Here is one of my favorites from a few years back. We had a small gathering of caniacs at a lake to share rods with each other. It was a fun day casting a variety of rods and landing some nice fish also.
Here's a teaser for the glass freaks!
A New in the tube Winston San Francisco Stalker in a rare size
7' 2/3 weight 2 piece rod..
The cork showed no sign of a reel ever attached.
I mounted my Winston Vintage reel for pics and now there's an indentation from reel. UHHH..
Note the embroidered label on the rod sock, looks brand new..
Vintage gear you say. Here's one I've had for about 15 years. Never cast or fished it. This rod was given to me by a friend who didn't know what it was but he thought I would research it and figure it out. I did that.
The rod was made by Henry Prichard of the Prichard Brothers, Thomas and Henry, 89 Fulton ST. New York. Originally from England, Henry open his shop in 1848. Thomas followed later. Their last name was often misspelled even by their own lawyers when applying for patents on their recessed swag band reel seats, handles and guides. It continues to be misspelled to this day. This has given a few historians some fits. They continued in the tackle business for 40 years. At first they sold the rods out of the shop but at some point started selling exclusively through Abbey & Imbrie. They even transferred the patents to A&I
The rod is Greenheart with the Prichard patented celluloid handle with recessed reel seat and swaged "double beveled wedge" seat rings. You can clearly see the patent number and date displayed on the handle and top seat ring.
Hardware is NS plate over brass.
The rod is in pretty nice shape given its over 100 year age.
The rod came in a cloth covered wooden form as did many other rods in that era.
Vintage gear you say. Here's one I've had for about 15 years. Never cast or fished it. This rod was given to me by a friend who didn't know what it was but he thought I would research it and figure it out. I did that."
Wow... beautiful rod! I just posted a few jpg's of mine on a different topic... but will add a couple jpg's here:
It's an old (late 1880's) greenheart fly rod made by Anderson & Sons of Edinburg.... a fairly rare, single handed, 11', 3 piece, called "The Dunkeld" ...named after a small village on the River Tay, Scotland.
I posed this old Perfect nicely, but it looks a bit naked without a silk line wound into it. I am buying an old South Bend reel that appears to have an old silk line on it, so maybe this will get re-shot soon. For now...