Here you will find some fishing equipment.  It includes items that are antique or vintage or retrospective or reproduction or homemade or folk art or fine art.  You could use it for ornamentation, but it is intended to be fished with.  Everything listed is robust and structurally sound.  It will handle the use and the abuse that all fishing equipment is exposed to. 

 

#1 - Vintage Penn 160 and Homemade Calcutta Cane Rod

REEL

The reel is a Penn model 160 Light Tackle Casting Reel.  It is pre-war from the early 1940’s.  It shows honest cosmetic wear with loss of nickel plating on the stand and elsewhere on the exterior and some scuffing of the bakelite side plates.  However, it is mechanically sound. I replaced the eccentric spring, one missing screw and two incorrect screws.  New (from old stock) leather drag washers were installed.  Everything else seems original.  It was cleaned, the bearings and spindles were polished and it was lubricated with modern corrosion resistant grease and oil.  It is ready to go fishing and will perform as well as it did when new.

ROD

     The rod is a new 7'10" homemade calcutta cane.  Calcutta cane was imported to the United States from East Asia via Britain beginning about 1850.  It was very popular for building rods when the alternative materials were hard wood, split bamboo, or metal rods.  Calcutta cane is very strong and flexible, but when fiberglass rods appeared after the Second World War other rod building materials fell out of favor.

     The reel clamps and guides are homemade with German silver (cupronickel) rings, bronze feet and hard silver brazing.  The guides are wrapped with #4 pure flax (linen) sinew.  The handle was wrapped with #60 hard lay cotton twine.  The guide and handle wrapping was stabilized with several coats of a homemade spirit varnish made of rock Copal resin (deposits of sub-fossil tree root sap).  Several coats of shellac made of de-waxed blonde shellac flakes (from the lac beetle) were than applied to the cane and wrappings.  The guides and reel clamps can be kept bright and polished but they will quickly develop a patina, especially if used for fishing.  It will only take a few weeks.

     The rod has been stress tested and casts very well.  Because there are no synthetic material used, the rod would be period-appropriate paired with any reel made after 1850.  This one was made in December, 2016. 

LINE

     The line is period-appropriate for the rod and reel.  The reel is loaded with 270 yards of new unused 27 lb test braided nylon.  In 1939, one of the first uses of the newly developed DuPont nylon was braided fish line and it has changed very little since then. 

FREE SHIPPING AND WARRANTY

The combo is $250 with free shipping.  The rod will be shipped in a rigid plastic tube.  The reel will be sent in a separate box. After mounting the reel on the rod with the pictured home made reel clamps, it will be completely ready to take fishing.  It is made to be durable and made to be fished hard.  However, if you mess it up you can send it back and I will repair and/or refurbish it for free and pay postage to send it back to you.  This warranty if good for as long as I am set up and physically able to do the work.  I am old now, but not yet ancient or decrepit.

 

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#2 - Vintage Shakespeare Criterion Model 1924 and Homemade Rod

REEL

The reel is a Shakespeare Criterion model 1922, made in either 1922 or 1923.  It shows honest wear with some loss of nickel plating, especially on the head plate, and many cosmetic scratches .  However, it is mechanically sound. It was cleaned and lubricated with modern corrosion resistant grease and oil.  However, the original patina was preserved.  Polishing a vintage fishing reel is actually counter-productive unless you intend to keep it on the shelf because it removes at least some nickel plating and increases subsequent corrosion. The clicker is strong and, more importantly, the cast control knob works.  It is ready to go fishing and will perform as well as it did when new.

ROD

     The rod is a new 5'9" homemade calcutta cane.  Calcutta cane was imported to the United States from Colonial India via Britain beginning about 1850.  The handle is Buddha's belly bamboo, an ornamental variety that has been transplanted worldwide since at least the 1700's and is now found in many moist tropical and subtropical areas.

     The reel clamps, hook keeper and guides are homemade with German silver (cupronickel) rings, bronze feet and hard silver brazing.  The guides are wrapped with #4 pure flax (linen) sinew.  The foregrip was wrapped with cotton twine.  The guide and handle wrapping was stabilized with a homemade rock rosin spirit varnish and then given several coats of shellac made of Kusmi waxy flakes (from the lac beetle) and finally a rubbed oil finish.  The guides and reel clamps can be kept bright and polished but they will quickly develop a patina, especially if used for fishing.

