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grandson of DR JB tonkin wrote at 2011-04-28 03:11:48
Hello! I am the grandson of Dr John Bauer (JB) of Middletown, Ohio. Tonkin was his word for tinkering. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who also made fly rods as a hobby. The barn/workshop where these were made still hold many stalks of bamboo that these rods were from. He imported the bamboo himself. #121 is the 121st rod he produced. Most rods were given as gifts to friends and dozens of them are still in the family. The highest known # on a rod 162.

Jack wrote at 2012-07-18 17:52:58

If you still have the fly rod, I would be interested in talking to you about it.



J Bauer Jr wrote at 2013-07-13 20:59:48
The JB Tonkin fly rod # 121 was made by my father (Dr. John Bauer) in April 1974.  According to my records it was built for Charles Parrott.  Dad made rods up until 1978.  He died in Feb. 1979.

David Conklin wrote at 2014-02-12 00:47:49
/I have a J B tonkin that is #233 and has a date of 9/1/74 made for a John Kaufman,,,I am of the belief that this is the same rod maker as stated. I hope this info can help in some way  

Jeff Dobrozsi wrote at 2014-05-16 01:24:35
David-- I am another grandson of Dr. Jack Bauer.   Jack, my cousin in the post above, died suddenly and I am trying to find other rods.   I would be interested in learning more about the rod you own.   Please let me know.



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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 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

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

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**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.

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