Ferrules for Fly Rods
German silver is the usual ferrule material on all rods of good grade and is perfectly suited to the pure one quality, and the mere fact that the ferrules are of "German silver" does not guarantee them unless the material and workmanship are right. The best German silver ferrules are hand-wrought and approach steel in hardness. On the cheaper grade rods nickel plated ferrules are used, and on some rods plain brass ferrules. Both of these should be avoided. To the novice a ferrule is a ferrule, and that is the end of it; the old-timer, however, knows that there are certain qualities which the ferrule must have in order to be entirely satisfactory. In the first place the ferrules should be "waterproof" in order to prevent rotting of the rod material at their bases. In the waterproof ferrules a metal disc is placed across the inside of the ferrule next to the wood of the joint, thus making it impossible for water to reach the wood.
ALSO IT SHOULD BE SERRATED OR SPLIT, THIS MEANS IT is secured to the rod joint is, in the case of serration, cut into saw-teeth or crown shaped; or, in case the ferrule is split, that the base of the ferrule is cut or split in several places. Both of these processes are for the purpose of making the ferrule easier to bind hard and fast to the rod joint, the serration or splitting making it possible for the cement and silk winding to bind the ferrule much more securely than in the case of ferrules with plain bases.
Next, the open end of the female ferrule should be "welted"; that is, the end is strengthened with an extra band or welt of metal. And, finally, the ferrule should be "capped," meaning that at the binding end of the ferrule it is “shouldered " to cause more perfect contact of rod joint and ferrule and to prevent the ferrule from slipping. To sum up, the ferrules of the new rod should be waterproof, capped, serrated and welted. And the material should certainly be German silver.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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