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I found a great deal on an antique bamboo fly rod but the tip is broke, any way to fix it? not wanting to use the tip repair kit from walmart.

Question by DCluver. Uploaded on October 22, 2012

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I have a complete custom split bamboo fly rod I'd love to sell

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

You might ruin the value if you try to repair it.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Jerry is right about the value. I dont know much about fly rods but I broke the tip off a 6' spincaster once and had the tip repaired for $4 at a local sporting goods store. You might look into it.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

There is nothing you can do if the tip is broken clean off. Just fit another guide to the tip and fish on.

Cracks and splits can be fixed by wrapping white silk thread over the damage then varnish over it. The white silk will become clear once the varnish soaks in giving a near invisible wrap.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I have an old bamboo flyrod that was my grandfathers and needs repair, I talked to some refurbishing shops and if it is sentimental and you want to keep it and/or use it there are some good ones out there, but you are looking at upwards of $180.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Oh, another option is looking for a replacement tip, sometimes you can get lucky on places like Ebay.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Here's the deal on bamboo. During the war our battle ships brought back bamboo from oversees, and left the vehicle/equipment there. There were tons of cheap bamboo that rods were made from before fiberglass rods were invented. An old bamboo rod could be worth a quarter (.25cents) at a garage sale !! I've seen bins of old bamboo rods I wouldn't give a dime for. Then there are famous brand makers like Orvis, Payne, Thomas and Thomas, Hardy etc. who only chose the best of bamboo, and excellent workmanship. Hogie Carmichael, the composer of Star Dust, his son made expensive bamboo rods. They often came with cases. It's like saying, "I have a chance to buy a Rolls Royce, and I also have a chance to buy a broken down skateboard.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

More understanding...brought back bamboo in the holds of our ships as ballast.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

The question is not a question of value. It is a question of how to fix it. Buck has the solution. +1 to Buck.

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from Nyflyangler wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Bamboo rods are made from a specific species of bamboo grown in only one place on earth.

They're not made from crap bamboo from some ship's bilge.

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I've used those kits from Kmart and walmart to fix graphite poles with. Some come with shrink tubing and they work great. On a bamboo rod, you could tie a saftey pin on the end of the pole upside down so that the fly line runs through the little hole at the end. After you tie it neatly, I would use a whip finish knot and head cement. After it all dries cover with thin layer of laquer.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Nyfly.....Yes they were. "The one place on earth" that you fail to know about was "Tonken" A province in China, and the cane that came from there was called Tonken Cane..more dense than other canes. But please educate yourself on cane rods. A lot of rods were made from the cane that came back to the states in holds of ships. A lot of cane rods were cheapos, and now not worth the cost of kindling for fire starters. Trust me, I sold cane rods, and the history behind cane rods. Someone finds an old cane rod, and immediately thinks they have a good rod, and something of value. Chances are 1-100 it is worth anything. YOu have to know who made it period.

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from jtmosher42 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

i'm not sure about bamboo, but they do have repair kits for broken rods that are broken past the first guide for graphite and fiberglass rods. I would say unless it has any sentimental value (which i'm assuming in this case it isn't), then its not worth it to try to repair. If you can add a guide to the tip and it still cast fine then it could be a good deal, but bamboo rods are very common, and are pretty cheap, so I wouldn't suggest buying one in poor condition.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

And that's why GOOD banboo rods came with TWO tips. You throw the broken one away if the tip is broken...too thin an area, and too much flex to repair, and the important action of a rod is in the tip. Me thinks a good deal wasn't found.

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from theflyfishingfool wrote 22 weeks 1 day ago

clinchknot: Enough with your conceded attitude dude.
You are the main reason that people think fly fishermen are snobs..

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

There is nothing you can do if the tip is broken clean off. Just fit another guide to the tip and fish on.

Cracks and splits can be fixed by wrapping white silk thread over the damage then varnish over it. The white silk will become clear once the varnish soaks in giving a near invisible wrap.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I have a complete custom split bamboo fly rod I'd love to sell

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

You might ruin the value if you try to repair it.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Jerry is right about the value. I dont know much about fly rods but I broke the tip off a 6' spincaster once and had the tip repaired for $4 at a local sporting goods store. You might look into it.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I have an old bamboo flyrod that was my grandfathers and needs repair, I talked to some refurbishing shops and if it is sentimental and you want to keep it and/or use it there are some good ones out there, but you are looking at upwards of $180.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Oh, another option is looking for a replacement tip, sometimes you can get lucky on places like Ebay.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Here's the deal on bamboo. During the war our battle ships brought back bamboo from oversees, and left the vehicle/equipment there. There were tons of cheap bamboo that rods were made from before fiberglass rods were invented. An old bamboo rod could be worth a quarter (.25cents) at a garage sale !! I've seen bins of old bamboo rods I wouldn't give a dime for. Then there are famous brand makers like Orvis, Payne, Thomas and Thomas, Hardy etc. who only chose the best of bamboo, and excellent workmanship. Hogie Carmichael, the composer of Star Dust, his son made expensive bamboo rods. They often came with cases. It's like saying, "I have a chance to buy a Rolls Royce, and I also have a chance to buy a broken down skateboard.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

More understanding...brought back bamboo in the holds of our ships as ballast.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

The question is not a question of value. It is a question of how to fix it. Buck has the solution. +1 to Buck.

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from Nyflyangler wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Bamboo rods are made from a specific species of bamboo grown in only one place on earth.

They're not made from crap bamboo from some ship's bilge.

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I've used those kits from Kmart and walmart to fix graphite poles with. Some come with shrink tubing and they work great. On a bamboo rod, you could tie a saftey pin on the end of the pole upside down so that the fly line runs through the little hole at the end. After you tie it neatly, I would use a whip finish knot and head cement. After it all dries cover with thin layer of laquer.

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from jtmosher42 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

i'm not sure about bamboo, but they do have repair kits for broken rods that are broken past the first guide for graphite and fiberglass rods. I would say unless it has any sentimental value (which i'm assuming in this case it isn't), then its not worth it to try to repair. If you can add a guide to the tip and it still cast fine then it could be a good deal, but bamboo rods are very common, and are pretty cheap, so I wouldn't suggest buying one in poor condition.

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from theflyfishingfool wrote 22 weeks 1 day ago

clinchknot: Enough with your conceded attitude dude.
You are the main reason that people think fly fishermen are snobs..

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Nyfly.....Yes they were. "The one place on earth" that you fail to know about was "Tonken" A province in China, and the cane that came from there was called Tonken Cane..more dense than other canes. But please educate yourself on cane rods. A lot of rods were made from the cane that came back to the states in holds of ships. A lot of cane rods were cheapos, and now not worth the cost of kindling for fire starters. Trust me, I sold cane rods, and the history behind cane rods. Someone finds an old cane rod, and immediately thinks they have a good rod, and something of value. Chances are 1-100 it is worth anything. YOu have to know who made it period.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

And that's why GOOD banboo rods came with TWO tips. You throw the broken one away if the tip is broken...too thin an area, and too much flex to repair, and the important action of a rod is in the tip. Me thinks a good deal wasn't found.

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