This Aroner Hunt Pattern Salmon Rod is new last year and lawn cast only! An 8'6" Hunt with 3-piece construction, 2-tips, and built for a #8 or #9 line. This rod is completely custom. Wrapped dark brown with yellow edges. Agate stripping guide. Step ferrules without the usual pot-belly. Flamed cane with a 3-up node pattern. My usual varnish job. Mortised dark cherry root burl seat with a handmade black anodized uplocking screwlock reel seat, the latter of which is designed to hold the reel slightly closer to the hand to reduce casting fatigue. Seat is stamped "Aroner, Maker". Also of note is that the aluminum acorn cap on the bottom of the seat pulls out to reveal a nickel silver ferrule with which the fighting butt can be attached. The fighting butt itself is 4 1/2" in length when inserted into the bottom of the rod. It is also made of a single piece of aluminum bar stock and cork with a nickel silver male ferrule. The bottom of the fighting butt is done with a Payne-style aluminum acorn.
Some years ago, I hand delivered the first prototype of this salmon model to a customer. He mounted his Bogdan reel on it, peeled off a bunch of line, and made two false casts before shooting the entire thing all the way to the backing. Simply put, this rod will meet the most demanding fishing conditions and will deliver.
Lastly the large polished aluminum tube has tops mounted on both ends - one for theÌâ standard rod and bag, and the other for the fighting butt. All hardware for the rod and tube were handmade in my shop. The tube top, collar, and fighting butt were machined from solid 360 brass bar stock and single-point threaded for a precision fit.