For sale here is an 8'6" 2-piece / 2-tip 5wt bamboo rod from the bench of Japanese rodmaker Masa Akaike. Serial #033. Constructed using Madake cane, the rod is blonde in color, weighs 3.75oz and features bright guides wrapped in light umber silks. The tips are differentiated for ease of rotation. Swiss ferrules fit perfectly, and all sections are full length and straight. 6.5" cork grip with cap & ring reel seat over burl spacer. The cork is smooth and clean, and the rod is in excellent+ condition overall. The rubbed oil finish suits the Madake cane well. This is a hollow built rod and the action is full working, medium slow. Madake cane is often used for shorter, light line rods, but it really gets to show off in this 8'6" 5wt. The fine power fibers impart incredible finesse while maintaining nice power and lightness in the hand. Masa's craftsmanship shines through with an understated elegance. Sold in the original bag and tube with cloth tube protector. If you're interested in a matched pair, we have another on offer here.