For sale here is an early impregnated Orvis "Manchester" 8' 2/2 5-6wt bamboo rod. Serial no. 6810, made in 1948 by George Reid and Cal Skinner. The rod is in excellent original condition with one exception; the wraps and script have received a light varnish touch-up. Both tip-tops are loose. All sections are full length with sets in all three.
The rod features darkly tempered cane with crimson wraps and lightly blued guides. The script remains clean and bold and the Varnish as does the varnish. U-shaped hook-keeper. the plump cigar grip measures 6" in length with only light soiling. Bright aluminum down-locking reel seat. The blued ferrules are size 13/64 with an excellent fit. The rod weighs 4.60 oz. with an authoritative medium-fast dry-fly action- swift and precise. A terrific trout rod for bigger rivers.
Includes a replacement bag and tube. Don't pass up this great early Orvis!