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jerry wrote at 2012-04-09 18:07:42

Just started googling some info on my dad's old model 59 9' South Bend fly rod, and saw your inquiry. Not sure if you've found your answer,elsewhere,but in case you haven't maybe this will help: On my rod, from the top of the cork handle to the first guide is 23" (all measurements to center of guide). the middle section has 3 guides(moving towards tip). The 1st guide  is 7 1/2" from the bottom of(male)metal connector for this section. 2nd guide is another 14" up. 3rd guide is another 12" up(or 3" down from metal, female, connector the 3rd section slides into).

The 3rd section has 5 guides plus the tip. The 1st guide is 4" up from the bottom of the metal(male)connector. The 2nd is    9 1/4"up(toward the tip). The 3rd guide is 5 1/2" up from the 2nd. The 4th guide is 7" up from the 3rd. The 5th guide is     7 1/8" up from the 4th (or 3 3/4" from the top of the tip). Making a total of 9 guides(as you suspected)and the tip ferule- 1 guide on 1st sect., 3 on mid-sect.,and 5 on 3rd sect. The 1st guide is,of course,heavier gauge metal with a red ceramic(?)insert, while the remaining 8 guides all appear to be made of a sturdy wire of a lighter gauge with kind of a half-twist construction to guide the line through. The rod appears to be 6-sided bamboo,with the rectangular label"South Bend A Name Famous In Fishing" and a stamp "HCH or C" on the same side(surface) that the first guide is attached to.These guides seem to be in their original positions as there are no other markings on the rod sections that would indicate repair or replacement. As a recent retiree, I am just an amateur  looking for the first time in 50-some years at some old fishing equipment my dad used in the '50s. Hope this helps.  


TAyer wrote at 2013-01-10 01:04:30
I have the same model 59 9 foot with the square tag that my father gave me about 1980. It has not been used except when he did lightly after he bought it. It has 4 guides on the tip section. Three guides on the center section. One guide with red liner on the handle section. This rod has never been repaired, rewound, or restored in any manner.


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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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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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