List of Serial-Numbered Paul H. Young Co. Fly Rods
Copyright 2008-2017 Robert Jon Golder

543 rods listed.


This is a list of serial numbered Paul H. Young Co. rods that I have researched. Serial numbering began in 1955, beginning with the serial number 1955. The numbering system exhibits many anomalies. It is believed that Paul H. Young deliberately introduced a gap of 750 or more numbers in the numbering system, roughly from #2350 to #3300. Paul H. Young died on April 28, 1960. Rod #
3888, model unknown, build date March 14, 1960, is reported to be the last rod built during PHY's lifetime. Rod #3889, model unknown, build date May 21, 1960, is reported to be the first rod built after PHY's death. If you know of PHY serial-numbered rods that may be added to this list, please contact me through my Forum inbox or at robertgolder AT comcast DOT net.

PHY = Paul H. Young
MJK = Martin J. Keane


June 16, 2017 - Added #3313 Perfectionist.
March 21, 2017 - Added early #4XXX 6'0" Midge (possibly #4000) for Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
March 18, 2017 - Added #1955 Para 17.
March 14, 2017 - Added more info & photos, #3836 Texas General.
March 6, 2017 - Added more info, #4192 Perfectionist.
March 2, 2017 - Added #4450 Midge, C.W. Fritz's rod.
December 18, 2016 - Added ten Midge rods owned by Arnold Gingrich, reported by Charles K. Fox.
December 9, 2016 - Added photos, more info, #4251 Midge built for Erwin S. Edelman.
December 4, 2016 - Added #3943 Perfectionist built for George Beall.
November 20, 2016 - Added #4177 Midge.


SERIAL NUMBERED PHY Co. RODS BUILT FOR YOUNG FAMILY MEMBERS INCLUDE
#1968
Low water salmon rod
#2024
Perfectionist built for Martha Marie Young
#2069 Martha Marie built for Martha Marie Young 
#2168 Driggs built for PHY's brother Ben
#XXXX, a unique 7'6" PHY Princess, PHY's personal rod, built 1958, with two different tips, acquired after Young's death by Ernest Schwiebert (scroll to the bottom of this page to find this rod and other "XXXX" serial-numbered rods where the number is not known).
#XXXX, a Martha Marie Model built for Martha Marie Young (scroll to the bottom of this page to find this rod and other "XXXX" serial-numbered rods where the number is not known).


Serial #
Year, Model, Length, Writing on the flats, - Notes

1955 
Para 17. The first of the serial-numbered rods.

19XX (? - see notes)
Para 17 Deluxe, 8'6", 2/2, 5.3 oz. Varnished, medium-flamed cane, antique gold/tan wraps, blued Super-Z ferrules, black screwlock cork seat with Young-marked cap, grip described as "unusual Wells grip w/a tapered cork into shaft" (no photo), rod was described by MJK as "...built during Paul Young's lifetime, ser. #14XX..." Serial numbering began in the year 1955, with serial number 1955, so the number should be 19XX. Possible explanations: The number "9" may have been poorly written on the rod, leading MJK to interpret the mark as a "4". MJK catalog no. 49 (1988).

19XX
1955, Midge, 6'3" 2/2, - Bag, tube all original. By PHY. Summers rod sale Oct. 1990.

1957
Spinmaster. "1957" is a serial number, making this one of many serial-numbered PHY spinning rods that I have identified (for example, see #1981SP, #1999, #2002, #2007, #2112, #3351, #3682, #3745, #3923, #3947, #3953 and #4034). MJK's full description follows, from his catalog no. 50 (1988): "Fine orig. PAUL YOUNG "Spinmaster" in delightful lt. wt. design, 6'4", 3.10 oz., Ser. #1957, 2/1, Super-Z ferrules, gorgeous dark flamed exotic cane w/bronze wraps, double ring classic spin handle, orig. foul-proof standing guides, a surprisingly strong action - certainly one of America's best & most beautiful spinning rods ever built. Overall exc. cond. w/bag & tube. $400." Note that MJK definitely stated "1957" was a serial number. "1957" might be the year date the rod was built, but in that case it should have been given a serial number anyway.

1958 
Para 17, 8'6", 2/2, 5.19 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane. Black pocked cap and black screwlock reel seat mechanism over cork spacer. Full Wells grip. Hookkeeper. Tan-brown wraps. Butt inked in PHY's handwriting on two flats. First flat: "Parabolic 17"  8-1/2' - 5.19 oz.  C or GBF  Second flat: Fer. 17/64  Tip Top 6/64. Thanks to Fred Kretchmann who showed me this rod at SuperBoo 2016 in Fairfield, Maine. This Para 17 was also listed as follows in the Fall & Winter 1979 Len Codella / T&T list: "Paul Young 8'6" Para 17 2/2, No. 8, 5-1/4 oz. Fast act. Cork S/L seat, Bronze Winds. Serial No. 1958. Built in 1956 by Paul Young. N/M. $495." No. 8 refers to casting the rod with a modern 8-weight fly line. Thanks to Steve Williams (slw on the Classic Fly Rod Forum) for this information.
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1959?
1955 date, Para 17, - Serial number partially removed, likely by refinishing, believed to be #1959. Owned by "Cimarron Red" from Classic Fly Fishing Forum. Of this rod, Cimarron Red wrote to me, "In measuring the rod along its length, I determined that the dimensions were in line with later Para 17's that I have measured." Purchased in January 1976 from Art Neumann at Wanigas Rod Co., Saginaw, MI.

1961
Para 16 Deluxe, 8'6", 2/2, 4.51 oz. Flamed varnished cane, step-down ferrules (not Super-Zs), cap and ring over cork (Detroit die-stamp on cap). Lettering on two flats can be seen in photos, First flat: "Parabolic 16" Deluxe Second flat: 8 1/2' - 4.51 oz. H.C.H. - H.C.F. Each tip is inked #1961 near the male ferrule, and the butt is inked #1961 near a snake guide. Rod was owned by French angler Jean-Paul Pequegnot, whose name is on the tube cap. The prior owner of this Para 16 was George Beall (American living in southern France, see PHY rod #4020). Forum member "jyl" wrote to me from France with the information that after George Beall's death, Beall's widow gave this rod to Jean-Paul Pequegnot. Original bag, may be original Champion tube. Offered on eBay by Hoagy B. Carmichael, April 2009, where it sold for $4160. Other rods owned by George Beall that are listed in this Database are #3943 (Perfectionist) and #4020 (Martha Marie). See the listing for #4020 to read detailed information about the life of George Beall.

1968
 
Texas General / Salmon Low Water, 9'6", 2/2. Varnished, warmly flamed cane, smooth appearance with little or no mottling. Paper label on cork spacer of handle, text in PHY's handwriting: 1968 9 1/2 Salmon Low Water. Shaft marked: Texas General Sticks, Ext. Grip 9 1/2 4.72 oz. H.C.H. Sh. Taper. Butt is marked 1968 near stripping guide. Each tip is marked #1968. Cigar/Ritz grip with thumb indentation. Cork grip is part of a detachable handle that also includes a black screwlock mechanism and integral 1-1/2" ext. butt. Olive wraps, solid at snake guides, decorative spiral wraps at ferrule. Original, brown bag and Champion-style tube. MJK wrote: "This rod is unused - came directly from the Young family, deluxe grade..." MJK catalog #52 (1989). Thanks to Chris Moore, who in 2015 sent me photos of rod #1968 that he found on a Japanese web site.
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1971 
Midge, 6'3". First Midge to be serial numbered. Thanks to Carl Otto for checking with Bob Summers to find this information.

