_"You have an interesting piece of fishing history on your hands. Following their defeat in World War II, the Japanese economy was in ruins. One of the first industries to begin the difficult task of retooling was the tackle industry -- it wasn't to make traditional Japanese rods, but rather to make inexpensive fishing kits for American G.I.s during the occupation from 1945-1952. There were at least seven major makers of such kits, which had colorful names like Dragon or Eagle. Most kits allowed the user to make a variety of rods. The quality varied, from extremely poor ("Tomato Stakes") to moderate, but it seems like every G.I. purchased one at the Post Exchange and brought it home. They are fairly common, but in the past few years have inched up in price. They regularly sell for $50-$150 depending on quality, condition, and whether they are complete or not. To see a dozen different Japanese kit rod labels, click here."