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Antique bamboo/wooden fly rod. "The Divine rod"


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I had this given to me 10+ yrs go and really know nothing about it.  

It's 8' and as the pics show the eyes are not stationary, but fold flat.  The only markings on the rod are on the handle. There may have been writing on the rod itself, but if there was, it's long gone. Not in great condition as some of the wrapping is loose or missing. 

I'm sure it's just a mantle piece, but if any of you fly fishing guys know anything about the company or rod please share. 







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According to Michael Sinclair in "Fishing Rods By Divine" (Centennial, 1993), Fred Divine began making fishing rods for friends as early as 1875 in his home town of Utica New York. By 1879 he was listed as a "Fish Rod Manufacturer" in the Utica City Directory. Fred remained a one man rod company until 1888 when he was joined by Frank Wolcott. During these early years most of Fred's rods were made of wood rather than bamboo. Lancewood, Greenheart, and Bethabara were the most common woods used. Fred produced both fly and casting rods and is credited with popularizing the short casting rod which he introduced in 1885.




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