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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:48 pm • #  
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Hello to all,

With Jean-Paul in mind I thought it might be helpful to talk about some buying tips on those "Conolon" rods to match up with our Mitchell reels.

1) Determine what you plan to do with your purchase?
2) If you are going to fish with it, try to get as much information off the label such as line and lure wt. and length. Make it easier to match up an appropriate reel to use with the rod. Ask about the line guides and wrappings (are they in good condition with no corrosion). Corrosion on the line guides chews up your line. Get photos of all the line guides and make sure that they are equally spaced, especially on the top section of the rod. Make sure the tip is correct and un-broken. Make sure the reel seat and cork is in OK condition. Have fun fishing!

Rods as collectors pieces. Condition, condition and condition drives the value. Spinning and surf casting rods have more value in most cases. The labels should be darn close to mint with a very ledgable description that includes the model #, length, power(ultra light, light, light-medium, medium, medium-heavy and heavy) action, taper (fast), line wt., and lure wt. the quality of rods based on color and stars are as follows : Maroon (4 and 5 stars), brown (4 and 5 stars), green (3 stars), blue (2 stars).
Before the star rating system Garcia used a gold color rod to signify the top of the line.
Very early rod abuttments that connect upper and lower sections were threaded. Then there were brass, and then nickel plated chrome.
Line guides are nickel-chrome plated over brass on 99% of all rods. Some very early Narmco and Garcia rods did use stainless steel guides but they resemble a stretched out spring. Welding stainless steel guides was way too expensive during the 50's and 60's. It was very inexpensive to braze brass wire to make guides back then and equally as cheap to plate. Line guide wrappings were tight thread the was lightly varnished before being put on the rod. Later rods had a thicker coating and were an epoxy resin. Very early Narmco and Garcia rods had slide rings for a reel seat. Alot of 7' rods in the early days were used as a fly or spinning rod. Later rods, 1962 and up only the ultra light rods really had slide rings on the cork, all other spinning rods had a threaded reel seat. Try to ask the seller as many questions as possible early on and have him back it up with pictures. If you find a rod with sock and tube with model # on the sock and tube in good condition that just makes your purchase that much better. Most rods were sold with a sock but not always with a tube. Usually the 5' thru 7' rods had tubes. I have yet to see a salt water rod with tube that matches the rod. Long saltwater rods did usually come with a sock with model #. Ask the seller to ship your new rod, sock and Garcia tube in a secondary shipping tube such as PVC pipe or a rain gutter cut to the appropriate size. Alot of ignorant sellers just use the Garcia tube and ruin part of your collection piece, the tube. The old tubes just cannot handle the rigors of the postal sevice anymore and just break or unwravel. If I can ever help anyone with their rod purchases or help set value or define it's rarity please always feel free to ask or send a private message. Cheers! Hope this was helpful

Regards, Scott

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I will be printing this "Conolon Tips List" out and carrying it with me whenever I'm in the field searching for goodies.
Great post!
Ted Lanham

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