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Old 02-12-2011, 09:32 PM
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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??
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:41 PM
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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.

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Old 02-12-2011, 09:54 PM
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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)
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:43 PM
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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.

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

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Old 03-12-2011, 09:22 PM
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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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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.

Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.

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

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


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