Fishing/Rod value ?


Rod w/ bag and tube
Rod w/ bag and tube  

tube labeling - bag - Rod
tube labeling - bag -  
I have an Orvis impregnated bamboo rod
Flea 6 1/2' 2 oz. HFG4 1Tip
serial #78423
Metal tubing w/stamped screw cap top labeled
Very good condition
I was wondering if you could get me a value for this

My first thought to you is, how do you know it is a model Flea? Which if any of the following is from the bag/be and which is from the rod; “Orvis impregnated bamboo rod Flea 6 1/2' 2 oz. HFG4 1 Tip serial #78423”?
I have not found bag information not to be 100% reliable.
For example when put together is it actually 6.5 feet?

The rod was built by a well known maker, Orvis who has been around since the US civil war.
The Serial #78423 is not in my database I down loaded some years ago and have verified. It is not usual that Orvis rods are not in my list.

According to Antique & Collectable Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide Homel, Dan, 1997 ,2nd edition 2000, the 6.5" Flea" fly rod with an extra tip,2 piece  is valued at $125, 300 and $500 for poor, good, excellent condition respectively. You might search eBay for prices as well.

Orvis is still in business and can help you as well as history:

My experience is that you can call Orvis 888-235-9763, they have a non digital , paper source with more complete serial numbers. But if you ask for a value they will put you off but if you ask for age, maker, and model then you will get some info.

Good Luck

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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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