This is a 7' 0" 3wt weighing 3.0 oz. 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. The craftsmanship, impeccable detail, and sheer beauty of this rod are not captured in these photographs by me.
A rare H.L. Leonard (possibly Maxwell era) 49-6 Tournament bamboo fly rod in new condition with the plastic remaining on the grip. This is a 7' 6" 3/2 6wt., 4.25 ounce rod with full intermediates and a brass butt cap and ring. Built in 1981, this is the only Leonard Tournament rod I have seen from this period. This rod has the hallmark aesthetics and level of detail that Tom Maxwell brought to Leonard during his tenure.
This F.E. Thomas Special was built in 1946. These 7' 6" Thomas rods are increasingly difficult to find. A wonderful dry fly action with most of the action from the butt ferrule and above. Original bag and tube.
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 Payne model 202 bamboo fly rod. This is an 8' 0" 3/2 5/6wt weighing 4.80 oz. (aluminum hardware accounts for 0.50 oz. of the weight). All sections are full-length and straight.
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.