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This FE Thomas fly rod from Bangor Maine is about the best you are going to see for a while. It is a Special, 9 foot, 4 1/2 OZ rod with two tips and I think the original case. This rod was given to a man who worked for an industrialist during the 1940's as a caretaker for his summer home here in NH. He was an avid fly fishing enthusiast who felt that this rod was just too good to use and I don't think he ever did. I hope the winner does. I cannot see a thing wrong with it, shipping will be $12.00 The following is a little history of the company from their website.
Fred E. Thomas first crafted split bamboo fishing rods under the Thomas name in the late 1890's, after an association with some of the other great masters of his craft, Hiram Leonard, Eustis Edwards and Ed Payne."F.E." as he was known, got his start in the rod making business as an employee of Hiram Leonard, and the H.L. Leonard Rod Co., here in Bangor, Maine, and later in Central Valley, NY after Leonard moved his rod making facility there in the late 1880's.
In 1893, F.E., along with two other fellow Leonard craftsmen, Eustis Edwards and Ed Payne, formed the now historic partnership known as Thomas, Edwards and Payne, in Central Valley, New York. It was this partnership that crafted the rare and sought after "Kosmic Rod".In 1898, the partnership dissolved, and F.E. moved back home to Brewer, Maine, along with his partner E.W. Edwards, to form the short lived Thomas and Edwards Co.
After a short partnership crafting rods sold under names like Empire City Tackle, F.E. went on his own, and the F.E. Thomas Rod Co. was born.
Fred first opened the F.E. Thomas Rod Co. here in Brewer, at 52 Center Street, only a short distance from our current shop, and remained here until 1902.
In 1902 Fred moved the shop across the Penobscot River to Exchange Street in Bangor and remained at this location until 1923, when he finally moved the shop to his newly built rod shop on Park Street hill in Bangor.
The Thomas Rod Company's business had now grown to include a world wide following and the shop now employed as many as a dozen skilled craftsman, including the heir to the Thomas Rod Company, Leon Thomas.
After Fred's passing in 1938, Leon Thomas took over at the Thomas Rod Co. and continued the fine tradition of crafting bamboo rods that his father had started over 40 years before.
The company prospered for over 60 years in Brewer and Bangor making a variety of fishing rods for every type of angler until the company sale in 1958 to legendary rodmaker Clarence "Sam" Carlson. For the following 40 years after the shop closed its doors, Thomas rods could only be appreciated by owning and casting a vintage example of these fine rods.In 1999, the Thomas Rod Company was purchased from Sam, and has come full circle, returning to its roots
in the twin cities of Brewer/Bangor, and we are once again making bamboo fly rods here in Maine,
in the same tradition that Fred and Leon began over 100 years ago.