0400: South Bend, #57-9', Varnished 6-strip bamboo fly rod. 9', 3/2, for #6 line. 6-1/4 oz. down-locking nickel reelseat, 5" reverse half-Wells solid cork grip. Nickel silver, rolled welt ferrules. Hardened steel guides, nickel silver stripper with agate insert. Perfection style tip-top. Salmon wraps sans tipping. Model number data inked on the shaft. No hook keeper as issued. Custom made, labeled replacement bag.
This is a 'Trout' weight fly rod with a moderately fast action. All ferrules are very good with no cracks and the fit is very good. The bamboo is solid with no splits or open seam. Very good varnish. The solid cork rings grip, which has been chemically cleaned, has a very small chip out of the cork near the reel seat. All joints are the full length and straight. There is a 75% complete South Bend decal. This is a very nice original condition rod that needs no work to take it fishing immediately. A fine looking, and capable bamboo fly rod for a fraction of today's high prices! Very good+. $125