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Post 14 Oct 2021, 19:53 • #1 
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A recent acquisition of a Heddon #8540, 6' 6", Golden "Mark 50" Pro Weight, Controlled Flex Action. May be the longest nomenclature string ever assigned to a fly rod.

I don't purchase allot of rods off Ebay. Probably paid up for it, but couldn't resist this one. I don't think you'll see allot of these. The shortest glass rod Heddon made. From the catalogs here (posted below) they may of made these for 3-4 years. From what I can tell, this may a 1972 model, or so. Pretty nice condition and came with the original "Rich, gold vinyl case"...though its not so rich anymore...the vinyl has turned pretty crispy and stiff. Ferrule fits well with no clicking or movement. Has "indestructible gold plated guides", though some of the indestructible gold is peeling off, and "Carboloy tip top". Its really a pretty amber blank and a nicely appointed rod. These were early entry into glass ferrule rods for Heddon.

It casts very nicely a WF4 and DT5 in the backyard. I would say it is a medium soft rod and should a blast catching 16"-18" trout on it next year.

Comments welcome,
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Post 14 Oct 2021, 19:59 • #2 
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Nice find!

Very cool


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Post 14 Oct 2021, 22:02 • #3 
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Seen a lot of rods, but can't remember ever seeing one of these.


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Post 15 Oct 2021, 08:35 • #4 
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just got here - that's a choice rod - excellent condition, and excellent photo set.

Should be a hoot to fish.


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Post 15 Oct 2021, 09:00 • #5 
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That's a very nice rod and it should be a blast to fish! Love the blank color.
Carl


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Post 16 Oct 2021, 13:18 • #6 
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I have the 7'-0", 5 weight model of this rod. Very nice casting rod with a Cortland 333 double taper and very light in hand. I bought mine new in about 1969-70. Fish it, you'll love it.


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Post 17 Oct 2021, 09:57 • #7 
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I have the 8 foot version new in the case and is the "anniversary" special.I have 6foot heddon glass flyrod that is not in any catalog.I will post tmore info and a few pics.I was watching that rod you purchased .Sort vintage glass rods are few and far between.


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Post 24 Oct 2021, 12:23 • #8 
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Thanks all, for the comments.

Hersh, would be great to see your short Heddon rod.

Sandman


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Post 24 Oct 2021, 17:37 • #9 
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I will,i was looking for it yesterday and got sidetracked.


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