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Need some help from the experts. I have come across a Horrock IB Boston rod 7-7 1/2. It is a three piece with a spare tip. It is still in the tube and wrapped up in the original sack. On the rod it is labeled with "Queen Mary". My question is, do I have anything special and what would the value be?
 

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The first flyrod I ever owned was a Horrocks and Ibitson. My dad bought it for me in the corner pawnshop for my twelth birthday. It was a reasonable rod but nothing special. I believe they were considered to be adequate, certaintly not anywhere near the standard of Hardy or even Sharpes. The ferules on mine were tin and I remember crushing one shortly after I got the rod--ever after it made a distinct clicking sound when I threw a false cast. I think there are peoplewho collect some of these entry level fly rods but they don't fetch much. Don't give up your day job.
 

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BeBop,
Thanks for the reponse. I have no idea about fly rods. I do know that it is from Utica, NY. What I don't know is from what time frame, 20's, 30's, 40's? No one I have talked with seams to know either. Have no fear, I'm going to keep working. HA!

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I have an H&I 8 footer that I am refinishing over the winter. I checked the books and mine is worth a whopping $35 to $45 in mint condition. I'm only restoring it because I like the way it casts and intend to fish it often.
 

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H&I's....

I've cast a few and they are I would say very slow action which can be quite nice if you have the time to learn how to cast. Several anglers that I know have taken the mid and tip and made very short rods for fishing small brushy streams where a good roll cast is essential. For this I would recomend the various 8' to 9' H&I's that you will find in your travels.
Cane is a beautiful thing all the rods have a personality and a beauty that is more than skin deep. However you can take a abused and blistered old working class cane from a second hand garage sale and with a few hours of craftmanship make it as pretty as the day it came off the line. Learning how to do it is as much fun as as learning how to cast.
As to if you have anything special that is up to you, and what you do with the rod, its worth a trial relationship. An old timer, once told me that "you get out of fishing what you put into it"! I derive much more satisfaction when I struggle through the old ways of cane, and ressurecting an old hand made fishing rod is a good thing, try it out.
 

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Horrocks-Ibbotson Rods

Wish I had better news for you - I am originally from Utica, born there in 1934. H-I rods were the rods of my youth. Why? Well, it was the great depression - no one had any money or jobs, so might as well go fishing!
They were cheap, reasonably serviceable low-cost rods. If I (as a kid) broke one, no one cared.
H-I did NOT make good, high end (even medium end) rods - only the "cheapies" under their own brand name. They did produce many very high quality rods for others - I think it was South Bend or Heddon or one of the other rod companies of the time - and those sell today for big bucks.
As a kid, during the dark days of WWII, I used to make my own using bamboo "sticks" (as they were called) from the factory, making them from scratch, starting by gluing six together and wrapping with heavy twine to clamp them together to make each section, then sanding, adding the reelseat, cork handle and ferrules, and wrapping the guides, etc. and finishing with several very thin coats of spar varnish. They were great rods, too, and I made them for the family. A few are still in use today.
I for one am not a fan of bamboo. As soon as I got my first glass rod, I never looked back, and now use graphite. There was something about the old slow actions that I hated, even though I cast them well, and they are very pretty.

BobK
 

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Thanks for the input!!

Thanks to all who reponded. I appreciate the input. Finding the old rod out in the shed was a treat and a shock. I wasn't sure what I had come across (something special or just an old rod). Maybe someday down the road I will find a good place to put it to use or find a good home for it since I'm not much into fly fishing. Thanks again for your help!

Loren
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