Fishing/Rod Values


Jim wrote at 2012-05-02 01:14:03
Al Ellis was a custom rod builder  for many years in Phoenix AZ.  Prior to 1960, he worked at  the Paul Young shop in Michigan, and then for a few years at Phillipson in Denver.   From the early 1960's until his passing  about 1963,  he was regarded as the premier custom rod builder in Phoenix.  He made fiberglass, graphite, and bamboo rods.  He built all types, including fly, spinning, cating , and even saltwater.    In the 80's and 90's,  he used Graphite USA blanks, and built many rods with boron - graphite blanks.  he had some small catalogs out,  i have one,  and also had a charcature of him smoking a pipe and fishing.  A motto he had was -- take a kid fishing,     he was friends with some well known fishing persons including Joe and Mary Brooks, and Dave Whitlock.  I ended up acquiring leftover rod building parts, blanks, etc from his estate and have some of his personal rods.  

Scott W.Ellis wrote at 2012-12-05 06:41:00
Al Ellis died in 1993, I know this sincee was my uncle.....Scott W. Ellis


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I can answer questions on custom rod building and rod restoration and rod repair for bamboo, graphite and fiberglass fishing rods. I also have experience in estimating the value of vintage rods and determining the original manufacturer.


I operate a custom rod building business providing fly rods, spey rods, casting and spinning rods in bamboo graphite and fiberglass. I also operate a custom rod building school where myself and other professional rod builders teach individuals to build custom rods. I have a personal interest in vintage rods and have a small collection of reference books and articles which often help shed light on the origins of the older rods.

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I have a large number of individual clients for whom I have designed and built custom fishing rods of all types. I also have two commercial clients for whom I build private label rods, one in the USA and one in Europe.

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