I found this flyrod just the other day. It was hidden in it’s carry case and resting on a dust covered display shelf that held a jumble of old spinning reels. “What’s in the little rod case?” I asked the rusty, little antique shop’s proprietor. He dug under a couple old Garcia Mitchell reels and handed me the dark case. I opened it and fell immediately in love.
The metal ferrules like new silver shined. The reel seat like pure gold glowed. I noted the clear, exact and laquered red windings. I told the shop owner I’d have to assemble and wave the rod around. I lubed the ferrules with the oil from the sides of my nose. I knew already that this rod was going to be mine.
Now my only questions concern the mysterious origins of this nice, compact flyrod. The simple information imprinted on the rod reads as follow:
#955 Trail-Pack By Longfellow
I’ve already put the rod into action. On a recent drive over the Cascade Mountains to the Klamath River I stopped and flyfished a secret spot. Under a mid-day sun I hooked and landed two redband trout of the Klamath River system. The flyrod preformed well, casting a weighted Wooly Worm with ease, and handling the hard-pulling redbands with sensitivity and control. A great first catch for the new flyrod.
I anyone has any information on the Longfellow flyrods would you please share. I found very little information on the internet. A friend said that his father once owned a Longfellow two piece flyrod. That is all I know. Any information or stories would be appreciated.