0247: Heddons Dowagiac bamboo baitcasting rod, varnished round-turned 6-strip bamboo casting rod. 4', 2/1, 5 oz., Bright nickel twist-lock reel seat stamped "Heddons Dowagiac, PAT.DEC.1.08" has a trigger. The rear, 4-1/2", cork grip is the 'Tournament style' grip and the fore-grip is a 2" bulb, both made up from 1/8" solid cork rings. Nickel ferrule, guide supports, hosel (winding check), and butt cap. Classic, genuine Agate insert, casting guides. The major wraps are red silk with red silk intermediates and gold silk accent wraps. No hook keeper - as issued. No case included, but a quality storage case is available.
This very early, very straight example of the Heddon staggered-ferrule design is also a round-turned 6-strip split-bamboo rod. This may not be an example of the highest quality Heddon baitcaster, but with its rounded bamboo and 1/8" cork ring grips it is certainly a rare collectable. This veteran looks good enough to tempt you to take it fishing, but I think it is better suited to enhancing an already fine Heddon bait caster collection. Overall, a very nice "Heddons Dowagiac" bait rod in VG-E refinished condition. $100