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My vintage rod and reel
My vintage rod and ree  
To whom this concerns,
I resently was give a fly rod combo that I can not seem to find any information on?
I am not sure if it was even sold as a combo pack, but they are together never the less.
The rod says St. Croix Pacemaker 900 9' foot and its a 2 piece set.
The rod also says Park falls Wisconsin.

Now the reel that is on it is all silver with the word Spring written on it with a # 60 at the very
Bottom of the reel that attactches to the rods base. They both are in great working order with
Everything still intact. The handles are made of metal and the reel still has brownish colored fabric
Type line on it. I am interested in finding information on both the rod and reel if possible?
         Thank you very much for your time and consideration,
         Thomas M. Engle

Answer
Thomas ,
The most important part of your description was omitted. Your rod is round,  made of fiberglass not bamboo (hexagon). I have tried to sell fiberglass rods but I can't even give them away.
So fish it!
 I  am a bamboo man not fiberglass. Fiberglass is just not collected like bamboo. It was made from the 1950s to the 70s. And very little was written down  at the time.
From the length I am guessing it is a fly rod.(handle above reel)
I have no specific history or books on fiberglass, I believe they are rare or don't exist, but here's two web sites that all about fiberglass:
http://fiberglass-fly-rods.pbwiki.com/
http://www.fiberglassflyrodders.info/:
Please be cautious about someone telling you your rod is worth thousands until they offer cash. People want fiberglass to be collectable like bamboo but that doesn't make it so.
Reels just don't command resale value unless extremely rare . Yours is going to max at $10-15.
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Luck,
Mac  

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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 macsrods@yahoo.com 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

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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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