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Could you possibly identify this bamboo pole set?
It seems to be a two pole set. I was told that it is for Japaneese ceremonial use. The shorter pole measures 6 feet (tip seems to be missing) with 7 sections. The longer pole measures 12 feet 6 inches with 8 sections. The tip of the longer pole has a small string loop at the tip. Seems to be hand made, fine craftsmanship. No readable markings were found, see photo of butt. Is it a Tenkara rod? Do you have any idea what it's value might be? They are in very good condition.

I have a graphite Tenkara  rod, which telescopes, but looks alot like yours, no reel. Mine has a small string loop at the tip.
You may have one rod here but after looking at the pictures carefully I see why you say 2. Mine changes from 5 to 11 feet.
I have no idea of value,but contact me if you want an offer,
Most Japanese rods are junk
Have you contacted tenkara usa at ?
I have seen very little written on Japanese rods and I have looked.
Stay in touch ,teach me what you learn.


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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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Because of my knowledge I can help you sell and get a good price for your vintage bamboo fly rod. email email Mac


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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