0202: H J Frost, Varnished, Round 6-strip bamboo flyrod. 9'6", 3/1 for silk line. Nickel-silver, soldered cap and down sliding band reelseat has raised rails. Petite 6" torpedo cork grip made of individual rings (not sheet cork). Nickel-plated rolled welt ferrules and black snake guides. Dark red (mostly) wraps with skads of intermediates. All joints are proper length, sound, and amazingly straight. We'll make a custom labeled bag out of duck canvas for this veteran. A quality storage case may be available.
This is a six-strip bamboo fly rod that has been turned round. It is surpisingly light for a nine and half footer. In the days when rods where transitioning from wood to bamboo, several manufacturers turned the flat faceted bamboo round in a lathe in an attempt to make the rod appeal to anglers used to round wooden rods.
What makes this 100+ year old rod unique is that it comes with it's original 'Hendrix-style' raised pillar multiplier reel. The reel was a better quality reel constructed with screws rather than rivets. Also, the reel must have been placed on the rod when both were new and never removed since the reelseat under the reel foot is bright shiny while elsewhere all the metal has gained typical age patina. There is no line on the reel but it still works nicely.
If your collection does not already include a round bamboo rod then here is your opportunity to add an unmolested example from this famous New York Sporting goods house. The decal is mostly missing but there is enough lettering evident to be able to determine the manufacturer. Nice examples of the round bamboo rod are becoming very hard to find. This rod still has most of the original delicate intermediates giving the rod true classic appeal. Display this rod for your friends! Good+ rod and Very-good+ reel. $400.