Collector Says First Orvis Fly Rod "Not for Sale"
Collector extraordinaire Dan Basore doesn’t buy fishing items in order to make a profit on them. He just loves owning the largest collection of antique tackle in the world, according to an article by Steve Sarley in the Illinois Kane County Chronicle. “One item in Basore’s collection is the first fly rod ever manufactured by the Orvis Company. Orvis wants to buy it, but Basore isn’t even interested in hearing an offer. From markings on the container, he discovered the rod was owned by a soldier who was the chronicler of General Grant’s army battles during the Civil War.”