Antique Fishing Rods

  I've created this site for my own pleasure, and there are few things that give me more pleasure than old fishing rods and exchanging information about them.

  History fascinates me, and I want to cover 19th century rods from a variety of angles.  The period from 1850 to 1890 was a time of incredible change.  The 1850s to 1870s saw the end of the smith age.  The 1860s also brought the upheaval of the Civil War.  The 1870s to 1890s ushered in the Industrial Revolution in the fishing tackle industry - a great age of machinery that released or spawned levels of creative energy and innovation in the tackle industry that are rarer than "once in a life time." 

  I enjoy studying the evolution of the rods and reels, as reflected in the patents that were issued from 1850 to the end of 1900.  So - there are pages listing every rod related patent for the period, many showing the original patents drawings along-side photographs of those very components.  The patents can be sorted by date of issue, by rod maker, or by rod component, such as ferrules or reel seats.

  I enjoy reading books written by or about the early rod makers.  There are pages devoted to my favorite rod makers and pictures of their rods.  I  love bamboo, but the earlier rods made of greenheart, bethabara, hickory, ironwood, lancewood - they appeal to me even more. 

1910 Thomas Chubb Letterhead

  Collectors also face particular problems trying to identify antique rods.  I'll update the pages on rod identification clues and hints as often as I discover new info.

  So, my plans are ambitious.  My rod collection keeps growing, and I learn something new every day.  "Louie, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship." - if you like reading about and talking about old rods.


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Thomas C Kerr
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Tom Kerr