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I read Joe Douglas' excellent description and value of my split bamboo 1362 fly rod, article dated in 2007. Mine has both tips and clothe bag. It also includes a mailing tube, post mark date of 1942, addressed to Mrs Hal Brutzman, Orofino, Idaho. Is it worth more in the post marked mailing tube?

Hello Michael,

Somehow your question slipped through the cracks in All-Experts system and don't believe I ever received a notification about your question waiting! Usually I would get a notice daily and if I did not answer you, I would be dismissed! Please forgive me.

If in fact you still own the rod, I'm guessing a Spring Brook, any story or accessory that you have for the rod can add to its value. The overall condition of the rod, the socks condition and the tips will likely keep the rod in the collectors eye. Does the tube have a Shakespeare label on it? That to would make it a bit more collectible. IF the tube is in fact the mailing tube only, it still adds nicely to the mystique of the rod as a neat collector...that may well add up to an increased value.

I have not consulted Douglas' value of your model but, as you may have seen on some collector forums, the price is reasonable.

I typically don't offer valuations due to the matter being so subjective but if the cork, seat, finish, guides (Agate or garnet stripper?), wraps and the labeling are close to new, it will be worth far more than average for a 68+ year old slit cane rod!

If you have found it not to be so, you can either keep it in the condition it is and hope for an increase in value some day, or you can refurbish it and take her fishing? Personally, I would very likely fish it!

Just remember, any story or supporting items that go with a collectible fishing item will ALWAYS add to the value if a collector is in the market to purchase it from you.

Sure hope this helps.

Once again, forgive the very unusual situation your question ended up in.

Best regards and luck in your angling adventures,



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I have been actively fishing for forty-five years! For nearly 15 of those years I was able to fish nearly 200 days per year. Those wonderful days have left me with a plethora of knowledge to share. I have fished from the Marianas of the Pacific to the quiet tidewaters of Virginia and North Carolina, Antigua the gulf coast of Texas and many places in between. My home waters are those of the west. I am passionate about bass fishing, tournament as well as recreational. In addition, I am well versed in fishing for most other species...(Okay, although interesting, I'm not an expert on British or European style competitive carp fishing...chumming with a slingshot anyone?). I am intimately acquainted with the San Diego County Lakes, Diamond Valley reservoir in Riverside County California and numerous other exciting fishing waters from Texas (Travis County) to the Pacific Coast and south to Cabo San Lucas. I have many years of experience in blue-water as well as inshore angling of all types in Southern California with both artificial and live baits; high country fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of my beloved Golden State with nothing but a backpack and a fly-rod. There are still a lifetime of adventures to undertake, together with my lovely wife, Christine. I am an expert rod smith and have vast experience with both the construction and repair all types of rods including split bamboo (new or vintage) and hickory as well as graphite, boron composites and all types of fiberglass. I spent 20 years in the retail business of which 6 were spent owning and operating a successful tackle shop, specializing in custom rod making, rod and reel repairs and a full scale tackle selection. Uncommon topics I love to discuss: Fisheries Management; Tackle Shop/ retail management; Ethics and responsibilities of anglers; Repair and maintenance of rods/reels; "How to"...any topic in fishing.


I took a few years off,(5 to be exact) from answering questions for but I'm back now! My experience? Forty-Five years of bio-observation, fishing numerous types of waters with virtually every type of tackle: Casting, Fly, Spinning, Offshore/blue-water, Coastal, Surf, Tournaments: ( Bass, Local Saltwater), Alpine lakes/streams, ditches, canals, sloughs, marshes, creeks and swamps; if there is water, I usually throw a cast or two. Tackle Shop ownership and management, Expert Custom Rod Construction and repair (Big-game, Long-range stand-up, Live bait, jig sticks, Casting, Spinning and fly- including split-cane). I have personally constructed over 700 custom rods of all types...nearly half of the rods the shop turned out. I also have performed hundreds of reel repairs of all types- antique to modern. I do not typically offer valuation of tackle. This is very difficult without inspecting the tackle first hand and leaving valuation far to subjective. I will be happy to offer other experts for placing a value on your tackle.

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