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Ryder

Vintage Len Butterworth Glassmaster

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Hi Raiders

Im looking for some advice.

I picked up this rod today from the tip buy back center for $5IMG_2018.thumb.JPG.f36f1e0d17b7f9e348519740acc460e1.JPG

It's 11ft long 2 piece labeled 'Estuary'. The first guide has a ceramic insert, the next 4 and tip are all metal. It has a whipping action and I'm thinking it might be a Bream/ Blackfish rod. It's the older style brown sanded blank.

Although its old and two piece it doesn't have a ferrule. As it is the top section sides inside the bottom section only about 4 cm. 

Is this normal or does it need to be repaired.

Any advice appreciated.

Cheers

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After heaps of research ( funny how much leads back to fishraider) I think the ferrule has gone missing. 

Ive booked it in for a trip to the rod doctor.

The pattern in the glass is really cool, I know it's early and Butterworth used other fibreglass blanks before producing their own. IMG_2023.thumb.JPG.f929e4354d3ae49364376d33893d61c1.JPG

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The ferrule took a bit of fiddling, then I decided to go for the full resto. Turned out nice.

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What's the ballpark $$ to get a rod rebuilt? 

My Dad has a few that are complete but either rusty guides or missing the tip by 10mm.

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This was $80. New ferrule and all original guides rebound and epoxied and full varnish.

$10 for a new tip.

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That’s a lot cheaper than I thought, might have to dust the off and get the beach rod redone.

i have great memory of playing in the sand with him while he soaked some baits.

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33 minutes ago, jeffb5.8 said:

That’s a lot cheaper than I thought, might have to dust the off and get the beach rod redone.

i have great memory of playing in the sand with him while he soaked some baits.

Seriously, have a think about doing it yourself. It’s really satisfying. A good tackle shop will advise on the guides, binding thread, fillers and epoxy. It’s a bit old school but go to your local library and look for a book “Understanding Fishing Tackle” by the late Dick Lewers. There’s a whole section on rod building. There are plenty of other books too... and then there’s YouTube.

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