Each of these magical wands are unfished and come from one person's extraordinary Leonard collection. The 37L and 37H are post-fire rods with the HLL logo roll stamped on the butt cap and sans serial number making them pre-1967. The 37 is a pre-fire rod.
This is an 8' 1", 2/2, 5wt., weighing 3.40 oz. This rod has been lawn cast only. In my hand, the action is medium-fast and semi-parabolic with feeling into the grip. The 3.40-ounce weight is deceiving but also telling. This rod can cast with utmost delicacy but also has the strength to handle larger flies and the power to control larger fish.
The smallest and lightest of the Charlton Reels, the 8350 has long been a favorite of trout fishermen. This is in new condition and has never been lined. It is loaded with a 1/5 (3-5 wt line) spool.
Bob Taylor tragically lost his shop to fire a few years ago and he is no longer building rods. It's increasingly rare to find one of his rods in pristine condition. This rod consists of bronze wraps and full intermediates, black tipping, gold and burgundy accents...
This is an all original FE Thomas Special, Steamer bamboo fly rod. This is an 8' 6" 3/2 for a 6 or 7 weight, weighing 5.20 ounces. This rod consists of medium tempered cane with dark brown silks tipped with dark red at the ferrules.
This consists of Delrin side plates, a naval brass (aka Admiralty Bronze) shaft and click assembly and an ebonite knob. Pillar to pillar the reel measures 3", the diameter of the rims is 2 1/2", the spool width is 1". The reel weighs 5.10 oz.
This is a Payne Parabolic taper bamboo rod from ninja builder Mark Edmonds. 7' 9" 3/2 for a 5/6wt, weighing 4.50 oz. This rod features resorcinol glue lines indicative of the pre-WWII golden era. The sliding band and cap...
In all original condition. In my hand, the action is on the fast side of medium-fast with a very decisive dry fly demeanor from the ferrule and above. A great point and shoot taper that is delightful.