1981SP
Spinmaster. Marked first flat: "SPIN-MASTER" 7 1/2' - 5.55 oz. Second flat: Fer. 16/64 TipTop 8/64. Also marked 1981SP. SP would seem to stand for "Spinning" and "1981" is the serial number. Varnished, flamed cane. Unusual dual handle with length of cane in between. Dual rings on upper cork where reel would be seated. Came in brown, shiny bag and Weber Dot-Line Telescopic rod case (second PHY spinning rod I have seen in such a case). Briefly offered in eBay auction October 2008; auction was canceled. Then offered on Bob Summers' web site December 2008. Bob Summers told me that this rod was built for John Chew of Pennsylvania, who owned many Young rods. Spinning rods of this size were offered in the circa 1955 PHY catalog as light saltwater rods.

1984
1955, Bobby Doerr, 9', 2/2, Marked on five flats! First three flats: Bob Doerr Deluxe / 9' - 5.95 oz. G.B.F. / Fer. 17/64 Tip Tops 6/64 February 1955. 4th flat reads (something) Fond du Lac, Wis. 5th flat reads: Feb. '55 Offered by Bob Summers on web site June 2007. PHY's handwriting.
Rod #1984 "Bobby Doerr" Model
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1986
Midge, probably 6'3", 2/1   Flamed varnished cane, dual bright aluminum rings over cork, single thumb depression in almost straight-tapered cigar cork grip, gold-bronze wraps with small decorative spiral wrap at front of grip, snake guide used in place of stripping guide on butt, black anodized aluminum ferrules. Only one tip is shown in photos, so if there was a second tip it may be lost. Photos show inking on two flats of the butt, in PHY's handwriting: First flat: An unreadable owner name, followed by 56 Kenwood Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.   Second flat:  "MIDGE" 6' (unreadable, possibly 3") - 1.75 (or 1.78? Ink seems smudged) oz. H.E.H. There may be more writing on other flats. At the base of the female ferrule is written the serial number: 1986. Photos included in a bulk e-mail from the American Museum of Fly Fishing, July 2016. 

1988
Para 17, built February 1955, 8'6", 2/2, Rod inscribed on three flats. First flat: Paul Hrobacek  Feb.'55   Second flat: "Parabolic 17" DeLuxe - 8 1/2' - 5.42 oz.  G.B.F.  Third flat: Fer. 17/64  Tip Top 6/64  Serial number 1988 marked on tips at base of male ferrules and on butt at base of female ferrule. Nickel silver ferrule seems to be a stepdown ferrule (possibly Super-Z? can't see clearly in photo). Varnished flamed cane, "Detroit" stamp on pocketed butt cap, black screwlock cork reel seat, cigar cork grip with single thumb indentation, solid brown wraps except small decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule. Seen on Gary Siemer's Vintage Fly Tackle site, July 2012 and R.W. Summers' site, December 2014.
Rod #1988 Para 17
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1990
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1.7 oz. Stated to be for H.F.H. line. Appears to have black anodized ferrules (judging from poor photo). Has two bright rings over cork, straight grip tapers to a point (not blunt at end). "In a bag and tube." Catalog of R.W. Oliver, Second High Roller Auction, held February 24, 1989. Rod was lot #259, sold for $2500 plus 10% buyer's premium.

1993
1955, Midge, 6'3", 2/2, "MIDGE", 6'-3" - 1.75 oz. H.E.H. "Paul H. Young Co. - Detroit, Maker" - Dated February 1955, according to Bob Summers (cannot see that flat in pictures), oil finish, aluminum ferrules, two bright rings over cork, rod offered for $5K on Summers web site, July 2007.
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1996
1955 PHY PERFECTIONIST, dated February 1955, built by PHY for Tom Young (no relation). Heavily flamed cane, "finished with 100% bakelite gum, varnished only on wraps and writing," ventilated Wells grip built of ten cork rings, dual bright aluminum rings over cork seat, 14/13/64 ferrule, rod has three tips - one original with 4/64 tiptop, one early factory replacement with 4/64 tiptop, and a dry fly tip (3.5/64 tip top) given to the owner later. No hookkeeper. Rod inscribed on three flats: first flat: "Perfectionist" 7-1/2', 2.62 oz., H.E.H.   Second flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit  Third flat: Tom Young - Detroit - Feb '55  Serial number 1996 marked below butt ferrule and above tip ferrule. Black wraps (dry fly tip has translucent tan wraps). Young bag and aluminum tube. Offered for $5000 in Jim Adams' catalog, December 2010.

1997
1955, Texan, 8'6", "W.A. Reedy - Rochester - May, '55" "Texan" 8 1/2' - 4.39 oz. H.C.H - H.C.F" Fer. 15/64 Tip Top 5/64 Bomber conduit rod tube

1999 
Spin-Master. 6'4", 2/1. 3.23 oz. Built in 1955. Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over long cork grip. Known to be marked on one flat in PHY's handwriting: "SPIN-MASTER"  6'4"  3.23 oz.  Also marked 1999. Re-wrapped by Bob Summers. Offered for $850 in late 2011 on Bob Summers' web site.

2002 (see also #2007 and #3923)
Spinning Rod, one of a set of three spinning rods built by PHY over a period of four years (1956 - 1960) for Ryan P. Williams. As a set, the three rods handle line weights from 4 lb. to 15 lb. test. Each rod is in excellent condition. Dual black rings over long cork handle. Decorative spiral wrap at front of handle. Lettering includes this text in PHY's handwriting on two flats, First flat: "SPIN-MASTER" 7 1/2' - 4 oz.  Second Flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit Maker  Offered on Bob Summers' web site, October 2010.
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Photo by Bob Summers

2004 
Para 17. Build date: March 1955. 8'6", 2/2, built for F.P. Horning. Varnished flamed cane, pocketed butt cap with "Detroit" stamp, black screwlock mechanism over cork reel seat, Super -Z ferrules. Solid, half Wells cork grip was built from thirteen half-inch corks. Solid gold-bronze wraps, except a decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule. Lettering is by PHY. Butt is marked on four flats. First flat: F.P. Horning - Mar. '55 -  Second flat: "Parabolic 17"  8'6"  5.38 oz. -  5.23 oz.  Third flat: Wet - G.B.F.  Dry. H.C.F.  Fourth flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker. Butt is also marked 2004 near stripping guide. One tip (wet parabolic tip) is labeled 2004 G.B.F.  The other (dry fly) tip is marked 2004 H.C.F. and has decorative spiral red thread wraps at the base of the male ferrule and at the tip top. Copper-colored satin bag. Thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle.
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2007 (see also #2002 and #3923)
Spinning Rod, 7'2", 3.45 oz., one of a set of three spinning rods built by PHY over a period of four years (1956 - 1960) for Ryan P. Williams. As a set, the three rods handle line weights from 4 lb. to 15 lb. test. Each rod is in excellent condition. Lettering includes this text in PHY's handwriting on one flat: Lightweight  7'2"  3.45 oz.  Offered on Bob Summers' web site, October 2010.

2012 
Keller DeLuxe Para 15. Build date: March 1955. 8'0", 2/2, 4.10 oz., wet (parabolic) and dry tips, built for Bernard R. Baker of Toledo (presumably, Ohio). Black screwlock seat. Olive-gold wraps with decorative spiral wraps at ferrules and grip. Butt measurement is 0.297". Measurement at tiptop of dry fly tip is 0.060". Butt is marked on four flats. First flat: Bernard R. Baker - Toledo - Mar. '55  Second flat: "Keller DeLuxe"  8' - 4.10 oz.  Third flat: Fer. 15/64   1- 5/64 Tip  1- 4/64 Tip  There is a blank flat, and then the Fourth inked flat reads: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - maker. Thanks to Gavin Wright.

