Vintage Steel Fishing Rods



2015-06-26 10:33:59

A steel fishing rod is a piece of fishing equipment used to catch fish. A length of fishing line is attached to a long and flexible rod, which extends the reach of the line. At the end is a hook which is used for catching the fish.

History & Description

The first steel fishing rods were produced by the Horton Manufacturing Company in 1913. However, these fishing rods were too heavy and inflexible and, as a result, were not particularly sought after by anglers and professional fishermen. By the 1940s, steel fishing rods had become obsolete due to the introduction of more bendable materials such as fibreglass.

Guide for collectors

As a general rule, vintage steel fishing rods are not particularly desirable and therefore are significantly cheaper than other types of antique fishing rods, such as bamboo and fibreglass. Unlike the majority of antique fishing memorabilia, where collectibles are still bought with a view to use, steel fishing rods are heavy and inflexible and have long been surpassed by other materials.

Even antique steel fishing rods in very good condition represent a relatively inexpensive collectible and prices for an individual fishing rod rarely exceed $60. Antique steel fishing rods are also commonplace and are regularly sold at auctions that specialise in vintage sports equipment.

Notable auction sales

On April 10th 2011 at Pioneer Auction Gallery in Portland, Oregon, a vintage Bristol steel fishing rod, equipped with its original canvas bag, was sold for $25.

On June 20th 2009, three vintage steel fishing rods manufactured by Heddon Pal, realised a price of $275 through Pook & Pook Inc., in Downington, Pennsylvania.

On April 30th 2011, at Lang’s Auctions in Waterville, New York, a 6’ 3” True Temper steel saltwater fishing rod realised a price of $60.

On March 3rd 2012, an antique Bristol 9ft steel fishing rod was sold through eBay for $30.

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