During the 1950s, Shakespeare developed a Wonderod deluxe fly rod that was specifically for bass. This rod was the model 1280B. It was a two piece, 7'9" rod that weighed in at a little over 5 ounces. The line weight is a little unclear as some say 7 and others say 9. Clearly a lawn casting would be in order to nail down the correct line weight. Interestingly enough, they also produced a trout model during the same time frame that weighed an ounce and a half lighter.
As always, while trolling that infamous auction site that might lead to my divorce, I stumbled across one of the bass models. It did not have the tube or rod bag but it appeared as though it had minimal use. The date code on the reel seat indicated a 1952 date of manufacture. The wraps appeared tight and the decal was not only intact but correct for the year of manufacture. Given the age of the rod and the condition, I hit the Buy It Now button. Upon receiving the rod, I was even more impressed with it. I still haven't had a chance to cast it but it is a real beauty. It is a white rod with spiral markings, red and green wraps, green reel seat with silver hoods. The cork hasn't been overly soiled or destroyed. A fascinating little tidbit about this rod is that the reel seat is spring loaded at the end cap. Pulling it away from the rod allows you to place the reel on the seat. Took a while to figure that one out. When I finally did, I felt like a tool. Overall this rod is a fine example of an early 50's Shakespeare Howald Wonderod fiberglass fly rod. I am certainly looking forward to putting a bend in it.