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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on Apr 12, 2008April 12th, 2008, 3:39 pm EDT
My neighbor was going through some old stuff today and showed me two bamboo fly rods passed on to him from his grandfather. I was wondering if any of you had an idea of what they could be worth.(he asked me to find out) The first rod is a southbend #25 9' 4 pc. It is in perfect shape. Bamboo is clean and all the eyelets and wraps look very good, he estimates that it is from the 30's. The other rod he feels certain is over 100 yrs old it is in pretty rough shape, the blank itself is good but the wraps need some attention. I don't recall the name but it was from a company based in utica ny(that's all i remember from from the label). Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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GONZO on Apr 28, 2008April 28th, 2008, 12:09 pm EDT

The South Bend is a "production" cane rod. I suspect that the one from Utica is probably a Horrocks-Ibbotson. South Bend, Horrocks-Ibbotson, and Montague were all production cane makers. In good condition, SB and HI rods typically sell for about $50 to $150 on Ebay. They have little value to collectors, and are usually purchased by rebuilders who turn old production cane into fairly serviceable shorter rods.

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Apr 29, 2008April 29th, 2008, 12:04 am EDT
They also make nice additions to someone's cabin or den walls after a little work is done on them.
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Hunker Pa.

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Caneflyfish on May 31, 2008May 31st, 2008, 4:34 am EDT
New to this forum, 28 yr. flyfisherman......

I usually start kids/teenagers out with these types of "production" rods as I'm not too deep into money to get them a rod they can learn how to cast and fish with...... It's theirs to keep, but they're taught how to care for it so they can fish it the remainder of their lives. They listen real well! LOL

Besides, do you know how many double-takes older guys give kids that are fishing a cane rod?? Plenty! The kids get to be proud of what they own as many don't have the chance to afford one.....

If you need an honest opinion of the rods in person, I'll have to meet you on the Lil'J 1 of these days.... I'll show some of mine that I've redone.


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