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: