A historically significant Payne fly rod, 8'3", 3-piece, 2-tips, and built for a #5 or #6. 4.6 ounces. Medium fast action. The rod was refinished in 2006 by John Gallas. On this Payne we find engraved on the all metal slide band and soldered pocket "Presented to AE Hendrickson, by, J.F. Payne, 1917". This is, of course, the AE Hendrickson for whom the Hendrickson dry fly was named when it was developed by Roy Steenrod in 1916 and which has arguably become the most important dry fly ever developed. This rod was presented to him in 1917, just three years after Ed Payne had passed away and the Payne rodmaking operation had been taken over by Jim Payne. The rod appears to be a very light flame with a semi random node pattern. The main wraps are chinese red with black edges and high slant snake guides. There are cosmetic casting cracks at the male ferrules, which are polished bright. The grip is 6" long and styled to a blunt cigar. The all nickel silver seat features a rolled and soldered ring and a soldered pocket cap. The older Payne roller stamp "EF Payne, Maker, Highland Mills, NY" is placed up near the cork grip. The presentation inscription runs along the length of the back. The bag is brown poplin with no sign it ever had a hang tag (too early?). The aluminum tube features a very large brass collar with a scallop at the bottom echoing the pot-belly style ferrules. This sale will include paperwork from the most recent sale of the rod and the refinish paperwork.
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