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Hi, I've just purchased a JJS Walker & Bampton 9.5ft fly rod in mint condition in its original bag and has two tips. There is also a number stamped on the butt 18845. Can you tell me anything about this rod?? I only know that its English made.I'd love to fish with it but have no clue as to what line etc to use. Thanks in advance. Mick

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Mick,
History:
http://fishing.teggin.com/2008/01/jjs-walker-bampton-co-makers-alnwick.html

Books
Fishing Tackle A Collector's Guide by Turner has prices and pictures but you are probably not going to find it for sale even for $500 or in libraries
Turner says this rod is worth  50 Pounds, many years ago - probably $300 now.

It would be nice if I had a list of serial numbers for  Walker but I do have them for Hardy and many US rods.

If you send me the weight ,picture and configuration of the cork handle(s)and diameter above the handle I can better guess that it is probably  8 to 9 weight.
Internet sources:

Clarks Bamboo Rod Forum - I usually trust this site
http://clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.com/reply/110228#.Tq7AA3KwVn0

Your rod is a UK rod. I am a US bamboo fly rod man. But I think I can give you some small direction. It is scarce in my books and  memory. I sold a 13  footer  and did well. Walker Bampton produced rods for Farlows in the early 1950s.

I doubt if you are going to reach the US collectors market ,I would look into the UK or European market.

Condition- everyone says mint and unused- just go look at the last 10 questions-some of these rods I've seen or at least photograpghs and they are not mint. Send me detailed not blurry pictures to macsrods@yahoo.com and I will show you what I mean.

Some places to look for pricing and information:
ebay-UK would be one place to sell it .

Take it to Farlows in London

You can try selling it at the Classic Fly Rod Forum at no cost http://www.classicflyrodforum.com/topic/12529/t/New-Hardy-Rod-s.html

similar forums in the UK are
http://www.cane-rods.mistral.co.uk/
and
http://inthenetuk.com/pages/home.asp

Luck,
Mac

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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 macsrods@yahoo.com 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

Commission Sales

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

Experience

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

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website = www.macsrods.com click home page


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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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