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Post 17 Sep 2017, 10:37 • #1 
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In the following posts will be a chronological list of all the original catalog listings for Heddon fiberglass fly rods, from their introduction in 1951 until the end of production about 32 years later. Many of the fly rod charts will also be included. Forum admins have agreed to pin the thread, creating a lasting and easily accessible reference for all to use. Many thanks to them. Bear in mind that, in the early years of production, Heddon was experimenting with different colored blanks, reel seats and hardware that may or may not have been referenced in catalogs.
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Joan, at the Heddon Museum, was kind enough to send me a copy of the 1951 Heddon "New Items" catalog listing, shown below.



From Heddon's 1952 catalog, the first two glass fly rods ever produced by the company (a 2-piece and a 3-piece model). Just a single page in that first catalog.

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 12:40 • #2 
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Heddon's 1953 catalog. Included is Heddon's first fly rod chart for glass rods.

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 12:44 • #3 
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The 1954 Heddon catalog. Much better photos are forthcoming...

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 13:13 • #4 
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Heddon's 1955 catalog. Images are from the smaller "tackle box" edition. Photos from the "Deluxe" edition are forthcoming...

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 14:43 • #5 
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The 1956 Heddon catalog. Included is the glass fly rod chart.

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 15:55 • #6 
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The 1957 Heddon catalog.

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 17:20 • #7 
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Heddon's 1958 catalog. Heddon introduces the "Hedliner" series of rods.

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 18:22 • #8 
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The 1959 Heddon catalog. Heddon introduces the famous "Mark" series of rods, which would carry them for the next 20 years. A new 3-piece "Hedliner" is also introduced. The fly rod chart is included.

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 18:47 • #9 
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Heddon's 1960 catalog. IDENTICAL to the 1959 edition.


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Post 17 Sep 2017, 19:22 • #10 
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The 1961 Heddon catalog. First appearance for the "Vicount" series of rods. "Hedliners" are discontinued.

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Post 17 Sep 2017, 20:49 • #11 
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The 1962 Heddon catalog.

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Post 18 Sep 2017, 11:10 • #12 
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The 1963 Heddon catalog. The "Pro Weight" series of rods is seen for the first time.

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Post 18 Sep 2017, 12:07 • #13 
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Heddon's 1964 catalog.

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Post 18 Sep 2017, 16:02 • #14 
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The 1965 Heddon catalog, including the fly rod chart. Heddon introduces two new series of rods, the "Mark 1 Custom" and the "Heddon PAL" economy line. The "Vicount" fly rods have been discontinued.

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Post 18 Sep 2017, 16:29 • #15 
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The 1966 Heddon catalog. First appearance for the "Lifetime Pal" fresh and salt water fly rods (with the "stainless wire wrap").

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Post 18 Sep 2017, 18:46 • #16 
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The 1967 Heddon catalog. Heddon introduces the "Mark V", their highest grade fly rod to-date, along with the "Starcast" series of rods.

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Also available for the first time was a carded No.51 "Fly Fishing Rig". It contained line, a reel and one of the new 8 ft. No.4885 "Starcast" fly rods.

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Post 19 Sep 2017, 11:08 • #17 
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The 1968 Heddon catalog. Several new fly rods for this year, including the "Ultra Weight" series, the "Global Brown" series, the "Global Gold" series of rods and the No.8478 "Mark V Pack Rod". The "Mark 1 Custom" and "Heddon PAL" line of rods have been discontinued.

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Post 19 Sep 2017, 15:23 • #18 
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Heddon's 1969 catalog. The most extensive yet. First appearance for the "Golden Mark 50" series of rods, as well as the addition of two new fly fishing kits.

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Post 19 Sep 2017, 16:24 • #19 
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Nice going with your documentation, It's seriously valuable moving forward for collectors !!!


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Post 19 Sep 2017, 16:50 • #20 
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fantastic information. Thank you for sharing.-p-


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Post 19 Sep 2017, 18:35 • #21 
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The 1970 Heddon catalog. For whatever reason(s), the name of the "Lifetime Pals" has been changed to the "Stainless Wire Pals". The "Pro Weight" series has been discontinued.

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Post 19 Sep 2017, 19:44 • #22 
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Heddon's 1971 catalog. Very different, consolidated format. The fly rod chart is included.

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Post 20 Sep 2017, 10:20 • #23 
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The 1972 Heddon catalog. A complete departure from the quality catalogs of past years, with little or no thought put into it. Much less money! Heddon introduces the "Black/Silver Pal" rod series (with black blanks), along with a "New Pro-Weight" line of rods. The "Mark III" series is discontinued. The "Global Gold" rods are also discontinued. The "Global Brown" models are now just called the "Global" series of rods.

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Post 20 Sep 2017, 10:29 • #24 
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The 1973 Heddon catalog. James Heddon's Sons went from making an absolutely terrible catalog in 1972 to possibly printing none at all for 1973. Although the image below is supposedly the cover for the 1973 edition, I know of nobody who has actually seen one. If you, or someone you know has, PLEASE contact me.

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Post 20 Sep 2017, 15:53 • #25 
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Heddon's 1974 catalog. A quality catalog returns for 1974, along with several changes. Heddon has added five new lines of fly rods: The "Brown Pal", "Black Pal", "Green Pal", "Astro Pal" and the "Lucky 13" series. One new carded combo has been added, as well. The "Global" rods have been discontinued, as have the "Black/Silver Pal" named rods.

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