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    Default Rod whipping thread

    I am refurbishing an Aspinal split cane rod and also an ABU Mark 6 Feralite zoom; both used mottled whipping silk; in the case of the Aspinal orange and yellow and in the ABU orange and black; does anyone know where I may be able to source such whipping thread or at least something like them?
    Many thanks, Peter

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    Ebay's always worth a look but mottled threads are so 70s. Doubt that you'll ever get them.
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    Many thanks Jeff :-)

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    Mottled threads are often called Jasper over here ,but the Americans call it Twist. Those two words will help with searches, however Hopkins and Holloway stock some, but I'd call them.... the site is a bit duff and doesn't list all their stock.

    Hopkins Holloway - specialist fishing tackle and fishing tackle components - Seymo, Fuji, Stonefly, Tomlin

    they have a second sight....


    Fishing rod blanks and guides - buy online


    Did you mean Aspindales, rather than Aspinall ? I haven't heard of them.


    If so, I have several Aspindale rods and photos of several more and could suggest some accurate alternatives.
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    absolutely right Aspindale it should have been; my keyboard and I ...... never the best of friends

    I have the "Swiftdale" in beautiful condition except I have had to refit a wonky butt section ferrule and it would be lovely to closely match if poss the thread on the rod.

    Thanks very much for your help :-)

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    I think the Swiftdale is a fairly late rod from them. Does it have a transfer type logo of an angler playing a fish? It may also have some of the finest handwriting I've ever seen on rods....so consistent I get the feeling the same person did all the rods.

    Peter Aspindale only retired a few years back and is still seen at the Redditch tackle fairs by all accounts.


    The worst case scenario is that you have to whip up to your ferrule with clear silk and paint the speckled finish on by hand. It doesn't look as bad as it sounds. Honest !
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    good idea! I may just whip the ferrule with near matching silk; I have a stock from years ago and then stipple it with diluted black paint; it won't be exact but more than acceptable.

    You are right in that it does have a logo of an angler playing a fish and the rod is beautifull finished; like all my cane rods I enjoy taking them out occasionally, matched of course with a period reel.

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    One of the eBayers who sells whipping silk from time to time has just put lots on at just £2.50 for 50 metres as a Buy it Now.

    He calls himself Barney Gallop, and has vast, vast stocks of old rod building stuff.

    I'm so glad to see him listing again.


    Here's a link so you can add him to your favourite sellers if you wish..


    rod whipping thread in gold/black size 40(twist) on eBay (end time 01-Jun-10 16:50:29 BST)
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    Nice one IC! Just bought a couple of spools.
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    If you wish to be "authentic" then find mottled/speckled whipping thread. Me and my mates in the 70s thought they looked totally naff!!!

    I think time has proved us right.


    Use a nice red or a subtle shade to compliment the colour of the rod.
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