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Fishing/value of a Kingfisher bamboo fly rod


QUESTION: Hi Rich, I would like to know the value of my fly rod.
        #3907 Jackson bamboo rod, 9 ft., 4 7/8 oz, Kingfisher
        2 tips, metal & cloth case, very good to excellent.
Thank you, Fred

Send me a picture of the label "Kingfisher"
Kingfisher rods were sold exclusively  by EDWARD K. TRYON CO.  
They were made by two makers,  low ball by Montague and a little better model by Heddon, in the 30s. After WW II  they were only Heddon origins , they had numbers but my resources don't deal with your serial number.

Price Book:
Antique & Collectible  Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide</u> by Homel, Dan. 1997 (2nd edition 2000)  add about 30% for age of book.
Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook  by Michael Sinclair
Classic & Antique Fly-Fishing Tackle: A Guide for Collectors & Anglers by A.J. Campbell
The above are 3 god books can be  found at major library systems.

Homel gives the "Kingfisher" fly rod under EDWARD K. TRYON CO. built by Montague 9' (3/2), with an extra tip, 3 sections the  value of  $35, 70 and $140 for poor, good, and excellent condition respectively.
a picture of the ferules will tell me Heddon on Montague.
But I stick with thee above.

As to condition, I again recommend Hommel. Are all of the sections the same length? Are threads intact? Is all the finish smooth to the touch. If not then your rod is neither  very good nor excellent condition.
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QUESTION: Rich, All sections are the same length, threads are intact, & finish is smooth.
Above the reel seat is a round label "Quality First Kingfisher".

Photo's attached.
Thank you, Fred

You have some signs of wear; there is a bend or set on one of the tips and he cork handle is darkened so I agree with very good condition.

This rod might have been made by Heddon and worth a little bit more than my earlier appraisal.



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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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