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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 macsrods@yahoo.com 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 H-I (Horrocks-Ibbotson).

They are looked down upon by the collecting community and often they are justified. They were mass produced , rather heavy and very slow. They are not going to resale for very much.

Two books are available at larger libraries to get history and or value:
Antique & Collectable Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide Homel, Dan. 1997
Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook -Michael Sinclair

Commission Sales

Because of my knowledge I can help you sell and get a good price for your vintage bamboo fly rod. email email Mac

Experience in the area

I have been restoring bamboo fly rods for 15 years and making graphite for 17 .

Publications

website = www.macsrods.com click home page

Education/Credentials

**example of a thorough description of a label: The Shakespeare decal is olive green ovals with gold foil banner bearing the word "Shakespeare" in script. The remainder of the of the lettering is block style reading on top Honor Built and on the bottom of oval , Made in USA. The writing is away from the grip.


What do you like about this subject?

I love bamboo fly rods. I rebuild them for a living. I have several books on makers and history of bamboo fly rods.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

A vintage rod may not have collectors value but may be a great fishing too.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Most fly fishers either love or hate bamboo fly rods. I believe taking a fish with bamboo is a completely different experience that graphite. It is the same difference as fishing with worms.


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Recent Answers from Rich Mac McGaughey

2016-10-08 IM-7 graphite pole repair:

Jamie  go to the hobby store - look for a  dowel = wooden cylinder or similar material- get it larger than the inside diameter and trim it down  I always used old fishing rods= graphite on the exterior

2016-05-06 Refinish an A1308-T:

Roy,  It's a rod not a pole.  Shakespeare might sell you a label but I doubt if you are going to find one. I would not want one.  2- Any oil based - not water - finish remover will work - OL' Dads and

2016-04-21 Divine & South bend bamboo rods:

Jon,  FYI - no one tells me their rod is in anything but great or mint condition. When I have investigated I find very few re correct.    The South Bend:  The model #47 appeared in the latter 1930s and

2016-03-24 Fly Rod:

Jack  You wrote me , Rich Mac , Joe is long gone.  Very few people say their rods are not excellent. They are usually wrong. see Homel at your local library for an exact description of the rods condition

2016-03-22 fly rod value?:

Mike  You are asking a bamboo guy about graphite. I am open minded but my friends laugh at those plastic sticks. Anyway, you are probably not going to find much on graphite anywhere . Did you try Powell?

 

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