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My friend gave me this rod and I was looking for some info on it.  |It is a 9 foot fly rod, 3 piece with a spare tip,and it is stored in a wood case. Case is carved so that the eyes are sunk into the case.The rod is tied into the case with fabric (3 pieces)

Engraved into the green handle is Union Hardware Company, Torrington, Conn USA.

Any info would be greatly apreciated.

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

I assume your rod is bamboo (flat sided) and fly (reel below the handle). If not all bets are off.

Homel gives the Union Hardware 9 ft  model Bass fly rod with an extra tip, 3 sections the  value of  $30, 70 and $120 for poor, good, excellent condition respectively.

It was probably made by Montague or HI and is not a very good fishing tool. I have seen several of these Union rods that were sold by Montgomery Wards at very low prices.

It's a good rod to practice restoring.
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

Commission Sales

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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