Help me find this rod

(EDIT: since I published this entry I stumbled upon an online auction site (not EBay) that had a very similar rod listed. Instead of a pack rod it was a two piece rod (model 8220), but everything else about it rang very familiar, down to the color of the blank and wraps as well as the style of grip. Unfortunately this auction had ended recently (the rod sold for a paltry $50!). Photos from that auction are posted at the end of this entry for reference.)

Been a while it has since last I scribed an entry. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or so it goes. Or, maybe not. For anyone who still reads this blog, I’d like to request your help in locating a specific fly rod, my first fly rod. It was gifted to me in about 1974 or 1975 by the friend of my dad, who was a gonzo fly fisherman. His wife worked at Eddie Bauer back when Eddie Bauer actually produced outdoor gear such as camping and backpacking equipment as well as fly fishing gear. The rods that he gifted my brother and I were Eddie Bauer branded, though obviously made by another rod manufacturer. Maybe Orvis?

I dunno.  It was either a 7’ or  7-1/2 foot spin-fly combo pack rod. The cork grip was full length without a reel seat. The retainer rings for the reel foot could be slid forward or aft depending on the style of reel and fishing to be done at the time. The blank was likely fiberglass and was a either a dark maroon or brown—I can’t recall at this time. I don’t recall a weight designation. It came with a nice aluminum tube, somewhere upon which was my name, neatly engraved by my mother, using her Dremel tool. I have no photos of the rod, just memories that are more fleeting with each passing year. Back in the day I had the rod paired with a Cortland Crown reel (I have since located and acquired an identical reel, but it needs the old rod to be complete).

The last time I used the rod was on a family boating/camping trip on Lake Roosevelt in eastern Washington in 2002. I unintentionally left it behind at a campsite one night, and by the time I realized it was missing, it was too far to go back and  search for it. I’m sure someone found the rod, but no attempt was ever made to return it to me. None that I am aware of, anyway.

In this day and age where, in the deep bowels of the internet one can find most anything, finding a similar rod has proven futile. I’ve performed many a Google search, most often turning up nothing. Any hopeful leads have always resulted in an old listing that has long since been closed, or a forum discussion that yields no definitive information. The fact that I am not even sure what model rod I am looking for makes the search even more challenging. To date the following has been the most promising, but I was never been able to confirm as it was an old listing on some obscure website that doesn’t exist by someone masquerading as be Jim Bridger (the famous mountain man). Bridger died in 1881 so I know it wasn’t really him.

This description may have been what I am looking for.
This description may have been exactly what I am looking for, though I’ll never know.

If you know or can dredge up the whereabouts or hear of a such a rod, please let me know (there’s a finder’s fee for you).  To summarize, it’s an Eddie Bauer Pack Rod, Spin-Fly combo, 7.5 ft fiberglass rod from the mid-1970’s era. Quite possibly a model #8238.

The following photos are of the auction rod I mentioned at the top of this entry.


Help a brother out in his quest for a needle in  a haystack. Like bigfoot, there must be one out there, somewhere.


  1. Mike Sepelak

    Good luck, my friend. It’d be quite the story if you found it.

    • Kirk Werner

      Indeed, finding my actual rod would be a stuff of legends. I’d settle for finding a rod just like it.

  2. Kevin Breen

    Sorry to here of your loss. If it is meant to be, it’ll find its way back to you. Or you’ll find a duplicate…good luck…It’s not often the past comes forefront in our lives but when it does it brings back all kinds of emotional attachment ….I still have the first fly rod I got from my Dad while he was still around…a nice old glass Fenwick…7 wt..I’m attached to it like it’s another arm and the memories of seeing his face when I opened it fill my heart with emotion and put a smile on my face…I hope your Rod returns …

    • Kirk Werner

      I’m confident my actual rod is gone forever, but the chances of finding a similar one, while they may be slim, are still better than 0%. I’ll take those odds 😉

  3. Paige

    The antique store by Maltbe Cafe has barrels of old rods(or did) might find a replacement there. I still read your blog, even if it’s been a while.

    • Kirk Werner

      Next time I’m in Maltby I’ll have to stop by the antique bin. What do you think the odds are that there’s a match? Don’t bet on it!

  4. Robert L Bruns

    If you cannot relocate the rod, I’m happy to build it for you, no charge. I’ll work with you in terms of the blank and components. I feel your pain.

    • Kirk Werner

      That’s hugely generous of you to offer, and I’m sure that a rod built by yourself would be far superior to the old Eddie Bauer. But if it’s not a vintage rod it just wouldn’t have the same nostalgic attraction.

  5. Bob Matuzak

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    • Kirk Werner

      Thanks, you’ll be the first to hear about it if I find one!

  6. Steve Vaughn

    Good luck and, yes, I still read your posts when they come out.

    • Kirk Werner

      Thanks for cheering on my quest, and for continuing to read the (very) occasional Drivel.

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