H.s. Gillum Bamboo Fly Rod - Mint Restored - Two Piece/two Tip - 5.78 Actual Wt For Sale
A rarely encountered H. S. " Pinky " GILLUM bamboo fly fishing rod. Cane , bamboo rod is : GILLUM : nine foot , Two Piece, Two Tip rod. Original Gillum tube with decal , rod bag ? not sure if bag original , but came with rod when I originally acquired.
I never had opportunity to meet "Pinky " Gillum. Two individuals who I knew and respected, Harry Darbe and Marty Keane , had told me that it was a mark of Honor to own and Fish a Gillum rod.
Over the years I have encountered and actually held and flexed only six Gillum rods. Gillum rods are that rare ! Considering that less than 2000 Gillum rods were ever produced , accounts for me not
encountering that many.
I was seeking a Bamboo rod to fish the Upper Delaware River system. Needed a stronger actioned rod capable of reaching out to Trout that always positioned themselves , ten feet beyond comfortable casting range. Located this nine foot Gillum rod. Rod was usable , but I realized that varnish was not intact. Not wishing to damage rod by subjecting to water exposure I had my friend, the renowned Bamboo rod Rod maker , bamboo rod Historian and Restorer , George Guba , restore my Gillum rod to 'Like New Condition'
After Restoration , rod looks New , I found that I was hesitant to fish the rod. I am aging , and I fall more often while wading . It would pain me to cause any damage to such a beautiful , rare and Valuable fly rod.
H.S. GILLUM rod is a Two Piece , nine foot rod. The rod is Stamped with the " H.S. Gillum , maker ": marking on it's uplocking Reel seat ( see pictures ). Up locking reel seat has ( I believe to be ) African Mahagony wood spacer. Rod is wound in tan silk with black /cream/whitish ? tipping , Just Beautiful. All sections are intact , NO invisible mends or wraps. All sections display the Visible Glue Lines , Gillum rods are know for . Rod has serial # on all three sections.
Gillum rods should be considered 'Custom built", for he was not know to follow patterns. He built rods with which displayed his Uncomprising Personality. Marty Keane said 'it is an undeniable Mark of Honor to Simply Own a Gillum rod -that came from Gillum himself ' .
Rod tube displays the Original Gillum decal /sticker, interestingly placed over a champion rod tube decal. He must have purchased his tubes .I never encountered a GILLUM Decal marked tube , but of course I have seen very few original Gillum Tubes.
" PINKY " Gillum produced less than 2000 rods over a forty five year period. This rod was produced after 1950. He did not Stamp his Reel Seats until /after that year. This rod was built during -so called - Third Period. During this era he used an Oven tempering process that he worked out with his good friend , Jim Payne. Rods produced during this era were Straw colored with visible glue lines.
I fished this rod using a six and a half -weight forward ,modern SA GPX fly line. Rod can be fished with a seven weight line . Never tried a eight weight .
Actual weight of rod (postal scale ) is 5.78/ 5.80 ounces. Rod is one of few Bamboo rods encountered that can be compared to a modern Graphite rod. Rod loads like my Winston nine foot , Boron/Graphite fly rod. AND THE DIFFERENCE IN WEIGHT isn't Actually that much. Less than two ounces . That in itself speaks highly of the Genius of " Pinky " Gillum.
As most Gillum rods - this rod can Cast a fly line a Long way!Med /Fast action ! The rod does Load well , and is easy to cast . One can FEEL the action , it is not stiff and unyielding !The rod is capable of Picking Up many feet offly - line off the water , without stripping in handfulls offly line, to make a Backcast . A modern type action displayed by a Sixty + years old rod.
Rod is perfect for the Large Trout , Steelhead, Light Salmon , Bonefish, Bass, Fly Fisherman. I will have a moderate Reserve price ( less$ 2000.00), so an Angler can afford to purchase , what many consider to be the Finest Fishing rod . A rod Hand Made by the Master, the late, Harold Steele " PINKY " Gillum.
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GOOD LUCK offerDING !
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H.s. Gillum Bamboo Fly Rod - Mint Restored - Two Piece/two Tip - 5.78 Actual Wt: $2,550