These are the detailed pages designed to accompany items on show at Fly Fest Scotland 2018.
Oborn "Tenacity "
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 brass/nickel 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.