2022
Martha Marie, 7'6", 2/2, 3.28 oz.  Varnished flamed cane, cap and ring over cork (bright hardware, pocketed cap with "Detroit" stamp, knurling on front and rear edges of ring), small ventilated cork grip (built from eight cork rings) with single thumb depression, hookkeeper, solid copper-brown wraps, butt inked in PHY's handwriting on two flats: First Flat: M.M.Y. model - 7 1/2' - 3.28 oz.  H.D.H.  Second Flat: Fer. 14/64  Tip Tops 4 1/2/64.  Also marked with serial number 2022. Built for Virginia Masterson (possibly related to Walter Masterson, pitcher for Boston Red Sox and other baseball teams, and known Paul H. Young rod owner?). Thanks to Steven Sanders.
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2024
1955 PHY PERFECTIONIST, dated April 1955, built by PHY, gift of PHY to his wife Martha Marie Young. Flamed cane, butt and both tips are all built with 2X2 node arrangement. Ventilated cigar grip, dual bright rings over cork seat. The cork reel seat and grip assembly is built from a total of 15 one-half-inch corks. There is a cork button (one cork) on the end of the rod to keep the dual rings from sliding off. The rest of the reel seat is built from five corks. The grip is built from nine corks, of which the rearmost two corks (adjacent to the reel seat) are glued together while the remaining seven corks form a "ventilated" grip. These seven corks are separated by roughly 1/16" gaps. The rod is inscribed in PHY's handwriting: first line Martha M. Young April - '55, second line: "Perfectionist" 7-1/2', 2.51 oz., H.E.H. silk. Rod also is marked in ink at increments of 7 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches up from the handle; thread wraps mark the measurements. Michigan fishing regulations for 1955 pertained to these lengths. The legal length limit for trout was seven inches; for bass, ten inches. Mrs. Young therefore could measure the trout she caught without carrying a ruler. Green bag has tag that reads Martha Perfectionist in two lines, in PHY's handwriting, plus tube. Owned by fishnbanjo.

Rod #2024, Perfectionist, built by PHY as gift for wife Martha Marie Young. Paul Young's plan was to secretly take this rod along on a fishing trip with Mrs. Young as a surprise gift. His plan was to wait until they had reached the river and when she asked him for "her" rod, he was going to present her with this Perfectionist instead of the 7'6" rod that she had been using.

It was quite a special moment several years ago when banjo invited me to make my first casts with Mrs. Young's rod. It has a strong easy stroke that is pure poetry. The rod is very comfortable in the hand, even though the grip is quite small for hands the size of banjo's, or mine. The thumb indentation orients your hand in the right place, and the spaces between the corks help improve your hold on the grip, much like tire treads improve a car's hold on the road. In December 2014, I caught a twenty-inch trout using Mrs. Young's Perfectionist (see photo).
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Mrs. Young's Perfectionist #2024, brook trout, 2014
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Mrs. Young's Perfectionist #2024, 20-inch brown trout, 2014
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Photo of Martha Marie Young on a fishing trip
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2027
Keller DeLuxe Para 15, 8'0", only one tip known to exist, 1/4" short and with a small lift in one flat, repaired; presumably there were two tips originally. Rod was in poor condition in August 2012, and was sent to Michael Sinclair because varnish was peeling away and taking PHY's original inked handwritten information with it. The ink adhered to the varnish rather than to the cane; Michael's procedure saved most of the remaining lettering. Varnished cane, cap and ring over cork, "Detroit" stamp on cap, half Wells grip with thumb indentation, unmarked Super-Z ferrules. Wraps were an unusual green which Michael duplicated closely. There was inking originally on four flats of the butt section. The first flat was extremely faded and contained original owner information which cannot now be seen. Owner may have had a last name of McTighe, or similar. Mitchell, South Dakota was written on this flat also. Second flat: Keller DeLuxe  8' - 3.74 oz.  H.E.H.  Third flat: Fer. 15/64  Tip Top 4/64  Fourth flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit. Maker. On the butt section near the stripping guide and on the tip near the male ferrule was inked: 2027.
PHY Para 15 #2027 before refinishing
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Refinished PHY Para 15 #2027, 17" brown trout
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2028 
Keller DeLuxe Para 15. Build date: April 1955. 8'0", 2/2, 3.76 oz., wet (parabolic) and dry tips, built for F.P. Horning. Varnished flamed cane, pocketed cap and ring over cork reel seat (ring knurled diagonally on front and back edges). Super -Z ferrules. Ventilated cork grip, very subtly-shaped half Wells with two thumb indentations, grip was built from nine separate half-inch corks, plus a tenth cork blends into the reel seat. Solid gold-bronze wraps, except a decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule. Hookkeeper. Lettering is by PHY. Butt is marked on four flats. First flat: F.P. Horning - April - 1955  Second flat: "Keller DeLuxe"  8' - 3.76 oz.  Third flat: Fer. 15/64 - 1- 5/64 Tip - H.D.H.  1- 4/64 Tip - H.E.H.  Fourth flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker. Butt is also marked 2028 near stripping guide. Dry tip is labeled 2028 - DRY - H.E.H. on one flat, and has red spiral wraps at base of male ferrule and at the tip top. Wet (parabolic) tip is labeled 2028 on one flat, and5/64 Tip H.D.H. on the next flat, and when seen in January 2016 this tip was badly cracked and bent about one inch from the tip top. Satin bag is copper-colored with greenish tint. Thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle.
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2029 
Driggs. Build date: April 1955. 7'2", 2/2, built for F.P. Horning. Varnished flamed cane, black dual rings over cork reel seat (rings knurled front and back edges), Super -Z ferrules. Ventilated cork grip, cigar shape with single thumb indentation, was built from eight separate half-inch corks, plus a ninth cork blends into the reel seat. Solid gold-bronze wraps, except a decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule. Lettering is by PHY. Butt is marked on four flats. First flat: F.P. Horning - April 1955  Second flat: "DRIGGS" Special  7'2" - 2.49 oz.  Third flat: Fer. 13/64  Tip Top 4 1/2/64  Fourth flat (not adjacent to the other three): Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker. Butt is also marked 2029 near stripping guide. Each tip is labeled 2029.  Copper-colored satin bag. Thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle.
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203X
1955 Midge 6'3" 2/2 May 1955. 1.74 oz. Featherweight ferrules (=aluminum?). Stripping guide is a snake guide. MJK catalog 87 (2003).

2036
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Inked on shaft: Arnold Gingrich, New York, Paul H. Young Co. Detroit, Maker, Midge 6'3" 1.73 oz. H.E.H. All sections are marked 2036. Black anodized ferrules, dual black rings over cork, black wraps. Original bag & tube, letter of provenance from Bob Summers. Sold as Lot 92 for $4500 at Lang's November 2, 2007 fishing tackle auction. Arnold Gingrich heavily promoted Paul H. Young and the Midge rod in books and magazine articles. In The Well-Tempered Angler (1965), Gingrich described his first experience with a Midge rod when fishing with his friends Charles and Vivian Kerlee: "Charlie had got one from Paul Young in Detroit... and had bought it with no intention of using it himself, as he is over six foot, with the build of a tackle. But Vivian is small, and he wanted a light little rod that she could use without arm fatigue... Vivian let me try it, and the very first cast was a revelation... giving it back was like giving back a piece of my arm. I wrote a check for one that same day. They only cost $65 at that time, but I'd have paid five times as much, if that had been the price. I never wanted anything more avidly in my life. Once I got it, I used no other rod..."

Note also PHY rod #2045, also a Midge; it was built very shortly after this one for Charles Coiner, a friend of Gingrich's, who is mentioned in The Well-Tempered Angler.

Rod #2036 Midge, built for Arnold Gingrich
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2040
Martha Marie, 7'6", 2/2, 2.95 oz.  Varnished flamed cane, dual black rings over cork (knurling on front and rear edges of rings), ventilated cork grip built with seven separate corks, hookkeeper, solid copper-brown wraps except decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule, nickle silver ferrules, butt inked on two flats: First Flat: M.M.Y. model   7 1/2'   3.10 oz.  H.D.H.  Second Flat: Fer 14/64  Tip Top 4 1/2/64.  Butt and each tip marked with serial number 2040. Long repair wrap on one tip. Hooded canvas bag with lighter piping; no tube. Sold for $2366. on eBay, July 2012.

