Can any one help?Over the last few years I’ve acquired several old split cane rods from jumble sales and boot fairs and have attempted to restore them. After stripping off the old varnish I have re-coated with several layers of matt yacht varnish and although I say it myself, they look pretty good. While a few have been complete duds and not much good for anything other than pea sticks, a couple have been well-balanced with a lovely ‘feel’ and good fun to fish with. However, an old boy I got chatting to while fishing the Medway at Tonbridge a few days ago, said that excessive varnishing could dry out the cane and make it more likely to crack or split. He advised rubbing in linseed oil linseed oil instead and only using varnish on the whippings.Advice appreciated.