0173: Heddon, #17 Black Beauty, Varnished 6-strip bamboo flyrod. 8-1/2', 3/2 for #6/7 line. Bronzed screw-lock reelseat, 6-1/2" half-wells cork grip. Japanned Nickel Silver ferrules. Black snake guides, stripper guide, and tip-tops. Black wraps tipped Orange. Ring hook keeper. Shaft inked with correct rod data: "#17 - 8 1/2 - 2 1/2F - HCH or D","Black Beauty", and lengthwise from the grip "Heddon". Mid-butt black and orange medallion wraps. Original factory labeled bag and original black Heddon-marked tube. All joints proper length. Both tip joints have very mild fishing sets and one has been repaired, with two petite assurance wraps without sacrificing performance.
Except for the minor repairs this rod is original and displays classic looks in a nice casting flyrod. With shorter length, higher quality Heddons disappearing at a rapid pace this very good/excellent example is a great value at just $465.