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Old 02-01-2013, 03:27 PM
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Dad has this old rod that he has used now for over 40 years and still uses it weekly. It loads better than any rod I have ever held. It feels like you can cast a mile and drop it in a tea cup. Museum piece it is not. It has been through a TON of Rhododendron and up and over lord knows how many waterfalls. It is a 1968 or 1969 Berkley Parametric Standard. Dad bought it for $105 at the commissary back then. It is FS40 8’ 6” #7 weight. It has a gold medallion on the cork and says Parametric Curved Taper. I did a google search and found some info for those rods for the mid to late 70’s but nothing on the earlier models. Called Berkley and spoke with a person who has most likely never even held any kind of a fishing rod (or more accurately “pole”). Does anyone out there know anything about this? By no means would I sell it, I just want to learn more about its history.

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A 'Kurt Gowdie' (sp?) by any chance?

For fly rods (history sort of thing) this is the place to check out: Fiberglass Flyrodders • Index
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LOL I was just in the process of registering there!!! Thanks for the direction!
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I have a PS40 and mine isn't nearly old as you're thinking and it certainly didn't cost anywhere close to $100 new. Most likely around $15
The PS models (Parmetric Standard) were the lower priced Parametrics but most likely they used the same blank as their higher end brothers.
The PD (Parametric Deluxe), PC (Parametric Custom), and PG, the Curt Gowdy model.
The Curt Gowdy rods were expensive at the time and may have cost as much as $100
They're very collectable.
The standards are just good fishin' poles

I use mine as the "behind the truck seat" rod. It's tough as nails and casts great.
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That's good info Rip Tide. I will definitely have to look into the Curt Gowdy series (thanks Fred Evans too). We know for a fact the years based on where dad was stationed when he bought it and he remembers vividly the cost because of how many months he had to save up for it. Thanks a bunch for the insight!!!
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Glad a couple of the fellows knew how to properly spell the Gentleman's name.
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