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hi, i have a hardy rod.It has the alnwick green heart wye on the brass end at the bottom of the rod there is a serial number g311 the rod is a 12 foot 9inchs in length

You are asking this question to a 20-21st Century US Bamboo Fly man in the western US. I have seen a few Hardy and UK rods.
I bought a DVD on ebay that has Hardy rod and reel serial numbers, model names and dates. This data was on Hardy Canada website and I have confirmed it many times.
Your rod was probably built in 1955. There serial range for that year id E96203  to H101. All g serial numbers would fall in that range.

Price Book:
Antique & Collectible  Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide by Homel, Dan. 1997 (2nd edition 2000)
add about 30% for age of book.
Homel has an emphasis on American rods,too.
He has some Hardy rods, none are 12'9"

Homel gives the following  Hardy rods with an extra tip, 3 sections for poor, good, and excellent condition respectively.

"Wye" salmon fly rod 10' #3/2# screw-lock ferrules    45   100   200
"Aydon" greenheart  wood trout rod 10' #3/2#          40   75   150

These rods are close enough to estimate the value
Your rod is probably not in excellent condition. Most people tell me their rods are mint,very few are accurate.

I am interested in your rod. Are you thinking of selling? Send not blurry ,detailed pictures to I might have a buyer.
I am in Denver, CO, USA, you ?

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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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