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Post 05 Sep 2021, 13:50 • #1 
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Good Morning all, I know there has been a few threads concerning these rods but I thought I would share this exceptional example, The photos have been donated to the Library by Jim aka Jimmymac448. It is an amazing example and what I really am excited about is the original paperwork that comes with the rod. I thought you guys would appreciate seeing it.
(I have a couple of type Os in the listing on the Library link and will correct later but this is a 2.5 oz rod and has nothing to do with the black plague.) :lol
Richard
More photos at this link.

https://antiquerodandreels.com/rodmanufacturers/1278



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Post 05 Sep 2021, 14:07 • #2 
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Those don't show up often, particularly with the case and in such good condition. The ferrule plug is a very nice touch!

These rods are listed in the 1954-1956 Shakespeare catalogs (thanks to Wrong88 for posting these). The suggested retail price was $150!


Tom


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Post 05 Sep 2021, 19:23 • #3 
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I like what is written in the last two paragraphs in the last photo.
(The Wonder Wand is not guaranteed to be unbreakable, nor is it for novices. I personally guarantee you will have more fun for each pound of trout you release and can lay a more delicate fly than with any other rod you have ever used.)
(Don't try this rod unless you can afford it. And when you buy one, don't let that fly-casting wife try it unless the budget can make room for two.)
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Post 06 Sep 2021, 05:12 • #4 
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That's a jewel, and the only WondeRod that gets my attention - thanks for posting such nice photos.


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Post 06 Sep 2021, 07:55 • #5 
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First I've seen or heard of, but a remarkably handsome WonderRod Wonder Wand. Thanks for sharing this.


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Post 06 Sep 2021, 08:07 • #6 
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Beautiful rod!


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Post 06 Sep 2021, 13:07 • #7 
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Holy smokes Batman, $150?? back then?

What a piece of history, and fun promo material!


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Post 06 Sep 2021, 14:20 • #8 
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Yes, it is interesting to see how the copy changes from year to year in that short a time. I am sure no advertiser today would suggest such a wifely put-down; we've come a long way baby!

And $150 each - snob copy, and snob pricing - yikes! "nor is it for novices." I wonder if they would refuse to sell it to some novice who wanted to plunk down such a big chunk of his weekly earnings?
Nice rod though.


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Post 06 Sep 2021, 15:09 • #9 
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Silaflex offered their presentation rods for $225! Silaflex also offered gold plated hardware and a softly lined, deluxe, luggage case instead of a rod tube. I imagine they were given during retirement dinners and similar occasions.

I am impressed Shakespeare produced a 7'3" rod that only weighs 2-1/2 oz, complete with a metal ferrule and down locking reelseat, all while using a 50s era glass blank. I built a 7 foot, 3 weight Lami with a skeleton locking reelseat and it weighs 2-1/4 oz. Shakespeare showed what could be done when a builder put their mind to it.


Tom


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Post 06 Sep 2021, 18:21 • #10 
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That's a beauty, from the reel seat to the grip & color, not to mention the case!!


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Post 07 Sep 2021, 14:46 • #11 
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Thanks Reelill for posting the photos here, as well as in the Antique Rod and Reel Library. As a retired marketing exec, I was quite surprised with the pre-Madmen product materials. Definitely written in another era. After much thought, and a conversation or two with Reelill, I going to take the #1295 out for a test drive in the park across the street this afternoon, set up with my trusty old Pflueger Medalist 1492 with a WF3F line. I don't have a 4wt spooled up right now or I'd try that too. The #1295 definitely has the smallest diameter tip I've ever seen. I'll take my Heddon Pal 8381- 7' 5wt out for comparison, since it's the lightest other fiberglass rod I have in my arsenal right now and is currently being discussed on another thread on this site. Will try and report back tonight if I don't break either of them..... ;) ;) ;)


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Post 09 Sep 2021, 14:44 • #12 
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Nice to see the 1295, the one I had was a 4wt at most distances and a 5wt if you were fishing small mountain streams in close. The tip was the extra small diameter (3.0)... I feel the 3wt line might not load enough.
Well thought out rod and package. Super rare too!


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Post 09 Sep 2021, 17:04 • #13 
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After taking the #1295 out for a lawn casting session Tuesday afternoon using my WF3F line, I've go admit it is a really fine rod for close quarters and probably one of the nicest rods I've cast out to about 60'. It really performs well using a double haul out to about 70 feet, but as someone else posted yesterday, probably would load up better with a 4 or 5wt line. I ran out of time the other day, but plan to string it up with my 5wt line later today or tomorrow and see whether the heavier line does the trick with longer distances. ;)


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Post 07 Oct 2021, 12:12 • #14 
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THANKS Richard for posting this pic, what a rod for sure.......TOOTY


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