Horrocks-Ibbotson Governor Restoration

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by Ethan G., Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    Ellensburg, WA
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    I posted a while back about an old H-I Governor I had lying around and my plans to restore it. Well, the project is just about done, minus a set of ferrules. Here it is. Built on a 1950's H-I Governor blank, scarlet Persall's Gossamer silk wraps with no color preserver, chrome guides, Struble D-3 reel seat with a matching teak insert, vintage 1970's Pflueger Medalist (thanks Yellowlab!), and a high quality cork cigar handle.

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    What do you think?
    -Ethan
  2. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Congratulations. It looks just fine. Most importantly, how do you like casting it?

    TC
  3. Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    Most people seem to be put off by this particular model, but I really like it. Plenty slow which is a nice break from modern rods.
    -Ethan
  4. koolminx Member

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    Gorst, Washington
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    Ethan, I've got the chance to get a Governor for under $30 bucks, and it's a 4 piece (likely an extra from another rod) do you think it's worth it?

    Thanks,

    Gary (koolminx)
  5. Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    Hell, if it's $30, why not? It is a bit of a club and it's more of a nymph/wet rod than a dry fly rod. If you can cast it, that'll help with your decision making process. All I can say is most people don't like it, but I find it pretty nice. It looks nice now that I've refurbished it, too!:clown:
    -Ethan
  6. koolminx Member

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    Gorst, Washington
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    I waited a little long on that H&I, but landed a very very Nice Heddon Mark II in mint original ready to use condition today for $35 bucks, and a South Bend 323 9' split cane rod ready to use HDH that only needs some sticky on the eye wraps, for $24.00!

    So I'm fairly darn happy with today's haul! ptyd :thumb:

    koolminx
  7. fixj Member

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    Bellevue, WA
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    Hi Ethan,

    I was searching and found your H&I Govenor restoration....nice work....I am searching for a middle section for a 9' Govenor.....I can a section made or buy another Govenor and canabalize it..

    what weight line do you use ? (I have heard anywhere from 6-9....)

    fyi....the Govenor sold new for $12 in 1949....

    Jim