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  1. Years ago I was given a yard sale find from a friend who isn’t a fisherperson. It was a 302 in a box, but with no papers or tools. The box was roughed up but the reel was brand new. Anyway, I’m gearing up for a coastal surf casting trip where some young people will be underfoot and experiencing this type of activity for the first time. Wanting to show them some vintage gear in operation, I pulled out the 302 to add some line (never had line on it). It was then I noticed the top of the spindle is bent, mainly the threaded portion. The spool sits at an angle. At first blush it doesn’t look like anything is wrong, but when you really watch the up/down motion it is quite noticeable. Upon close examination it looks like that top piece is pressed onto the main spindle. I heated it up a bit to see if I could loosen it and maybe reset it. No luck. Is this thing actually 1 machined piece and I am SOL, or will it take a more concerted effort to reset this? Thanks.
  2. OK AL, Thanks for the input. I guess I have known all along that this rod will never be the same. But on a more positive note, it will be justification that I can present to the "domestic authority" regarding the purchase of a new stick.
  3. Too much moving (and maybe too much use?) and the tip of my early 90's vintage Murat's/Dave Hammock rod busted off. Rod details are: Total Length: 9'-8" Number of guides: 5 + tip Length from last guide to tip: 8.5" (originally) Busted piece length 6.25" Blank I cant recall exactly (is it the honey lamiglas?) Action Very light rod cut for a fairly fast action I am guessing my only real option is to lose the last guide and find a big enough tip to put over the end. I am concerned about the distance from tip to next guide being 12" though (compared to the original 8.5"). Seems too long where the line might have troubles on casts. How best to proceed on getting this great rod back into circulation?
  4. On a kick to identify some of my old stuff... Next up is an old rod - 9'-4" - that I found at an agricultural sale in northern Maine 25 years ago. Pretty sure I threw in $5 for it. Seller had no idea about its lineage other than he got it with a bunch of other stuff. There are no markings anywhere, reel seat included. There is evidence of only 1 guide (aside from the tip) and that is approximately 22" from the tip and 90" from the butt (or about 80% of the rod length). Looking closely where the blank meets the top grip, I cant see any evidence where any coating/varnish was ever applied, either upon first construction or afterwards. I note this because where the old wrap is for one of the guides, you can tell something has been there for some time. But elsewhere on the road? Nothing. I am aware older rods would only have 3 guides (tip included), but I haven't heard about only 2. Unfortunately for this rod, the top wooden grip is split, and it gives a wobbly feel when the pole is moved around. The reel seat and bottom handle are tight as can be. Photos attached. Black cat shown for reference only, but helps capture the color of the blank. Any thoughts?
  5. TimS, how about taking the photo right on the scale? Accomplish 2 things at once.
  6. So I have pounded the internet to see what I could find out about Mme DeStefano (or De Stefano). Long and short - most of it lives here on Surftalk. I did find this from what appears to be a 1916 New England Business Directory and Gazetteer (https://archive.org/stream/newenglandbusine1916bost/newenglandbusine1916bost_djvu.txt) : Fishing Tackle Baxter S R & Co 90 Com'l Binney John & Son 326 At- lantic av COLUMBIAN ROPE CO 131 Beverly (cables) DeStefano A 80 Blackstone (rods) [(bait) 1916 to the late 50's/early 60's is quite a stretch time wise. Both my parent's recollection that the woman who made the rod was middle age or so, so it isn't likely the same person. But could this have been a long standing family business? Interesting enough, Blackstone Street is right in the same area my dad recalls the shop on. Most of the information regarding the blanks the DeStefano's used were Harnells. I have an old one that is black, and I believe that black was the most common color. Anyone have an idea of the blank type of the above photos? Note that this thing is 11'-6" long and is a single piece. Also, the wrap colors and pattern were retained (by Dave Hammock @ Murat's) when I had it refurbished in the mid-90s. Thanks!
  7. Here are some photos. When visiting my mother earlier today, amazingly she confirmed it was a woman who built the rod. She also remembers all too well the cost. "We didn't have too much money to throw around back then", she said. Makes me grateful that I waited until after I spent way too much on custom rods before I got married. My mother t remember the name of the shop, but she sure remembers the strain of that purchase many years ago. My first rod from Murat's shop was a stiff as a board fiberglass 10 footer. I specified that I wanted something that could double as a rescue spike if I got washed off the rocks in a favorite spot. I was at first disappointed in the rod because it was so stiff. But that became my go-to rod for heavy surf that required 6+ oz. tackle.
  8. So I just came into possession of my father's 12 foot custom surf rod. He is way too old to use it now, but it got quite the workout through to the 90's. I am trying to identify who might have built this thing based on a random tidbit he noted earlier today. Here is a summary of what I know about the rod: - It was built before I was born, so that makes it pre-1963 - It is a spinning rod, and is a reddish/copper color blank, medium-heavy action - In 1995 (or so) I brought it into Murat's in N. Smithfield RI for a refurbish as a birthday gift. Old man Hammock's eyes lit right up when he saw this thing. He seemed to know about the blank/builder, but I do not recall him mentioning anything specific about it. Note that I had a decent relationship with Dave Hammock as I had several rods built there. He also gave me some swimmer blanks and other doo-dads for lure building. - At the time the rod was built, my dad was living in Boston. He recollection is that it was a woman rod builder (husband-wife team maybe?) and the shop was in Boston. I have been around this rod my whole life and it is a quality piece of equipment. This is the first time my dad mentioned that it was a woman who put it together. Anyone have any ideas or thoughts on who the builder could have been? Thanks!