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Lt. Colonel Oborn

h1 classbiography Lt. Colonel Obornh1Taken from the Whiteadders Fly fishing museum. There are few named rod makers in the history of UK rod making. One notable exception is Lt. Col. Gerald Oborn who began making rods during his military service but on his retirement turned to full-time rod making in his garden workshop in Marnull Dorset. Oborn rods were quite exclusive and marketed through Harrods and a small outlet called Rod-box as well as custom orders placed in local tackle shops. Oborn rods have several characteristics. Most are two-piece with an aluminium reel-seat and brassnickel silver ferrules. Oborn believed that using different metals would stop the ferrules binding. All the rods are marked Tenacity and carry a tiny graphic of a dry fly on the flat behind the stripping guide. Every rod was entirely hand-built by Col. Oborn himself. This nine-foot two piece is a good example of a style of rod that became popular after WW2. Taken from the Classic Flyrod forum. By the Son of Oborn Dear sir Having looked on google I happened to come accross your message My father died twenty five years ago the rod making was a lucrative hobby. He made them at our family home in Marnhull Dorset in a small white shed which still stands today after retiring from the Armed Forces. He was self taught. He made Rods for Ian Hay (Rodbox Winchester) & (Harrods). These must have been fine rods as he could never meet the demands. These were sold at approx 60-70. I hope this information is helpful. Kind Regards Robert Oborn (non fisherman)

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