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I received a Heddon #14 9ft rod. All pieces are of equal length. The cork has blackened, but is solid. There is one ferrule missing and a guide. The reel seat is in good condition. The bamboo appears to be all intact, no splits, the finish however has some gatoring and one piece has a slight bend. This rod has a nice feel to it and I would like to restore it so I can fish it. Would it be a bad thing to remove the guides and wrappings, refinish the bamboo and cork, replace missing guide or all of them and take this lovely thing fishing?

Price Book:
Antique & Collectible  Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide by Homel, Dan. 1997 (2nd edition 2000) add about 30% for age of book.

Homel gives the Heddon #14 "Thorobred" heavy trout fly rod 9' with an extra tip, 3 sections the  value of  $50, 115 and $210 for poor, good, and excellent condition respectively.

So I don't think it's a bad idea to restore it. You can not fish it as it is, never mind the missing guides but it is the finish where water can get into the bamboo around the ferrules, possibly weakening and causing a break, that is the big problem.

Make sure you maintain any writing on the rod, if you restore, or you will loose most of the value of the rod.

You have to strip all finish off before re wrap.

Denatured alcohol will clean your cork.
Use guides one size larger than current, as modern lines have a larger diameter than vintage.
Bamboo can be straightened using heat and pressure against the set.
See my inexpensive dip finish equipment  at

Yes take this rod out to your favorite spot

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Rich Mac McGaughey


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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**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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