A nice Gary Howells bamboo fly rod, 8', 2-piece, 2-tip, and built for a #5 line. Serial #4708, dating this to 1981. The rod weighs 4 ounces on my scale. Used but good condition, with some light soiling to the grip and some cosmetic casting cracks to the ferrule wraps. Medium action. Excellent varnish. Three up node pattern with oven tempered cane. The main wraps are color preserved brown with yellow edges. SRMC carbide stripper and chrome snakes and tip tops. The grip is 6" log and shaped to a western profile with a hidden pocket cap for the uplocking aluminum reel seat. The rod packs into a red cloth bag and a gray frost coat tube with the Howells data sticker on it.
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