Taking it Back to the Old School

Toughy 5 1/2 ft

In the late 1950’s Wright & McGill created a new square rod using high quality glass fiber. The Wright & McGill engineers considered these new rods to be “masterpiece of beauty and precision”. The rods provided anglers with outstanding power, action, and balance. Wright & McGill made casting, spinning, and ocean rods the originally retailed from $8.50 to $35.

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52 Responses to Taking it Back to the Old School

  1. sam stovall says:

    I have 7 1/2 ft 4 wt wright mcgill trailmaster fly rod in ecellent condition. Can you tell me more about this rod? Year range made, value etc.

  2. keith says:

    More a question then a comment.
    I recently got a Wright and Mcgill reel, it is an Ore-Line model 16 and am curiouse to know more about it. I can’t seem to find any info on it.

    • Bob F. says:

      I picked up an unusual reel today, a model 10BC, with a script lettering of -re-Line, couldn’t tell what the first letter is. You are suggesting O as in Ore-Line, I was guessing as Tre-Line, but find nothing on either after a few minutes with Google. Heck, it could be a cursive J or I too… did you find anything on that reel? A stretch it could be One-Line?

      It miunts like a fly reel would, but the opening for the line exits on the side, through a hole that makes me wonder if this is some sort of baitcaster? For a fly reel, it’s got the most elaborate crank handle, unlike anything I’ve seen before. Very curious about this one.

  3. Mike says:

    I have rec’d 2 Eagle Claw Trailmaster 6.5 ft M4TMS MiNi Ferrules Short + light + Strong. It is a 4 pc. in a zippered see-thru bag. What year they were made? Do they have any value?


  4. Keith boardman says:

    I happened across one of these rods in good condition, that is all but the cork and would like to know how I go about replacing it without affecting the original design as well as the value of the pole. Keith

  5. Keith boarbman says:

    I have a Toughy 5 1/2 Rod that is in good condition. However the cork handle is worn and needs replaced. Can you inform me where to get the cork sleeve that corresponds to the product so that I might be able to keep it in its original design. Keith 360-533-1185

    • admin says:

      I an not sure where you could find a replacement cork for your rod. We do not carry extra corks such as these. I am sorry that we could not help you.

  6. i have seemed to stumbled upon a true-cast wright&mcgill fly rod. maybe the toughy 5 1/2,it is square fiberglass no.tcsj 78. please supply me with any additional info. or maybe a market price. thanks Fayne from Va.

  7. Loraine Willhite says:

    I was wondering if you could tell me anything about an old Eagle Claw, Wright & McGill rod that I have. It says on the rod itself “Wright & McGill “Denco” 81/2′ No. 8A-81/2′ Trade Mark Line 7 and has an Eagle flying with D-8 below it. On the cork handle itself it has a round metal emblem that says Eagle Claw and Wright & McGill. Thanks for any help you can give me on this. Loraine

  8. Jeff Crawford says:

    I have a Toughy, but it’s a 6 1/2, not a 5 1/2. Were they made at the same time, but in fewer numbers, or is it a prototype or something?

  9. Larry Des Jardins says:

    I have a 6 1/2 foot True Cast Deluxe square glass rod with all the cork intact.. Not able to find any number on it wondering if I can find any information about it and a value if any….

    • admin says:

      Larry, Its value is what you make it. Its very hard to know an exact value.

      • Aby says:

        I have a Wright & McGill 7.5 rod # M4TMU . underneath this wrtniitg i have Mini Ferrules written on it. any clue as to it’s worth ? also has bambo colored rod with cork bottem and has 7 eye hooks .thanks Becca S

        • admin says:

          It is very hard to put value on old rods. I would suggest looking on ebay and craigslist to see what others are selling for

        • dan says:

          Wright & McGill 7.5 rod # M4TMU prices for condition mostly, if fully functional, ugly 15-30 dollars, fully functional and pristine 30-75 dollars. I bought mine on ebay with the carry tube at $20 with a few spots of surface rust on the end of the handle. Shipping is a concern and adds to the cost. If 2 bidders want it bad then plan a good dinner out.

  10. becca stewart says:

    I have a Wright & McGill 7.5′ rod # M4TMU . underneath this writting i have Mini Ferrules written on it. any clue as to it’s worth ? also has bambo colored rod with cork bottem and has 7 eye hooks .
    thanks Becca S

    • admin says:

      Becca, we get questions about old rods all the time. They are not like trading cards where there are a set value. I am sorry we could not help you price this rod, its value is what you make it.

    • Jim says:

      I have this same rod. I won it (new) in a contest in 1963 or 64. It is 4-piece with a yellow 2-pocket felt rod holder and aluminum water proof carrying case. It is reversible for spin cast or fly fishing. Mine has taken plenty of abuse over the years and is still going strong. I see some listed on the internet for upwards of $55.00. You can contact Wright & McGill by e-mail: info@wright-mcgill.com (according to their website). Hope this helps.

