Bamboo Fly Rod Serial Numbers

What if my bamboo fly rod serial number starts with an "R"?

The R serial number rods were from one of a couple sources. From time to time, especially during the 60’s and 70’s, bamboo fly rods would be built specifically for special sales at our store in Manchester. These rods were typically built from overstocked bamboo blanks or blanks with watermarks that were a bit more evident than was preferred in normal rod production. Some of the “R” rods were reconditioned from rods returned to the Orvis rod factory.

There were also some rods marked “S”. These were rods built specifically for our Orvis schools. Neither the “R” nor the “S” numbered rods are recorded in our records.

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