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Abbey Imbrie
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I have a Abbey Imbrie rod and would be grateful for your expert opinion on age and possible value. details are:-  Casting rod, reel seat above cork handle, no marking visible on metal, six sided bamboo. dia of rod above handle is 7/16inch. label round shows Abbey Imbrie. fishing tackle capital A with crossed hooks.  4 sections each 24 3/4 long. total rod length 8ft. ferruls appear to be tewo different types of metal, female nickle silver, male chrome plated brass. real seat chrome plated.   condition fair.

I wish I had some good news for you.
You might find someone in the UK who would advise you better.
I am in the western USA.
Here no one is buying bamboo casting rods for more than $25.
Even if 60 plus years of age  and in perfect condition - unused!
There is little to no information on them. Fly rods are a completely different story. The collectors have driven both value and history.
I have had some luck selling them to restaurants as wall hangers, up to $50


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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

Commission Sales

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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