2042
Martha Marie, 7'6", 2/2, 2.95 oz.  Varnished dark flamed cane, dual black rings over cork (knurling on front and rear edges of rings), ventilated cork grip with single thumb depression, hookkeeper, solid copper-brown wraps, black aluminum ferrules, butt inked on two flats: First Flat: M.M.Y. model   7 1/2'   2.95 oz.  H.D.H.  Second Flat: Fer 14/64  Tip Top 4 1/2/64.  Butt and each tip marked with serial number 2042. Thanks to owner Bucky Ryan.

Rod #2042 Martha Marie
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2045
Built June 1955, Midge 6'3" 2/1 when first noted in 2007 (may originally have been a two-tip rod?). A second tip was later built by Bob Summers. Lettered on three flats, first flat: Charles T. Coiner - Mechanicsville, Penna.  Second flat: "MIDGE" 6'3" 1.74 oz. H.E.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker. June '55  Flamed varnished cane, aluminum ferrules, dual black rings over cork, black wraps with small decorative spiral wrap at front of straight cork grip. Replacement bag & tube. Offered eBay April 2007, purchased by spruce grouse of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Charles T. Coiner was a landscape painter, discussed by Arnold Gingrich in The Well-Tempered Angler (1965)."

Rod #2045 Midge, built for Charles T. Coiner
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2046
Bob Doerr Model, 9'0", 2/2, 6 oz. Refinished. Lettered in Bob Summers' handwriting on three flats: First flat: Paul H. Young Co. Det. Maker Second flat: Bob Doerr Model 9' 6 oz. GBF Third flat: Fer 17/64 TipTop 6/64 Tips are numbered 2046. One tip is still numbered in PHY's handwriting. The other tip is numbered in Summers' handwriting. Bob Summers showed me this rod, mid-October 2008.

2052
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2.48 oz. Flamed cane, sliding band reel seat. Old brochure, circa 1984, from Allan Liu, American Sporting Collector, Amawalk, NY

2069
Martha Marie rod belonging to Mrs. Martha Marie Young, 7'6", 2/2, 3.03 oz.  Varnished dark flamed cane, dual black rings over cork (knurling on front and rear edges of rings), ventilated cork grip with double thumb indentations, no hookkeeper, solid copper-brown wraps except decorative spiral thread wrap in front of cork grip, black aluminum ferrules, butt inked on two flats: First Flat: M.M.  7 1/2'  -  3.03 oz.  H.D.H.  #2069  July '55  Second Flat: Paul H. Young Co - Detroit. Maker  One tip marked 2069  T.T. 4.  The other tip marked 2069  TT 4.  The cork reel seat is inked Paul H. Young - Detroit / M.M. model - 7 1/2'  -  3.03 oz. / H.D.H.  July '55.

2069 Martha Marie
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2070
1956 Para 15, 8'0" 2/2 3.98 oz. Built January 1956. Varnished, flamed cane; Super-Z ferrules, gold-brown wraps, screwlock cork seat. wet and dry tips; red spiral wrap on dry tip. Writing on first flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' - 3.98 oz. Second flat: Fer. 15/64 1- 5/65 1- 4/64 Tips Former owner's name and address also on butt section. Wet tip marked: WET H.D.H. 5/64 TipTop Dry tip marked: DRY H.E.H. 4/64 TipTop Info from John Feldenzer?

2078
Driggs, 7'2", 2/2, 2.36 oz. Varnished, heavily flamed cane. Bronze wraps, black aluminum ferrules, black aluminum dual rings, all cork slender, varigated grip with double thumbprint scallops. PHY's handwriting on three flats. First flat: Paul H. Young Co. Det.  Second flat: "DRIGGS"  7'2"  2.36 oz.  H.D.H.  Third flat: Ferrule 13/64 Tip Top 4 1/2 / 64. Champion tube with copper satin bag (had previously been reported with B-24 tube). Rod is pristine with no marks and very slight anodization wear on one male ferrule. Slightly parabolic, medium fast, takes #4 line. Owned by Classic Fly Rod Forum member brooksriver. 

2081 
Built January 1956, Midge 6'3" 2/3 (two original tips by Paul Young, one additional tip by Bob Summers). The two original tips are 3/8" shorter than the new tip and the butt. One Young tip has a clear safety silk wrap. Lettering seen on a flat of the butt indicates a 4/64 tip top. One flat reads: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker  Flamed varnished cane, black aluminum ferrules, dual black aluminum rings over cork, bronze wraps with small decorative spiral wrap at front of straight cork grip, new cork grip and reel seat made by Bob Summers, since the original owner had a habit of hooking his fly in the cork handle. Bag & tube. Offered for $3500 by Bob Summers on web site, November 2011.

2082
Midge 6'3" 2/2   Flamed varnished cane, dual black aluminum rings over cork, single thumb depression in almost straight-tapered cigar cork grip, gold-bronze wraps with small decorative spiral wrap at front of grip, black anodized aluminum ferrules. Butt inked on three flats in PHY's handwriting: First flat: "MIDGE" 6'3" - 1.75 oz. H.E.H.  Second flat:  Fer. 11/64  Tip Top 4/64  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit. Maker.  Each tip is marked: 2082  Letter from PHY dated August 30, 1955 was found in the bottom of the tube written to this rod's original owner, last name Hannah. PHY proposed to send to Mr. Hannah a Midge and a Driggs and let him decide which one to keep. Thanks to "Rio Grande King" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
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2087 
Para 16. Build date: August 1955. 8'6", 2/2, 4.49 oz., built for F.P. Horning. Varnished flamed cane, pocketed cap (with "Detroit" stamp) and ring over cork reel seat (ring knurled diagonally on front and back edges). Super -Z ferrules. Ventilated cork grip, cigar-shaped with single thumb indentation, grip was built from nine separate half-inch corks, plus a tenth cork blends into the reel seat. Solid gold-bronze wraps, except a decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule. First snake guide above the stripping guide appears rewrapped in different thread color. Hookkeeper. Lettering is by PHY. Butt is marked on two flats that can be seen in photos. First flat: F.P. Horning. Aug. '55  Second flat: "Parabolic 16"  8 1/2' - 4.49 oz.  H.C.F.  Butt is also marked #2087 near stripping guide. Each tip is labeled #2087.  Satin bag is copper-colored. Seen January 2016. Thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle.
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2088
1955, 9'0" rod similar to or may be a Bob Doerr model, 9', 2/2, marked 9' - 5.70 oz. - GBF - Fer 17/64 - tip Top 6/64. These measurements are typical of a Bob Doerr model. Rod is also reportedly marked with the owner's name followed by 1955. Black screwlock cork seat, Super-Z ferrules, original bag & tube. Lot #16, R.W. Oliver's Fifth Annual Summer Auction, July 8, 1989, sold for $700. plus 10% buyers premium.

2091 
Para 15, 8'0" 2/3 3.96 oz. Built October 1955 for John Weiner of New York. Varnished, flamed cane; gold-brown wraps, cap and ring over cork seat. Hookkeeper. Three tips for HEH, HDH, and HDG silk fly lines (extra-light tip has 4/64 tip top, plus two dry fly tips). Original four-compartment Young bag and tube.

2093
1955, Bob Doerr, 9', 2/2, owned by John A. Feldenzer, author of "Of Baseball and Bamboo: Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, and the Paul H. Young Rod Company," The American Fly Fisher, Vol. 31 no. 4 (Fall 2005). Photographs of rod #2093 are found in the article. Acquiring rod #2093 from Bob Summers got John started researching PHY, and led to a friendship with Hall of Famer and former Red Sox second baseman Bob Doerr. Varnished, flamed cane, brown wraps, screwlock cork seat, Detroit die-stamp on cap.

