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What is it?  Searching the net, I believe it is a Montague, yes I understand the low value, possibly the Sunbeam model.  It's 9' long, 3 sections, with an extra tip, and a non-magnetic reel seat.
The decals are missing and there are no markings to be found. I can see where the logo was, and what is left appears to match the Montague label.
It was last fished in the 70's and was given to my friend by his father-in-law in the 60's. Everything is original with the exception of a couple of guides being re-wrapped on one side. The end eyelet is missing from one of the two tips.
Any idea what line weight it might be so that I may fish it?
Any and all information is appreciated.

Probably a 6 weight- because that's what I see mostly.
And a 3 piece bamboo is going to need at least 6 weight to bend that heavy stiff slow rod.

If the bamboo rod has threads fallen off, finish is cracked (alligatored or sluffing , water can get to the bamboo. This is true especially if water can get into ferrules /connectors or tip tops (top guide). Wet bamboo like wood will weaken or rot. Most breaks on bamboo rods are around female ferrules and 1-3 inches from the end  of the section. It is the poor quality of finish that most new owners overlook and think their rod is in mint, excellent or unused condition when it is actually poor.

It probably is a Montague.
Not exactly sure what you mean by "Any and all information is appreciated" value ? It is a good rod to practice restoration because the condition leaves this rod with little to no resale value.


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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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