I’ve been sitting on a pair of these blanks for awhile and this is the first I’ve put together. This is a vintage Fibatube blank from Alnwick, England… to the best of my knowledge, these blanks were made by Hardy but are independent to their Fibalite line of rods. I have found examples of Hardy build rods w/ this logo and non-Hardy built rods as well. Regardless, they are a very high quality blank… deep, deep brown that does become translucent under intense light (see last picture) and appears nearly black in low light. This is finished with a downlocking seat w/ a blonde colored black walnut spacer. The grip is 6″ reverse half wells. Wraps are chestnut nylon w/ color preserved gold tipping. The action is quite quick and… well… Fisher/Hardy like. More similar to my Hardy build JET 7’6″ 5wt. than the recent Fisher 7’6″ 4/5 I built up. Would make a stellar warmwater rod as it has some backbone for bigger flies and weed covered fish. The rod will ship in a shop sewn khaki bag and black codura zip-top tube. Not a blank you get to see everyday.
$475 shipped in US