2094 
1955, "Canoe Special," 8'0" 2/2  4.42 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, half Wells grip, hookkeeper, Super-Z ferrules, gold-brown wraps, black screwlock cork seat with grey metal barrel, "Detroit" stamp on pocketed butt cap. PHY's handwriting on three flats. First flat: Dr. David C. Groff - Xmas 1955  Second flat: "Canoe Special" - 8' - 4.42 oz.  H.C.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker.  Each tip is marked: 2094  Bag and tube. Given its length and weight, rod MAY be a specially marked Boat Rod, but that is just speculation. Rod was seen on eBay July 2012, seller took a private offer before auction conclusion. Another rod originally owned by Dr. David C. Groff is a Para 17 built in 1949.

High 20XX or Low 21XX (order received by PHY on October 29, 1955)
Bob Doerr, known solely from one mention in a letter from PHY to Chauncy Lively, dated October 29, 1955. PHY wrote, "Russ Malone ordered a 'Bob Doerr' this mornings mail. Looks as if he has some getting around in mind." Assuming the rod was built and serial-numbered shortly thereafter, the number should be either in the very high 2000s or the very low 2100s. A Driggs rod and a Para 15 rod are listed in the NON-serial Numbered part of the Database as belonging to Russ Malone.

21XX
Princess 7'3" 2/2 Dark-flamed, blued Super-Zs, sm. Cigar grip w/ thumb indent., cork and ring seat, orig. Bag & tube. Corsetti #31 (Spring 2001).

2104 
Midge 6'3" 2/2, Before a major restoration in 2104, was described in the PHY database as "a damaged 'lady's rod' Midge with tiny grip, one tip is marked 2104 and has original golden-bronze wraps, but is cleanly broken 8-1/2" below the tip top; both pieces survive. There is a second tip in the original copper-colored satin bag, fitted with the correct black aluminum ferrule, that is about 2 inches short, not as finely tapered as the other tip, no inked serial number, cane looks about the same but varnish is different, has different non-original brown wraps, may be a tip from the PHY shop that was substituted for a second tip now lost. 2X2 node arrangement on all cane sections. Butt section of the rod has original PHY inked lettering and serial number 2104, but also has the non-original brown wraps. The following is lettered on the butt section on three flats: First flat: For Kay, Andrews Road, Greenwich Conn.  Second flat: "Midge"  6'-3" - 1 3/4 oz.  H.E.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. - Detroit - Maker.  Dual black rings over cork reel seat, tiny grip measures only 4-1/8" long, overall length of reel seat and grip only 7-1/2", varnished and rather dark flamed cane, no hookkeeper, snake guide instead of stripping guide, black anodized aluminum ferrules. First reported by "flyreelman" (formerly "reelhimin") of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Rod conveyed via Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle to "quashnet" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum in 2013. After major restoration by Bob Summers, PHY Midge #2104 retains the butt section with original inking by PHY plus an additional inked line in Bob Summers' handwriting: Refinished by RW Summers 8/1/14. The rod now has two new tips, each inked 2104, plus new cork grip and reel seat, modified hardware and aluminum ferrules. Research by cwfly of the Classic Fly Rod Forum indicates that original owner "Kay" may be Katherine Calhoun Sterling, who lived on Andrews Road at the appropriate time with her family and husband John C. Sterling, a publisher. kay and John Sterling were originally from Bridgeport, CT. Kay's brother Philo was one of the founding partners of a Bridgeport law firm, Marsh, Day & Calhoun. John Sterling was a 1911 graduate of Dartmouth. He belonged to a small fishing club, the River Hills Fishing Club. He died in March 1964 at age 75. - Thank you, Charlie!
PHY Midge #2104 after restoration
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2106 
Midge 6'3" 2/2, built 1956 for Walter Bromley. He also owned PHY Perfectionist #4195, built 1965.
Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat, large cork button at end of seat, relatively long reel seat and short, nearly straight grip with taper in front. Decorative spiral thread wrap in front of grip; no hookkeeper. Golden brown thread wraps are solid at snake guides. Black anodized aluminum ferrules. The following is lettered on the butt section on three flats: First flat: Walter Bromley  Second flat: "Midge"  6'-3" - 1 3/4 oz.  H.E.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. - Detroit - Maker.  Dark satin bag and Champion-style tube. Offered on Bob Summers' web site, May 2016. Summers wrote that he remembered the original owner visiting Paul Young at the Detroit shop, and sixty years later he received the rod from Bromley's son to sell. This Midge was used mostly on the Au Sable River in Michigan where the family had a fishing camp.
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2110 
Texan, built with three tips. Thanks to Carl Otto of Wanigas Rod Co. for this information.

2112
1957, "West's Pet" combination spin and fly rod, Spinmaster-grade, built March 1957. Super "Z" ferrule 16/64. 8 1/2" dual slide band grip w/ 3 5/8" screw DL cork insert fly seat. Spin slide bands and butt cap marked PAUL H. YOUNG CO. - DETROIT --- MICH. in rectangular box. Rod shaft inked - Chas. W. Walls Jr. Mar. '57 - on one flat, and - "SPIN-MASTER" 8' - 5.15oz - on adjacent flat. Rod marked with serial number - #2112 - near butt ferrule. Original khaki twill bag and period 2" Champion aluminum tube. Rod refinished by Bob Summers in 2006 - new grip with a more conventional shape, new Super-Z ferrules, writing in PHY's hand removed and redone by Bob, new varnish. The owner notes that in the 1950's combo rods were an option on PHY's 7'2", 7'6", and 8' spin rods, and says that this rod works nicely with 3/8 oz. lures or a WF7F fly line. PHY #2112, Combo Fly/Spin Rod, Spin-Master Grade and SpinMaster rod #4034, dated 1962, show that PHY did serial-number at least two rods with dual fly/spin capability.
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"2114"
SEE DESCRIPTION OF ROD #2214. 

2115
Spinmaster, 6'4" 2/1 spinning rod built for Fred Horning. Cork handle made from 20 half-inch corks. Dual black rings. Golden-brown wraps, close to cane color. Lettered in Paul H. Young's handwriting on two flats, First flat: F.P. Horning  Second flat: "SPIN-MASTER"  6'4" - 3 1/2 oz.  Tip numbered 2115. Original copper-colored satin bag, no tube. Thanks to Gary Siemer, Vintage Fly Tackle.
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2117 (duplicate number with rod below)
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Featherweight Deluxe variation (though it appears to have nickle silver ferrules). Two 4-1/2/64ths tips, ventilated cigar grip, two rings over cork, seen at http://vfish.net/MarthaMarie.htm

2117 (duplicate number with rod above)
Texas General, model name not marked on the rod, but TEX. GEN. is inked on the flap of the rod bag. Built for PHY's very close friend Paul Cardell as a Christmas present, 1957. 8'6" 2/2  5.46 oz. (Rod is reported by Gary Siemer to weigh 5.5 oz. with the wet tip and 5.4 oz. with the dry tip).  When I first saw the rod in 2008, it had a black screwlock cork seat with holes drilled in side of butt cap (holes were made by Paul Cardell for attachment of a handmade device to help hold a Pflueger Medalist reel in place). The rod has since been cleaned up by Robert Summers and the holes have been filled and the black cap repainted. Exaggerated single thumb depression in cork grip was built up out of segments separately fitted and glued, wet and dry tips, solid golden-yellow wraps (decorative yellow spiral wrap at based of female ferrule, red spiral wrap to denote "dry fly" at base of male ferrule of dry fly tip. Inked in PHY's handwriting on three flats on the butt: First flat: Paul Cardell - Xmas. '57  Second flat: from Dorothy - Jim - Kent Third flat: 8 1/2' - 5.46 oz. Dry Tip H.C.H. Wet Tip G.B.F.  Wet tip is labeled on one flat: 2117 WET G.B.F. Dry tip is labeled on two flats, First flat: 2117 Second flat: DRY H.C.H.  Beige rod bag with dark brown piping, flap marked TEX. GEN., Champion-style tube is inked Paul E. Cardell plus address information near tube collar. Rod was purchased from Bob Summers by "kingstu" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Not long afterwards, in 2013, the rod was placed for sale on Gary Siemer's "Vintage Fly Tackle" site.
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2119
Para 15 8'0", 2/2 Wes Jordan's Para 15. Wet and dry tips. "Supposedly they were good friends and communicated rod building techniques. Original very good condition except Wes replaced the reel seat with an Orvis down screw locker…. With note from Gloria Jordan." - catalog description, Catskill Fly Fishing Center benefit auction, September 11, 1987.

