|I found an old, 2-piece fly rod in the alley behind my folks house a few months ago, and, like so many other projects, hermetically placed it in a corner of my garage.
I pulled it out last night to examine it a little better, and found that it is indeed old, but probably not very valuable. It is a dark honey colored fiberglass blank, 9 feet long, cork grip, with a cheap fly reel seat near the butt. The painted label is mostly worn away, but you can still read "Price 8.95" on the blank above the grip.
It is either an el-cheapo or some priceless antique (I'm going with the former)...but I like the super light action and the length for a corbina rod, and I want to re-wrap it. The color also makes it look like an old Truline, which I like.
Anyway, before I worry about stripping the rod, I want to make sure the ferrule can be cleaned for easy pull apart and hold together at the right time. I'm not really a fan of the big solid hunk of metal in the middle of the rod bend, but still, I think it could be a fun rod just for laughs.
Does anyone have a dependable method for cleaning the ferrule so that it slides smoothly but holds snugly? Right now it doesn't go all the way in, and there really isn't any obvious oxidation on it, so... I don't know whether to sand down with fine grit, oil it, or scrap the whole project for a better blank.