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briantourtelott 10-06-2006 08:40 AM

Old rod useable?
I recently found an old fly rod that I believe belonged to my grandfather, and was wondering if it is useable. The name on it is Horrocks-Ibbotson Co., Hexi-super-cane, Utica, NY, USA. It is a 3-piece rod with 2 tip ends, a total of 9'-7", and appears to be in excellent condition, but old. One problem is that the first eye, a ruby-lined eye, has come loose on one side.

I would guess that it may have been from the 1920's or 30's, as I know he started fishing the big MN. lakes for Walleyes and Muskies in the 1940's and on. I've never fly fished, and don't know whether this could be my start. Is it useable, or does age mean too brittle to use? I assume that I would have to find a place to reattach the eye.

Unfortunately, I didn't find a fly reel in the tackle boxes.

juro 10-06-2006 12:36 PM

Don't do it! :)

Get yourself a good entry level rod and put that aside. It's far too valuable to use as a starter rod in my opinion. He'd want you to fish it and you should once you're past the learning curve.


briantourtelott 10-11-2006 09:26 AM

Any more information anyone can supply about this rod? I take the one reply to mean the rod is still useable, but perhaps of quality beyond a beginner's need? What is the ruby eye for?

gunner 10-11-2006 11:05 AM

There is a good site of bamboo rod builders who could probably answer your questions. Google "the Classic Fly Rod Forum" should get you there. I'd post a link but its not a sponsor here. If you can't locate it, post here, and I'll PM the link.

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