For your consideration is a Mark Canfield, Red Willow & Co., bamboo fly rod. This is a Spring Creek Guide 7' 6" 2/2 5wt. Serial number 480. Label states the cane is pre-WWII of E.C. Powell. All sections are full length and straight.
This rods accoutrements are a statement of Mark's level of detail. Possibly sanity. His signature horseshoe is stamped on the butt cap and tube cap. The tube cap has 1/8 inch threads. The serial number is stamped on the tube cap and ferrule plug. The wraps at the keeper begin in copper and are tipped with a golden brown and black. Above the keeper is a wind-a-way of these three silk colors creating a jasper detail framed in black. This is then repeated as an intermediate framed in the golden brown. At the top of the butt section, there is an open spiral intermediate in copper. All tastefully done and subtle.
The cane is medium tempered and finished with copper wraps over bronze snake guides with a matching agate stripper. Swiss-style ferrules. Slight soiling to the 6" grip displays use, but the rod has also been well cared for. There are two marks on the wood spacer, appearing to be from the edge of a reel seat. Fast dry fly action.
Conveying with the purchase are three pages of handwritten notes describing all of the tapers he builds. Another demonstration of his hand skills and patience.
Model: Spring Creek–Guide
Length: 7' 6"
Weight: 4.25 oz.
Line: 5 weight
Serial Number: 480