Well I broke the tip on my Fenwick 79 so I thought this is a chance to get another rod...and its a chance to add to my Phillipson pile. Loss/Win/Win.
I found a Phillipson TC80 HDH on the auction site and it was represented to be in great shape with the exception of a missing stripper guide. So I made an offer and it was accepted and all is good with the world...until it arrived.
The rod is not in great shape. The cork has some kind of dried adhesive on it, the tip top is very rusted some of the guides are bent/mangled and it needs some TLC.
But the good news is that the seller and I came to an agreement concerning the condition and I live in the Denver Metro area so a trip Rick's Rods will have this rod ready to hit the water in no time at all.
I know it will not fish the same as the Fenwick...but a new to me Phillipson 8 foot 6wt...well I will find a way to make it work