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Whist roaming around the more desperate but interesting end of Brick Lane market, I came across a Chapman 450 rod in fair condition and complete. Measuring 9′ 2″, cane coloured but made of fibreglass, the rod is a mystery, is it a spinning rod? The design is like that of a 550, 500 and 700, detachable handle with a two piece section. I’m a big fan of these rods as they are nice and compact to take on the motorbike and I don’t feel too precious about them. This one I will strip and replace the rings (once I’ve sourced some). If anyone can shine some light on the Chapman 450, I will add it to this post, nothing comes up on the internet.
There are at least two of these rods as I have one as well!
Like you I have not found little info on these rods. and wondered if you had found out any thing more about these rods since your post. For your information I have another Chapman’s fiberglass rod – “505” and again have found no information on this rod either.
The tuesday swim said:
I never did find out any additional info although I did meet the Chapman brothers a year or two later who recall doing fibreglass rods for as short while, cane was their passion though.