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Fishing Rods by Divine

Out of print, but still near and dear
to my heart...
(I had a heart attack the day I gave the
manuscript to my publisher!)

About the Book


Colorado Classic Cane

Has it really been  TWENTY YEARS?


Heddon The Rod with the Fighting Heart

Dowagiac really is a
great place to visit!


The Restoration Handbook

Out of Print at this time,
hope to have it available 
in Summer 2011!

Fred D Divine


Frederick Davis Divine began making fishing rods as early as 1875 in his home town of Utica New York. He started making fishing rods as a young man, first for himself and then for his friends, using a pen knife as his only tool. By 1879 he was listed as a "Fish Rod Manufacturer" in the Utica City Directory. Fred remained a one man rod company until 1888 when he was joined by Frank Wolcott. During these early years most of Fred's rods were made of wood rather than bamboo. Lancewood, Greenheart, and Bethabara were the most common woods used. Fred produced both fly and casting rods and is credited with popularizing the short casting rod which he introduced in 1885.

Between 1888 and 1890 Fred's staff grew to five in number (including his brother-in-law George McDufee, Francis, Louis, George Becraft, and George Penfield), and Fred incorporated his rod business as "Fred D. Divine & Co.". During the 1890's business boomed. Divine and Co. introduced numerous grades of rods, camping gear and even a folding boat. It was during this time that split bamboo rods of calcutta cane were introduced. Divine built 6 strip and 8 strip rods and patented the unique spiral rod during this time period. The spiral rod was of standard split construction except the strips were twisted during the glue up. The spiral rod was evidently too difficult to manufacture and was soon discontinued. Later in the decade Fred traded rights for the spiral patent with Chubb for use of it's Silkien process developed by Kenyon. The Silkien process involved wrapping a rod from butt to tip in a fine white silk. When the rod was varnished the silk would become "invisible".

On March 17th 1900, Fred D. Divine was killed in a freak accident. While inspecting fire damage to his rod building shop his clothing was caught in a large steam driven pulley and he was pulled around the shaft half a dozen times. With Fred gone, his wife Ada assumed the reins of the newly reincorporated "Fred D. Divine Co.". In 1919, George McDuffee, Ada's brother, assumed ownership of the company. Under McDuffee, the company turned to production of high quality rods and began to emphasize more modern actions and cosmetics. McDuffee and Becraft kept the company and its line of premium rods growing until Becraft retired in 1932. The latest advertising for the Fred D. Divine Co was seen in a 1936 outdoor magazine.

The photo above features a rod made in 1884 by Fred Divine himself, a c.1920's tin of Divine's Rod Varnish, my Masonic ring and, of course, an image of the man himself, taken at a Masonic convention in Chicago in 1898.The rod is described in Fred Divine's 1884 catalog as "Combination Trout Rod, all Lancewood, consisting of one butt, two second joints, four tips and case, Making two distinct rods for bait or fly. Length 10 and 10 1/2 feet. Weight 8 3/4 ounces. $10.00. Same rod of Bethabara, weight 9-12 oz. $14.00" The rod has spiked ferrules, hanging ring guides, red wraps with full intermediates, a rattan-wrapped grip and a form case that holds all the mids and tips.

Fred Divine was a Master Mason, a member of Oriental Lodge No. 224 F.&A.M., A Royal Arch Mason, Knight Templar, Utica Commandery No. 3, and was working toward his 32nd degree in the Lodge of Perfection at the time of his death. Fred was also a member of the Ziyara Temple (Nobles of the Mystic Shrine). That's an important link we share and the reason I included my Masonic ring in the photo. I am a Master Mason, Albert Pike Lodge No. 117 A.F.&A.M., Denver, a 32nd degree Mason, A.&A.S.R., member of the El Jebel Temple, (Nobles of the Mystic Shrine), Knights Templar, J.E. Abbot Commandery No 40, Royal Arch Mason, and a Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Peace Chapter No. 151, Denver.

Although many people regard the Masonic organizations as suspect, their actual goal is "Making good men better". The Masonic craft reminds us to direct our attention to being
"on the level with all men" as well as giving a "square deal" to all. I'm not going to claim that the sayings "on the level" and "square deal" are Masonic in origin, but I will say that two of the most important symbols in Masonry are the level and the square.

While not a religious organization, no atheist is allowed to become a Master Mason and it's no accident that the letter "G" is at the center of the Masonic emblem. I once heard a good friend say "What I get from Masonry is hard to explain. If you are outside, looking in, you can't understand it - but if you are on the inside, looking out, you can't explain it."
I couldn't have said it better myself. If you would like more information about Masons and Masonry, just ask! The only real secrets we have are the passwords and methods of recognition.


Divine Rods 1884 through 2009

Over 125 years ago, Fred Divine started making rods. Today you can own a New Divine Rod that would make Fred smile....image

There's a lot of history
behind a New Divine Fairy Fly Rod.


New Divine Rods

The Rainbow Trout Rod at top, Standard Trout Rod on the bottom. Both are 8', 3/2 DT5 rods with a smooth moderate DF action.

Link: New Divine Rods

The New Divine Fairy Fly Rod The New Divine FlyWate Rod

The New Divine Fairy Fly Rod 7.5', 3/2, DT4. Very smooth medium action for delicate presentation.

New Divine Rods

Bamboo Ferruled New Divine Fairy Fly Rod. This was a special order rod; bamboo ferrules are an available option on the

New Divine Rods

The "DeLuxe Edition" and "Registered Edition" of Goodwin Granger : The Rod Man from Denver

Fishing a New Divine Rod and a VERY old Granger Rod

Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, May 17, 2008. Yours truly and friend. Photo by Pete Yeomans.


The Oldest known Granger Rod at work, Lily Lake, CO, August, 2010. Trout is a Colorado Greenback Cutthroat.
Photo by Kathy Jensen of South Creek Limited.