A couple friends and I headed south again today to check it out, again with rods and reels on the mind...
|15 new rods to join my collection. |
Most will be rebuilt, but a
few are ready to fish the way they are.
It didn't take me longer than reaching the end of the first row before I stumbled upon a deal that was too good to pass up. I was talking with a guy about vintage glass rods and looking through a few he was getting rid of, and the subject of building and restoration eventually came up, and he showed me some project rods he's looking to part with. With the great prices he had everything marked, he kicked me a deal I just couldn't turn down...
Top to bottom:
Shakespeare Wonderod - 1952-54. This rod has no guides but will be a fun build. I'm not exactly sure what model or line weight yet.
Coast to Coast 777 - True Temper blanks built up for Coast to Coast Hardware stores.
Garcia Conolon - Live Fiber Fanwing 411 model.
Phillipson - MF66. This 6'6" 6 wt is a rod I've been keeping an eye out for for a while and a rod I'm looking forward to fishing. I think it's going to make a great rod for bass and carp in some of the smaller, brushy creeks I fish.
Bristol Nyglax - I don't know, nor can I find a lot of info. I would love some info if anyone knows anything.
Garcia Conolon - 8/9 wt. Companion. This rod could easily be fished as is.
Phillipson - Master. Not sure of the model number or line weight, but this rod has no guides at the moment. The blank is extremely clean though. I'm looking forward to restoring and fishing this one.
Shakespeare Wonderod - 1967-68. This one is one of the later Wonderods, on a nearly translucent white blank. While this rod is fishable the way it is, I'll likely rebuilt the entire thing.
|This guy's gotta have some stories.|
Roddy - "Roddy Built Custom Rods." All I know is that Roddys were built in California and sold out to Berkeley toward the late 60s. This is another rod that's totally fishable as is, but will be getting a makeover at some point.
Herter's - RB6H20
Wright & Mcgill - President Series 7wt. The finish on the blank here is pretty rough, but in time, it'll come out as another good project I think.
The only real issue I've found so far is the Phillipson MF66. It appears that this rod has been busted ahead of the grip, and repaired with some fiberglass and a ferrule. However, spooling it up, and putting tension on it, it looks like it'll hold up just fine... we'll let the fish decide.
Every time I handle an old rod or reel, I can't help but think about the stories these pieces of Americana must have, and how great it would be to hear them.