Rod showed up on Monday and I got out to the Middle Provo yesterday for a reunion fish throwing little bwo dries.
Felt good to fish it again and it still remembers what to do. I definitely wasn't stoked that my name had been wiped but I will give the guy who worked on it props for seriously cleaning it up and it looks nice. Glenn Brackett is a family friend and the one who gave my dad the rod to give to me. Guess I'll have to go up north for a visit and get my name repainted.
No word from the SLC PD yet although they told me not to expect to hear anything for probably a month. Given the low cash value my only real option was to go out CA and do small claims court. The buyer must have been ready to be done with the whole thing as he listed the rod on ebay and sort of forced my hand. Thats where I ended up picking it up from. Interesting saga and happy to have my rod back which I consider a small miracle given how unlikely it is that stolen property ever makes its way back to the owner.