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Thank you for offering this service. Much appreciated.
I have an 8' / 3 pc Palakona cc de France Regal with two tips my research says was made in  1954. I use it with a Perfect reel and love it - but the rod gives no line size. I have a 6 on it and it works  fine, but would like to know for certain. Ser no. Is E94536.

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6 is a good guess. When I started evaluating rods, I have several reels with lines weighted from 2 to 10. I have found that our forefathers fished much the same way we do today, with graphite rods. Almost all the bamboo rods I tested were 6 weights.  

I have a database that I got on ebay and  used to be on the Hardy and Grey Canada (not there anymore). I have  used it several times and have confirmed it many times. It says your rod was made in 1953, from the serial number.

Because the rod was made in the UK I don't think I am going to have much more information out here in the western USA.

Luck and tight lines,

Please provide feedback, nominations are appreciated.

There may be a line size on the rod. In the 50s it would have been a single letter and or a series of letters not a number. Example E HDH. I don't understand the 8 out of 10 on Knowledgeability. I bet I am one of 10 people in the USA that knows what I wrote in my answer.
Did you give me all writing on the rod?


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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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