New Arrival - 05/04

HL Leonard 47-3 Catskill Special Fly Rod 6'6" 3/2 #3


A nice HL Leonard model 47-3 catskill special fly rod, 6'6", 3-piece, 2-tip. built for a #3 line. Serial # 89110A. 3 ounces. Possible lawncast but otherwise mint condition. Fast action 3-weight small stream rod. One snake guide below the tip top has been "squeezed" and an attempt to repair it has scuffed the oxidation. This does not appear to affect the castability of the rod. I made this rod approximately during 1990-1993 for Larry foster to maintain his Leonard trademarks. A few of the telltale indications that I built it: my mortising tool leaves a circular lip at the top of the cut while the standard Leonard seats would have a straight lip. The nodes have been pressed to a very small size. The tips are mirrored. The cane is an oven tempered wheat straw color and the wraps are light brown with green edges and a green double wrap at the ferrule. Carbide stripper, keeper on the wrap flats as well as the serial number (I believe Larry put the "A" for Aroner). 4 1/4" slim cigar grip. The reel seat is lightly stained curly maple. The cap and ring are oxidized and the cap has the Leonard stamp "H.L.L. Leonard Rod Co, The Rodmaker, Since 1869". "Catskill Special" labelled on the opposing side. The varnish is perfect. The step ferrules are oxidized and the rod is pin straight. Comes packed in a cream colored poplin bag and a brushed aluminum Leonard-style brass topped rod tube.

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