For sale here is a Pezon et Michel Super Parabolic PPP, Mirage bamboo rod. 1.98 metres, 6'-6â", #4-5, 2/2.– Made in France. Staggered ferrule set up with original plug; black tyings tipped with red; in original P & M red satin bag and un-original tube. In excellent+ original condition. All wraps are solid. One of the male ferrule wraps, as seen in the photos, is frayed slightly but still tight. This rod is a super stout, fast action rod and is a great small stream rod where big fish live. Note, this is a French made P&M, not a Sharpe's or Farlow's rod built on a P&M blank.
In 1949, a new series was created, even more sophisticated than Parabolic: RITZ SUPERPARABOLIC PPP, where PPP means Puissance Pendulaire Progressive (i.e. Pendular Progressive Power. These initials clearly focus the target of all developments…). This series, that shortly become well recognized worldwide, constitutes the top of the whole production of the "magicalâ" trio Plantet – Ritz – Creusevault. PPP series distinguishes itself from Parabolic ones for the research of the best balance between length and strength; the characteristic balance found in coupling two different length pieces, moving the female joint ferrule nearer to handle, supplies more quickness without loosing precision and efficiency in short-range casts.
When used by the best skilled fly casters, such rods (built with highest quality raw material, with luxury finish and details) can perform long distance casts, although working smoothly and precisely within few meters too. All rods are manufactured in two different length pieces....
MIRAGE from 1979 to 1993. 6'6" #4/5 type Riccardi, two pieces, ref. 269. Built for the American Market.
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