     The rod has been stress tested and casts very well.  Like any good fishing rod, the tip will not break as power is transferred toward the butt.  If you can break it, it will break at the fulcrum (where your hand is holding the foregrip).  Because there are no synthetic material used, the rod would be period-appropriate paired with any reel made after 1850.  This one was made in November, 2016. 

LINE

     The line is not period-appropriate for the rod and reel.  In 1922, the line would have probably been braided silk or perhaps twisted linen.  The reel is now loaded with 100 yards of brand new unused 18 lb test braided nylon over a twisted nylon backing.  The line was lightly dyed to give it a vintage appearance. 

FREE SHIPPING AND WARRANTY

     The combo is $150 with free shipping.  The rod will be shipped in a rigid plastic tube.  The reel will be sent in a separate box. After mounting the reel on the rod with the pictured home made reel clamps, it will be completely ready to take fishing.  It is made to be durable and made to be fished hard.  However, if you mess it up you can send it back and I will repair and/or refurbish it for free and pay postage to send it back to you.  This warranty if good for as long as I am set up and physically able to do the work.  I am old now, but not yet ancient or decrepit.

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#3 - Quiver of Thee Vintage Julius Vom Hofe Reels and Homemade Rods

REELS

     The three reels are Julius Vom Hofe raised pillar cross reels.  The largest is a 2/00 size.  There is a slightly smaller size 1/0.  The small reel is a 3 1/2 size.  The patent for this reel design was issued Vom Hofe in 1886 but I do not know the exact manufacturng dates. 

      The 2/00 and 1/0 are boat and warf reels and not designed for high performance casting.  They have good free spool and you can cast them, but there is no cast cast control brake system so your success will depend on you ability to thumb the spool.  The 3 1/2 reel was designed for bait casting and it has a functional cast control knob on the tail plate.  These reels predate star drags and disengaging spools. 

     The side plates and handle knobs are a hard rubber composite material often called ebonite.  It shows some exterior oxidation but the material has not swolen or shrunk, is not cracked, and still fits very precisely.  In addition, the strength of the raised pillar frame is in the metal cross (hence the name "cross reel") and posts. not the hard rubber plates.  The side plates have a few very minor scratches and the 1/0 has a small scuff on the lower edge but, overall, they are in remarkable shape. 

     Most of the metal parts are nickel plated brass.  The main gear and pinion are solid brass/bronze and are in good shape.   The two larger reels have 2.2:1 gear ratios and the smaller one has 2:1 gear ratio.  There is some loss of nickel plating, especially on the stands, posts and spools.  The spools run true.  As shown in the photos, the forward foot of the 2/00 is slightly bent but it is not problematic.  All the screws are correct and none are stripped.  The clickers all work.  Overall, they mechanically sound and will perform as well as they did when new.

RODS

     The three rods are new 7'4" homemade calcutta cane.  The larger reels are on stouter, more powerful rods.  I would judge the 2/00 reel to be on a 18 thread rod, the 1/0 on a 15 thread rod and the 3 1/2 casting reel on a 6 thread rod.  The rods are a matched set with some gradation in handle length and guide spacing to make them easier to carry or store. 

     The reel clamps and guides are homemade with German silver (cupronickel) rings, bronze feet and hard silver brazing.  The guides are wrapped with #4 pure flax (linen) sinew.  The handle was wrapped with hard lay cotton twine.  The guide and handle wrapping was stabilized with a homemade white copal spirit varnish and then given several coats of shellac made of using different types of shellac flakes (from the lac beetle) and finally given a rubbed oil finish.  The guides and reel clamps can be kept bright and polished but they will quickly develop a patina, especially if used for fishing.

     Calcutta cane has been imported into the US for over 150 years.  Only traditional materials were used in construction so the rods would be period-appropriate paired with any reel made after 1850.  These were made in November, 2016.  The 2/00 and 1/0 have homemade leather and bress custom fitted thumb stalls.  When a large fish is hooked, the thumb stall is used to apply pressure to the spool and function like a drag system. 

