You love to fish. There’s nothing better than standing in a stream or sitting in a boat and hooking and landing a fish. You also love to collect antiques. Is it worthwhile to collect antique fishing gear, particularly old fishing rods? The answer is . . . maybe.
There is a lot of emphasis today on “retro” merchandise and doing things “old school.” As a result, some anglers are wondering if they should buy an antique or vintage fishing rod. The answer is it depends on the type of fishing you do.
The modern fishing rod is made up of hundreds of composites like graphite and fiberglass. Because of modern technology, we have many solutions for tough, long lasting rods that will be able to withstand the fight required to land even the largest fish, as well as being able to feel the slightest nibble at the other end of the line. Believe it or not, after all of these advances, one of the more common materials used in fishing rods is something that has been used for thousands of years: bamboo. While bamboo rods are mostly for fly fishing, there are plenty of rods that are available as casting rods.