I started the restoration of an old bamboo rod this weekend. Beilieve it or not I found this old thing in my pool house. When I was cleaning out a closet I grabbed an old piece of plumbing that was leaning in the corner. Without thinking twice about it, I threw it on the truck to go to the dump. When my dad was unloading it later, what a nice dad huh, he noticed something inside the pipe. It was a 3 piece, two tip, 4 wt bamboo fly rod. Now what are the odds of that! The snake guides were in pretty bad shape, and it probably needs a new finish. The pictures below show the process of removing the snake guides. I basically used a razor knife to slit the thread wraps, and removed the guide underneath. Next step will be removing the cork handle which I will replace, as the old one is trashed, and remove the ferrules. As you will see from the photos the male ferrules are cracked and probably need replaced as well.