For sale here is a very special Paul H. Young "Para 18" Bob Doerr 9' 2/3 8wt bamboo rod owned by fishing and baseball legend, Ted Williams. Made in 1949, the rod is in excellent+ restored condition. There is a 1" repair wrap just below the last guide up on the second tip. All sections are full length and straight.
The rod features moderately flame tempered cane with chestnut wraps. Black wraps at the ferrules. The tip-tops feature red, black, or chestnut tipping respectively to differentiate them from one another. Blued hardware throughout. Garrison-style hook-keeper. The script, in (Paul's/Bob's) hand, reads,
Ted Williams "Parabolic 18" 9' - 6.41 oz. Paul H. Young. Detroit. May 1949. Bob Doerr
The modified Garrison-style grip measures 8" in length with two thumb indentations. Though soiled the cork remains in good shape. There is a small area towards the bottom that appears to have been used as a hook keeper and also a bit of filler just above the upper thumb indentation. Black aluminum down-locking reel seat over a mortised cork spacer with a 1" cork fighting butt. The butt cap features the PHY maker stamp. An adhesive stamp has been placed on the spacer that we will leave to the new owner to address. The blued Super-Z brand ferrules have an excellent fit. The rod weighs 6.80 oz. with the black tip, 6.95 oz. with the red tip, and 6.90 oz. with the chestnut tip. (Different actions???)
Includes a replacement bag and tube. Don't miss out on this truly historic fly rod.
There are only 27 Bob Doerr models known to exist and I would venture to say that only perhaps a handful remain in such fine condition as this rod.
A fantastic rod for salmon, steelhead, snook, bonefish, etc. Doerr claimed it to be the ideal Steelhead rod for the Rogue River area, where he lived.
I urge everyone to read John Feldenzer's excellent article, "Of Baseball and Bamboo: Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, and the Paul H. Young Rod Company". The article can be foundhere.