[Sale Pending] #0238 Horrocks-Ibbotson Spinner, 6-strip varnished bamboo fly rod. 8-1/2', 3/2, 5-3/4 oz. Downlocking screw-lock seat with marbled smoke gray tenite barrel. 5-3/4 full-Wells cork grip looks new, no hook-keeper. Chrome stripper guide, darkened steel snake guides and 'Perfection' style tiptops. Yellow wraps with no tipping, rather outbound accent wrap of black. Heavy-walled nickel-plated ferrules with rolled welts.
This late 40's H-I rod has a 'leaping trout' decal and scripted model name in now yellowed, white ink. The model name reads towards the grip as is usual with H-I rods. The rod is handsome looking with medium flamed cane. The original four section cloth sleeve with remnants of the "Spinner, Made in U.S.A." paper label still extant is as new (except for the torn paper label). The included tube is green plastic with molded rubber closure that I would guess provides water resistance if not water proofing. I'm not sure that the tube is original to the rod, however, the tube is a perfect fit and judging by the well preserved condition of the rod I would guess it has been the rod's home since the rod was newly purchased. The 1939 catalog refers to this rod as a "Hexi-super cane".
The near perfect Horrocks-Ibbotson decal is the rare and beautiful 'Leaping trout' shown leaping over a white diamond emblazened with "H-I" in red block letters, and 'Utica,N.Y.' in black. A perfect "Genuine Tonkin Cane" decal resides near the hosel (winding check). The rod varnish is excellent and all original. All four joints are the correct lengths.
Should you decide to fish this rod I would recommend starting with a 6-weight line, and adjust from there based on your casting technique. If you collect Horrocks-Ibbotson, here's a chance to add a fine "Spinner" model in like new condition. Ex-LN, $185.