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Heddon Model 20

0324: Heddon, #20, Varnished 6-strip bamboo flyrod. 9', 2-1/2F, 3/2 for 'HCH or D' line. Cedar/Pyrolin uplocking reel seat, Pat. #1624052. Heddon's 6" half-Wells cork grip. Blackened, rolled welt serrated nickel silver ferrules. Bronzed snake guides, Blackened stripper guide. Maroon wraps tipped Burnt-Gold. Open wound strap & ring hook keeper, wound over hosel (winding check). Mid-joint signature medallion wraps on the butt joint. Very good, original 'Heddon' labeled bag, very good to excellent 'Heddon' marked aluminum case. All joints full length and straight.

"Heddon" spirals up the butt shaft while the model number is petitely inked just above the hook keeper windings. This lettering combination was in use circa 1934 to 1939 and the rod was referred to as 'Bill Stanley's Favorite'. I believe it would have been written on a paper label glued to the original cloth sleeve. This name was not printed on the rod shaft until later issues. The script on the rod itself, "Heddon" and model number, is crisp and dark.

The rod has nine snake guides plus the stripper guide, so it is designed to get the maximum amount of power and action out of the blank. The cork grip has been stabilized and has very minor ridging from use, possibly from a ring on the casting hand. The finish is UV resistant Spar varnish - hand applied. This rod would surely grace a fine Heddon collection as well as please the fishermen/women streamside. Professionally rehabilitated the rod is in very-good to excellent condition and is offered at $365

Heddon #20 split bamboo fly rod.
Heddon #20 split bamboo fly rod. Heddon #20 split bamboo fly rod.