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I am seeking any info you can provide on this bamboo rod and reel. All I know is that it belonged to my great grandfather and my best guess is that it dates to the 1920s. I am also curious to know if it would be best to have it restored or to leave it as is. I'm interested in it's value, but I'm not too concerned about it. I plan to keep it in the family and probably hang it on the wall, not sell it.

The rod has three sections - the two bottom sections are 35" length and the tip is 33.5".  It is hexagonal and 3/8" in diameter where it meets the handle. I can't find any markings on it other than his name writen on the base.

The reel 2 7/8" at its widest point.  The only marking is the number 80 stamped on the bottom.

I have more photos but it will only allow me to post two.

Thank you in advance!

Just a  guess from the poor quality of the metal parts ; Montague or Horricks Ibbotson.
Put it on the wall it is not in good enough condition to fish. (thread coming off)
The 80 means nothing for the rod.
Sorry I don't  do reels.
wish you well


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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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