Composite Hörgård image and many others below from the very interesting vintage fishing web pages of Øyvind S. Bruland
Missing from my collection was a Horgard split cane flyrod and spinning rod or baitcaster imported by ABU from Norway, until a few years ago.
Now arrived to my
collection, are two
rods, (Konkurasse and Golden Fly) from Oyvind in Norway and Earl in
United States. Still looking for any baitcaster model viz Norsk or
Sjoa models or Spinning viz model Figga. The spinning Threadline
version has been found and is seen below.
When I realised Len Borgstroms first fly rod was a A.H. Lillemor (incidentally named after Asbjörns wife) , I searched to find one and sent it his way and this is it on the carpet in his study.
someone who personally, and with his family, gave so much to
the Sportfishing world, it was wonderful feeling indeed for me
to send a rod such as this back to him and bring so much joy to him,
that he now hangs it with pride in his home office. 1951 was a
special year for ABU to include these fine rods in the N&N
catalog of the era.
A.H. Threadline below (the most recently arrived addition)
A.H. Golden Fly below
A.H. Konkurannse D (Tournament model) below
Oyvind Bruland has again recently been in contact with me and is offering further help to bring to the fore, more information about ABU/Asbjorn Horgard rods.
Oyvind had previously shared images of the missing A.H. Threadline
spinning rod that I am missing. Hopefully I will be able to buy
rods such as these one day.
as images of the missing A.H.Sjoa baitcasting rod from Dag
(first 2) and Oyvind (second 2)
1951 Napp och Nytt
beautiful light flyrod A.H. Lagen with me and is shown below by
Oyvind. A user of vintage equipment, he assures me this rod
"is the very nice sea-trout single-hand fly rod which came in three sections and with two tops"
My Norwegian friend Jon Steinsnes and Dr Wolfram Schott are also helpful contributers and are on the job keeping their eyes open for one of these Horgard split cane Threadline spinning rods and/or baitcaster (Norske or Sjoa) rods for me.
Also Hans van der Pauw from the Netherlands has been a great help in gather information on the Horgard rods supplied to ABU.
Enjoy this summarizing Asbjørn Hørgård information written by Wolfram Schott
The Horgard story is extraordinary and well worth the read to see a story of pride, passion, persistence unfold to the benefit of all.
Wolfram has also supplied some wonderful images of the Horgard manufacturing equipment
Alas there is no such thing as a Hörgaard Museum, not in Trondheim (where the factory was), nor anywhere else in Norway. The items are exhibited in the Norsk Skogsmuseum (Norwegian Forestry Museum) in Elverum/Norway, some 400 miles south of Trondheim, together with MANY hunting, fishing, lumbering, wood-processing and other related items.
thanks very much Wolfram
The Horgard rods commissioned by ABU are shown here in better detail than in their 50's catalog pages above.
Great translation from the Norwegian, allowing us English only speaking fans an insight into the background and process involved.
Many thanks to the shy and anonomous translater
It is a known fact that
in the country.
Making cane rods requires special knowledge and special machine equipment, which was not easily obtainable.
Some handful of useful and ardent amateur team sticks of wood and delivered to a small circle.
The adhesive was a mixture of horn glue and varnishes.
were not good,
worked his way
in the city.
went to prison
After the war, there was steady increase in production volume and more than 130,000 fly rods are totally manufactured in Asbjørn Hørgårds name. Until about 1970, the cane rods were dominating the market, when in terms of quality rods for fly fishing. After this the company started fiberglass, carbon and Boro rods of high quality. At this time there was no industrial mass production of cane rods at Hørgård.
The rods were made of a combination of craftsmanship and use of special equipment and appliances. A brief description of the manufacturing method follows here:
These must be stored in longer time before they can be used.
The fibres in bamboo runner from extension to extension, and these joints must be dislodged during production of the segments, so that the two parts never are located together. The logs are split by a knife.
The fibres must not be cut, because fibres can be a bit skewed. A knife will follow the fibres, which are parallel from extension to extension. A saw will cut the fibres and make the rod segment weak.
it is strongest,
the ribs must be planed on the inside, to keep the strong outer fibres. The outer surface joints are smoothened lightly.
the ribs are planed
equally thick throughout
it is ready for
machines can be
rods can be
After this operation is completed, six and six ribs are laid as they were paired from the start.
are put into
From there over
suitable pressure are placed around the ribs, both ways to prevent twisting of the rod. The bamboo joints are parted, thus some of the weaknesses from these joints is eliminated. After gluing the rods are corrected.
When the rods are ready, they must be controlled and put on grips, reel mount, rings and hook ring, then signed and finally painted.
More to follow I'm sure....
If you have any others listed above, particularly a Horgard Baitcast split cane rod such as the Norsk or Sjoa, or Spinning models viz Figga that are unneeded or doubles in your collection and are available for a reasonable fee, I would be very pleased to hear from you. Particularly any Record rods or Diplomat series, or Safari Spinning or Fly rod and a Pacific Series boat rod.