Re: Bamboo Rod
Posted by Brian on December 29, 1997 at 09:22:49:
In Reply to: Bamboo Rod posted by Al on December 28, 1997 at 19:32:38:
The tip is probably bent from use or from moisture. Do this: hold the tip section by the male ferrule end and bend the tip back (NOT TOO FAR), just like a fish would do. Do this for a few seconds and straighten it again. If the section is straighter than it was, you may have moisture retention in the strips. Store the rod in the tube with some dessicants from a vitamin jar (or somewhere) for a couple of weeks. This will sometimes remove some moisture.
If the rod has a varnish finish, you may have to strip off the varnish and put the rod in an oven at 100 degrees for a week or so. I'm sure that you wouldn't want to do this yourself, but you can call Thomas & Thomas and ask them if they'll refinish it for you. They usually will but sometimes it cost more than the rod is worth.
Most older rods have a set of some sort and when you catch a fish if you make it a practice to occasionally turn the rod upside-down you may minimize the size of the set.
Check out http://home1.gte.net/jfoster/index.htm and join the listserve. You can describe your rod and more than likely someone will be able to tell you everything you want to know.