R.L. Winston Haig-Brown "Greased Liner" Commemorative Rod 9' 2/2 #7/8

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For sale here is a very special R.L. Winston Haig-Brown "Greased Liner" 9' 2/2 7-8wt bamboo rod made by Glenn Brackett. Number 25 of 27 rods made. Serial no. 3106. The rod is in near mint condition. All sections are full length and straight.

The rod features caramel wraps and deep burgundy tipping at the winding check, signature wrap, ferrules, and tip-tops. Blued guides. Candy apple red agate stripper. Unfortunately, the agate has a few cracks. Beautiful bamboo winding check. Full wells grip 6 3/4" in length with only the lightest of handling marks. Nickel silver uplocking reel seat with a beautifully figured burled walnut spacer and fighting butt. "Haig-Brown Commemorative" is etched into the bottom of butt cap along with a Salmon emblem. There is a bit of light wear on the rim of the butt cap. The ferrules are size 16/64 with an excellent fit. The actual weight of the rod is 6.35 oz.

The following is the original catalog description from The Wild Salmon Center,

- "In honor of the late Roderick Haig-Brown, patron saint of salmon and steelhead conservation, the Wild Salmon Center, with support from the Haig-Brown family, announces a limited edition Haig-Brown Greased Liner commemorative rod and reel - an exquisite combination of tackle the master himself took so much pleasure using. It's the perfect outfit for swimming greased-line wet flies and somber waking dries in clear summer flows for steelhead and Atlantic salmon. 

Only 25 [this number became 27] commemorative combinations will be built - wonderful collector's items to display proudly. Each handmade rod and reel, with custom matching cases, comes specially numbered and engraved. 

The Rod: Light, powerful and beautiful, the 9-foot 5-1/8-ounce, six strip bamboo fly rod handles a 7-8 line and comes with two tips. Built with care by R.L. Winston's master rodmaker and avid steelheader, Glenn Brackett of Montana. 

Leather Cases: Individually made with polished brass fittings by artisan Arne Mason of Oregon. 

$4,500 per limited edition combination of rod, reel, and matching leather cases. Numbers available on first come, first serve basis."