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

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I have been collecting for 30 years.


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incredible variety of companies to research and collect.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

A large number of US Patents have been issued for fishing tackle designs and improvements.

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Recent Answers from Robert Vermillion

2017-02-16 mohawk fishing rod:

Dan    Steel rods were the low cost, high volume rods sold before fiberglass was developed. Mohawk is a line of tackle sold by Horrocks Ibbotson, NY. I am wondering if there is a mix of parts to explain

2017-02-14 old fishing pole:

Hi    this looks like an early rod from the 1920s, since its missing eyes, it would need a restoration. I would expect to sell in the $100-150 range.    I recommend you get a second opinion at this site:

2017-02-07 old fishing pole:

Hi    sorry for the delay in response, missed the email notification. First the rod would have been made by a rod company for A&F, they were an outfitter not a manufacturer so figuring out the maker is

2017-01-28 kibby c gart:

Hi    I am familiar with these rods made for the Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Store in Denver, but always bamboo rods.    I haven't seen them in steel, which was less expensive at the time and much less

2016-11-12 Metal Action Rod, by Orchard Industries:

Mike    Orchard Industries out of Detroit & Hastings Michigan, they started making rods in 1946s. The ads really start showing up in 1949 thru 1952. They also made a few fishing lures, one of them called


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