How to restore a bamboo fly rod

In this video series we walk you through everything you need to know about how to restore a bamboo fly rod.  We keep the amount of tools and materials to a minimum.  If you have any questions that are not covered in the videos below, please feel free to send us an email. 

 

The first video takes you through selecting a rod to restore.  The video covers what to look for in a vintage/used rod and what to avoid. 

 

Our second video takes you through creating a "rod map" as well as changes you might consider when refinishing a rod.  You can find a PDF of the "rod map" diagram on our tutorial page.  

 In video 3 we start stripping down the rod.  We cover how to remove the grip, reel seat, tip top, guides, and varnish.  To remove varnish we use a cabinet scraper and steel wool.  

 

 

In video 4 we show you how to remove a set from a blank.  We also cover how to apply finish to your blank and polishing.  In the video we use tru-oil and rotten stone.  If you would like more information on these items or would like to purchase these you can find them here:

Tru-oil

Rotten stone