Sunday, February 14, 2010

What's Old is New

Apparently, Ben's father was once something of a flyfisherman. He traveled the western United States, wetting his line along the way (please ignore the obvious innuendo). He fished an old Garcia fiberglass rod, not unlike the one on which I learned to cast. Attached to that rod was the reel you see below. When Ben recently uncovered his father's aged tackle, both rod and reel had clearly seen better days. Ben has taken it upon himself to refinish his dad's gear, and present the finished assembly to his father once it has received a thorough going over. He's finished the reel, and I think the results are rather impressive.

The paint was chipped, cracked, and faded; corrosion covered the cast metal.

The spool was in similar shape. Note the broken handle.


The spring wasn't much better.


Papa's reel had clearly seen better days.


I won't pretend to fully understand the process by the which Ben was able to breath some life back into Pop's reel. I know that both a sand-blaster and bead-blaster were employed (I don't what a bead-blaster is either). I know he used a little epoxy to reshape the broken handle. I think everything came together nicely, and I suppose that if this were a high dollar Hardy Perfect from the 1920s - rather than an inexpensive 1960s Garcia - we would probably call the end-result a Spitfire finish.

Corrosion and all but a few flecks of paint are gone.

You would be hard pressed to tell the handle was cracked, and the spool appears new.


If Ben could work this kind of magic on turn-of-the century Hardys ... his business might take a new turn.

Not bad Ben, not bad at all.

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