2120
Martha Marie. Reported via private e-mail. 

2121 
Midge. Build date: May 1956. 6'3", 2/2, built for F.P. Horning. Varnished flamed cane, dual silver rings over cork, each ring is knurled both front and back, black 12/64" aluminum ferrules. Ventilated cigar cork grip with single thumb indentation was built from eight half-inch corks; a ninth cork transitions into the cork reel seat. Solid gold-bronze wraps, except a small decorative spiral wrap at front of the grip. Lettering is by PHY. Butt is marked: F.P. Horning - May '56 / MIDGE 6'3" - 1 3/4 oz.  HEH / Paul H. Young Co. Detroit Maker. Each tip and the butt are marked #2121. Copper-colored satin bag. Thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle.
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2125  (duplicate number with rod below) 
Para 15. 2/2.  3.82 oz.  Dated Xmas 1957. Varnished flamed cane. Wet and dry tips. Pocketed black butt cap (with "Detroit" stamp) and ring over mortised cork reel seat. Cigar grip; shaped almost like a Ritz grip with a bluntly tapered nose. Solid golden-bronze wraps throughout, except decorative spiral red wraps at base of ferrule and at tip top of dry tip. Probably Super-Z ferrule. Hookkeeper. All inking on cane by Paul H. Young. Marked on two adjacent flats of the butt section. First flat:  Frank M. McDonald - Xmas '57  Second flat: "Parabolic 15" - 8' - 3.82 oz.  H.D.H.  Dry tip inking can be clearly seen in photo: DRY 2125. Satin bag and Champion-style tube. Offered on eBay, April 2016.
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2125 (see 4635) (duplicate number with rod above) 
Little Giant. Build date: May 1956. 6'6" 2/2 Built for H.W. Clapsaddle. Varnished flamed cane. Black pocketed butt cap and black screwlock mechanism over cork reel seat. Cigar grip. Solid brown wraps. Butt section inked by PHY on two flats. First flat: H.W. Clapsaddle  Detroit  May '56.  Second flat: Little Giant  6'6" - 3 oz.  H.D.H. Short Taper. Initially reported by Richard Shelton, the rod had a butt and one tip marked #2125, and a second tip marked #4635. I have recorded another rod made up of parts from two rods (see listings for #4387 and #4389), but never with such widely different serial numbers. Later owned for a time by RyanAK of the Classic Fly Rod Forum, who reported that in a refinish by Bob Summers, the tip marked #4635 has been renumbered as #2125 to match the original tip.
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2129
Boat Rod 8'0" 2/2 Varnished, flamed cane. Cigar grip, bright metal screwlock seat over cork, black butt cap, hookkeeper, Lettered on two flats, First flat: "Boat Rod" 8' - 4.65 oz. H.C.H. Second flat: Fer. 15/64 TipTop 5/64. Satin bag and Champion-style tube. Seen on eBay September 2009. 

2130
Midge 6'3" 2/2  Flamed varnished cane, black aluminum ferrules, dual black rings over cork, each ring is knurled both front and back, gold-bronze wraps with small decorative spiral wrap at front of cigar cork grip. Lettered on three flats, first flat: Carl Sekler - Salem Ohio  Second flat: "MIDGE" 6'-3" 1.83 oz. H.E.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker  Butt and tips each numbered 2130. Original brown satin bag & Champion-style tube. Offered eBay, sold $6060., April 2012.

2134 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  4.05 oz. Build date should be May or June 1956. Varnished flamed cane. Wet and dry tips. Wet tip is short about 2 inches. Pocketed black butt cap and black screwlock reel seat over cork. Cigar grip; shaped almost like a Ritz grip with a bluntly tapered nose. Wet tip and dry tip. Solid golden-bronze wraps throughout, except decorative spiral red wraps at base of ferrule and at tip top of dry tip, and decorative spiral golden-bronze wrap at base of female Super-Z ferrule on butt section. Hookkeeper. All inking on cane by Paul H. Young. Marked on two adjacent flats of the butt section:  "Parabolic 15" - 8' - 4.05 oz.  /  Wet tip, H.D.H.  Dry tip, H.E.H.  Owner's name who received the rod as a gift, and the initials of the gift-giver, are inked on a third flat of the butt: Bud Nagelvoort, Owosso (W.J.M.). Bud Nagelvoort received the rod from his brother-in-law, William J. Mills, Jr.`The butt is marked 2134. The wet tip is marked 2134 Wet  H.D.H. and the dry tip is marked 2134 Dry - H.E.H. Thank you to Short Tip of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
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2136
Midge 6'3" 2/2  June 1956 date. Small photos on eBay appeared to show rod with flamed cane, black aluminum ferrules, dual silver rings over cork, each ring is knurled both front and back, gold-bronze wraps, possibly with small decorative spiral wrap at front of cigar cork grip. Lettering could be seen on the cane, but could not be read. Later report from "brooksriver" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum indicated that the rod butt is marked: Dayton D. Stone June 1956 / MIDGE 6'3"  1 3/4 oz.  HEH / Paul H. Young Co. Detroit Maker / 2136. One tip is marked 2136 and the other tip is marked Hallady near the male ferrule. This gives rise to speculation that this Midge rod could be associated with Leonard Halladay of Mayfield, MI, originator of the Adams dry fly. The spelling of the name on the rod is not quite right, but PHY is known for other spelling errors on rods. Brown satin bag & Champion-style tube, probably original. Seen on eBay, December 2013. Also thanks to "brooksriver" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

2145
1956 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Dated June 1956, built for Wm. J. Brennan. Paul Young's handwriting in black ink. Destroyed in shipment following eBay sale. Beware of fake eBay auctions using photos of this rod.

2148 
Driggs. Built in June 1956. 7'2", 2/2, built for Robert J. Rowe, MD. Black dual aluminum rings, original Super -Z ferrules. Solid copper-gold wraps, except a decorative spiral wrap at ferrule. Lettering is by Jack Young. Butt is marked on three flats. First flat: Robert J Rowe MD  Second flat: "Driggs River"  7'2" - 2.66 oz.  Third flat: a Paul H. Young Co. rod  Butt is also marked 2148 near stripping guide. Each tip is labeled 2148 near the male ferrules. Original bag and Champion tube. Condition near perfect (tip tops replaced but no cane missing). Found some years ago in an antique shop in western Massachusetts, sold for $200! At that time it had been owned by a local fire warden, whose wife sold the rod (plus an Orvis rod and an F.E. Thomas rod) to the shop. Thanks to Gavin Wright.

2152
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 One wet tip and one dry tip. Cigar grip, down-slide band skeleton cap & ring reel seat. "Detroit" die-stamp on butt cap. Inked on the shaft: William L. Hanford, West Stockbridge, Mass. / 'Parabolic 15' 1 wet H.D.H. 1 dry H.E.H. Owned by Per Brandin, who told me: "This rod is in my opinion, very well built for being a Paul Young rod (the workmanship is often pretty rough) and it is a spectacular rod to fish with. It will handle a DT5 line on the dry tip, but is better with a #6 line with either tip and I have even fished a WF 7 on the wet tip." Purchased by Per Brandin from Dana Gray, spring 2009.

