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Okay guys, I have a tough one.........I am wanting to sell an inexpensive Shakespeare bamboo fly rod that my guess dates back to the 40's. Maybe 50's. I am a fly fisherman and yet have no clue what weight this rod is. The only markings on the rod are the honor built - honor sold Shakespeare emblem and just below: A1362-8 1/2'. Has anyone got a clue what I have? My guess is it feels like a 5 or 6 wt rod......totally a guess due to the weight of this rod. Naturally as a production made rod I realize it is not worth big $ as a bamboo rod. The rod itself (bamboo) is in excellent condition. Two of the snake guides thread wraps are starting to seperate due to loss of glue (I assume). Any thoughts would be appeciated.

HC
post #2 of 9
some of those older bamboo rods still sell for 100 to 150 bucks in good shape?There are bamboo rod dealers that can give you a better idea.Do a search.
post #3 of 9
A quick of the Classic Fly Rod Forum gives me one hit for the 1362. It is a 9 ft 7 wt.



You might join the board there and make some inquiries. have a 9' Heddon Blue Waters and those folks were a help in identifying the characteristics of the rod along with some value hints.



Also keep a check on E-bay. they show up there once in a while.
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Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! You da man.............
post #5 of 9
I have a listing for the A-1362 in the 1950 Shakespeare catalog. The model was called "Spring Brook", and listed for $15.50. There were both bass and trout versions of this rod. The bass version weighed 6 oz and took an HCH line. The trout version weighed 5 1/4 oz. and to an HDH line. The HDH line is roughly equivalent to a DT6, the HCH equivalent to a DT7. Take the line ratings with a grain of salt though, since it is never clear in these old catalogs whether silk or nylon line was what was intended. (Generally you would use a nylon line one size heavier than the correctly matched silk line.) It is not likely that any 8'6" bamboo production rod would be lower than a 6 weight.
post #6 of 9
That rod was most likely made by Heddon. The rod was probably marketed as a 6wt. I would first try a WF5 as back in the 40's most lines were level lines, and you might be able to load the rod well with a WF5. As for value The rod in original bag and tube, 2 tips, all sections being same exact length, I would price this at 165-175 and play it by ear
post #7 of 9
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AWESOME GUYS!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for all your help. Rod has a couple of guides where the wraps are unwinding. If I get $100 for it I will be pleased. Rod has never been fished. It is a 3 pc rod w/2 tips, sock and tube. Seidner.....I really appreciate your help on this one!

HC
post #8 of 9
That $165-$175 price is way over priced! You might get $50-$75 if your lucky! Don't want to burst your bubble but check out Ebay They might have something simular! Sounds to me around a 5 weight & there are dozens around a picture would help also if it needs wraps that brings the value down!
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Originally Posted by flytyingguy1 View Post
That $165-$175 price is way over priced! You might get $50-$75 if your lucky! Don't want to burst your bubble but check out Ebay They might have something simular! Sounds to me around a 5 weight & there are dozens around a picture would help also if it needs wraps that brings the value down!


Not to burst your Bubble, but ebay prices are a joke and no reasonable rod collector would buy a bamboo rod from there unless they knew the seller. I have been buying and selling Bamboo rods for over 20 years and in the condition I stated I can sell that rod for 165-175 with no problem.
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