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I have obtained a bamboo 9" 6 two piece Hardy fly fishing rod in belonged to my partners father who passed away .the serial number on it is H16242. The Perfection Palakone. If you can provide any other information on the age and value/ historyo
F the rod i would be grateful. I intend to use the rod as i am a keen fly fisherman. Also if you could suggest a suitable reel and compatable fly lines. The value will be useful for insurance purposes.

I have a Hardy database , from on line but also verified over the years.
It says the serial number of your rod was made in 1958.
I think you mean Palakona, not Palakone, right ?
A 9.5 foot  like that is going to be at least 6 weight bit more likely 8.

The Palakona was mostly made in the 70s, according to Homel, listed below.

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

Homel gives the Hardy 8.5  model Palakona  fly rod with an extra tip, 2 sections the  value of  $80, 160 and $275 for poor, good, excellent condition respectively.

It is an English rod and off my beaten path out here in the western USA. But the cash value is like the numbers given above.

Hardy is still alive and well in Alnwick,England. You might try them.
You can look up dealers in many US states and many other countries.
I recommend a large arbor 8 weight reel. Check with your local sporting goods store.  

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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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**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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