Paul Young Midge 6 ft 3 in, 2pc/2 tips, 1¾ oz
~Paul Young Midge 6 ft 3 in, 2pc/2 tips, 1¾ oz. This is about as nice an original and authentic Midge built while Paul Young was at the top of his game as I have seen. It was built in 1956 and has the aluminum ferrules, diminutive grip and tiny stripping guide. Correct original script above the grip reads "H. R. Koszewski, Dertoit, Mar. '56 / "MIDGE" 6'3" - 1¾ oz. HEH / Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker." Many Young rods are actually heavier than what is written on the shaft, but in this case the actual weight is a touch lighter than the scripted "1¾ oz." This script also calls for an HEH line which would be a #5 in modern parlance, but I suspect most modern casters would like a 4 on this dainty, fine-tipped instrument. When I cast it I used a DT4 old Cortland 444 line and that felt just right to me; in fact it is the nicest casting original PY Midge I've tried. Varnish and wraps are original, untouched and good throughout with no need for attention. Assembled the rod is straight as could be, showing only light use. This is the iconic American parabolic Midge that set the standard for the craze for light small rods popularized by Arnold Gingrich and others in the late 1950's and 60's. In original nylon bag and tube from the Thomas H. Clark collection.