Antique Fishing Rods

Antique fishing rods are the best of breed when it comes to collecting old fishing poles.

Antique rods are sought out by serious collectors, and many are willing to pay thousands of dollars for any given rod that they want to add to their personal prized possessions.

Antique Rods Versus Vintage Rods

There seems to be a misconception among a lot a people. Many seem to be confused by “antique” versus “vintage." Even worse are those who actually own the products which they are trying to sell and have those items listed wrong.

Let's clear up the confusion...

Vintage is defined as being at least 40 years old, while still holding a standard of excellent appeal, and crafted very well with great attention to detail. Learn more about vintage fishing rods.

Antique is defined as being at least 100 years old. Personally, I believe that the true antique fishing rods are dated back to the 1800's, when the majority of the most recognizable fishing rods had been hand crafted with artistic skill and perfection. The rods from this era are marked with a beauty second to none.

Antique rods from the 1800's were hand crafted with pride and passion. The rod builders wanted to be sure that any angler who used their rods were as satisfied as could be.

Pride, passion, beauty, satisfaction, perfection. This is the combination that drive collectors crazy with the deep craving to collect such beautiful works of art.

Antique Era Fishing Rod Construction

Fishing rods during the 1800's were built as bait casting rods or fly fishing rods.

Many of those rods were constructed as bamboo cane poles. However, there are some extremely fascinating rods from that era and even prior that were made with hardwoods such as:

  • ash
  • bethabara
  • dogama
  • greenheart
  • hickory
  • ironwood
  • lancewood
  • maple
  • snakewood
  • whale baleen

Antique Fishing Pole Builders

There were a lot of rod builders back in the day, just as there is now. However, not many were successful or really great. Only a few have managed to have their names carried on as part of their legacy. You may recognize a couple from the list of some greats noted below.


Abraham Coates
Thomas H. Chubb
J.B. Crook
William H. Cruttenden
Fred D. Divine
Seely Edsan
John Forrest
Alonzo H. Fowler
John Krider
John G. Landman
Hiram L. Leonard
Per Manegold
T.B. Mayell
William Mitchell
Charles F. Murphy
B.F. Nichols
Charles F. Orvis
Henry Prichard
Edward vom Hofe
Norman K. Waring
Charles E. Wheeler

These folks are masters of the fishing rod builing craft. If you come across any of their earlier built rods and appreciate the craftsmanship and value, then consider looking into adding it to your collection.

Shopping for Antique Fishing Poles

Ebay is about one of the best resources to find old fishing tackle. Have a look and see for yourself.

As I already explained above, people often confuse vintage and antique, even in their descriptions for selling items. Some don't even know what they really have and might list them as "old fishing rods" or something similar. So, scroll and click through, and use the search box for more specific items if you'd like to.








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