0336: Heddon, #14, Varnished 6-strip bamboo fly rod. 9', 3/2, 2-1/2F, "HCH or D"(#6-line), 5-1/2 oz. Down-locking aluminum reelseat hardware with 'rare' Cedar wood spacer. 7" Half-Wells, solid cork, grip. Jappaned nickel silver ferrules with soldered ring welt. Bronzed snake guides and a blackened nickel silver stripper guide with agate insert. Chinese-Red wraps tipped Black. The winding check (hosel) is wound-over while the strap and ring hook keeper is open wound.
With a 2-1/2F (.296") butt to mid ferrule 'Heddon' designates this rod as a "Regular-Bass or Dry Fly Trout" rod. The model number, ferrule size and recommended line data runs axially up one flat on the shaft immediately above the hook keeper, while the "Heddon" name spirals up the shaft. This marking pattern, wound over hosel, and cedar spacer reel seat suggest a late 1930s to 1939 vintage.
All four joints are full length and straight. The rod is supplied in its original cloth sleeve, sans hang tag, and its original labeled 'Heddon' aluminum case with the nickel screw cap.
This is a nice 'Heddon Browntone' rod that has had the original crazed varnish removed and replaced by new UV resistant Spar Varnish. All wraps are the original silk with a couple having minor thread rework. This example has the less common reel seat with the a heavy locking nut over a cedar barrel. A high quality early 'Heddon' rod kit, is a nice find. This handsome, two-tip version is offered with sleeve and case, in VG-Exc. condition at $385