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Rich - how goes it?  I'm looking for info/value on the following:

Heddon Premier #115 - 9' - 3F - GBG or C

I would describe condition as mint.  Never used.  Plastic covering cork handle fully in tact.  Absoutely beautiful.

I would really appreciate your thoughts on this rod.

Thanks - Jody Blanchard

Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook -Michael Sinclair says the premier was made in 1948-54.  
Antique & Collectable Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide Homel, Dan. 1997

Homel gives the 8.5 model #115 "Premier" fly rod with an extra tip, 3 sections a value of  $85, 215 and $425 for poor, good, excellent condition respectively. Subtract 10% because your rod is a 9 footer. I have done better than that last year.  i.e. always mention your rod is a fly rod.

The butt ferrule size is designated by "2F" or "2 F". The larger the number, the stiffer the rod. For three- piece rods, a 2F is usually a trout rod and 2 F is a bass rod. 3 is a heavy bass /salmon rod.

"Heddon - The Rod With The Fighting Heart" by Michael Sinclair.  Most of the material below is found in that book. This book does a very good job of providing information about the various Heddon bamboo rods and their distribution.

Heddon Premier #115 and Heddon Expert #125 rods were not sold by Heddon. They were made for and were sold by Sears & Roebuck from 1947-1952.  South Bend also made rods for Sears.  Sears sold "Good", "Better" and "Best" bamboo rods in their lineup.  The #115 fell into the "Better" category and the #125 fell into the "Best" category.  You do need to note that the #115 & #125 do not fit into the Heddon #100 series of light action fly rods.  The #115 at "GBG or C" is a 8 WT rod.


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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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