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smallieman 05-02-2013 01:00 AM

Un named bamboo??
Any one pls help me id this

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Ard 05-02-2013 01:14 AM

Re: Un named bamboo??
The way the pictures display for me they are very hard to get a really good idea of the overall length of this rod.

I will make a guess; Based on the grip (rather unusual) and the ferrule just above the winding check................. and the colors of the silks, I think this was once a 9 or 9.5 foot rod for a heavy line that someone customized.

I have seen 3 piece rods that the mid section was taken and used as a blank for a butt. The tip is used to finish the rod into a 2 piece rod which will cast a # 5 or 6 line.

This one looks like only a short portion of the original butt section was used to mount the grip & seat and then the mid & tip are used to complete the rod.

It could have been one of any number of 7/8 weight production rods sold during the late 40's and 1950's. The light cane reminds me of several South Bend rods I had long ago. I have thought of using mid and tip to make a short rod many times. If I run across a buy on an old South Bend with 2 tips I still may do it.

Hope that helps, I may be wrong but what I said is my guess.


Rip Tide 05-02-2013 06:50 AM

Re: Un named bamboo??
You can tell by the fat chrome reel seat that that is one of the Japanese rods that flooded the market post war and into the early '60s. The nine foot, 3 piece that I had as a kid cost $3 new in 1964.

I have a different 8.5' Japanese cane rod now that I rebuilt and sometimes use and while it's a bit heavier than most people would care for, it's actually casts very well.

Ard 05-02-2013 11:03 AM

Re: Un named bamboo??
Once more;

If Rip doesn't know, you don't need to know.

If I had a dollar for every time I said that I'd buy him that old 1494 Medalist with the sculpted pillars and round guard that's on sale now............

smallieman 05-02-2013 06:36 PM

Re: Un named bamboo??
Here are some more photos this rod cast like a dream. As for a missing piece i do t thing it is. The only marking is a yellow dot

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