Leonard model 65L

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Bamboo Don
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Leonard model 65L

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Can anyone tell me what the ferrule size is on the Leonard model 65L is.

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Re: Leonard model 65L

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Hi Don, sadly I've never seen one. I've owned several 65s and a 65H. Judging from them, I'd guess a 10 or 11 ferrule for the 65L, with the biggest wager on the 11.

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Mine was a 12

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There you have it! Thanks Lee.

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Lee, have you every tried a 3 wt. on your rod

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Never did. I liked it best with a DT4, but also used a Sylk WF5.

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Re: Leonard model 65L

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I’ve got a 65L with an 11 ferrule. That’s as near as I can tell using drill bits. (A 10 was small)
The rod was refinished in ’07. I believe the hang tag was replaced then. The tag shows 2¾ oz. The actual weight is 2.95 - on my digital scale.

The maker that did the work considered it a 3 wt. – shown on the tube cap. When I bought it (from a dealer), it was advertised as a 3 /4wt. (He suggested a 4.)

Obviously, this is a very soft rod, still, I prefer a WF 4 - although I’ve only got a couple of lines to choose from. There’s probably a 3 out there that some would like…. I use Hook and Hackle lines - if that tells you anything. (I’ve read some people say that HnH lines are a bit lighter than say a Cortland 444, but I’ve never done an intentional comparison.) And too, I prefer slower, deeper bending rods. Even so, it wouldn’t occur to me to even try a 5 line.

When I bought it, the dealer warned that it’s a specialty rod and not meant for any kind of wind, which was fine, because I was looking for a soft, small stream rod. It’s actually more versatile than advertised - although a 2 pounder in a current is a fun problem. I guess a lot of people would consider this a wet-fly rod, but it’s nice with dries up to a Catskill style #12; or a dry with a small, bead-head dropper. Ya just need a slow stroke (and no wind :D ).

Anyway, I really like it. I only own 10 rods, and love them all, but this would be one of 3 to never leave. (I'd like to compare it with a Payne 100L.)

I hope there’s something here that helps.

Bob


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Re: Leonard model 65L

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Now that's the Leonard I been looking for to complete my 2 piece 2/2 Leonard collection
The models I have are 66, 66 1/2 and 67, now I just need to fine one

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One&Duns, what's the stamping on the butt cap of your 65L?

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Thanks, One&Duns!

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Bob check your in box you have mail

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