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I recently found what i believe to be a very old fishing rod at a yard sale. So far, i have not been able to find any information about it or anything that looks comparable to it on the Internet. The entire pole appears to be made of some kind of metal. It has a bit of weight to it in the handle but do to its unusual shape, the rod end is very light. Rather that the usual cylindrical shape of the pole, it has a flat "two poled" rod. the handle bares the markings "patent pending" on one side, and "hi power, storm lake" on the other. any idea what this pole is or where it came from?

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Caitlyn,
I am in Arvada .
I have seen a lot of metal rods but they are not common. They are not collected wither so you will probably not fins much on them.
I have cast them and found them to be poor fly fishing tools. Casting maybe ok.
I did find a little history on steel rods in Classic and Antique Fly Fishing Tackle: A Guide for Collectors and Anglers By A. J. Campbell
Price Book:
Antique & Collectible  Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide  by Homel, Dan. 1997 #2nd edition 2000# add about 30% for age of book.

There is also a lot of information on this web site, http://www.allexperts.com ,on steel rods and can be searched.

Here are several values for poor, good, excellent condition respectively from Homel.

Armax
Telescopic steel fly/bait rod 9' with reversible handle    20   50   100
Tubular steel bait casting rod 4 1/2'  c.1930          20   45   95
 Abbey & Imbrie " steel pack rod by Horton 4 1/2'  c.1915 12   30   60
LL Bean Solid steel octagonal baitcasting rods c.1938    4   12   30
Bristol - Horton MFG.
Antique steel fly rod 8 1/2'  c.1905    9   28   50
Antique telescoping steel fly rod 10' maple handle    10   30   55
there are many more

You might  find these books at major libraries.

The only time I have seen these metal rods sell for more than 25 was to a restaurant to decorate a wall.
A recent search of completed items on ebay confirms the above 'guesstamate'.

 Please provide feedback, nominations are appreciated.
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

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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

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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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