Re: Is there a Fly Rod that you wouldn't part with?
Mine is a 3 piece 4W with Winston blanks (I think) that one of my best pals whom I've known for 25+ years built for me over ten years ago and was my first fly rod.
He just charged me for the parts and emblazoned it with the title, "The Muse," which is my last name.
I showed it off to the nice old fellows who hang around at the casting ponds (you know those guys right?). They all smiled and said, "Nice action."
The cork now has a nice warm patina and so do I. I intend to bring it into the afterlife and do some angling in Valhalla or The Happy Fishing Grounds or whatever, where the hatch is always on.
"By the time I was a teenager I fit the standard profile of a lifelong angler. I was lazy, shiftless, unambitious and willing to work hard only at things that were widely considered useless." ~John Gierach