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Fishing/10 ft Bamboo rod blackfish (ie luderick



I would appreciate your assessment of a 10ft long 3 piece bamboo rod which I inherited as a child 70 years ago, but have never used it. So it could be older. My mother described it as a "blackfish" rod (ie luderick). I can find no ID markings on it at all, so I am thinking it may have been custom made. The thread bindings are only about 1 cm apart, a small spacing that I have not seen in pictures while searching the internet - and they are unfrayed. One metal ferrule has a crack. I think the ferrule metal is probably plated brass. The cane appears undamaged in any way.

An interesting rod but because it is not a fly rod there is not going to be any easy to find history or values.
The intermediate wrappings every 1-3 inches indicates a pre 1930s rod. They used animal hide glue and did not trust it, hoped those extra wraps would keep the 6 sections together.
I have never heard of luderick, seems to be UK from the Internet but another indication that if there is history it is not out with me in the west USA.
You rod is a little old for my books and experience. I start about 1930ish, and most of the rods I evaluate have logos, labels or etched writing on the metal parts.
But I do know a guy. Send the question to my rod history friend the Gnomme aka Jeff Hatton ( author of Rod Crafting A Full-Color Pictorial & Written History from 1843-1960
Jeffrey L. Hatton Softbound: 305 pp. Frank Amato Publications, $45
ISBN 1-57188-356-8, tell him Mac from Denver sent you.

Good Luck,
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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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