Re: help me learn what I have -
I looked into this and there's not a lot of info
The Orvis rod is a 7wt and was made around 1947. The 2879 is the serial number and Orvis would be able to supply more information as to the actual craftsmen and the exact date it was made.
As for the other, it looks to me as if George K Smith was the rod's owner and he got it for Christmas in 1938
That would make "Rodcraft" the builder and I found nothing about them (or him)
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart