[ SOLD ] 0358: Horrocks-Ibottson, Best-By-Test, "Roosevelt", varnished 6-split bamboo fly rod. 8-1/2', 3/1, for 5/6 wt. line. Rod weight is 6 ounces including the reel seat. Factory, Chrome, down-locking screw reel seat. Good solid-cork 6" fat cigar grip. Brand-new triple plated chrome snake guides, tiptop, and stripper guide. Rolled welt, well fitting ferrules. Red wraps tipped Yellow, with Purple intermediates. Wound-through strap and ring hook keeper. Custom-sewn, segmented cloth sleeve with label. A quality storage case is available.
Professionally refurbished, 1930's example of a "Best-By-Test, Roosevelt" model. The attractive and seldom seen full-fish "Best-By-Test" decal is nearly perfect and the "Roosevelt" decal is about 90% with but a small chip out. The bamboo was stripped, straightened, and the old varnish replaced with new UV protective Spar varnish. Additional tip-joint guides were added to fully utilized the strength of the 'Genuine Tonkin Cane'. The intermediate wraps, although simply decorative, add a distinctive look to this vintage fly rod. Not a collector piece, but highly fishable. Very-good to Excellent. $