E.C. Powell 9 ft 3pc/2 tips
E.C. Powell 9 ft 3pc/2 tips. This is an early solid-built rod likely from the 1930's. Mr. Powell continued to build solid rods after his introduction of the semi-hollow, cedar core design he patented in 1931. Although a touch heavier in hand than the semi-hollow rods, these solid rods still have the unmistakable smooth, comfortable feel derived from the unique Powell tapers. This is a quite rare 'C' taper three piece rod at nine feet and it is a wonderful caster with a #7 line, staying smooth from in close and then just keeps taking line as casts are extended. 'C' taper Powells have a faster taper in the tip which gets progressively slower going towards the butt, resulting in a full flexing action with a lively tip. This is similar to what some would call a semi-parabolic action. This example remains in remarkable original condition throughout, straight as a pin and appearing to have had little use. It has the very beautiful oil finish typical of its period, without any subsequent over-varnish. It has the 'narrow-wide, narrow-wide' wraps between grip and agate stripping guide, and a single wrap between all snake guides as well as the simple bent wire hook-keeper. An interesting detail is that the moisture plugs on the male ferrules are all nickel silver rather than the usual brass. This is seen most commonly on 'Buddy Powell' rods assembled by E.C.'s oldest son Albert known as Buddy, but this rod does not have the tipping associated with 'Buddy' rods. The original tube has no mailing label, so rod was likely picked up at the shop in Marysville or perhaps delivered to the Golden Gate Club in San Franciso. A prior owner has drilled holes in the tube by the top and bottom caps to allow the rod to breath. I have added a felt insert into the tube screw cap. It is rare to find a Powell of this vintage in this fine condition. From my personal collection and included in a photograph on pg. 11 of my book about Powell A Fly Rod With a Soul and then again as the featured rod for the chapter four opening page on pg 23.