Horrocks-Ibbotson restoration

Posted on Mar 19, 2017

Horrocks-Ibbotson restoration

Jerry’s rod came to me as a project to help pay for damaging his garage door. Was not looking closely enough when backing out of our garage, which is directly across from ours, and one day managed to dent a couple of the lower panels with our car.
Jerry was very good-natured about the damage and looked into getting the panels replaced. He thought the cost of that repair was way too high for us to reimburse so he suggested I restore his old bamboo fly rod for half the cost of repair, and he would cover the balance. Thank you Jerry!!!

The rod is a 2-piece, 1-tip 9 foot post-war “trade” rod built by Horrocks-Ibbotson exclusively for Montgomery Ward & Co.. It was in average condition given its age.

Rod was extensively ‘mapped’ at 1:1 on drawing paper and all measurements recorded. There was only one snake guide missing, tip top was bent, some missing wraps but the tip and butt fit together nicely with a comforting ‘pop’ of the ferrules when disassembled.

Rod was stripped of its old finish, a donor guide was obtained to replace the one lost, all guides re-wrapped, cork handle lightly cleaned and the rod dipped with new urethane for the finish.

Jerry was very pleased with the work and we cast the rod in our driveway to show it still had fishing promise. I think he was going to use it primarily for display in his home.