For your consideration is a very scarce Everett Garrison Model 201 bamboo fly rod in original condition. This is a 7' 0" two-piece for a 3 or 4 weight line weighing 2.75 oz. Serial number I-7-7 is marked on each section and dates this rod to 1940. One tip is a replacement made by Jim Reams.
This rod consists of medium tempered cane with transparent wraps. The all cork grip measures 5 1/2" and displays only minor ridging. The ring is swaged and knurled creating a raised edge. Some of the guides have an over varnish. The butt section and one tip is original with a replacement tip made by James Reams. This tip was purposely left slightly lighter in color, only noticeable on close inspection, so not to sway anyone to believe it was original. In my hand, the action is medium and bends deep to the cork. Garrison arguably made some of the best casting 7' 0" rods. Don't let the length of this rod fool you – it gracefully handles 60 feet of line with ease. Original bag and tube.
Unique to this rod, and possibly the only credited collaboration known, is building under the Garrison~Olstad moniker. I reached out to Hoagy Carmichael, who was friends with Everett Garrison, and he does not recall ever meeting a friend of Garrison's by the name of Olstad. Did he allow a friend to work with him on this rod as a gift to their wife "Evelyn?" Or, did Evelyn Olstad work on it with Garrison? Hoagy donated all of the Garrison records to the Catskills Fly Fishing Museum so to get more info someone would need to explore these papers.
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Length: 7' 0"
Weight: 2.75 oz.
Line: 3 or 4 weight
Serial Number: NA