Cane Rod Restoration

All cane rods require maintenance over time. Rings need to be replaced when they become worn or corroded and varnish needs to be checked and renewed to prevent water seeping in and damaging the cane. In more serious cases, worn ferrules and damaged handles may need to be replaced.

Many rods are not rare or valuable enough to justify the high cost of a full restoration for which you could be quoted several hundred pounds, but would be perfectly usable after only a light restoration or refurbishment.

All of the materials necessary to refurbish a rod are available to buy on the internet, so you could undertake the work yourself – see the links page for suppliers of materials you would need such as rod rings and whipping thread. You may find my book on vintage fishing rod restoration of interest. It is available in paperback and for the Kindle on the Amazon website.

If you would prefer not to undertake the work yourself, I do offer an affordable rod refurbishment service and would be happy to give you a quote for the work required.

The pictures below show a rod that I have restored recently; original condition on the left and restored condition on the right.

Details of the work required to restore the rod and the cost of parts and materials are available here.

For a rod that is in generally sound condition, a basic refurbishment to include all parts and materials including the replacement of intermediate rings typically costs around £65. Additional components such as replacement butt and tip rings, ferrules, reel bands etc. are charged at cost.

Insured carriage to return the rod to you will be charged at cost, typically around £10 for a three piece 11ft rod and around £15 for a two piece 10ft rod.

If you would like a quote for refurbishment of a rod that you own, please get in touch using the contact page. Please provide details of the work you would like done and I will reply to you with an estimate for the work as soon as possible.