A nice Ed Fody bamboo fly rod, 7'6", 3-piece, 2-tip, built for a #5 line. 4.2 ounces. 1996 manufacture date. Medium full flexing action. Shows modest use. Some hand soiling to the grip, and some minor ferrule wrap cracks, though there is very little wear to the bronze guides. There is a little bit of upward bend in the upper mid section. Varnished dark flame cane with nodes set in a spiral. The rod is wrapped in dark brown with orange, black, and orange edges at the keeper and male ferrules. Large agate stripper and bronze guides. The rod is outfitted with truncated swiss ferrules which are oxidized. There is a little bit of seam stippling here and there but nothing open. "Fody 37 1/2 -5" is lettered 2 flats left and "1996" one flat left (I'm not sure what 37 1/2 refers to here other than the model number, as it is not the section length). The grip is 6" long and styles to a heavy cigar profile. The cap and ring seat wood looks like it might be varnished pipe briar and the hardware has about 30% loss of the original oxidation. No ferrules plugs with this rod. The rod bag is a gray flannel. The rod tube is an all aluminum tube with "Ed Fody, hand planed, Tonkin cane fly rods" sticker fixed just under the collar.
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