New Arrival - 03/05

FE Thomas Special Fly Rod 13' 3/2 #8/9


An FE Thomas Special bamboo fly rod, 13', 3-piece, 2-tip, and built for what I suspect is a #8 or #9. 18.2 ounces. Full flexing action. Very modest use with some grip soiling and a hint of brassing to the inner guides. Very good original condition with the exception of some cork erosion at the bottom of the lower grip and a few and a few salmon scales attached to the varnish (no extra charge for these). The main wraps are color preserved red with black edges. 3/3/3 signatures of red, black, red, and red intermediates. Agate stripper and bronze reverse twist snake guides. The ferrule fits are great and the rod is factory straight. The front grip is 9 1/2" long and is a heavy cigar and the bottom grip, including the rubber button, is 7 3/4" long. The all nickel silver reel seat is a downlock with a soldered pocket cap with a buttress style thread but into the locking bar. The patent date on the seat reads "June 1913" and at the bottom of the seat "FE Thomas, Special, Bangor ME" in a cartouche. The rod packs into a canvas bag for the butt and mid and an aluminum tip tube with a chrome plated brass collar and top.

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