George Maurer (Sweetwater Rods) "48 Special" -- 7' 3/2 #4 Bamboo Rod


For sale here is a George Maurer bamboo rod -- the "48 Special". Seven feet in length for a four weight line. Rare three piece format with two tips. George described it as follows:

Named after the cane it was first built with...pre-embargo cane given to me by Walt Powell of Northern California's famous rod building family...The first taper I designed myself! The product of a marriage between a Payne 98 and a 7' Granger, this taper went through a quick half-dozen revisions. It's accurate at short range, and a joy to fish out at any distance you'd care to fish a 7' bamboo rod.

The late great rodmaker, Digger Degere, stated that George's 48 Special was the best four weight rod he had ever cast.

The rod remains in near mint condition. All rod sections and straight and full-length. Oxidized cap and ring reel seat over a gorgeous wood spacer. Cigar grip. The rod weighs 3 7/8 oz. with size 15/64 and 10/64 truncated Super-Z style ferrules. Medium fast action with a progressive taper.

A fantastic rod from a fantastic maker who unfortunately is no longer with us. You will NOT be disappointed in this one!

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