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Simmons Royal

0209: Simmons Royal. Varnished 6-strip bamboo flyrod. 9', 3/1, for #6 line. 5.5 oz. Nickel slide band reel seat with soldered hood. Excellent, unusually long - 9-3/4", 'Torpedo' style grip made from quality cork-rings. Nickel-plated ferrules with rolled welts. Hardened steel black snake guides and "Perfection" style tip-top. The stripper guide is chrome with an Agate insert. Dusty-Gold wraps tipped black. Strap and ring hook keeper. Replacement bag. A quality storage case is available.. All joints proper length.

This rod is likely a sporting goods, or hardware store, private label trade rod produced by a large production company such as Montague or Horrocks-Ibottson. Possibly Simmons Hardware Co. of St. Louis? I've seen several 'Simmons' branded fly rods with a variety of reel seats. This slide band reelseat is very similar to one I saw on an Abbey & Imbrie rod. With Horrocks-Ibottson having purchased A&I in the 30s, perhaps this rod was made by H-I.

This is a decent fly rod, sound and fishable as is, and at a reasonable price for a proper vintage split-bamboo fly rod. Get started with split-bamboo without having to mortgage the house. This example places all your money into the rod, not into a name. Very good+, $135.

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