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2162 
1956 Driggs 7'2" 2/2  2.54 oz.  Ventilated Ritz-style grip with thumb indentation, built from nine 1/2" corks, tenth cork transitions to cork reel seat with pocketed, black-finished, "Detroit" die-stamped cap & bright ring with diagonal knurling on front and back edges, gold/tan wraps are solid except for small decorative spiral wrap at front of cork grip, black aluminum ferrules, butt inked in PHY's handwriting: "DRIGGS" 7'2"  2.54 oz.  H.D.H.  Also marked on another flat, possibly in handwriting of D. Gordon Rupe (husband) or Ruby L. Rupe: RUBY L. RUPE - DALLAS - 1956. Butt and both tips are marked: 2162. Orig. brown satin bag & Champion-style tube with name and address markings for D. Gordon Rupe and Ruby L. Rupe. Thanks to Gary Siemer, Vintage Fly Tackle.

2168
1956 Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2.68 oz. Marked: "Ben Xmas '56 from Paul" Gift from PHY to brother Ben. Ventilated grip with thumb flat, black-finished die-stamped cap & ring, gold/tan wraps, blued Super-Z ferrules, orig. bag & tube. MJK catalog no. 67 (1995).

2174 
1956 Texas General. 8'6". Built August 1956.

2180 
1956 Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 August 15, 1956. 2.69 oz. 0.275" butt (not 0.260"). Each tip was measured at 0.058" at the tip top. Varnished flamed cane. Lightweight black aluminum ferrules, black dual aluminum bands over cork seat, each band knurled front and back. Cigar-shaped cork grip. Yellow-gold wraps, solid, except for decorative spiral wrap at front of cork grip; no hookkeeper seen in photos. Circumferential crack at the juncture of the cane and the female portion of the aluminum ferrule. Ferrules are stated to be loose-fitting. Rod known from two sources: a listing as rod #218X in MJK catalog 75 (1998), and seen as #2180 in an eBay auction ending December 2011; the rod sold for $6300. at auction. The eBay auction incorrectly referred to the tube as a "B-52 bomber tube" but it is not the type of tube made from B-24 aluminum aircraft tubing. It is a Champion-style tube. Now owned by "hdrmd" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

2187
1956 (August), Bobby Doerr, 9'0". Marked on three flats, First flat: Mike Darcy Aug. '56 Second flat: "Bob Doerr" model 9' - 5.75 GBF Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker. PHY's handwriting. Rod was refinished by Bob Summers, and has additional writing in Summers' handwriting: Refinished by RW Summers 6/1/09. Varnished, flamed cane. Brown wraps. Rod has bright metal butt cap with black screwlock reel seat hardware. Gold coated Super-Z ferrules. Cork grip and cork reel seat spacer are replacements. Both tips are marked #2187 in Summers' handwriting. One tip 1/2" short. Tube is B-24 aircraft aluminum tube with additional cloth tube enclosure (not original). Reported by "bow river" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum, owned by a guided fishing trip client. Rod subsequently offered on eBay, September 2009, and sold for $1215.

2194
1958 Para 15 8'0", reported as 3/2  by Lang's auction house but believe this is a misprint, believe to be lettered on three flats; First flat: L.B. Sheppard, June '58  Second flat: Parabolic 15 - 8' - 4.15 oz., H.D.H.  Third flat: Fer. 15/64 Tip Top 5/64  Each section marked 2194, but Lang's reported writing on tips is lighter and different style than butt writing. Owner reports rod also has 5/64 TT inked at base of each tip, two thumb depressions in cork, and butt 3X2X1 spacing, one tip 3X3, one tip 2X2. Rod sold for $2200 as Lot 609 in Lang's April 20, 2007 auction. Auction photo shows flamed cane, black screwlock downlocking cork reel seat ("Detroit" stamp on black cap), cigar grip, barely visible lettering on one flat of Fer. 15/64 Tip Top 5/64 appears to be Paul H. Young's handwriting.

2197 
(April 1957) Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2.67 oz. Black "Detroit" die-stamped cap & ring reel seat over cork. Cigar cork grip with single thumb flat, built from 10 half-inch corks, due to shaping the grip appears slightly less than 5" long. Gold/tan wraps, Super-Z ferrules. Lettering in PHY's handwriting inked on three flats. First flat: J. Mimura  April '57  Second flat: "DRIGGS" - 7'2" - 2.67 oz.  H.D.H.  Third flat: Fer. 13/64  T.T. 4 1/2/64. Brown-copper original bag & Champion-style tube. Another rod built for Dr. J. Mimura is listed in the PHY Database; it is Martha Marie #3368, dated March 1958.
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22XX
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 3.46 oz. Inking on two flats can be seen. First flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit Second flat: Martha Marie Mod. 7 1/2 3.46oz Rod is also reported to be marked HDH for line weight and to have a serial number in the 22XX range. Flamed varnished cane, gold-bronze wraps nearly blending into cane color, Half Wells grip, cap and ring over cork, ring appears silvery while cap has much black on it but also many scratches. Cap has Detroit die-stamp. One tip is short 1.3 cm (1/2 inch). Thanks to cdmoore of the Classic Fly Rod Forum for reporting this rod seen on a Japanese web site, Dec. 2007.

2203
1956 November 1956. Reported by uniphasian (Chuck Tinsley). No other data.

2212
Bobby Doerr 9'0" 2/2 #17 Super-Z ferrule, 6/64 tip top. varnished, flamed, Wells grip, screwlock cork seat, orig. bag & tube. MJK catalog No. 63 (1993).

2214
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  Lightweight version of the Para 15, built with two dry fly tips. Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat. Ventilated, cigar-shaped cork grip. Inked in PHY's handwriting on two flats of butt section. First flat: "Parabolic 15"  8' - 3.50 oz. H.D.H.  Second flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker  Also inked 2214 on butt and each tip. Original brown satin bag and B-24 aircraft aluminum tube. Sold November 2014 through Gary Siemer's Vintage Fly Tackle web site. Prior to that sale, #2214 was offered on eBay in April 2007 (it was incorrectly listed as serial number 2114). Subsequently there were fake eBay auctions repeating the same serial number error, in July 2007, March 2008, July 2008, and June 2012. Thanks to Gary Siemer for photos. 
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2215 
Rare 7'6" Princess or very similar taper (no model name inked on rod). Dated Christmas 1956. 7'6" 2/2.  2.65 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane. Swelled butt construction. Dual black rings over cork reel seat. Ventilated, cigar-shaped cork grip with single thumb indentation. Eight cork segments in grip. Black aluminum ferrules, size 13. Tip tops are 4-1/2. Butt inked in PHY's handwriting on two flats of butt section. First flat: Owner's name, last name Little, then Xmas '56  Second flat: 7 1/2' - 13 - 4 1/2 - 2.65 oz.  H.E.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young plus additional inking, possibly Detroit-Maker.  Also inked 2215 on butt and each tip. Original brown cloth bag with darker brown piping and Champion tube with full, undamaged decal. Aside from some rubs on the male ferrules, everything appears mint unused. In the second volume of Trout (Book II) in the 1984 edition, on page 1064, Ernest Schwiebert wrote about PHY having made a small number of seven-foot-long Princess rods. Then Schwiebert wrote that PHY made one special, longer Princess rod, a 7'6" Princess which Schwiebert eventually owned. Quoting Schwiebert, "John Waller Hills observed that once in his life each fly fisher encounters a rod so perfectly suited to his personality and temperament and physical skills that it becomes a part of him. Thus far in my fishing odyssey, the seven-and-a-half foot Princess passed on to me from the collection of its maker is that rod - it is that exquisitely poetic balance of delicacy and power that comes alive in the hands." Rod #2215 is not Schwiebert's rod, but it may be something similar. It is certainly rare and unusual. Thanks to Bob Summers for photos.
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2216
1956 Little Giant 6'6" Lang's Jan. 3, 2004 auction catalog states this rod was built.

