0402: South Bend, #57C-9', Varnished 6-strip bamboo fly rod. 9', 3/1, for #6 line. 6-1/4 oz. Nickel screwlock down-locking reelseat, 6" straight, solid cork grip. Bright chrome, rolled welt ferrules. Hardened steel guides, nickel stripper guide. Chrome Perfection tip-top. Red wraps, no tipping. Excellent 'South bend" label, and model number inked on the shaft. No hook keeper as issued. Custom sewn and labeled, segmented sleeve. A quality storage case is available.
This circa 1950s 'Bass action' fly rod has 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. New Spar varnish. The solid cork rings show years of use with mild ridging. The assembled rod is straight. There is a 98% complete 'South Bend decal'. This is a very nicely refinished rod that needs no work to take it fishing immediately.
A nicely refurbished 'South Bend', Bass, fly rod at a reasonable price! Very good-plus. $135