Fibreglass Fishing Rods.
The Fibreglass fishing rod owes its existence to the many innovations that are a by-product of World War 2. There was a lot of experimenting with glass fibre being cased in resin for the Aircraft industry during the war, everyone was looking for lightweight materials to help with deliverable payload, the lighter the plane the more munitions that could be carried to the battlefield. The first Fibreglass fishing rods that I can reasonably trace down go back to the end of the war in the late 1940’s. A gentleman named Robert Gayle, along with another man developed the Fibreglass fishing rod sometime in the late 1940’s. Fibreglass fishing rods are not as technical as the modern sensitive Graphite we have today. However, Fibreglass does have its niche particularly in saltwater fishing and fishing around rocky shores surf fishing. Some anglers will only use fiberglass rods it’s what they like. Some fiberglass fishing rods are very collectable. Rods from St. Croix, Zebco and other popular brands are sought after.
This St. Croix 7208, 6'6" Saltwater fibreglass rod dates to the mid 1950's. St. Croix was one of the early pioneers building truly great fiberglass fishing rods for a variety of gamefish, fresh and saltwater. This rod would have been used on Canada's west coast for Salmon fishing.
Vintage Wright & McGill Eagle Claw SF 401 Trolling Rod. This 7 1/2 foot trolling rod is another classic from Wright & McGill. These rods were of such great quality that many are still being used today.