The picture below is of my "French River Model" 9' bamboo fly
The above picture is of my "French River Model" fly rod. There is not much information out there on this rod,
but a rod forum feels that it could be a "Phantom Montigue" with this name. There are a number of them out there and the quality
is uniformly good. The words "French River Model" are printed in very light yellow script at the bamboo base with no
other information and no line weight called for. It is 9' long and in good condition,but I see that the varnish could be touched
up in spots. I have used this rod, and it has nice action and would be a good working rod. It looks good and has the feel
of a quality rod. The rod tips are the same size as the butt piece, and the middle piece is about 1/2" shorter than the
butt piece, but it all looks original and it does not appear to have ever been repaired. Ferrules and fittings Bamboo, cork,
windings and fittings are in good shape and it comes with a cloth bag and a steel case, both in good shape. All the ferrules
are of good quality and fit together nicely. I have no idea as to its age. I bought this rod from the same lady
in Rhode Island at the same time that I bought the Leonard, and it is a nice handling bamboo rod.
I suspect the rod is in the $450 catagory, and pending further information I would sell it fo that. I am open to sugestions
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The picture below is of my "The Amherst" 8'6" #6
bamboo fly rod.
This rod belonged to my grandfather John Proctor. He was an avid fly fisherman and spent so much time at Mooshead Lake
in Maine that they named the pronintory where he spent much of his time Proctor Point. The rod is in excellent shape, with
all of the flamed bamboo pieces the same size, varnish and wrappings excellent, cork, fittings, bag and case all in excellent
shape. This is a real nice handling rod, and although I will probably sell it, at the moment I am not sure of its value, but
it appears to be in the $600 to $750 range. I do not do much fishing these days and the kids arn't interested, so.....
Not sure what I am going to do with it at the moment, but I could probably be convinced to sell it.