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princecraft

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My first rod
« on: Jul 13, 2020, 02:07 PM »
This is the first rod and reel I ever owned.  My dad gave me this rod and reel when I was about 10 years old.  I am 78 years old now.  The rod is a true temper and the reel is a south bend.  The rod is an all steel square rod.  I did a little research on this and what I found is that the rod is about 90 years old and the reel about 70 years old.  I don't know how old it was when my dad gave it to me but I know it wasn't new.  I am trying to figure out if I want to keep it, sell it, donate to museum, or give it to my grandson.  Probably give it to my grandson.  He really loves to fish and really wants a bait caster. But I don't know if he would use something that old. 


Mac Attack

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #1 on: Jul 13, 2020, 02:40 PM »
You shouldn't use it to fish anymore.
Why take any chances it would get lost, stolen, or broken.
There is far better equipment for fishing.
On the other hand, your grandson would cherish it and probably pass it down someday to his kid or grandkid.


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Re: My first rod
« Reply #2 on: Jul 13, 2020, 02:42 PM »
Leave it to someone you want to have it.......in your will. Until then, hang it on the wall and enjoy all the memories it produces. Tell your grandson all the stories attached to it and where it came from. Leave it to him if it's appropriate.

I'm 70 and give considerable thought to how I want my collections to be handled when I'm gone.
If you sell it , you betray a trust.


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zwiggles

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #3 on: Jul 13, 2020, 03:39 PM »
You shouldn't use it to fish anymore.
Why take any chances it would get lost, stolen, or broken.
There is far better equipment for fishing.
On the other hand, your grandson would cherish it and probably pass it down someday to his kid or grandkid.

Do both! Show him/let him use yours first, and then give him something with modern tech. With any luck he will appreciate them both!

fishogger

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #4 on: Jul 13, 2020, 03:43 PM »
that's really cool! 

my first rod n reel was a zebco 202.  fish took it into the depths of the Apalachicola river. lol
some fishermen tell lies,  this one doesnt need to

oatkasut

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #5 on: Jul 13, 2020, 07:47 PM »
I remember them!Don't have anything like that now, only a brittle bamboo fly rod my Dad put together. I never use it since it would break! Great memories.

slipperybob

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #6 on: Feb 06, 2021, 12:20 AM »
Whoah!  Vintage collector treasure.

I remember seeing a few worn out steel rods when I was a kid,  The first rod my father gave me to use was a Zebco 5'6" rod with two steel line guide and a steel tip of which there was a groove on it.  Obviously I was using the Zebco classic 33 on that rod and occassionally the screw that held the plate and reel on the handle would loosen and the reel will bounce off.

When I got older and I borrowed his Fenwick two piece rod...well one day fishing off the side of the dam I lost the front section into the drink.  So then I outgrew that and had to go buy my own rods.  Of course it had to be a Zebco Rhino rod from either K-mart or Walmart at that time.  Zebco 33 wasn't doing it anymore.  The reel I got afterwards was a Shakespeare Alpha XT reel.  That clunky reel still performs to this day.
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Re: My first rod
« Reply #7 on: Mar 03, 2021, 06:11 AM »
I just gave my grandson the two Herters Brown Tone rods that my dad built for me back in the late 60's.

My first rod was a heavy bamboo rod with a reel with no level wind. I picked a lot of birds nests out of that reel.

I just sold some old steel telescoping fly rods that were my dad's.

iceman260

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #8 on: Mar 03, 2021, 06:26 AM »
I have two of those old steel rods ,they were my dads they will be passed down to grand children. My first rod was a Shakespeare wonder rod and wonder reel push button model. Still have the rod and reel but the reel no longer works.

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #9 on: Mar 03, 2021, 06:37 AM »
Found this old square rod in my dads garage after he died. Don’t know who’s it was.  Not sure what it is made of. Looks like aluminum.
 It has an Atlas reel on it







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rgfixit

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #10 on: Mar 03, 2021, 07:45 AM »
That’s pretty cool Dom. A Great Wall hanger.

The cirst rod I remember was a round steel rod about as tall as I was...4’ or so. I remember black braided line on that old steel bait casting reel. And...a lot of tangles.

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oatkasut

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #11 on: Mar 03, 2021, 11:30 AM »
Bob, I had the same one!I learned how to untangle backlashes many times and became an expert! Makes you want to take up another hobby. :laugh: :laugh:

rgfixit

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #12 on: Mar 03, 2021, 01:53 PM »
Already got one........more. Check out the “Little Wood Shop”.

Bob
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fishogger

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #13 on: Mar 04, 2021, 05:51 AM »
i have a couple steel rods.  some family some from garage sales. this one setting by desk is a true temper steel rod.  dont know anything about it though.  the reel is a bronson "green hornet".  probably where the idea for the movie originated?  i have several very old tiny bait casters i have collected over my life.  one i got from a grt grandpa is an indian.  it look very similiar the reel on raquettedackers rod but its brass.  research says they were given to buyers of indian motorcycles.





i use several of my old baitcasters as ice reels.  they work great for that.  just takes a bit more hand work than a modern drag equipped reel.

princecraft, i would hang that on the wall with a tag on it saying who its for. and tell everyone who it goes to.  i cherish the ones handed down to me.  he will too!
some fishermen tell lies,  this one doesnt need to

fishogger

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Re: My first rod
« Reply #14 on: Mar 04, 2021, 05:53 AM »
Found this old square rod in my dads garage after he died. Don’t know who’s it was.  Not sure what it is made of. Looks like aluminum.
 It has an Atlas reel on it




is the reel on backwards or is it a left handed reel? maybe it can go either way depending on how spooled up and mounted?
some fishermen tell lies,  this one doesnt need to

 



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