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I have a lot of antique bamboo fly rods sitting around, so I thought it would be neat to share some of the history by displaying in the office.
The wood rod on the left dates from around 1860 and has a wood reel.
The second from the left was sold by Harrod’s of London and dates to around 1890.
The one in the center is somewhat of a mystery. Experts have identified it as having been made around the turn of the last century, but, the reel seat is stamped “Abbie and Imbrie Centennial Rod 1820-1920” – where was it during those 20 years ? Note the Abbie and Imbrie advertising sign mounted behind it.
The next is a more modern South Bend made 1946-1950.
The last is a cheap Japanese rod, the butt section was broken, and I used the mid and tip sections to make a short rod for the grandson. Turned the cork grip and reel seat on the lathe.
The display of flies in the shadow box above also sports a photo of me fishing in the Gallatin River in MT. Just downstream the film crew was filming “A River Runs Through It”