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Quashnets PHY Co Rod Photos

Rod Maker Handwriting and Other Identification Markings on Paul H. Young Co. Fly Rods

Several rod makers worked for the Paul H. Young Co. They include Paul H. Young, Robert W. Summers, Jack Young, and Todd Young. Don E. West of Dallas, TX finished and sold rods that Paul H. Young sent to him as blanks.
These makers were active at various (sometimes overlapping) periods during the company's history.


Signature and date by Paul H. Young, June 6, 1945.
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Handwriting by Paul H. Young, July 1948.
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Handwriting by Don E. West, November 1950.
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The link below takes you to a group of close-up photos identifying handwriting seen on PHY Co. rods. Although a signature helps to identify a rodmaker and thus the time period when a particular rod was built, note that the maker who signed a rod may or may not have carried out every step in that rod's construction. If you have useful photos that may be added, please contact me through my Forum inbox or at robertgolder AT comcast DOT net.


Handwriting by Paul H. Young, November 1951. 
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Handwriting by Paul H. Young, April 1955.
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Handwriting by Bob Summers, 1957. 
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Handwriting by Jack Young, October 1960
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To see close-up photos of inked handwriting by various Paul H. Young Co. rod makers, please click on the link below. Use your back button to return to the profile page.

Quashnets NNN List

Quashnet's "NNN" List of
Notable, Non-Numbered PHY Co. rods

524 NNN rods listed.
(1066 rods total listed on site).
Most recent NNN entry: March 17, 2017 

The link below takes you to photos and descriptions of some interesting Paul H. Young Co. rods built before serial numbering was instituted in 1955. I call them "NNN" rods: Notable, Non-Numbered PHY Co. rods.

PHY Special (above) and PHY Ace (below),
showing typical ink stamp markings. Late 1940s.

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A few rods made after 1955 were built without serial numbers.

Please contact me if you know of similar rods that may be listed here, through my forum inbox or at robertgolder AT comcast DOT net. 

To see the list, please click the link below. Use your back button to return to the profile page.

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PHY Co - NEW PAGE COMING

March 2017: A new page is under construction. The link below will soon take you to photos and information about more Paul H. Young Co. bamboo fishing rods.

When the new page is ready, it will include more fly rods built by the Paul H. Young Company.


Please click the link below. After viewing the photos, use the "back" button on your browser to return to my profile page.

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PHY Items and Accessories

I am always interested in obtaining Paul H. Young Co. catalogs, fliers, correspondence and accessories. These items shed light on the history of the PHY Co. and help me better understand its development. Please contact me at robertgolder AT comcast DOT net to discuss sales or trades. 

PHY Co. ad, May 1932, Outdoor Life.
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1933. 
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PHY Co. ad, May 1933, Michigan Sportsman.
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Making and Using the Dry Fly by PHY, first edition, 
copyright Dec. 1933 (1934 on frontispiece page). 
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PHY advertisement in Sports Afield, January 1937. 
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Paul H. Young Co. fly tying catalog, 1937 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1937, "Revised May 1".
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1938. 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1940. 
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PHY Co. ad, May 1940, Outdoor Life. 
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Field & Stream, January 1947
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1948. 
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Making and Using the Dry Fly by PHY, first edition, 
copyright Dec. 1933 (1934 on frontispiece page). 
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PHY advertisement in Sports Afield, January 1937. 
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Paul H. Young Co. fly tying catalog, 1937 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1937, "Revised May 1".
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1938. 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1940. 
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PHY Co. ad, May 1940, Outdoor Life. 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1948. 
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Another Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1948. Note the 
different artwork. 
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PHY advertising in Field & Stream, May 1950. 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, circa 1951. 
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PHY advertisement in Sports Afield, May 1952 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, circa 1952. The angler 
in the photo is believed to be Paul H. Young. 
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PHY advertisement in Field & Stream, April 1955. 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, circa 1955. 
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PHY Co. ad, May 1956, Outdoor Life. Street
address is now moved to W. Eight Mile Road
from Grand River Avenue. 
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PHY flier, hand-addressed by Paul H. Young to noted 
rodmaker Gary H. Howells, postmarked February 19, 1958
from W. Eight Mile Road address. 
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PHY advertisement in Field & Stream, April 1958. 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, circa 1971, a transitional 
catalog printed when the PHY Co. was still at its last 
Detroit-area (Southfield) address. The catalog was later 
modified for distribution from the new Traverse City 
address, using printed stickers (for example, the Traverse 
City address on front cover) and blue marker (blocking 
out old phone number). Inside, stickers cover the old rod 
prices and show large price increases. 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, early 1970's? Mailed from 
Traverse City, MI. 
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Paul H. Young Co. catalog, 1974 or 1975. A later mailing 
of this catalog has a pasted sticker over the original rod 
models and pricing. The sticker shows large price increases. 
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A NOTE CONCERNING THE PHY CO. LEDGER: The PHY shop ledger, in which serial numbered rods were recorded from 1955 onward, was sold by Lang's Auctions. My hope is that the owner will make the contents of the ledger public, so that everyone has access to this important historical record of the Paul H. Young Company. My ongoing effort to document PHY Co. rods will continue, so that Paul H. Young's accomplishments may be better understood and appreciated.

