Vintage Bamboo Fly Rod Identification

Greetings Yonder Fishermen,

Going through some great vintage fishing gear I've collected over the years and wondered if this is an appropriate forum to request help?

I have some very old rods here, including ones given to me by a Chinese family who claimed they are 100+ years in age and came from China (yes they are bamboo).

So if it is cool to ask, here is a three piece bamboo fly rod (see attached photos). The manufacturer name is somewhat rubbed off... I swear I recognize the logo but this fisherman seems to be getting old ☹️

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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1 year ago #2
timmy
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your split bamboo rod was made by montague..

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1 year ago #3
dustyjoe
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Tim is right, your rod is a US made Rapidan made by Montague. If you have others, post photos of them. Jim

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1 year ago #4
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Timmy & DustyJoe,

Thanks for that quick and gracious reply! I'm taking pictures of other rods and will upload shortly.

Fishnmgn

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1 year ago #5
Cooper
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Hey guys, I have this old bamboo fly rod. I can't find any labels or maker marks on it. Any ideas?

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1 year ago #6
Cooper
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Pic #2

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1 year ago #7
Cooper
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Pic #3

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10 months ago #8
Jackson River bum
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I have one I just picked up at an antique store. Looks identical to yours. No markings visible either.
Very old though !!

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5 months ago #9
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Most likely either H-I (Horrocks-Ibbotson) or Union Hardware. Fishable but no value to collectors.

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4 months ago #10
Dan
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Picked up this fly rod today no maker marks any idea what it is?

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4 months ago #11
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Dan, my money is on J.B. Daniels of Auburn (and later Scarborough) Maine. It's a trolling rod with many characteristics of his rods. Those unique ferrules are seldom seen on any other rod that wasn't made by Chubb or Montague. This one probably dates to the Twenties or Thirties. Though it's uncommon anywhere outside the Northeast, it has no appeal to the highroller collectors but since I'm in Maine I collect Daniels rods so if you decide not to keep it let me know.

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3 months ago #12
Dan
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I left you a pm on the other forum

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5 days ago #13
Joe Scanlon
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Can this wrap be linked to a particular maker?

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5 days ago #14
JeffK
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There are rod makers who have used the combination of red & green colors, like Pezon & Michel of France, but none were executed like the wraps shown here. These were done by a hobbyist and not to factory quality standards.

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