This is in all original condition. It's an 8’ 0“ 3/2, 4wt., weighing 3.5 oz. (4.0 oz. with up-locking hardware). All sections are full length and straight. Size 14 and 9 ferrules with a perfect fit. In my hand, this rod is on the medium side of medium-fast with a delightful dry fly characteristic along with the buttery smooth aura of all Paynes.
This Model 7613 bamboo fly rod is in original condition. The 7613 is a 7' 6", 2/2, 5wt., 3.85 oz. All sections are full length and straight. This rod consists of medium tempered cane constructed in a 3x3 node pattern with Dickerson brown wraps and black tipping. Indicative Dickerson intermediates for measuring your catch at 7", 8", 9", and 10" from winding check. Grip measures 6" in length and shows only minor ridging.
Hiram Hawes (H.L. Leonards son-in-law) worked in the Leonard shop until Leonard’s death and then opened his own shop. Hiram was known for his casting ability, numerous casting records, and for being an excellent rod maker.
This was sold in 1928 to early 1930s as a Model 198. The specs for this rare late 1920s/early 1930s model later became the 197, and the 198 became a faster, slightly more substantial taper. For many Payne enthusiasts, the 197 taper is the holy grail.
This an 8’ 0” 3/2 5wt rod. Medium flame-tempered cane with warm crimson silks and golden caramel tipping. The red and golden color of the agate stripping guide is a beautiful balance between the cane and wraps. Circular tenite winding check.
For your consideration is a Leonard-Mills Model 50 raised pillar fly reel. This early fixed check reel was made for Mills by Julius vom Hofe. Pillar to pillar the reel measures 3". The rim diameter is 2 5/8". The spool width is 1 1/16”.
This an original Wright & McGill Granger Aristocrat 7633 bamboo fly rod which is a 7' 6" 3/2 4wt weighing 4.25 oz. Ammonia-treated bamboo produced this rich dark bamboo which is complemented by caramel wraps along with brown tipping.