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    Default Determining the wt of an old bamboo rod?

    I have my dad's bamboo fly rod from around 1950 and it was so heavily used he wound up rebuilding it about 20 yrs ago. Anyway, all information on the rod is gone and I have no idea how to determine the correct size fly line to fish with it. I realize the value is probably gone with the info missing but I am not looking to ever get rid of it.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Determining the wt of an old bamboo rod?

    The easiest way is to test it with different lines....the most common bamboo rods are usually 4 or 5 wt I think.If you gave the lenght of the rod it would help...

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    Try a 5 and 6 weight line, you can work down or up from there.

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    Hi fellas -

    Sorry for leaving the length out in the original post. It is a 3 piece (with a spare tip making it 4 total pieces) 8'6" rod. The Martin Mohawk 48 automatic I have of my dad's (no line on it) has what I would call a "reminder" sticker on it with L-6-F. I cannot tell if that is what he used with the bamboo rod or not.

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions and I believe it will be a 4 or 5 wt rod as all have suggested.

    Scott

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    Default Re: Determining the wt of an old bamboo rod?

    yeah, i don't think there were many 4wt bamboo rods out there back then so i would go with a 5 or 6wt for trial. keep in mind most rods, even bamboo, can be fished with a couple different sized lines. it all depends on your typical fishing distances. might even try a 7wt if the 6 doesn't work out so well.

    eric
    fresno, ca.

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    Default Re: Determining the wt of an old bamboo rod?

    Hi Scott,

    I was working at a shop in the early 50's. The predominate bamboo rod of the day was 8'6" 6wt. I would start with a 6wt. This was the rod size that Ted Trueblood and A. J. McClane were recommending.

    Frank

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    Default Re: Determining the wt of an old bamboo rod?

    Thanks, Eric and Frank. I have no idea if it is any good but I thought about trying Cortland's 333 Sylk line with it. The 6 should work like a 5 wt since the sylk line is suppose to be thin for size.

    I was going through a bunch of fishing gear of my dad's and found that it is a Phillipson fly rod. Probably not an expensive rod but at least I am finding out more the more I dig around.

    Again, thank you all for the information.

    Scott

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    Default Re: Determining the wt of an old bamboo rod?

    I decided to take some photos of the rod and aluminum case.







    This image has a faint "88" on the rod.


    This image has a faint portion of a signature (eligible)


    The tube

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    Default Re: Determining the wt of an old bamboo rod?

    A Phillipson 8.6" rod would have been a 6 wt in the early 50's.... and it still is more than likely best fished with a 6DT. Although on my 8.6 Phillipson Paragon...I use a Cortland Peach WF6F and am really happy with the way it fishes. Some will use a DT5F. Each rod is a bit different, but that length Phillipson was definitly rated for a 6wt.

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    Just another thought. If you decide to use Sylk line...get the DT6F for the Phillipson. I use the Sylk DT5F on an 8.6 Granger and it is great, but not so much on the Phillipson. The Sylk seems lighter to me than regular DT line and I have found that my Phillipson like a bit more weight to cast well.

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