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Tips and Tricks for purchasing and collecting antique Fly Fishing Rods
There are many different types, styles, sizes and weights of both new and antique
fly rods available today. During a single visit to a local sporting goods store, any serious angler
can become overwhelmed and excited at the sheer number of possibilities and choices. However, not all fly
fishermen are impressed by modern day rods and choose to fish using the equipment of the past. With each
antique fly rod carefully created using dedicated craftsmanship and deeply rooted in the tradition of family
and exploration, anglers who choose these rods will very rarely use any other. Whether they have acquired rods
from ancestors or have traveled far and wide in search of auctions, anglers who collect these one of a kind
rods enjoy stepping into the past with every cast.
If you are interested in collecting antique fly fishing rods there are a few important points to
consider before you make your first purchases. One of the most essential tools when sourcing antiques is
education. To prevent any potentially bad investments a collector should first become familiar with the
different varieties of antique rods available. In the world of antiques it is imperative to collect information
before collecting goods. This means that you should do your best to research as many craftsmen, styles,
production dates and historical connections before buying any rods.
It is also a good idea to become familiar with the characteristics associated with valuable rods
and which styles are the most sought after. When collecting antique fly fishing rods, one of the most important
points to consider is the material used to produce the rod and the length of the rod shaft. For example in the
case of bamboo (otherwise known as split cane) fly fishing rods, shorter shafts mean more monetary value. This
is commonly the deciding factor between a reasonable priced rod and one that is considered rare and contains
In addition to doing your own research on split cane or antique fly rods you should also contact
or become acquainted with a reputable and knowledgeable antique dealer. By consulting a dealer or purchasing
through a well established antique retailer you may be able to acquire rare and unique rods without having to
deal with the competition and high prices associated with auctions or public markets.
Many antique enthusiasts will often acquire other related objects in hopes that when sold as a
set their collection will bring a well deserved fortune. This is very common with those who collect antique or
split cane fly rods as well. Many collectors search for additional antiques such as antique hand-tied flies,
artificial bait and turn of the century fishing line to round out their growing rod collection. If you consider
your antique fly fishing rods as an investment and have a plan to sell them in the future, carefully selecting a
few additional pieces may prove extremely lucrative.
It is true that collecting antique fly rods can be incredibly interesting and can prove to be a
profitable past-time. However, for many it is simply a way to stay connected to the past and treasure the
history and tradition associated with this great sport.