Cast From The Past: John Krider Pack Rod and Pistols

Photo Credit: Steve Woit, from the Collection of Jerry Girard

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John Krider Pack Rod and Pistols

Many of the first American fly rod makers were also gunsmiths. One of the early rod makers of the rodsmithing age was John Krider of Philadelphia. Pictured here is a pack rod, two pistols, and medals that he won for his guns and pistols at the American Exhibition of American Manufactures sponsored by the Franklin Institute of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1840-1858 and in 1874.

Krider was also the founder of the Sportsmen’s Depot, one of the earliest fishing tackle retailers in the country, beginning in the 1870’s and operating for almost 50 years at the corner of Second and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia.


2 thoughts on “Cast From The Past: John Krider Pack Rod and Pistols

  1. More information on Krider is available in my 1997 article entitled “Fishing Tackle from Eastern Pennsylvania: John Krider and the Sportsmen’s Depot” (

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