F.E. Thomas 8 ft. Browntone, 2pc/2 tips, 4 oz
F.E. Thomas 8 ft. Browntone, 2pc/2 tips, 4 oz (on tag). Though built in 1948, this rod remains in excellent condition throughout with good varnish and the proper 'starved' wraps. I judge it to be the 'very fast dry fly' taper as described in the Thomas 1930's catalog with a large swell coming into the grip and very fine tips. I like it with a DT4 line, while some others may prefer a WF5; its fast, fine-tipped action is distinctively Thomas. It remains straight as a pin when assembled, appearing to have had little use. It has the Perfection stripping guide and left hand twist 'English' snake guides. The original owner's name is written in script on the rod shaft above the grip; this is under the original varnish and was written there at the Thomas shop, matching the name that appears in the Thomas ledger and with the proper ~ symbol either side of the writing. There are a couple of indents in the cork from guides during transport, but these are minor with cork in remarkably good shape and in my favorite style from this maker. In blue Thomas bag with tag and original tube with partial Thomas blue label. From the Thomas H. Clark collection.