Vintage Metal Fishing Rods.
Here we will feature some of our vintage metal fishing rods. Metal rods go back to 1913 but were never really popular because of the weight of the overall rod by the time a reel and line was added the whole thing was just too heavy to fish all day. Popular or not there were plenty of anglers who liked the metal rods, as a result many were made by companies in the 1930's as well as many patents issued. For most metal fishing rods production was halted in the 1940's during WWII as to be expected, but after the war production resumed for a short time with companies like Waltco producing the Stub-Caster and other neat items like some unique fishing reels. With the advancements in plastics and the Fiberglass rods becoming more popular the metal rods were left behind to be forgotten. That is, untll collectors started the metal rod come back, giving metal fishing rods thier rightfull place in history. We are always happy to add intact metal fishing rods to our collection.
This Waltco Stub-Caster Ice fishing rod is the one they listed as "New and Improved in 1950. Not a lot is known about Waltco but they did produce some great collectable fishing rods and a couple of reels as well. This rod was handed down to us by Joe Makarowski.
The handle design for this rod was patented in 1933 designed by Harry Gephart. Our Gep Rod dates to 1939-40 based on the info given us. Gephart changed the cork on the front handle to a Tenite plastic in 1942. Most all had the Red Heart Gep-Rod guarantee.
This WhiteHall metal rod was made in Galt Ontario Canada in the 1940's. Galt is now called Cambridge, Ontario. We are working on more details of this rod we do know it dates to the late 1940's post war. It's in great shape and was sent to us by our great friend Bruce.