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Fishing/heddon 850 split bamboo flyrod


I have a Heddon  #850  5 1/2 M  split bamboo rod  "Jim Heddon's favorite " . The original tag on the rod bag  has  850  5 1/2  med.. and inspsector  is  LS.. thanks for your trouble ,  Dick

The only 850 I have seen is a spin casting rod not fly.
While I am explaining - tags, backs and socks are only complements , really only help, not to use for complete authentication of maker or model.. I am assuming that Heddon 850 is on the rod.
How do you know if  is bamboo? It should have flat sides not round.
Spin casting rods do not have much resale value. The most I have People want them to be valuable but do not trust an amount unless that are willing to buy at that amount.
I have gotten the best prices selling these to restaurants as wall hangers and not as fishing tools. Trust me I could not even get more than 50. It is the collectors who create this interest. Spin have reel above the rod handle, fly reel is below handle below

Price Book:
Antique & Collectible  Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide by Homel, Dan. 1997 (2nd edition 2000)
add about 30% for age of book.

Homel gives the  Heddon  model 850 R bait cast rod 6' (1 piece) 1 sections the  value of  25,70, and 125 for poor, good, and excellent condition respectively. I doubt you can really can get that much for it.

Homel mentions also a "Jim Heddon's Favorite" bait casting rod 5 1/2' with similar prices. Homel is a good book to pick up in the library. He has a whole section on condition.


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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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