The Tale of a Youngs of Harrow Cane Rod.

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The Tale of a Youngs of Harrow Cane Rod.

Post by Fredline » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:58 am

This cane rod was bought in 1961 by my friend Dave's dad, Albert. A 3 piece whole cane bottom and middle sections with a built cane top measuring 11', at the time one of Youngs of Harrow's finest. It was used mainly on the River Lea with hemp and tares for roach but in 1981 caught a very large Barbel of 12lb 6oz from the Hampshire Avon earning its captor a prize rod from the Angling Times for one of the largest fish of the season. In the 1970's Dave and Albert changed the rings from the standard High Bells Life to the very offensive but fashionable Orange and White Fuji guides. Shocking, someone call a constable and arrest these two persons as enemies of traditional angling. Dave was telling me this story a couple of years ago and brought the rod in to show me. His dad was now hospitalised with Alzheimers and floated in and out of reality but was always up for a fishing chat. I offered to put the rod back to, as near as possible, its original 1960's condition. I had the rod kicking about for a few months and Albert constantly reminded Dave with the question "has your mate finished my rod yet?" He never forgot it despite his ailing health. I was sitting around one day and decided to start Alberts rod.The finish on the rod was still in excellent condition and it was very easy to make out where the original High Bells rings had stood. The old Fuji's came off without too much damage and were replaced with new High Bells Life rings, they had to have longer feet than the Fuji's to accommodate the original 1960's marks. An red agate lined butt and tip rings finished the rod as near to the original as possible. The varnish and wraps were a little tricky to match as the colour on both had darkened over the years so it was never going to be an "invisible mend".However I was pleased when it was finished so was Dave, but more importantly so was Albert when he was shown the rod in hospital.
He died a week later.
Why did I decide to refurbish this rod when I did? Fate? Coincidence? Who knows.
As a post script to the story Albert ended up in the swim where he had caught the Barbel in 1981 as Dave and his sister scattered some of Alberts ashes in the Avon. They could not get close enough to the river due to it being very overgrown so resorted to wrapping the ashes in a slice of bread and casting it towards the river. Dave told me it was very satisfying to hear the plop knowing he had thrown it far enough. How wonderfully poetic.
The End. Fredline aged 65½.ImageImage
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Re: The Tale of a Youngs of Harrow Cane Rod.

Post by Stour Otter » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:30 pm

Thanks for the story Fredline, it makes one feel humble.

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Post by Nobby » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:54 pm

Nice to think of Albert forever in his prize-winning swim, watching the barbel come and go.

Lovely tale, Fred. Thank-you.

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Post by Harry H » Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:02 pm

Lovely story, well done Fred
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Post by AshbyCut » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:27 pm

A truly moving story. Thank you, Sir.
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Post by Lea Dweller » Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:18 pm

What a nice thing to do, what a nice end to the story, well done John :Hat:
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Post by LuckyLuca » Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:28 pm

That's a lovely heart warming story John.
My Father is suffering with dementia and the chance to do something similar would be a dream come true.
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Post by Paul D » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:23 pm

What a lovely, heart warming tale.... A toast to Albert gentlemen :cheers:
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Post by Wallys-Cast » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:08 pm

To Albert, rest in peace :cheers:


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Post by Duckett » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:15 pm

What a wonderful tale and what a way for an angler to go to his rest.
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