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I am restoring an old Harnell #521 rod, and would like to replace the trolling gimbal with a similar chrome over brass gimbal. i have not been able to find a seller of these parts....any suggestions?
Also, how old are these rods?

Never heard of Harnell but I am a bamboo fly rod man.
And you didn't give me enough details to research.
I have been in your shoes, trying to find parts and gimbals.
Be creative

Try all the mail order outfits first
My list

Here are  most of the things I have done in the past to resolve the problem:
I stopped asking people for a gimbal ,even modern rod builders may not know that term.
Get creative:
Make one out of alternative materials I have tools but carved them out of wood and plastic.
try craigs list- only if you have a picture.
Come up with 3 more names -ferrule  ,cylinder ,spacer
find one that will work or can be modified at the hardware store
make a friend at Ace hardware, They may not have it, but they know who  to ask.

last- I can do it - send me specs, I have a mini metal lathe and it works well - I would use stainless steel, to will respond with a price.


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Rich Mac McGaughey


I can answer questions on graphite fly rod building and bamboo rod restoration and making. I can guide people to restorers . I can guide people to rod building components on the internet as well as catalog. I can help them identify and value their bamboo fly rods with a picture .

If you are asking for the id of an old rod

please give a complete description send pictures especially labels or logos with detailed thorough description** to me and a complete including as much the following as you can: Is it? fly or casting rod ? Reel seat is below or above the cork handle ? Check metal for id and patents ? What is it made of; bamboo ( flat sided) fiberglass or graphite ( round)? Weight in oz? What is the diameter of the rod above the cork? Where was it purchased ? What type of metal nickel-silver, tin, or chrome platted brass? A complete description of any logos or labels. Length of rod per section and number of sections. Total rod length.

Please read the following if the rod has either of the following two labels

Montague or H-I (Horrocks-Ibbotson).

They are looked down upon by the collecting community and often they are justified. They were mass produced , rather heavy and very slow. They are not going to resale for very much.

Two books are available at larger libraries to get history and or value:
Antique & Collectable Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide Homel, Dan. 1997
Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook -Michael Sinclair

Commission Sales

Because of my knowledge I can help you sell and get a good price for your vintage bamboo fly rod. email email Mac


I have been restoring bamboo fly rods for 15 years and making graphite for 17 .

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**example of a thorough description of a label: The Shakespeare decal is olive green ovals with gold foil banner bearing the word "Shakespeare" in script. The remainder of the of the lettering is block style reading on top Honor Built and on the bottom of oval , Made in USA. The writing is away from the grip.

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