Named after famed salmon angler Richard Hunt, the Hunt Pattern legacy reaches back to the 1920’s, when its namesake approached the Leonard Rod Company asking for a model darker than the traditional blonde cane. Leonard responded by staining Mr. Hunt’s fly rod to a dark, rich mahogany and oxidizing the ferrules – a look that would go on to become one of the company’s most popular in the prewar years. Decades later, under the leadership of Tom Maxwell, Leonard would reprise the Hunt Pattern model, this time by flaming the bamboo in the culm to produce the trademark color. My own Hunt Pattern is a more contemporary variation of the Leonard classic. Though cut on the same Leonard beveler, I have improved and modernized the tapers over the years to bring them more in line with the needs of modern anglers. The Hunt Pattern comes with a dark cherry root burl spacer and red wraps, and boasts a slightly faster action than my other models on account of the flaming and heat-treating process. From small spring creeks to big Western freestones, this model has long been a favorite of discriminating anglers.