Two-piece fly fishing rod

Made 1975-1985

This tubular glass fly fishing rod documents the recreational sport of fly fishing that has minimal representation in the Museum collection. Its significance comes from its production by Jarvis Walker, one of the earliest Australian manufacturers of fibreglass rods, and use by Mr John Noble, a recreational fresh and saltwater fisherman from the 1960s.

Recognising that local product could meet the demand created by the increased popularity of fishing and the shortage of international tackle fol...


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Physical Description

Fly fishing rod consisting of a maroon fibreglass body with cork grip and a chrome reel seat used to attach a reel to the rod. The two-piece rod fits together using metal ferrules. The rod gradually tapers to a fine point, and features eight stainless steel line-guides at incrementally shorter intervals and a tip-guide. A transfer label on the body of the rod has the text 'JARVIS WALKER/ TUBULAR GLASS RODS/ GOLD MEDAL', further along the body is the transfer label with text 'FLY ROD 9'/ Line Weight AFTMA 7F-8F'.

The green canvas rod bag has two internal compartments to store the two halves of the rod. The bag is closed by folding over a canvas flap and tying it shut with two cotton ties. Additional cotton ties towards the base of the bag are used to secure the rods in place. An orange sticker at the base of the bag features printed text and handwritten name and address details 'JARVIS WALKER/ FLY ROD 9'/ Line Weight AFTMA 7F-8F/ Name J.F. NOBLE/ Address 30 FIONA RD BEECROFT NSW/ "GOLD MEDAL" TUBULAR GLASS RODS'.

Cardboard packaging cylinder with only one metal end remaining. Used by manufacturer Jarvis Walker to store and transport rods. Red, white, yellow and black contents and handling sticker in middle of tube has text 'PLEASE/ DO NOT/ CRUSH/ JARVIS WALKER/ "Gold Medal"/ TUBULAR GLASS RODS/ FLY ROD 9'/ Line Weight AFTMA 7F-8F'.



In 1946 Jim "Jarvis" Walker founded the Jarvis H Walker fishing tackle company. He began producing split cane rods from premises at 52 Whitehorse Road, Deepdene in Melbourne. The increased popularity of fishing and a shortage of international tackle saw many local manufacturers begin rod production at this time.

An international shortage of bamboo after World War II forced rod-makers to trial fibreglass. Fibreglass is created when fine threads or fibres of glass are bound together by a resin. The first fibreglass rods were solid glass, and later tubular glass.

Jarvis Walker produced solid glass rods from 1963. The rods were marketed as '"Pre-Stressed" Fibre Glass Rods' and the company promoted as 'The Choice of the Discriminating Angler'. This particular model was produced from the mid 1970s until the 1980s. Jarvis Walker began producing tubular glass rods in Australia in 1980.





This Jarvis Walker fly fishing rod was purchased, owned and used by the donor Mr John Noble, a recreational fresh and saltwater fisherman from the 1960s. Mr Noble remembers purchasing this rod in Sydney. He used this rod to fish for trout in the Snowy Mountains, often accompanied by a friend, at locations like Frying Pan, near Cooma, Lake Tantangara and up into the Snowy. The maps of the Snowy Mountains area also owned by Mr Noble, may have been used with the reel on fishing trips.


Credit Line

Gift of Mr John Noble, 2004

Acquisition Date

19 November 2004

Cite this Object


Two-piece fly fishing rod 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2018, <>


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