Jim Payne model 410 Salmon Dry Fly rod
Jim Payne model 410 Salmon Dry Fly rod. This rod has been in my collection for many, many years and I have fished it several times. It is a wonderful dry fly rod and with the fighting butt mounted will also function as a light switch rod. My preferred line is a WF8. Refinished by my good friend and now rod-maker in his own right Jack Coyle, the rod remains straight and true with excellent ferrule fits in perfect refinished condition. There is nothing that quite matches an original Payne finish, but Jack is about as good as it gets and has all the original silks as well as the knowledge to finish wraps and bamboo as it should be. As seen in the photos the reel-seat butt plug and the locking nut both have initials from the presumably original owner professionally inscribed. The photo is of me fishing this exact rod on the Bulkley River in British Columbia in the 1990's. I landed this nice steelhead on this old Payne and was satisfied how straight it stayed without any particular special care in landing the fish. I was fishing with Marty Karstetter that day and he took the photograph with my camera. Growing up in Oregon, Marty had always fished steelhead on sinking lines and larger wet flies; this day I got him into a fish swinging bombers on a dry line. He boiled a fish which would not come back to the bomber, but inhaled a small dark wet fly with a hitch. In original bag and tube with outer tube bag with provision for the fighting butt.