0277: South Bend, #59, Varnished 6-strip bamboo fly rod. 9', 3/1, HCH.C or GBF (#7WF). 5-1/2 oz. Up-locking reel seat with copper-colored anodized aluminum spacer, 6" 'Comficient' cork grip. Nickel silver, rolled welt, wound-over serrated ferrules. Triple-plated chrome snake guides, nickel-silver stripper and tip-top. Black & White Jasper wraps, no tipping. No hook keeper, as issued. Custom made, labeled, replacement bag. A quality storage case is available.
This is a 'Bass' weight fly rod with a medium-fast action. The model number & line data decal on the shaft reads "Use EXCEL-ORENA line" and "HCH.C or GBF". "GBF" is the 'vintage designator' for a weight-forward 7 line. The grip has small chip-outs near the reel seat (see photo). All joints are the correct length and straight. There is a mid butt-joint medallion. This rod is ready to take out to the pond. Own a professionally refinished, great looking, and capable bamboo fly rod for a fraction of today's high prices! Very good - excellent example. $100