      • John says:

        Hi Jim,
        I have a W&M M4TMU too. It was interesting to see your note that the rod is reversible for spin or fly. Can you describe how to reverse the rod?
        Good luck.

  11. Jason Briggs says:

    I have a 6 1/2 ft champion wright mcgill fiberglass fishing rod with cork above the reel and it has a wooden handle and i can’t find it any where on the internet i hope some one knows something about it.

  12. rick mahar says:

    i have a 5 1/2 foot toughy rod in good condition what would fair market value be? thanks rick

    • admin says:


      It is very hard to put value on old rods. I would suggest looking on ebay and craigslist to see what others are selling for.

  13. dennis gallant says:

    I have a square nyla glass rod wright and mcgill with would lower handle. Is it worth anything?

    • admin says:


      We get questions about old rods all of the time. We put no values to these. I would suggest looking on ebay and craigslist

  14. Ronald Dempsey says:

    I have a 6 1/2 ft Wright & McGill square one piece rod ,the handle is solid wood(not cork),the reel keeper says Sports Components,Redondo Beach,CA and says 81MS on one side…any worth to it or known history?ronalddempsey@yahoo.com

  15. Joe McNeal says:

    I was given 2 Wright and McGill rods and was wondering if you could tell me what type of rods they are.
    The first is a Wright and McGill “champion” 7 no mtr 7 under the eagle claw there is a 1-l
    The second is a Wright and McGill “Grainger” r steelie 8 1/2 no dls 8 1/2 under the eagle claw there is just a 1
    Any help you can give me would be great. I have a steelhead trip in 4 days and wondering if I could use these rods.

  16. Jeff says:

    My wife found a Eagle Claw granger Ocean #GO502 8 1/2 trolling rod by WM is it worth replacing the eye on it and use it in columbia river for Salmon? or is it just too old


  17. Emily says:

    I have come across a 5 1/2 ft squared fiberglass fishing Pole. It has the name Samson on it. Is this the same as the toughy 5 1/2 ft. rod and could you tell me what the value is on a pole like this? I can’t seem to find any information on them.

  18. Sue Konyndyk says:

    hi there, i just purchased a Wright&Mcgill “Champion” 6 1/2 ft rod No. jcss 6 1/2 trademark, cork handle I believe fiberglass. How old is this? and with Silstar Vertex vx40 reel, did I get my moneys worth at $7.99?

  19. Jim Lahey says:

    I have a Wright & McGill Grainger Ocean Casting Rod, #OSC 9 ft. It has an Eagle emblem just to the left of the information, but no “Eagle Claw” Brand on it. The rod also has Wright & McGill, Denver, Colo USA on the golden metal part of the handle where the reel would attach. The color is light brown, well-constructed, and is in excellent shape. What can you tell me about the age, rod material, rarity, etc.? Thanks!

  20. Tim Houston says:

    Bought a Wright /McGill 6.5 foot champion rod back in the 60s have never owned a rod like it ,has a cork handle,deep mustard color,you can cast a lure in a certain direction almost like it has gun sights will hit perfect.Been using rod till this day,with the help of super glue ,epoxy and anything else I can find.Wish I could find a new one today.Best of the best.

  21. dan says:

    Wright & McGill 7.5 rod # M4TMU, my question on the handle section, is the handle static or does it “end over end” to reposition the long cork with the short cork.

  22. Deanna says:

    My dad recently passed away and left behind a Wright & McGill Granger Deluxe with a square handle that features a thumb rest. It includes three tips, case, and cloth bag. The rod is in great shape. Any idea the value? I doubt we want to sell, but it’d be nice to know what it’s worth.

  23. Deanna says:

    Thanks for the response. Know anything about the square grip with the thumb rest? Was that a standard option on the rod, or was it a custom modification? If a modification, was that common?

  24. I collect old Wright & Mcgill fiberglass fly rods and have a nearly complete collection of catalogs from 1951 to about 1983. I have three rods that aren’t in the catalogs, the Symbolic, the Green Hornet and the Peter Pan. I would love to have whatever information I can get as a matter of collectors curiosity. Do you have any information that you can send or tell me about these rods?


  25. Rob says:

    Hi ,I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the old Wright & and Mcgill Peter Pan 7′ fly rods?I recently bought one and it is in excellent condition.It has all the markings marked on the rod.I would like to know what the value is as I heard these are very hard to find and they were in any catalogs.

    • admin says:

      Hi Rob – It’s tough to put an exact value on old rods like this. I would suggest checking out ebay, Amazon, etc. and compare the condition/price to the W & M Peter Pan Rod that you have.

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