1. My first complete restoration project in July 2012... Before and after pics of a Martin-James split cane rod which came to me with a broken tip, which I have replaced. A 10'8" 3 piece split cane rod with new stand-off rings, used for general float work. The tip came from a rod I bought which had a broken centre section. I recycled the tip onto this rod, and sold on the other two sections.

2. 11th. October, 2014. I have just acquired this rather special little rod.

It's a 3 piece, all split cane rod of 10ft. 6in. length, with agate butt and tip rings, and brass fittings.

The rod is a 'roach action' version of "The Sapper" fly rod, and is described in the 1933 Allcock's catalogue as :-

I need to do more research, but I do not believe it was produced after the outbreak of World war 2 in 1939.

For the first time I have sent a rod to someone else to be restored, and I will be posting detailed results as soon as I have the rod back with me.

For now ... here are a few photos to whet your interest :-

25th. October, 2014. The rod arrived back yesterday from Walter Sewell ... a true craftsman whose sympathy for cane is reflected in the rod he has resurrected for me. I shall be forever in his debt. These photographs, taken this morning, simply cannot do justice to either the rod, or Wal's skills. To say I simply cannot wait to christen it is possibly the understatement of the decade !!!

3. 4th. November, 2014. When a B. James & Sons doughnut handled Mk. IV. Avon butt section (missing the tip) with a full set of transfers came up on a certain internet auction site I made a bid ... and won it.

Chapman's of Ware have supplied me with a new tip section, so I have another winter project ... and I will have a Mk. IV Avon for much less than I'd have to pay normally.