This is an 8' 0" 2/2 5wt. Roll-stamped on the butt cap is Charles Phair Rod. Charles Phair was the author of "Atlantic Salmon Fishing" which was considered at the time to be the definitive work on American salmon angling. He was also a contributing writer to the Payne catalogs and received rods in payment for his contribution.
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. Hardy-style aluminum downlinking hardware over the wood spacer. The stamp FE Thomas Special, Bangor ME is clean and boldly preserved on the nickel silver butt cap. The bottom of the butt cap is stamped H-70 making this the 70th rod made in 1941.
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 unfished condition. This rod consists of bronze wraps and full intermediates, black tipping, gold and burgundy accents...
This is a 7' 0" 2/2 for a 4 weight line weighing 3.5 ounces. The grip measures 6 inches. Cap and sliding ring over mortised cherry spacer. The size 14 Swiss-style ferrule has a perfect fit. In my hand, the action is on the fast side of medium-fast.
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.