PHY Company Midge - Year it was made?

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PHY Company Midge - Year it was made?

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I have a PHY Company Midge, serial # 4288. I am interested in knowing when this rod was made.

The writing on the shaft is Bob Summers'. The rod is in very good original condition, showing only some honest use.

I am the second owner. The original owner purchased the rod at the PHY Company Shop in Michigan, but he didn't recall the year. He put the rod in a closet and never bought a reel for it. I bought it from him in 1981 for $95. That's all he would take for it, though I told him it was worth more.

I have used it sparingly since 1981, and it is still in good shape. It has had no repairs or refinishing, ferrule fit is excellent, and it has been admired by a lot of fly anglers.

Thank you for whatever you can share.

Perry Palin
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

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Some pictures would help

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Based upon Quashnet's database of serial numbers, 1966.

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Thanks much.

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ibookje wrote:
08/01/20 11:38
Some pictures would help
Hope Perry doesn't mind, but here are a couple I grabbed when he generously let me cast his beautiful Midge (amongst several other wonderful rods, but the Midge made the heavens part and angels sing). Thank you, Perry!!

-an admirer

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Great looking rod!

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Thanks, Gerard, for posting the pictures.

A couple of days after Gerard was out to the house I took the Midge to a neighborhood stream and was reminded that it casts and fishes as well as it looks, and it does look pretty good for a 50+ year old rod.

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