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Chad Ferguson

Expert in freshwater fishing and all species of freshwater fish including catfish, largemouth, black, white and striped bass, gar and all other species of fish. In addition to fishing technique and species information any and all questions related to fishing tackle, rods, reels and equipment as well as freshwater fishing boats. Most important I can answer any and all catfish fishing related questions with a high level of expertise as I've been a professional fishing guide for catfish for fifteen years.

Jack Gaither

PLEASE, PLEASE, READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE ASKING YOUR QUESTION. THANK YOU. PLEASE, I HAVE BEEN GETTING MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANTIQUE RODS, REELS ETC. I hate to refuse questions but I really can not be of help in this. If you have an old rod, reel, lure etc. try contacting the maker if still existing or try antique fishing tackle on the web. I am genuinely sorry that I CAN NOT ANSWER SUCH QUESTIONS. I have been bass, crappie, brim and catfishing for over 70 years. Most of my recent experience has been on the Apalachicola R. in Fl. panhandle, and Lake Seminole. I can answer many questions on places to go and some ideas on tactics especially for largemouth bass in these waters. I can`t tell you what fish will bite but can give some lures and methods that have worked well for me over the last 33 years in this area. I am also well versed on boating safety and small boat handling.

Rich Mac McGaughey


I can answer questions on graphite fly rod building and bamboo rod restoration and making. I can guide people to restorers . I can guide people to rod building components on the internet as well as catalog. I can help them identify and value their bamboo fly rods with a picture .

If you are asking for the id of an old rod

please give a complete description send pictures especially labels or logos with detailed thorough description** to me and a complete including as much the following as you can: Is it? fly or casting rod ? Reel seat is below or above the cork handle ? Check metal for id and patents ? What is it made of; bamboo ( flat sided) fiberglass or graphite ( round)? Weight in oz? What is the diameter of the rod above the cork? Where was it purchased ? What type of metal nickel-silver, tin, or chrome platted brass? A complete description of any logos or labels. Length of rod per section and number of sections. Total rod length.

Please read the following if the rod has either of the following two labels

Montague or .....

Timothy Howard

I'm willing and able to answer most questions regarding northern pike and bass. I can advise on specific rods, reels, lures and fishing line for specific fishing techniques. Also, I know alot about fishing in smaller waters and can give expert answers on optimal fishing weather conditions.

Robert Vermillion

I can answer questions about collecting antique fishing lures, reels, and other items.

Mark Rimmer

On Vacation
returns 09/21/2014
I have been actively fishing for forty-five years! For nearly 15 of those years I was able to fish nearly 200 days per year. Those wonderful days have left me with a plethora of knowledge to share. I have fished from the Marianas of the Pacific to the quiet tidewaters of Virginia and North Carolina, Antigua the gulf coast of Texas and many places in between. My home waters are those of the west. I am passionate about bass fishing, tournament as well as recreational. In addition, I am well versed in fishing for most other species...(Okay, although interesting, I'm not an expert on British or European style competitive carp fishing...chumming with a slingshot anyone?). I am intimately acquainted with the San Diego County Lakes, Diamond Valley reservoir in Riverside County California and numerous other exciting fishing waters from Texas (Travis County) to the Pacific Coast and south to Cabo San Lucas. I have many years of experience in blue-water as well as inshore angling of all types in Southern California with both artificial and live baits; high country fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of my beloved Golden State with nothing but a backpack and a .....

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2014-08-25 square steel fish rod:

Paul,     Steel rods were the low cost alternative to bamboo rods. They date from before 1900 thru the 1940s. They were then replaced by fiberglass as the low cost material of choice. Several makers produced

2014-08-24 FS65 Powell spinning rod:

G. Harris,  You would think this rod would be worth something but it is not. And I doubt you can get history unless you can find a Powel employee from the 50.  I  am a bamboo man not fiberglass. Fiberglass

2014-08-22 Steel pole:

Hi the American Fork and Hoe Company became True Temper in 1949, so your rod is probably made in the 1930s or 40s. Steel rods were the affordable alternative to split bamboo rods, and were made in large

2014-08-18 fishing rod:

Hello Sara,    If I have deciphered your paragraph correctly, you are asking about a Heddon Rod and Reel.    The 9916 rod is a spinning rod built in the late 1960's to mid 1970's. The spinning reel should

2014-08-08 Union Hardware Co. rod:

Hello Jeanne. Thank you for the question.    Union Hardware was a large and diversified manufacturer and machining company that was founded in 1864 and in 1905 began producing fishing rods of steel. I

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