An early serial number on what many consider one of the finest made reels in the world. SN 0002. Made in the late 80’s. These low serial numbers were typically gifts for Tom Morgan or others at Winston. Reel is lined but looks new. Green side plates. Comes with spare spool. Their website says used for Salmon, Steelhead, Bonefish, Dorado, Baby Tarpon... Shooting heads & Full lines. Like new condition. The 7/8 is now the 9/10. Currently selling for $1,700 with spare spools running $200.
The SD stands for Siskiyou Design in Grants Pass, OR and has since been changed to Hodge and Sons for the real design and manufacturing. Founded by R.B Hodge, Siskiyou builds scientific/medical equipment. In 1973, Tom Morgan (R.B.'s cousin) purchased the R.L Winston Rod Company. It wasn't long after Tom approached R.B. to produce a series of Trout reels for his fly rod company - the “Vintage Series.” Siskiyou still builds Tom’s Hand Mill Planes.
Model: Grants Pass 7/8 (Now the 9/10)
Line Capacity: 120 yds. of 20 lbs. Dacron and a full 9wt single-handed floating line. For the newer light lines, 4wt-6wt 10ft-13ft spey rods.
Reel Weight: 11.4 oz.
Serial Number: 0002
German Nickel Silver on the bearing cap, side cover lock and disc-drag adjustment knob (13 individual settings) as well as a removable side-cover to change the spool and turn on/off the out going clicker or adjust the range of the adjustable drag. These reels also have a palming rim that looks like it is part of the frame...it is actually a two-piece design that is anodized green in the center to match the opposite side cover, and champagne gold on the palming rim to match the frame and spool. Total run-out between the palming rim and frame is less than .002-inches...barely noticeable to the naked eye.