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Fishing/sila-flex fly rod


hello rich i have what is a sila-flex rod that was my grandfathers. avid fisherman in n.m. it is a 8ft 3inch 3 piece pole with the fishing seahorse in 2 spots on the rod model f80-3 i believe from 1956.the reel seat is below cork handle the lower piece or the handle piece is 34inches the other 2 are 33inches .round fiber glass? 1/2inch diamater above handle,metal seems to be brass.i am interested in its possible value i have an interested buyer in texas but have no clue to its value. i'm hopeing you can give some info. i'm in new mexico i can send you  my phone number if needed.

History of Silaflex fly Rod

It is a fiberglass rod .
Joe here at all experts answered a similar question:
Basically NARMCO made the Silaflex and was purchased by Garcia.

I  am a bamboo man not fiberglass. Fiberglass is just not collected like bamboo. It was made from the 1950s to the 70s.
I have no specific history or books on fiberglass, I believe they don't exist, but here's two web sites that on fiberglass:
Please be cautious about someone telling you your rod is worth thousands until they offer cash. . People want fiberglass to be collectable like bamboo but that doesn't make it so.
My guess=$50.

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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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