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 Post subject: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:52 pm 
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Brown Trout

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I might be dreaming and opening a can of worms here, but have a question. I'm not familiar with bamboo rods.
An old friend who has a landscaping business was here mowing my neighbor's yard today. I was talking to him about fishing. He is a lifelong resident of Blowing Rock. He mentioned that he recently bought a 3-piece split bamboo rod from a flea market in VA from an old woman who had it in a bunch of flea market junk. It still had old, old plastic covering it, and says that it has never been used. He says it has "Presidential" and dated 1929 on it. I asked him about the ferrule, guides, cork, etc. Never used. I asked him to call me back when he looked again and found the brand name. This guy is not a fly fisherman, but has bamboo surf rods, so he knows a little about rods. He said, "It's really skinny and light, about 8 1/2 foot long."
He paid $15 for it at the flea market. If it says Phillipson, Granger, or Heddon on it, I can get it for next to nothing. Otherwise, it might be trash.
Should I get my hopes up?


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:26 pm 
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I would...

Not to high.

'til looking at it.

8-) 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:50 am 
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Phil I have sent you a PM. It could be nothing or it could be a gem. dave


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:30 am 
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Well, I looked at the rod today. It's a Horrocks-Ibbotson President, Utica, NY, and the crumbling cardboard box has 1929 stamped on it. The 8 1/2 foot rod is missing two guides and has a set in the tip. I think I'll pass on this one, even though I could have bought it for $50.


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:05 pm 
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Probably a wise decision. H-I's aren't high on the list.

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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:42 pm 
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I know. Man, I was hoping it was an old Granger or Heddon. I would have jumped on it, even I'd have had to spend a few hundred on repairs.


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:02 pm 
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On the other hand, it's worth $15....

Some H-I's were pretty good fishing rods, but they are definitely not collectables.


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:15 pm 
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phg wrote:
On the other hand, it's worth $15....

Some H-I's were pretty good fishing rods, but they are definitely not collectables.


I hear ya, Paul. I've been doing some research on them. Not a collectable, and it looked to me like it would need some significant repairs. Two missing guides, the cork was suspect, and a fairly bad set in the tip. I didn't think it would be worth restoring, even though it was the top of their line at the time. Yes, it was a 1929 according to the trout picture above the H&I logo That was discontinued after 1930. Ones in decent shape are for sale on the Internet for $250.
I was secretly hoping for one of those deals of a lifetime, since the guy had no idea what it was. Oh, well. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo rod question
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:23 am 
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The tip can easily be straightened, the box can be worth more than the rod :o I like the older rods, won't fish anything longer(very long) than 8', they are some heavy suckers.
$50 rod
$100 repairs
still cheaper than buying a plastic rod ;)


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