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Hello Sir,I have a JC Higgins bamboo fly rod model # 3010.I can not find any info on this rod.I'm finding model numbers all around it but not the exact one.I believe the rod to be 75 years old,has original reel and cloth carring case with it.Condition is good to great.Could you give me your opinion of the value please.Thanks

J.C. Higgins rods were sold at Sears & Roebuck.
Sears never  made rods so yours was probably made by Horrocks-Ibbotson  who had a fish decal or Montague. I have seen several Higgins rods and they were lower quality and value Horrocks-Ibbotson rods.
Higgins is mentioned in the Price Book: Antique & Collectible  Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide Homel, Dan. 1997 (2nd edition 2000) add about 30% for age of book.

I assume your rod is not round but has 6 sides. Also that your rod has the handle above the reel seat. If any of above is not true then neither is my opinion.

Homel gives the J.C. Higgins Model 3001 trout fly rod 9' with an extra tip, 3 sections the  value of  $20, 55 and $95 for poor, good, excellent condition respectively. Your

A rod can not be good to great. There is too much difference, I suggest you try the library for Homel which has a concrete observable criterion for conditions.


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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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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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