Ward Tonsfeldt is here to share some tips on finding high-quality classic bamboo fly rods and reels – discover the difference between classic, vintage, and antique gear

We find out what makes a classic rod classic – where to go to value your rod, and a classic rod and reel combo for less than $1000

Ward also explains why they don’t have a shopping cart on their website but offer personal service for each client instead!

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Bamboo Fly Rods Show Notes with Ward Tonsfeldt

05:17 – What makes a fly fishing gear vintage, classic, or antique

05:51 – The Hardy Perfect Reel is one of the classic reels – first made in the 1890s and still being made to this day

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https://www.adh-fishing.com/fly-reels/reels/hardy-widespool-perfect-fly-reel

08:57 – In the 1920s, steel fly rods were extremely fashionable

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https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1920s-samson-steel-trout-fishing-rod

09:57 – Ward recently sold a 1950s Orvis Deluxe

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http://classicflyrodforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=113208

12:16 – Bob Taylor rods are what Ward’s clients usually look for

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https://classicflygear.com/2019/04/22/r-d-bob-taylor-73-2-2/

14:13 – One of the most successful Leonard rods is the model 50

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https://www.classicflyfishingtackle.com/product/leonard-bamboo-fly-rod-model-50-1-2/

16:13 – Ward’s ideal rod setup

     

18:16 – The Wheatley Fly Boxes are classic

https://www.sagsao.cf/products.aspx?cname=wheatley+fly+boxes&cid=8&xi=5&xc=24&pr=28.99

18:53 – The Creel and its history

https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/345018021435281074/

22:33 – Why people go for the classic rods

29:17 – Join The Classic Fly Rod Forum to connect with people that talk about bamboo fly rods

30:22 – The Orvis 2 piece Battenkill 7 1/2 foot rod is a crowd-pleaser and can always be resold

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https://www.classicflyfishingtackle.com/product/orvis-76-battenkill-bamboo-fly-rod/

33:34 – In the late 1950s, Hardy came up with the lightweight series

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https://www.classicflyfishingtackle.com/product/hardy-lrh-lightweight-fly-reel-england/

41:29 – Jim Adams is Ward’s good friend

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https://www.pgecurrents.com/2012/03/06/many-streams-define-the-life-and-times-of-jim-adams-pges-first-biologist/

48:14 – There’s a book about fiberglass rods by Vic Johnson

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https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/fiberglass-fly-rods/author/johnson/

49:02 – Ferdinand Claudio is one of the early fiberglass rod makers

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https://classicflygear.com/2020/07/28/ferdinand-claudio-805b-fiberglass/

49:49 – Hardy has a series out called the Perfection Fiberglass Rods

https://ro.pinterest.com/amp/pin/599401031639292692/

50:42 – The Orvis Rivermaster fly rod was pretty popular back in the days

https://thereelmarket.com/products/orvis-rivermaster-fly-fishing-rod-9-1-2-8wt-w-tube-and-sock?variant=10279338803247

52:14 – The Thompson Reel

https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/301881981280732755/

1:00:37 – Fin-Nor anti-reverse fly reel

https://fi.pinterest.com/amp/pin/550142910714958858/

 

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Bamboo Fly Rods Conclusion with Ward Tonsfeldt

Ward Tonsfeldt shared some tips on finding high-quality classic bamboo fly rods and reels – discover the difference between classic, vintage, and antique gear

We talked about what makes a classic rod classic – where to go to value your rod, and a classic rod and reel combo for less than $1000

Which of the classic gears is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

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