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Info on a couple of old rods

Postby flatsbroke22 » July 29th, 2020, 2:43 pm

Buddy of mine found these rods in an rotten cardboard tube. The rods were in a cloth bags. Any idea of value if any? Image
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Re: Info on a couple of old rods

Postby Salty Gator » July 29th, 2020, 2:49 pm

No idea on the value, but they both look awesome. They look better than my year old rods. Congratulations on a cool find. If they aren’t worth much, I’d string em up and put a bend in them
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Re: Info on a couple of old rods

Postby FishWithChris » July 29th, 2020, 3:00 pm

super cool rods right there!

I'm going to sit back and wait for SK's wisdom to make a stop by and tell us a quality backstory on these rods! :beer: :beer:
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Re: Info on a couple of old rods

Postby flatsbroke22 » July 29th, 2020, 3:18 pm

FishWithChris wrote:super cool rods right there!

I'm going to sit back and wait for SK's wisdom to make a stop by and tell us a quality backstory on these rods! :beer: :beer:


What I was hoping for, If anyone knows he will.
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Re: Info on a couple of old rods

Postby homboyfsu » July 29th, 2020, 4:11 pm

The Wright and McGill are on ebay between $20 to $75.Created by Drew McGill and Stan Wright back in the 1920’s, this original brand was known for tying high-grade fishing flies in Denver, Colorado. Over 90 years later Wright & McGill is still creating high-grade fishing equipment, and the product selection has expanded quite a bit. Today, the Wright & McGill brand includes signature series rods, saltwater rods, fly rods for men and women, reels, travel bags, tackle management products, fishing tools and performance guide wear.
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Re: Info on a couple of old rods

Postby silverking » July 29th, 2020, 4:12 pm

Very cool finds. My grandfather had some of both rods, but I do not remember if they included either of these models. Both appear to be in excellent condition based on the pix.

Shakespeare and Wright & McGill are among the older mass tackle companies in the sport. Shakespeare was started by William Shakespeare Jr. (not the Bard) in 1897 in Kalamazoo, MI. The company name was later shortened to the Shakespeare Company. It's now part of the Pure Fishing conglomerate, based in South Carolina. Ugly Sticks are a Shakespeare big seller.

Wright & McGill started as a hook company in Colorado in the 1920. Wright was fly fishing in the mountains and missing trout when he took a break. Watched an eagle land in a nearby tree and flex its talons. Bent the point of his hook inward and proceeded to catch fish. He and McGill started making fish hooks in Denver and of course, the name was Eagle Claw. Started the W&M rod company in 1946, when the sport became popular after WWII. They bought out Granger bamboo rods and are still building W&M rods today.

Antique tackle can be very valuable, based on the condition and how many were produced. Here's a link on determining values:
https://www.theonlinefisherman.com/how- ... s-it-worth

Quick search on eBay showed some Wonderods were listed as high as $1,000. The W&M tubular aren't as old and are more common. Some of those are selling for up to $100.

If they have sentimental value, they'd make great conversation pieces in a den or man cave. If your friend wants to cash 'em in, he could try eBay or maybe on consignment through an established auction house like Affiliated Auctions in Tallahassee.

Thanks for sharing. Let us know how it turns out, flatsbroke22.
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Re: Info on a couple of old rods

Postby flatsbroke22 » July 29th, 2020, 6:55 pm

Thanks SK! Very interesting. I’ll pass on the info. I do know they are not sentimental, he found them in a house clean out.
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