Montague "Dreadnought" boat rod in Very Good "as found" condition
Identification & Appraisal
If you find yourself in possession of a fishing rod and /or reel that you know nothing about, it is very likely we can help you. My friend and associate Wess and I have a large variety of original makers' catalogs, published books, and other research materials. In addition we have a large collection of vintage bamboo rods, and an extensive collection of reels. Finally we are in touch with a large circle of other knowledgeable researchers and collectors whom we can call on for more information. We can help you identify and evaluate your prize. This service is FREE ! Now that you are this far, call or e-mail Mark or Wess via the CONTACT page, and we will provide you with information on your vintage bamboo rod.
Help Us Help You 1.Pictures. One of the first things that will help us identify your rod is good pictures. Take pictures of as many rod features as you can. Ferrules, guides, tip tops, reel seats and grips are all key features. Get good close-up shots of any decals or partial decals. Also include all hand-written or stamped names, lengths, weights, numbers, letters, etc. on the rod shaft and / or reel seat. Information such as an approximate year or even the store where the friend or family member purchased the rod or reel may also hold leads. A rod bag and or tube, as well as any label or tag, can be very helpful too, although rod bags and tubes have been known to have been switched or replaced over the years to protect a rod during its journey.... 2. Details. Details often mean everything in identifying a rod or reel. Our eyes automatically search for little things that most people don't realize are clues for identification. Include in your pictures as many details of the rod or reel as possible. 3. Value. Value is very subjective. As the saying goes, "one man's junk is another man's treasure." The bottom line of "What is it worth?" is what someone is willing to pay for it. Two primary factors affect this: first, the rod or reel's condition, and second, the venue where the rod or reel is offered for sale. With these factors in mind, we will be happy to suggest a range of values for your vintage rod or reel. Also, In this day of on-line auctions, primarily ebay, finding a similar rod or reel to yours and taking the time to see not only what price it is offered for, but what it actually sells for is often the most accurate guide to current value.
Instructions: Send your rod well padded in a sturdy tube to: Mark Frey, Bamboo Rod Works, P.O. Box 1596, Yelm, WA 98597 - 360.894.3591 Please completeRequest for Repair or Restoration Form found on SERVICES page and add any and all preliminary instructions. I will contact you promptly when your rod is received, and provide recommendations for repair or restoration plus an estimate for the work.
**To keep charges for rod work reasonable, we ask customers to pay shipping cost of rod. Thanks very much.