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fishNlady
01-30-2008, 08:53 PM
Well after 4 attemps I finally won a bamboo rod on ebay. :biggrin:

It's a southbend and it's in excellent condition. Nothing missing and everything is solid. its a model 359 8 1/2 ft. 3 piece.

My husband put his old 1951 Perrine automatic reel on it just for a pic of it.

This rod feels so good in my hands. I'm going to take it this weekend and try it. I think I'm going to really like it.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii290/clafitte/DSCN0001_1.jpg

billyspey
01-30-2008, 09:11 PM
wes jordan worked for south bend before joining orvis he made very good and desireable bamboo go on the bamboo site check on what you might have.

fishNlady
01-31-2008, 12:01 PM
Thank you, I will check that out.

I also just ordered a new Orvis reel for it. This weekend will be nice and sunny and a new rod to try out...could'nt ask for anything better than that! :biggrin:

Grumpy
01-31-2008, 11:22 PM
That looks like a Jordan era rod with the brown reelseat & thumb print on the grip. CONGRATS:smile:

Grumpy

fishNlady
02-01-2008, 08:53 PM
That looks like a Jordan era rod with the brown reelseat & thumb print on the grip. CONGRATS:smile:

Grumpy

I did some reading on the Jordon era rods. If this is one of them then it was made some where between 1925 and 1939? Correct? Now I'm almost afraid to take it out and use it! I'd hate to have something happen to it. It's too special! :eek:

It looks plenty solid and durable though. The temptation may be too much. ;)

Grumpy
02-01-2008, 11:54 PM
It was built to fish:smile:

Grumpy

gf2
02-06-2008, 10:28 PM
:smile: Here's a little more info on South Bend andWes Jordan.

The following is from the Orvis website:
In the 1930s, South Bend Bait Company bought out Cross Rod Company with the condition that Wes would remain at least long enough to train new rod makers. After ten years at South Bend, Wes left for his hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts.

The model 359 is described as dry fly action for D or HDH line (probably 6 wt). Your rod has the "Comficient" grip which was introduced in 1939. If the South Bend decal is a yellow rectangle, the rod is post WWII. My best guess is that the pictured rod was made in the mid to late 1940's.

Enjoy the rod!

gf2

fishNlady
02-07-2008, 09:52 AM
Thanks for the info on the rod, gf2! It's nice to have a little background on it. And welcome! You'll love this forum. Great folks and great info.

Grumpy, I managed a couple of hours Sunday to go fishing and tried it out. It handled very well despite using a cheap reel and line. I know it will be even better when my new orvis reel and line gets here. It was more limber than my graphite rod and it took a few minutes of casting to get used to but I think it will likely become my "goto" rod for awhile. It feels better in my hand than my other rods. I have small hands and this one just seems to be a natural fit for me. This old rod seems to have character I guess you could say.

lauxier
02-07-2008, 09:23 PM
your 359 was built in 1950.wes jordan's designs lasted till the late 30's-

fishNlady
02-12-2008, 08:23 AM
your 359 was built in 1950.wes jordan's designs lasted till the late 30's-

Thanks for the info, lauxier.
:)

Grumpy
02-12-2008, 08:34 AM
Thanks for the info on the rod, gf2! It's nice to have a little background on it. And welcome! You'll love this forum. Great folks and great info.

Grumpy, I managed a couple of hours Sunday to go fishing and tried it out. It handled very well despite using a cheap reel and line. I know it will be even better when my new orvis reel and line gets here. It was more limber than my graphite rod and it took a few minutes of casting to get used to but I think it will likely become my "goto" rod for awhile. It feels better in my hand than my other rods. I have small hands and this one just seems to be a natural fit for me. This old rod seems to have character I guess you could say.

You'll learn to slow down & let the rod work, then you'll be amazed, especially with a fish on, i swear you can feel their heartbeat on bamboo.
They deffinitely have character:biggrin:

Grumpy

lauxier
02-12-2008, 09:00 PM
everyone who fly fishes very long-will eventually drift to bamboo,probably out of curiosity.Your South Bend looks to be a dandy.Once you get used to your South Bend,your graphites(as great as they cast,and as light as they are,and as technologically superior to mama nature's cane as they wanna be..)may be moved to the back seat.You made a wise purchase.Your rod is as historical as it is a goto.Whatever it is,deep within us,that sends us to streams to fish,there is also the simplicity and rightness of bamboo,a natural weed,grown in ground far away,it is fishing au naturale,and it does not get any better..

fishNlady
02-18-2008, 10:10 AM
You guys say it so beautifully. And you are right! It is that natural feel and "rightness" as you put it lauxier. I found a book on Bamboo rods that I think I'm going to order. I am looking forward to learning more about them and I will probably get another bamboo at some point too. I'd love to have a new one built but money is an issue right now so that plan is on hold. But some day I do plan to have one built.

Rob GRiggs
03-05-2009, 01:01 PM
fishnlady, does you rod have any writing on it? I think I might have the same rod. I had my refinished and an eye put back on. I got it from a older gentleman that was not able to fish any more. Mine has the number 346 on it an it also says E or H E H does that make since to any one? I have used this rob some but its a little heavy I think.

flyred06
03-05-2009, 03:09 PM
Congrats on the win! I to fish boo rods and have never been fortunate enough to win one. But when ever you fish boo keep in mind how sweet it is to take something from the ground and have a skilled craftsman spend hours on it and turns it into a piece of working art. As each movement flows from your body and is transferred into the cane you become one with that maker and his art. Leaves alot to be said for the mass produced koriegn rods of today, with no artistry or history. Congrats and I hope it is one of many to come.

Tedious
03-05-2009, 04:23 PM
RGR, HEH is the previous (archaic) designation of DT 5. Hook & Hackle has a chart on their site www.hookhack.com/flylinesize.html (http://www.hookhack.com/flylinesize.html) for reference. Tight Lines. TDS

gmreeves
03-05-2009, 04:33 PM
I can't beleive I am just seeing this thread. Congatulations on your new rod. I'm glad you liked your first bamboo experience. A lot can be said about the grass that it is made from. Keep us informed on how it fishes.