Bamboo Rods

Rod Rating Designations and Abbreviations


Rod Rating Designations and Abbreviations

(M) Mint - Appears to be new/unused

(NM) Near Mint or As New -As above with minor noted exceptions

(EXC) Excellent - Shows signs of light to medium use

(VG) Very Good - Shows signs of normal to heavy use

(G) Good - May be fishable as is, but likely needs work

(F) Fair - Needs work prior to being fished

(RS) Restored - Original hardware/specifications were used

(RF) Refinished - Non-original hardware and/or specifications were used

Other Abbreviations:

C&R - Cap & Ring

D/L'ing - Down Locking

HK - Hook Keeper

N/S - Nickel Silver

S/B - Slide Band

U/L'ing - Up Locking

WC - Winding Check

Current Inventory Of Classic Bamboo Rods

The Classic Bamboo Rods below are available for purchase (unless noted otherwise in the description).  You will also find bamboo bargains and rustic bamboo rods that can be used for parts or decor.  The rods are listed by length first, then alphabetically by the maker.  You can click on the item photo to enlarge it. A sale pending tag denotes that an agreement to purchase the item has been reached, but the sale may not yet have been completed.

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Current Inventory of Bamboo Bargains

These classics for the budget mided angler may be fishable as is or are in need of a little TLC to become stream-ready.  They are also an excellent source of rod parts for builders and restorers.  Past bamboo bargains have included from rods made by Granger, Hardy, Heddon, Horrocks Ibbotson, LL Bean, Montague, Phillipson Shakespeare and South Bend to name a few.  These rods usually sell fast so inquire quickly at

Current Inventory of Rustic Bamboo Rods

These karma-laden classics are a good source of vintage rod parts and make excellent decor for your home, cabin, office or trout room.  They also are perfect "practice rods" for the hobbyist and novice builder/restorer. Some of the furnishings and wraps may be loose or missing and they may have had repairs done, but you won't find them for less at your local "Antique & Junque" store.  Past rods have included classics from Hardy, Heddon, Horrocks Ibbotson, Milwards, Montague, Shakespeare, South Bend, Union Hardware Wards and others. Prices are generally $25 and under!  Availability varies and they usually sell fast so inquire quickly at