For sale here is a very early Gary Howells 8'6" 4 1/4oz 2-piece / 1-tip bamboo rod, in excellent+ original condition. Serial #3725, indicating the 25th rod made under Howell's own name after leaving the Winston Rod Co.. Bright guides and carboloy stripper wrapped in mahogany windings with gold tipping. The nickel silver ferrules fit perfectly, and are not overwrapped at the female as seen on most Howells rods. Strap & ring hook keeper, 6.5" modified full-wells grip and up locking reel seat over zebrawood spacer. The rod is in fantastic condition and the varnish is a near perfect example of Gary's finishing work. Wonderful medium fast action, and 1 of 7 known examples of his 8'6" 4 1/4oz 6wts. A rather scarce example of a single tip Howells rod, this rod is noted in Joe Beelart's book on Howells. Sold in what I believe is the original sock and possible replacement tube with the maker's business card affixed.