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Fishing/Value ins age of a south bend 59-9



What is the approximate value and age of this rod, I emailed you some pics at , and will attach a couple here. Thank you in advance

South Bend rod model numbers are a bit confusing, but there is logic to the system. Each rod was made in three actions; Wet Fly or Trout Action, Bass Action, and Dry Fly Action. The model number designates the rod's grade, or quality and the series number represents the type of action. For example, #159 is Trout Action, #59 is Bass Action, and #359 is Dry Fly Action. All of these Model 59 rods have the same wraps, hardware and other specifications -only the taper is different.  This is according to Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook   by Michael Sinclair and I have cast enough SB to confirm it also. So your is a slower action heavier bass fly rod.

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

Age  The Comficent thumb rest started in 1939 , the last run was 1951.The square label is post WWII. So 1946 to 1951

Before I quote the price, let me say most people over evaluate their bamboo fly rods. Everyone thinks their rods are in excellent condition, very few are right.
From the pictures, I really can't tell important information. I.e.  are the 4 sections the same length?
The thread above the handle and below the model number, 59-9 is in poor condition as it appears to have lost finish. The Comficent  thumb rest was gold leaf, yours is poor condition in image.jpeg.The yellow thread is not original and appears to have no finish. One tip top #guide on top) is vintage, the other, not.

Homel gives the South Bend Model #59 fly rod 81/2f c.1950, 3 sections and extra tip , the  value of  $35, 90 and $165 for poor, good, excellent condition respectively. Bottom line maybe $55. Restored, $200.

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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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