY COLLECTABLE REELS
Heres some of the rarer reels that are highly collectable.
 
 
J.W.YOUNGS REELS
Here are some examples of restored Youngs reels.
 
 
ABU REELS
Heres a few examples of restored ABU reels.
 
 
VOM HOFE REELS
Top end reels from the famous brothers
 
 
FAMOUS AMERICAN FLY RODS
SOME EXAMPLES OF THE BEST FLY RODS EVER MADE
 
 
FIXED SPOOL REELS
Mitchell, Abu, J.W.Youngs etc
 
 
CENTERPIN REELS
Allcocks, J.W.Youngs etc
 
 
FLY REELS
J.W.Youngs, Farlows, Allcocks etc
 
 
ACCESSORIES
Fly Boxes, Floats, Nets, Lures etc
 
 
WOOD, BRASS AND EBONITE REELS
Famous makers such as Allcocks, Farlows, Ogden Smiths, Hardy, Heaton, Malloch, Milwards etc
 
 
BOOKS AND CATALOGUES
Catalogues,Antiquarian, Old and Modern books
 
 
LINKS TO OTHER GOOD QUALITY FISHING RELATED SITES
 
 

WOOD RODS

Early Wooden Rods can be found on this page and quite a few different types of wood were used in their manufacture.

Greenheart was the most popular and commonly used rod making material at that time but woods like Lancewood were commonly used for top sections as they were less likely to splinter than Greenheart when under pressure.

Some very early rods were made from woods such as Mahogany, Hickory and Elm. Many of these rods did not have the common male/female ferrule fittings that were found on cane and split cane rods they had what was commonly known as spliced joints where the tapered ends of the rod were spliced together and bound tightly with leather cord.

The Wooden Rods ranged from tiny 7 feet Greenheart brook fly rods to huge and very heavy 18+ feet Mahogany salmon rods.

The range of rods shown here are fully restored to their correct specifications as far as possible.

Have a look at these classic rods and contact me if you have any questions.

Restoration of a Hardy ''The Alnwick Greenheart rod''

The 1910 10ft Hardy rod was in a very sorry state with mid section too short, top section broken, missing/incorrect ferrules, wood button worn out, brass ware split in places. Not un- salvageable but not far from it! Watch the rod change over the coming weeks.

The poor and sorry looking Hardy rod

The first thing to do is to discard the short sections and save the ferrules if they have any. Then finding and cutting original size lengths from a donor rod, use a vernier or a micrometer to measure the tapers at both ends so they match the sizes on their corresponding sections.

New mid and top sections made to suit original rod sizes.

The next stage if either finding or making male amd female ferrules and epoxy fixing them in position and finally drilling and pinning each ferrule when resin has set.

The finished article

The finished article

The finished article

An Alex Martin Brook Trout fly rod

Ready to use or hang on wall

Ready to use or hang on wall

Ready to use or hang on wall

Ready to use or hang on wall

Old burnt cane and Mahogany rod



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