I was not aware that "impregnated" (bamboo pressure infused with plastic resin for low maintenance) existed in 1948. I would check this out with Orvis FF cust. service... Also the Manchester is the traditional low end of Orvis cane and tend toward tip heavy clunkieness. Having started with cane and still having a few decent cane rods, they may not posses the romantic appeal to me that they might to a younger, graphite era angler but there was a wonderful angling community embracing the work of the master builders like Garrison, Gillum, Payne, et al. And possibly the best cane rods ever are being built today with vastly improved adhesives and hollow-built technique by makers like Per Brandon...his 8'3"/#4 is over the top divine and takes years and substantial disposable income to acquire.
What I take from those golden days is the old fashioned respect for rod designers as opposed to brands thus making a distinction between a Gary Loomis, G.Loomis and a Steve Rajeff, G.Loomis or a Don Green, Sage compared to a Jerry Siem, Sage. I also admire Howard Croston at Hardy and Jim Bartchi at Scott. I find it hard to wrap my hand around the grip of a rod whose brand name lacks a rod designer of note behind it. That does not mean that some "designed by committee" rod automatically cast poorly; in this computer aided age it is not that hard to design a taper that works well but, as in the great cane of yesteryear, todays' elite graphite rod designers imbue their best efforts with distinct personality.
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The below is from Orvis Fly Fishing "Live Chat":
Paul C.: Ok the first impregnated rod came out in 1954
Paul C.: All of the information regarding those early rods are on this page.
The agent is sending you to Bamboo Information Page - Wesley D. Jordan Biography
"The result was just what Duckie Corkran (2nd owner of Orvis) and Wes (Jordan) had wanted. A better fly rod was born. For his rigorous research and inventive experiments, Wes Jordan had Patent Application No. 2,532,814, Serial No. 662,086, dated April 13, 1946, named after him. The patent itself, dated December 15, 1950, was assigned to the Orvis Company. By 1954 Orvis rods were impregnated."