Pre 1926 ~ Goodwin Granger Denver Model Ds9653 ~ Antique Bamboo Fly Fishing Rod
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Pre 1926 ~ Goodwin Granger Denver Model Ds9653 ~ Antique Bamboo Fly Fishing Rod:
EXCELLENT VINTAGE GOODWIN GRANGER & CO. FLY ROD Vintage Goodwin Granger & Co, four (4) piece, Model DS9653 fly rod
An extremely scarce 1920 to 1926 era antique fly fishing rod with the original tube. This 3 piece fly fishing rod has the original extra tip for 4 pieces total. When assembled it is perfectly straight with either tip, it has some slight wear on the cork as can be seen in the photos' and the varnish is an estimated 99% complete. This rod is fully functional and in near mint, excellent condition and appears just rarely used. The eye-lites are tight and it is all original with no damages, repairs or restoration work. You will have a very hard time finding a better original six-sided bamboo Denver Special than this. I don't however believe the sock is original as the material is in such good condition (and the tie appears to be hand-stitched), but perhaps that's why this fly rod is in such pristine condition today. The original tube is in excellent condition showing just light storage wear with no dents or damage and both original end caps are present. The pieces measure as; base 38", middle 38 1/2", tip_01 33 1/2", tip_02 32 1/2". Total weight in the 39" tube is 1 lb. 7 oz. This Denver Special is stamped in the reel seat with "Goodwin Granger & Co." making it an original pre-1926 fine bamboo fly rod.
Goodwin C. Granger began building bamboo rods commercially in Denver, Colorado, in about 1919 and by 1920 had formed Goodwin Granger & Co. In 1926 the company was renamed Goodwin Granger Co. The early model Goodwin Rod, Granger Rod, Colorado Special and Denver Special were renamed in 1930 and the new names remained relatively consistent throughout the history of the company. New models such as the Champion and Victory were added later.All models were of consistent high quality with the same nickel silver ferrules and reel seat and the same precise construction. Only the grading of the cane, the style of the windings and the number of guides per section varied between the higher and lower priced models. All Granger rods (except the Colorado Special and Denver Special, which were light colored cane) featured a unique tempering process with ammonia steam which gave the bamboo a distinct resiliency of action and a characteristic rich caramel color for which these rods are famous. Granger referred to each different named rod as grades rather than models. Models referred to specific lengths and weights within each grade. Only the grade name, such as Granger Deluxe or Granger Premier appeared on the rod shaft. The model designation appeared only on rod tubes. Therefore it is difficult to differentiate between different nine-foot models merely by inspecting a rod. All rods during the early era were identified with the grade name inscribed on the reel seat between the decorative knurled bands. With the introduction of the internal uplock seat in about 1936, the grade name was moved to the shaft of the rod and the company name was stamped in the reel seat.Mr. Granger died in 1931 but the company continued to produce high quality rods until just before World War II. Bill Phillipson was production superintendent from the time of Granger's death until the company closed because of the war. After WW II the company was purchased by the Wright & McGill Rod Co. which continued to produce Granger rods until the mid-50's.Thank you.