Welcome to the PHY Database Page

The Paul H. Young Database Pages celebrate the work of master bamboo rod maker Paul Holden Young (1890 - 1960).
Over 1000 Young rods are listed in the Database!

This rare PHY woven trout creel, the best example I have seen, has both a larger bag (14" across) and smaller bag (10" across) attached.
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For more talk about the history of angling, including classic bamboo rods, click on Annals of Fly Fishing.

Quashnet

I am a full-time illustrator and artist with thirty years of professional experience, who specializes in fisheries and wildlife subjects. I illustrate books and magazines, design exhibit spaces for museums, nature centers and zoos, and accept commissions for framed artwork and murals. To discuss illustration projects, please contact me at robertgolder AT comcast DOT net.

My latest book, The Inland Fishes of Rhode Island, is now available from RI's Dept. of Environmental Management. Click here for more information.

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For more information about me and my artwork, please click on the link below. Use your back button to return to the profile page. ...

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Quashnets List of Paul H Young Co Bamboo Fly Rods

Quashnet's List of
Serial-Numbered Paul H. Young Co. Fly Rods

542 serial-numbered rods listed.
(1066 rods total listed on site).
Most recent serial-numbered entry: March 21, 2017

The link below takes you to a list of serial numbered Paul H. Young Co. rods that I have researched.


Serial numbering began in 1955, beginning with the serial number 1955. It is believed that Paul H. Young deliberately introduced a gap of 750 or more serial numbers in the numbering system, roughly from #2350 to #3300.

PHY Midge, serial #3622, built by PHY, in 1958.
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Paul H. Young died on April 28, 1960. Rod #3888, model unknown, build date March 14, 1960, is reported to be the last rod built during PHY's lifetime. Rod #3889, model unknown, build date May 21, 1960, is reported to be the first rod built after PHY's death.

If you know of PHY serial-numbered rods that may be added to this list, please contact me through my Forum inbox or at robertgolder AT comcast DOT net.


To see the list, please click the link below. Use your back button to return to the profile page.

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PHY Co Photo Display

An exhibit of Paul H. Young Co. flies, small tackle items, and accessories.

PAUL H. YOUNG "FORE AND AFT" DRY FLY.
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PAUL H. YOUNG "BROWN BIVISIBLE" DRY FLY, with PHY "Trik-Kutter."
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PAUL H. YOUNG TROUT LANDING NET.
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PAUL H. YOUNG "BLUE JAY" DRY FLY, with paper tag.
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PAUL H. YOUNG LOGO PRINTER'S BLOCK, used to print PHY catalogs.
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An early PAUL H. YOUNG TRANSPARENT FLY BOX, filled with dry flies from the PHY Co. Notice that Young's business is described as "taxidermists."
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Two PHY Preen tins. This fly and line dressing was marketed by Paul H. Young as early as 1933, and probably earlier. Bob Summers has shown me two different sizes of Preen tins, plus Liquid Preen in a small glass bottle. This tin measures 2-3/4" across, and is the larger tin.
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Two PHY Trik-Kutters and a PHY line and leader gauge. Both tools were available at least as early as the 1930's. Shown with the materials they were designed to be used with: a packaged PHY Spanish gut leader, and a PHY dry fly (spentwing Adams Egg Sac pattern, circa 1942).
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A PHY folding "Trik-Kup" shown with its catalog listing.
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Two PHY spent-wing dry flies, an Adams Egg Sac and a Royal Coachman, circa 1942.
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The "Trout Fisher's Cleaning Knife," shown with its description in the Paul H. Young tackle catalog.
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Martha Marie Young's own Hardy St. George fly reel. Mrs. Young's initials are on the reel foot of this 2-9/16" Hardy St. George Junior, and her name and the address of the PHY Co. are on the side of the leather case. Built with an agate line guide and adjustable drag, the reel came with a letter of authenticity, circa 1991, when Martin J. Keane offered it for sale in his Classic Rods & Tackle catalog, No. 74 (1998).
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Paul H. Young's own Meek (Horton Mfg.) No. 4 bait casting reel. Used by Paul Young in casting tournaments and for fishing, this reel was accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Mrs. Young, dated October 1985, when it sold at Lang's November 11, 2000 auction.
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