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I have an old fly rod and reel, but not a whole lot of info to go with it.  The rod only has 57C-9' as an identifyer and the reo shank is 6 sided.  The reel holder is below the cork handle witch is about 6" in length.  The metal for the rod holder appears to by made of nichole.  The base of the bamboo rod is just over 3/8" thick.
The reel has the name of Shakespeare Kazoo U.S.A stamped on the side and is over 2 1/2" across.
I guess my question is can this system still be used or has it become a show piece?
I don't know how to attach a picture....
Overall the rod and reel looks to in good shape.

Fish it!
try looking under the reel for more ID
But it is too heavy to be very collectable. (base of the bamboo rod is just over 3/8" thick) I have some complicated math that show just how heavy the rod is based on the diameter above the handle. about 8 to 10 ounces

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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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