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  1. Question south bend bamboo fly rod

    my buddy has an old south bend bamboo fly rod. its model # is 47, its 9' long. on the cloth .case it says inspected by 21L. what looks like 'HCH or C' is is on the other side of the base of the rod from the designation 47-9'. does anybody know anything about this or where i might find whats its worth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjabroni83 View Post
    my buddy has an old south bend bamboo fly rod. its model # is 47, its 9' long. on the cloth .case it says inspected by 21L. what looks like 'HCH or C' is is on the other side of the base of the rod from the designation 47-9'. does anybody know anything about this or where i might find whats its worth?
    South Bend rods with a two digit model number were 'bass weight'
    The 'trout weight' rods had a three digit model number
    The HCH is the equivalent of a 7DT, and the 'C' would be a 7 level line
    For the most part the longer a cane rod is, the less it's worth.
    An 9' cane rod is heavier than most people care to use
    Rods that use a lighter weight line are more popular too.
    ..... In other words the rod's not worth a whole lot
    Still perfectly usable though
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    In good condition, I would guess $100 - $125. South Bend, in general, is not that highly thought of. I would rate them above Montague and H-I, but well below Heddon, Granger and Orvis. That's not to say that it's not a good usable rod, just not as valuable as some others.

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