SOLD 0136: Montague Redwing, Varnished 6-strip bamboo fly rod. 8-1/2', 3/2, 6 oz. for #6 line. Satin finished nickel-silver, screw down reel seat with signature red phenolic insert. Excellent 6" reversed half-Wells cork grip. Satin chrome plated nickel silver ferrules with hand soldered welts. These ferrules are serrated, waterproof and wound over and all have 'witness marks'. The stripper, tip tops, and the nine high-loop snake guides are all 'Perfection' Chrome. Red wraps tipped Gold. Strap & ring hook-keeper, wrapped through.
All sections of this 8-1/2' rod are full length and factory straight. The rod comes in its original four section cloth bag and its original "Watertight" heavy-walled case with gloss black finish. The case carries an incomplete original factory label with the model name, 'Medium Trout Fly" and a humorous paragraph on the protection afforded by the case. The label also contains a stern warning about the woes of water's affect on bamboo. The nickel-silver end cap with a screw closure purportedly enables the sealed case to float in water.(it says so on the label!) The opposite end cap has a small stress crack so I would doubt it would still float for long.
A close inspection of this rod reveals how the 'Redwing' gets its reputation for high quality. The Tonkin cane and all the components are high-end, and the workmanship is very fine. I would guess that this particular, beautifully flamed split-bamboo 'Medium Trout' rod has spent most of its life inside the case. The cane is protected by the original varnish. The 'Montague Redwing' decal is absolutely perfect while a "Genuine Tonkin" decal was not used.
The 'Redwing' model was one of Montague's higher priced rods. Selling for around $40 in the late 40s to early 50s, inflation alone would drive that cost close to $400 in today's dollars. Add this complete, near-mint, vintage 'Medium Trout Fly', 'Redwing' outfit to your collection for just $.