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 Post subject: ROYAL JAVALIN Rod Find
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:16 pm • #  
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Mates,
Picked up this 7ft. ROYAL JAVALIN spinning rod yesterday. It's a shame I didn't get either a sock, or tube, but it has spent its lifetime in an aftermarket rod tube. I don't think it's been used.
Anyway, I believe this rod was made for one of the sporting goods houses and it seems, to me, to be a pretty high quality rod, but I am wondering what would be the star rating for this rod had it been a Garcia Conolon.
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Ted Lanham


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:17 pm • #  
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Hi Ted,

This is a fun and interesting question. You lucky dog, nice find! So I scoured my large database looking for what I thought might match your rod. Without placing both rods on my action board with weights to measure the flex, I would guess that a model 2133, 7', light action, fast taper, lure wt. 1/4 to 1/2 oz, 4 to 8 lb. test, chrome plated line guides, black threaded reel seat with brass securing mechanism and foot receiver, all which seem to match up to your Royal Javelin. I hope that you are well!

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Scott,
I ,really, appreciate your help on this. When I first picked it up, I was thinking only of hanging a early 60's Mitchell on it and heading to the river, but it's soooo pretty it may never make it out of the house. I just love the contrast of the colors between the rod and the wraps.
Ted Lanham


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:55 pm • #  
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A bit late to the game in my answer: Royal Javelin was the house brand for Klein's Sporting Goods, active during the 1950's and early 1960's. Klein's eventually became Herman's Sporting Goods.

I have a number of Royal Javelin rods, along with some Klein's catalogs.

They're very high quality rods which, according to various ads, were made expressly for Klein's, to their specifications and then sold either singly or as part of a kit. Some resemble fly rods that have been fitted with spinning guides and seat!

I may sell or trade other Conolon rods, but I will be buried with my Royal Javelin rods.

Gary Roberts
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:29 pm • #  
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Mates,
I understand your affection for these Royal Javelin rods. I'm hoping that I can find a few more of them before all my gas runs out.
They are sweet!
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Ted Lanham


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Hi Ted,

The Royal Javelin is made with the same materials and same way as the conolon rods, just missing the word conolon on the label. I have two exactly the same rods with same line guide wrapping, cork and reel seat slide rings. Measured flex with a 50 gram weight, they were both the same. Only difference was the label. I also love fishing with them, and are favorite.
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Scott,
I need to examine rods a bit better when I find them. I guess, I'm too focused on the Mitchell items.
I had never seen a conolon dressed up with these wraps. They sure are pretty.

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Hi Ted,

I don't know the answer to your question but that is a beautiful rod. Congratulations on a great addition to your collection. :sHa_clap2:

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Chris


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