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I have a two piece Horrocks- Ibbotson fly rod. It is a six sided rod, it is 7', the reel holder is red/burgundy plastic with silver/nickel plated hold downs. The decal says "GENUINE TONKEN CANE" in green lettering with no background, the second line says"FISH ROD" in black letters on a yellow background with an H-I in red letters inside a diamond which is located between  the words FISH and ROD, the next line says"HORROCKS IBBOTSON CO, last line says " UTICA NY MADE IN USA. The last two lines are in black lettering on a green background. Between the decal and the cork handle, written in script and yellow or gold lettering is "Pocono". The script is written toward the handle. The decal, script and varnish are in very good condition. The rod came with a very old cloth case (not in good condition) and an aluminum rod can with a screw in cap attached to the can with a beaded chain. TX, Marv

Usually a Horrocks-Ibbotson has little to no collector's resale value. The exception is the shorter , 8 feet and under , 2 not 3 piece rod , such as yours.

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

Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook   by Michael Sinclair

Sinclair places the label and model as 1945 to 1950.

Homel gives the H-I "Pocono" trout fly rod 7' without an extra tip, 2 sections the  value of  $25, 65 and $135 for poor, good, and excellent condition respectively. I have sold models Tonka Oueen and Prince, both 2 piece HI rods,  for over 200 , they were in un used condition.


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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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