0057: Goodwin-Granger Special, (GS9660) Varnished 6-strip bamboo flyrod. 9'6" 3/2, for #5 line, 6 oz. Nickel Silver internal Up-locking reelseat, 5-1/2" coke-bottle cork grip that at one time (50 years ago?) had a thin coat of varnish applied. This example is circa 1934-37 since it has the roll-stamped 'Pat. Pend., Made By, Goodwin Granger Company, Denver" designation on the reel seat designed by Bill Phillipson. Tight fitting bright Nickel-silver ferrules. Bronzed snake guides with Granger green wraps now mellowed to Aztec Gold. No hook keeper as issued.
One tip joint is perfect while the second has been repaired with three intermediate wraps between the tip top and guide and has a few hook digs that you may want to wrap before fishing this joint. (Note: The joint overall flexes properly and the repair seems sound). All four joints are the same and proper length. Original cloth bag and tube with a faded factory label, but presently missing its screw cap.
The 'Granger Special' model name is clearly rubber stamped on the shaft. Over the years this rod has had one, or more, varnish overcoats yet remains a good example and great value for an vintage Goodwin-Granger Special. As you might expect in a rod of this age, there are minor bag marks in the varnish.
Holding this rod you can almost imagine the streamside history and impressive dignity of this 80 year old Granger. Vg+. $425