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    Default antique/vintage rods

    hi, hope someone can help.
    my father in law ( who is 80 something) has decided he wants me to take him flyfishing. oh god i think, then he tells me he has his own rod.........
    its a goldeneye split cane bought in bergen norway for the princely sum of 3 guineas in 1955!!!
    question is : is the rod any good (he says its hardly used)
    is it worth anything as a collectable/antique
    should i laugh, cry or cheer??
    regards
    ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by edhinho View Post
    hi, hope someone can help.
    my father in law ( who is 80 something) has decided he wants me to take him flyfishing. oh god i think, then he tells me he has his own rod.........
    its a goldeneye split cane bought in bergen norway for the princely sum of 3 guineas in 1955!!!
    question is : is the rod any good (he says its hardly used)
    is it worth anything as a collectable/antique
    should i laugh, cry or cheer??
    regards
    ed
    Hi ed
    I know nothing about the value of the rod but unless it's a famous maker it is unlikely to be valuable. From a practical point of view if the rod has been stored properly for the last 56 years it will still be usable. I have my father's rod of a similar age 53 years and it is in A1 condition as it was infrequently used and stored in a dry dark attic hanging up in its bag. There may be others on this Forum that may know of the rod's maker.

    BK

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    You need to cry.The 1st time you try to use the split cane rod.the glue holding it together wil probably fail.If not it will more than likely be like a bit of spagetty..Don't overline it.
    If it is whole and hearty.then you will probably be able to have a pleasant but tiring session(weight)
    Best of luck

    Jim
    Last edited by 3lbgrayling; 02-12-2011 at 09:01 PM.
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: antique/vintage rods

    Quote Originally Posted by edhinho View Post
    hi, hope someone can help.
    my father in law ( who is 80 something) has decided he wants me to take him flyfishing. oh god i think, then he tells me he has his own rod.........
    its a goldeneye split cane bought in bergen norway for the princely sum of 3 guineas in 1955!!!
    question is : is the rod any good (he says its hardly used)
    is it worth anything as a collectable/antique
    should i laugh, cry or cheer??
    regards
    ed

    Have a look at it, assemble it and wiggle it about and make a decision. At least twice a year I use this rod that was built in 1880 by James Ogden.



    It is quite good actually although it takes a #7 line...

    richard
    Last edited by richardw; 02-12-2011 at 10:45 PM.
    Who resides on the right bank of the Derbyshire Wye and is lulled to sleep each night by the mutterings of the river, dreaming that "When the rivers and their inhabitants come first, we ALL win."

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    thanks all, we'll give it a try and i`ll give him a casting lesson, he may find a hardy marksman a little different as he last went fishing in 1958......

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    how cool would it be to pick up modern tackle after all that time! you need to let us know what his first impressions are,

    last time i dug out 2 cane and one greenheart rod/s was their last outing, all three broke, actually 2 broke and the greenheart broke later..the handle of which now supports an elevated dog bed!

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    Default Re: antique/vintage rods

    Quote Originally Posted by richardw View Post
    Have a look at it, assemble it and wiggle it about and make a decision. At least twice a year I use this rod that was built in 1880 by James Ogden.



    It is quite good actually although it takes a #7 line...

    richard
    Nice photos richard whats the brass reel looks a gem there mate


    Gary (nicho)
    bambbo rod maker

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