With new builds forming the vast majority of my work I'm afraid that re-builds, repairs , refurbishment and up-grades will be off the menu for the foreseeable future
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Refurbishing a beloved set of rods can be very satisfying for both the client and for us. The tattier the rods presented for refurbishment, the more satisfying the outcome can be which was why we were delighted to be presented with some of the most mangey looking Century NG's you can imagine. These rods had been abused for many years by a truly all year round angler. Often used on swift work overnighters and then packed into a holdall in the early hours, still damp with dew, and stuffed into a hot car for the day, they had seen action with large carp, pike and eels and, from the look of things, had done a few rounds with a belt sander! The first job was to strip the rod of all its fixtures and fittings before evaluating the blank which, although looking very tatty indeed was found to be sound. The clear coat needed to be removed from the blank, this is a long and labourious (and messy!) task but totally necessary if the required results are to be achieved. Once stripped down completely the blanks were found to be in very good order (proof positive of the old adage 'you get what you pay for'). The client had specified a minimalist build that included Fuji SIC twin leg guides, a Fuji DPS18 reel seat with stainless collars and a short shrink wrap butt grip with stainless collar. The chosen fittings were fixed and then whipped in dark green with tasteful black toppings and the final touch was to seal the blank and give it a polish. Take a look at the 'before and after' pics below, we think you'll agree that the transformation is stunning.
Using blanks from the UK's leading manufacturer, Harrison Advanced Rods, ERC can help you realise the dream of your perfect fishing rod. With the cost of new, factory built rods soaring why would you settle for a rod designed to a budget and built in a factory when you can have a set of rods built to your specification, by craftsmen on blanks designed and built in the UK by some of the world's best? Something that can't be bought off-the-shelf, the feeling that you own something unique to you, something built to your personal requirements and something that you will see no other angler on the bank using. If you are in the market for a new set of rods then take the time to get in touch and see what we can do for you.
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