0155: Heddon, #17 Black Beauty, varnished 6-strip bamboo fly rod. 8 1/2', 3/2, 5-5/8 oz. 2-1/2F for #6 line. Pat No.1807078 bronzed screw-lock reelseat, excellent 6-1/2" half-Wells cork grip. Japanned nickel-silver ferrules. Hardened steel snake guides, black chrome stripper guide and tip-tops. Black guide wraps. Ring and strap hook keeper. All rod data: "#17 - 8 1/2' - 2 1/2F - HCH or D", inked on the shaft with all lettering running lengthwise from the grip. Mid-butt medallion wraps. Very good, original factory sleeve with good hang tag. Period 'Peerless' style screw-cap aluminum storage case. All joints full lengths, equal and straight. A couple guide wraps have been professionally redone to maintain this Black Beauty's classic looks.
The Heddon 'Black Beauty' model#17 is one of the most sought after Heddon split-bamboo models. The ferrule size indicates that this rod is a "Regular Bass" fly rod. These high quality, shorter length 'Black Beauty's are becoming difficult to find especially in this condition. Ready to fish or collect. Vg-Exc. $375.