LINE

     The line is not period-appropriate for the rods and reels.  The original line on the two larger reels would have probably been cuttyhunk twisted linen.  The smaller reel would have probably had braided silk or linen.  These old natural fiber fishing lines have not been manufactured in over seventy years and the vintage lines have now deteriorated and lost much of their strength.  The 2/00 is now loaded with 250 yards of new 54 lb test braided nylon.  The 1/0 has 200 yards of new 45 lb test braided nylon.  The 3 1/2 reel has 100 yards of new 18 lb test braided dacron.

PRICE, FREE SHIPPING AND WARRANTY

     The complete quiver (the three reels, three rods and line as described above) is $750 with free shipping.  I may be willing to break up the quiver and sell one or two separately.  The rods will be shipped in a rigid plastic tube.  The reels will be sent in a separate box. After mounting the reel on the rod with the pictured home made reel clamps, it will be completely ready to take fishing.  It is made to be durable and made to be fished hard. They should be able to handle any fish you can stop with the thumb stall and line as described above.  However, if you mess it up you can send it back and I will repair and/or refurbish it for free and pay postage to send it back to you.  This warranty if good for as long as I am set up and physically able to do the work.  I am old now, but not yet ancient or decrepit.

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#4 - Vintage Penn Squidder Model 140 Reel and Homemade Calcutta Cane Rod

REEL

The reel is a Penn Squidder model 140. Squidders are the quitessentail surf fishing reel  This one is post-war, probably from the late 1940's or early 1950's.  It shows honest cosmetic wear with loss of nickel plating on the stand and elsewhere on the exterior and some scuffing of the bakelite side plates.  However, it is mechanically sound. It was cleaned, the bearings and spindles were polished, the drag washers were replaced with modern cabon fiber and it was lubricated with modern corrosion resistant grease and oil.  The quick take-apart feature works well so you can easily clean and lubricate the internals or change spools (all model 140 squidder spools will fit and they are readily available).  It is ready to go fishing and will perform as well as it did when new.  The original owner removed the air brake fins from the plastic spool.  This was not unusual in it's day as many serious surf casters felt they could get more distance without the air brakes.  The cast control knob on the left side plate works well and can be adjusted for thumb-free casting.  The original owner also discarded the rod clamp.  This too was not unusual as the original Penn rod clamps were cumbersome and forever getting in the way.  Serious surf casters either lashed the reel to the rod or used common hose clamps which are less cumbersome and more comfortable.

ROD

     The rod is a new 10'6" two-piece homemade surf rod.  The rod is new Calcutta cane and the handle is a bamboo.  The bamboo species is unknown (by me) but it has long been used for various fishing and boating applications.

     The homemade wire guides are stainless steel.  The guide and handle wrapping are irish linen (flax) and wisted cottom.  The guide and handle wrapping was stabilized with several coats of a homemade spirit varnish made of rock Copal resin (deposits of sub-fossil tree root sap).  This was followed by numerous coats of genuine Kusmi shellac (from the lac beetle) and an oil rubbed top coat.

     The rod handle can be removed easy tansportation and storage.  With the handle removed, the total length is about eight feet.  The butt cap is a separate piece of bamboo which can be pulled out to expose the lead counter weight.  The counter weight balances the rod just in front of the reel where the surf caster would hold it when retrieving the line or fighting a fish.  A balanced rod feels lighter and causes much less fatigue in the arms and wrists in a long day of fishing.  You can pull the counter weight out completely to add or remove lead and make it most comfortable for you.  There is a piece of cord and catch to prevent it from be accidentally lost.

     The rod has been stress tested and casts very well.

LINE

     The line is period-appropriate for the rod and reel.  The reel is loaded with new unused 27 lb test braided nylon, also known as squidding line.

FREE SHIPPING AND WARRANTY

The combo is $250 with free shipping.  The rod will be shipped in a rigid plastic tube.  The reel and handle will be sent in a separate box. It is completely ready to take fishing.  It is made to be durable and made to be fished hard.  However, if you mess it up you can send it back and I will repair and/or refurbish it for free and pay postage to send it back to you.  This warranty if good for as long as I am set up and physically able to do the work.  I am old now, but not yet ancient or decrepit.

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