Mystery 8

8 ft. 5 wt. 2 Peice

Guide Spacing : Tips 6-3/8, 14, 10-3/8, 30-1/4, Butt 50, 58-1/4, 67-11/16
Varnish Estimate: 003 to 004 per flat; 006 to 008 total across flats
* I have arbitrarily subtracted .006 to process this taper. JWF
The "story" behind this rod is that it supposedly started life as a Dickerson 8015 and was used as collaterial on a loan that was never repaid ...so... the old guy in Mich. that had it, fished it and then sent it to leonard in the early 70's to be refinished. The refinish included a new reel seat & ferrules(hmmm).What I bought is an "leonard rod co."), leonard ferrules and early 70's leonard colored wraps in a leonard bag and replacement tube. The only writing on the shaft is "G.W.M. 1941" and "3 7/8 oz, ,a dickerson "expert", examined and cast the rod - said it was definately a dickerson. Tom Clark, a Mich. dealer in fine classic rods for 30 yrs., said - "looks like a leonard but feels like a dickerson". One of the guys(Leon Hansen) at greyrock last year thought it was a leonard tournament 50. For all I know the rod was made by a little old lady in Pasadena... but.... I do know it's a great fishing pole( as far as I know the model 50's were all 3piece rods so I guess it just remains a mystery rod for now).
Dennis Higham
Thanks to Richard Tyree and Dennis Higham for providing this taper

Points

Dimensions

Point 0 .06400
Point 5 .07300
Point 10 .09800
Point 15 .11000
Point 20 .12500
Point 25 .14000
Point 30 .15400
Point 35 .17100
Point 40 .19000
Point 45 .19800
Point 50 .20500
Point 55 .21900
Point 60 .23600
Point 65 .25500
Point 70 .27700
Point 75 .28700
Point 80 .30700
Point 85 .34000
Point 90 .34000
Point 95 .34000
Point 96 .34000