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Old 07-10-2008, 10:35 AM
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Default tonkin cane fly rod

I got a tonkin cane fly rod from a swap meet and i was wondering the worth of it. the manufacturer is cool creek and the name of it is brooklure. It is a 3 peice with 1 extra tip. Any replies would be very much appreciated.
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I found this:

"The Brooklure fly rods appear to have been made for Spiegel by the Horrocks-Ibbotson company. They were sold through their mail order catalog by Spiegel.

A typical H-I rod today in excellent condition would be worth somewhere in the $100-$150 range. H-I rods were mass produced and are not held in high esteem by collectors. However, they did make some fairly nice rods and it is possible to find one that casts and fishes well.

You may want to keep it as an heirloom which is fine since it belonged to your grandfather.

If you decide you want to fish with it, try lawn casting first to see how it handles. It probably takes a 6WT line. You may want to try a 5WT and a 7WT to see if the rod handles any better for you with a different line weight.

One thing to be aware of is that as these older rods sit around for years with no use, the glue holding the ferrules can dry out. If this has happened, you will detect a "clicking" as you cast the rod. Most of the older rods are pinned as well as glued so you aren't in any danger of the ferrules coming off. You may have a little noise. If you decide to fish wiht the rod, and it has loode ferrules, this can be fixed to eliminate the noise."
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