Finding out about a gifted H. L. Leonard fly rod

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mrljrl2009
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Finding out about a gifted H. L. Leonard fly rod

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Hello!
My husband and I were at a an estate sale and the owner and my husband bonded over machining and fishing. The man went into his house and came back with this bag and said and I quote " I want y'all to have this because I know you'll appreciate it."
We didn't really know how to take that so we thanked him very much and wished him well on his next chapter.
We got home and took it out of the bag and we were blown away by how beautiful and well maintained it is.
The fly shop here in town said he couldn't find any info other then the name and offered us 2k for it.
We declined.
We have looked on line for the multi colored eye lid wraps but no such luck.
Any and all information on this would be wonderful!
Thank you in advance!!
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crowebeetle
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How long is it,how many sections, are they all the same length?

mrljrl2009
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It is 8ft 4 inches..in 3 parts no they are not the same lengths.
Base piece is 38 inches
Middle piece is 34 inches
Top piece is 30 inches

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Take it back to the shop and get that 2K All sections should be the same length. If the butt section is original in length the rod would be 9.5 ft which is not a desirable length, shorter rods, 8.5 or less are preferred. It should have a second tip and it was likely rewrapped. Given the short sections and not having the 2nd tip, and you don't have the tube, take the 2K.

Bamboocollector#1
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Take it back to the fly shop, get the $2k check, cash the check as fast as you can and then take the cash and run.

Unfortunately the rod isn't worth 10% of the offer.
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Re: Finding out about a gifted H. L. Leonard fly rod

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mrljrl2009 wrote:
11/17/23 18:47
We got home and took it out of the bag and we were blown away by how beautiful and well maintained it is.
The fly shop here in town said he couldn't find any info other then the name and offered us 2k for it.
We declined.
We have looked on line for the multi colored eye lid wraps but no such luck.
As suggested, the rod has conditional issues, all of which reduce its value to a number well below $2000. Frankly, I don't think any shop would have written you a check for that amount.
It has been refurbished to a non-original specification. Leonards have historically been made with a high grade varnish finish, superior to this rod. They were also wrapped with silk thread of uniform color, often red or yellow with black accents, not with this rod's rainbow pattern. Google Leonard bamboo rods and look at the images. The screw on the bottom of the butt cap wasn't put there by Leonard.
If you fish, this rod may provide you quite a few years of faithful service. But keep an eye open for final closeout ads for that shop because they couldn't find anything about a rod maker name that's been in almost constant use for over 150 years, and the shop may not last long. You could get a deal on a reel and line for that rod. A #5 floating line might work OK.

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