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Hello Sir, I have an 8' Abercrombie and Fitch fly rod. It is a two piece with green banding. I have attached pictures. It is 4 5/16 feather weight. It was purchased in 1969 in New York City. The line size is #6. The decal is a little bit scratched but the rod is otherwise in perfect condition. The original owner gave it to me. He only used it a few times and decided he did not enjoy fly fishing. I used it about 6 times. I was wondering if you could give me an approximate value of the rod. I also have the Sears brand reel that was purchased in 1969. Thank you so much for your time. I appreciate that there are experts like you out there to help with these things. Have a good day.

Your rod is probably made from fiberglass, not bamboo, maybe graphite.
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 guesstimate is $75, cause it is pretty.
You might check ebay for prices,too.

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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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