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