A friend of my showed me his Hardy Palakona bamboo fly rod given to his father years ago. All sections are full length and straight. It has a black plastic reel seat and closely space intermediate wraps. All of the guides are there and look tight, and it has the Hardy lock ferrules. Now for the bad news, the varnish is “alligatored”. I would love to have this rod and offered him $20 for it. If he had accepted I would have felt guilty but would have gladly given him $40 and still felt guilty for little while. I made a couple of suggestions to him. First find a proper vintage Hardy reel to go with the rod lined with silk. Second, I recommended he have the rod restored by someone who knew his stuff. I could do a rewrap but I feel this rod is worth having a pro do the restoration. So here is the question, I would like to hear recommendations as to who you guys would recommend for such a task.