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Old 01-13-2010, 06:16 PM
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As far as replacing the handle, take it to a fly shop and ask if they know of a reputable rod builder that does restoration work. They would be experienced in removing the reel seat hardware and the old cork handle without damaging the blank. I live in Birmingham and build rods but I haven't done any restoration work. Their is a difference and even if the rod is a piece, you would still want someone that could do a good job. I would imagine if you wanted a new grip installed on the rod, you would probably pay someone around $75+ for their time and materials so you might ask him if it is worth the investment. If he doesn't want to spend that much money, I could tell you how to do it and you could try it yourself. It isn't very difficult. You just have to take your time.
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