For sale here is a pre-fire H.L. Leonard Model 50DF Tournament bamboo rod -- 8' 3/2 for a 5wt line. The rod is in excellent restored condition. All sections are full length and straight.
The rod features a beautifully varnished finish with olive green wraps and bright red tipping. Reverse twist English-style oxidized guides. Ring hook keeper. Mildly swelled butt. Nickel silver checks. Classic cigar grip 5" in length with light soiling and some very minor ridging. Bright nickel silver cap and ring reel seat over a mortised butternut spacer. "Tournament" is stamped on the butt cap along with the pre-fire Leonard stamp and a bull's eye pattern on the bottom. Some of the stamp has worn thin with time. Excellent ferrule fit. Indented witness marks on the ferrule shoulders. The rod weighs 3.60 oz. Reflecting the fishing style of the day this is a versatile medium-fast action rod, well suited for dries or wets. Original bag and tube. The bag has a reinforcement at the bottom probably from worn stitching.