Lee of Redditch rod

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Re: Lee of Redditch rod

Post by MGs » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:55 am

kenkroy wrote:Very nice Paul.Like the handle interface.Well done mate.
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Re: Lee of Redditch rod

Post by Old-CodJA » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:28 pm

I read this thread with interest because although I know it is nothing special, I was fortunate to pick up a Lee's of Redditch 'The Leeway' 12.5 ft Match rod today for just a £1

The rod has whole cane butt and middle sections in good order and a superb greenheart top section. Perhaps some of the experts on here can tell me a bit more about it.

The top section is dead straight, but the rust on the stand-off rings means a full restoration will be the next job.

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Re: Lee of Redditch rod

Post by Mark » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:31 pm

What a bargain Old-CodJA.
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Re: Lee of Redditch rod

Post by Old-CodJA » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:36 pm

Hi Mark,

I thought so, I don't know much about the model, but in useable condition for a quid pretty well anything has to be worth a look.

I made a 'pigs ear' of trying to post multiple photos on the first post, but hopefully this will give a flavour of that super greenheart top piece

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Re: Lee of Redditch rod

Post by Nobby » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:21 am

There is a 1962 Leeway rod, but it's a 2 piece ledgering rod for chub and barbel with a whole cane butt and a 'glass tip section. As you say, yours in surely a match rod.

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Re: Lee of Redditch rod

Post by Old-CodJA » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:06 am

Thanks Nobby,

Like I said, I know it's nothing special and I don't know anything about the model at all, but would like to find out more if anyone knows.

To avoid any doubt I've added a photo of all three sections.

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Re: Lee of Redditch rod

Post by Nobby » Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:57 pm

Quite thin cane on that, surely a through actioned match rod. Lee were quite well thought of and when they merged with Allcocks in 1964 it was not a takeover. The future company was called Allcocks, but the new transfers on the rods were in the pale green and black Lee livery and the next Allcocks Guide in 1965 had a foreword by the Lee director, not an Allcock.
J.W. Youngs joined them too and the combined company called them selves Top Tackle, but were bought out by Shakespeare within two years, sadly.


I don't know if the Lee factories in Pershore and Redditch stayed open after the merger, but the Allcock one burned down and they had to re-locate quickly, so I suppose that suggests not.

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Re: Lee of Redditch rod

Post by Old-CodJA » Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:22 pm

Fantatstic help Nobby,

Thanks very much

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