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We recently bought a 112 year old house and found a lovely oblong box with hinges and decorative fasteners, containing a fishing rod - in the basement rafters.  The end of the box shows "Everest Brand #20 EL"   There are flies, and other things in there also.  No reel to be found..   Can you tell me anything about this and how old it might be?  Thanks for any help.  Nancee

Hello Nancee,

The "Everest" brand was a marketed after the WWII reconstruction by Japanese entrepreneurs mass producing inexpensive "bamboo" fly and fishing rods. Although you have not included any digital pictures of the case and rod, I will assume (darn I hate that word!) that it is likely to be bamboo. The actual age of the rod could range from forty to nearly sixty years. They were quite popular from the mid 1950's to the early 1960's but more for novelty than a serious fishing implement. I cannot find any evidence of "pre-war" production and since "Mt. Everest" was not conquered until 1953, the name was useless as a marketing tool before then...

In my experience, the rods were not often of high quality and I have only seen a few of them. Since these rods came with a wooden presentation case, they made wonderful gifts for visitors and Servicemen to take home.

Use caution if you or someone you love decides to fish the rod...age can make any rod of Bamboo...even the highest quality Tonkin Cane rods, brittle.  

I hope this helps a bit. Thank you for the question.

-Mark Rimmer,


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I have been actively fishing for forty-five years! For nearly 15 of those years I was able to fish nearly 200 days per year. Those wonderful days have left me with a plethora of knowledge to share. I have fished from the Marianas of the Pacific to the quiet tidewaters of Virginia and North Carolina, Antigua the gulf coast of Texas and many places in between. My home waters are those of the west. I am passionate about bass fishing, tournament as well as recreational. In addition, I am well versed in fishing for most other species...(Okay, although interesting, I'm not an expert on British or European style competitive carp fishing...chumming with a slingshot anyone?). I am intimately acquainted with the San Diego County Lakes, Diamond Valley reservoir in Riverside County California and numerous other exciting fishing waters from Texas (Travis County) to the Pacific Coast and south to Cabo San Lucas. I have many years of experience in blue-water as well as inshore angling of all types in Southern California with both artificial and live baits; high country fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of my beloved Golden State with nothing but a backpack and a fly-rod. There are still a lifetime of adventures to undertake, together with my lovely wife, Christine. I am an expert rod smith and have vast experience with both the construction and repair all types of rods including split bamboo (new or vintage) and hickory as well as graphite, boron composites and all types of fiberglass. I spent 20 years in the retail business of which 6 were spent owning and operating a successful tackle shop, specializing in custom rod making, rod and reel repairs and a full scale tackle selection. Uncommon topics I love to discuss: Fisheries Management; Tackle Shop/ retail management; Ethics and responsibilities of anglers; Repair and maintenance of rods/reels; "How to"...any topic in fishing.


I took a few years off,(5 to be exact) from answering questions for but I'm back now! My experience? Forty-Five years of bio-observation, fishing numerous types of waters with virtually every type of tackle: Casting, Fly, Spinning, Offshore/blue-water, Coastal, Surf, Tournaments: ( Bass, Local Saltwater), Alpine lakes/streams, ditches, canals, sloughs, marshes, creeks and swamps; if there is water, I usually throw a cast or two. Tackle Shop ownership and management, Expert Custom Rod Construction and repair (Big-game, Long-range stand-up, Live bait, jig sticks, Casting, Spinning and fly- including split-cane). I have personally constructed over 700 custom rods of all types...nearly half of the rods the shop turned out. I also have performed hundreds of reel repairs of all types- antique to modern. I do not typically offer valuation of tackle. This is very difficult without inspecting the tackle first hand and leaving valuation far to subjective. I will be happy to offer other experts for placing a value on your tackle.

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