Tom Maxwell "Penns Creek" Fly Rod 8' 3/2 #5

  • A 8' Maxwell 3-piece, 2-tip (one marked "L" for light and the other "H" for heavy) which casts a #5 line. Marked "Maxwell, 3/83", and "835" on the wrap flat. Midway down the shaft "The Penns Creek" is lettered in Tom's immaculate hand. On the same flat just below the agate stripping guide is the serial #8331B. The cane is an impregnated dark temper and constructed with a three-up node pattern. Black tungsten snake guides and an agate stripper are wound with a tasteful apricot colored silk, set off with black edges at the ferrules. "The Penns Creek" script is also set off with the apricot and black motif. The keeper wrap has an extra band of yellow and a band of a darker red. The keeper is set on the (unusual) opposite side from the wrap flat. The grip is a modified Hawes with a rounded nose and the front cork check has been hexed to the shape of the bamboo. This grip has been shortened to nine corks as the hand is intended to curl under the overhang of the reel (what I call the southern PA style). The reel seat is set off from the grip with a nickel silver rear cork check. The slide band seat is varnished mahogany (and originally part of a large plank selected from a warehouse in Brooklyn by yours truly). Short slide band and pocket cap, with the pocket cap open at the bottom with a cork "mushroom" while the bottom hex of the rod cross section is varnished. The ferrules are step down with a rolled welt. The male ferrule shoulders sport a tiny double trim mark. This rod was made for a personal friend of Toms and I think the light tip was intended for very fast and accurate delivery of midges while the heavier tip was designed for throwing crickets and large drys.

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