We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Those older bamboo rods are something special. I have a 7' Orvis that my Dad gave me when I was 10 so it's roughly 50 years old. I did have it re-varnished a couple of years ago - the old varnish was starting to show some very minor finish cracks (my own fault I'm afraid) so I had it done.
My pride and joy bamboo rod is a Mike Sinclair built replica Fred Divine "Fairy" - 7'4" hollow built - great for dry flies. Powell wasn't a worker/student of Leonard like Divine was, but he came up with almost the exact same hollow built bamboo rod system. Powell rods are great and obviously they are built to stand up over time.
Interesting that a lot of the all-time great bamboo rod makers came out of the Leonard shop - Payne, Edwards, Chubb and Thomas (along with Divine) all worked with Leonard before they went out on their own. I wonder if Leonard was a bit of a jerk. :>)
15" brookie huh? Sweet. I'm going out tomorrow to the club pond - have it all to myself from a couple of hours. Nobody likes to get up at zero dark thirty. :>)
BD - please contact me. Glad to see you are using an EC Powell rod. I have close contact with the Powell family legacy and perhaps information of interest. In addition, given your appreciation for fly-fishing and other outdoor pursuits I have some sources you might like to peruse. HJ Briscoe.