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I found this bamboo fly fishing rod from my grandfather from around 1940, is it worth anything besides memories?

Question by Bassmasterking. Uploaded on October 19, 2010

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

We need more inf made it,what condition etc, come are very collectible and can be worth REAL LARGE $

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from samjack wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

yeah but i might need more info

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from LesserSon wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Fishing tackle, like any collectible, is a tricky market. A book will list a price, but then you see them sitting in antiques stores for years with no buyer.
A famous American maker will be much more valuable than a mass-produced Asian rod.
My advice is, enjoy this connection with your grandfather, don't bust it, and learn what you can about its history.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Other than the obvious sentimental value you can often determine the value of a bamboo rod by the amount of flaws found in the bamboo. It is much like looking at a good piece of wood. The more knots you see the less value of the wood. Look closely and you will see lighter colored marks in the bamboo. These are flaws. Mass produced rods will have a good amount of flaws and therefore be cheaper.

Just a wild guess but if a 9ft rods has more than 15 flaws it is likely a production model of little $$ value. Custom bamboo rods will often have a higher quality cork, reel seat, custom wraps and good bamboo.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

There is just something wonderful about fishing with a bamboo rod. I have an Orvis battenkill that my Dad gave to me back when I was in Jr. High School. I wouldn't want to put a price on it. I also still use it whenever I get the chance. In my humble opinion, it's a treasure that you can use. Enjoy it!

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

All depends on the maker, and the condition of course. Some rods are worth a dollar made by a mass producer of cheap bamboo. Others are worth over a grand with several tips, and a nice case maybe.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

We need more inf made it,what condition etc, come are very collectible and can be worth REAL LARGE $

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from samjack wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

yeah but i might need more info

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from LesserSon wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Fishing tackle, like any collectible, is a tricky market. A book will list a price, but then you see them sitting in antiques stores for years with no buyer.
A famous American maker will be much more valuable than a mass-produced Asian rod.
My advice is, enjoy this connection with your grandfather, don't bust it, and learn what you can about its history.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Other than the obvious sentimental value you can often determine the value of a bamboo rod by the amount of flaws found in the bamboo. It is much like looking at a good piece of wood. The more knots you see the less value of the wood. Look closely and you will see lighter colored marks in the bamboo. These are flaws. Mass produced rods will have a good amount of flaws and therefore be cheaper.

Just a wild guess but if a 9ft rods has more than 15 flaws it is likely a production model of little $$ value. Custom bamboo rods will often have a higher quality cork, reel seat, custom wraps and good bamboo.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

There is just something wonderful about fishing with a bamboo rod. I have an Orvis battenkill that my Dad gave to me back when I was in Jr. High School. I wouldn't want to put a price on it. I also still use it whenever I get the chance. In my humble opinion, it's a treasure that you can use. Enjoy it!

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

All depends on the maker, and the condition of course. Some rods are worth a dollar made by a mass producer of cheap bamboo. Others are worth over a grand with several tips, and a nice case maybe.

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