2217
1956 Little Giant 6'6" Lang's Jan. 3, 2004 auction catalog states this rod was built.

2218
1956 Little Giant 6'6" 2/2 "LITTLE GIANT 6'6"" 2.78 oz. HDH" Paul H. Young Co. Cigar grip w/thumb depression. Lang's Jan. 3, 2004 auction.

2226
Para17. Serial #2226 dates the rod to about 1956, 8'6", 2/2, wet and dry tips, varnished flamed cane, 2X2 node spacing on wet tip, basically 3X3 node spacing with some node staggering on dry tip, 3X3 node spacing on butt. Half Wells grip, bright downlocking screwlock seat over cork with fixed two-inch all-cork extension butt, "Detroit" stamp on butt cap, bronze-brown wraps to match cane colors, decorative bronze-brown spiral wraps at base of female ferrule on butt section, and tiptop on wet tip; decorative deep red spiral wraps at base of male ferrule and tiptop on dry tip. Super-Z ferrules with encircled-Z logo on female ferrule. Hookkeeper. Inked on butt in PHY's handwriting on two flats, First flat: Lloyd Lawson - Dearborn Mich. Second flat: "Parabolic 17" 8 1/2 - 5.45 oz. Also marked #2226 on butt near stripping guide. Wet tip marked 2226 - Wet - G.B.F. Dry tip marked 2226 - Dry - H.C.H. Original owner may have been Lloyd Lawson of E&L Transport Co., Dearborn, MI who during World War II designed a custom dual-engine Ford truck used to haul military bomber aircraft parts to factories for final assembly.
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2237 
May 1957 Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  2.67 oz. An extraordinarily beautiful rod built for Clyde G. Wagner of Seattle, WA, dated May 1957. Varnished flamed cane. Lightweight black aluminum ferrules, black dual aluminum bands over cork seat, each band knurled front and back. Cigar-shaped ventilated cork grip. Yellow-gold wraps, solid, except for decorative spiral wrap at front of cork grip. Inked in Paul H. Young's handwriting: Clyde G. Wagner, Seattle, Wash. May '57 / "Perfectionist" 7 1/2' - 2.67 oz. H.E.H. / Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker. Butt and each tip inked: 2237. Maroon satin bag and Champion-style tube. Photos thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle.
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2238
May 1957 Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  2.75 oz. Another exceptional Perfectionist rod, this one built for noted angling author Charles K. Fox of Harrisburg, PA, author of Rising Trout and other classic works. Dated April 1957. No explanation for why rod #2237 is dated May 1957 and rod #2238 is dated April 1957. Flamed cane. Lightweight black aluminum ferrules show wear (my research on this rod has shown that Fox was concerned about the ferrules, and mentioned it to Chauncy Lively, who in turn contacted PHY). Black dual aluminum bands over cork seat, each band knurled front and back. Slender, graceful, cigar-shaped solid cork grip. Yellow-gold wraps, solid. Inked in Paul H. Young's handwriting: Chas. K. Fox - Harrisburg - Apr.'57 / "Perfectionist" 7 1/2' - 2.75 oz. H.E.H. / Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker. Also marked: 2238. Bronze/green satin bag and Champion-style tube. Photos thanks to Adrien Schnee.
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2239
1957 Para 15 8'0" 2/2, build date March 21, 1957, marked Richard V. Rounds 3/21/57 / A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / "Parabolic 15" 8' 4.3 oz HDH HDG Butt cap has Detroit die stamp. Rod was refinished by Bob Summers, May 30, 1972. Reported by "troutbumwannab" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum, who purchased the rod directly from Bob Summers at Bob's shop in Traverse City, MI. In addition, troutbumwannab told me, "Bob [Summers] took me and my boy fishing on his river where he guided us for several hours on the Boardman where I fished with the traditional Adams and caught many fish. The boat we fished from was originally owned by George Griffith (the originator of TU) which he inherited and refurbished (they were friends)." (See also #3938, a Perfectionist built for Richard Rounds).

2243 
Driggs  7'2"  2/2  Flamed cane. Black dual aluminum bands over cork seat, each band knurled front and back. Slender, cigar-shaped ventilated cork grip. Solid wraps very close to cane color. Inked in Paul H. Young's handwriting on two flats. First flat: "DRIGGS" 7'2"   2.42 oz. H.D.H.   Second flat:  Paul H. Young Co. - Detroit - Maker. Also marked: 2243 on butt and each tip. Thanks to Bob Summers for photos and information.
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2244 
March 1957, Bob Doerr, 9'0", 2/2, 5.87 oz. Varnished, flamed cane. Screwlock cork reel seat with black butt cap, bright screw ring and grey corroded threaded barrel. Black butt cap has Detroit die stamp. Half Wells grip with single thumb depression. Yellow-gold solid wraps throughout. Hookkeeper. Super-Z ferrules. Butt inked on two flats in PHY's handwriting: Sid Wirth  Mar. '57  /  "Bob Doerr" model  9' - 5.87 oz  G.B.F.  Tips are each marked 2244 and both appear to be "wet" parabolic tips. Copper-brown satin bag, Champion-style tube with green cap. First reported in brief by "azbassin" (Yuku), with much more subsequent info from Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle (offered August 2016 for sale).
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2246 
Midge, unusual 6'4" length, 6'4" 2/2  Flamed varnished cane, cork grip appears to be built from nine half-inch corks thus about 4-1/2" long, its shape is fairly straight-taper along its length with conical end in front, dual black rings over cork, each ring is knurled both front and back, black aluminum ferrules, black solid thread wraps. Lettered on two flats, first flat: "MIDGE" 6'-4" 1 3/4 oz. H.E.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young - Detroit - Maker  Butt and tips each numbered 2246. Original beige bag with brown piping & interesting labeled Champion tube with a PHY shop label applied over it, both being worn away so that you can see some of both labels. I have one other brief record of a 6'4" Midge from a Martin J. Keane catalog, listed in the Non-serial-Numbered list of Young rods. MJK did not state whether or not that Midge had a serial number, so it is possible that the MJK-listed rod was this rod. 
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225X
1957 Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Marked "Apr, '57". 3.70 oz. 2X2 node placement, blued Super-Z ferrules, deluxe tan/bronze wraps with blued guides (does "deluxe" mean decorative spiral wraps?), slightly bulbous grip with thumbprint, reel seat is cap and ring over cork, cap with "Detroit" stamp. Original brown nylon bag and original tube with green screw-on cap. MJK catalog 82 (2001).

22XX
1957 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Built May 1, 1957. Dry and wet tips. Flamed cane, Super-Z ferrules, black screwlock cork seat, "Garrison-style" grip, "gold-tan deluxe wraps" (does "deluxe" mean decorative spiral wraps?), original bag & tube. MJK catalog 65 (1994).

2253
1959 Martha Marie "7'6"" 2/2" April '59. SB cork seat. Thumb-print grip. 3.70 oz. MJK catalog 55 (1990). Year date could be mistake; if so, could be same as rod 225X marked Apr. '57 in MJK catalog 82.

2267 
1957 Boat Rod, 8'0", 2/3 (two original tips, each 2-1/2" short, plus one full-length replacement tip). Butt and original tips appear to be built by PHY. Replacement tip appears to be by Bob Summers. Flamed cane, cigar grip, black screwlock mortised cork seat with pocketed butt cap, solid reddish-brown wraps except decorative spiral wraps at base of female ferrule on butt and base of male ferrules on original tips. Butt is lettered in faint ink in PHY's handwriting: Boat Rod  8' - 4 1/2 oz.  H.C.H.  May '57  each original tip is faintly lettered 2267 in PHY's handwriting. Replacement tip is more boldly lettered #2267 in Summers' handwriting. Thank's to Rick's Rods of Denver Co. for photos.
2267
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2284
1957 Para 15, 3.9 oz., 8'0", 4/2, a custom 4-piece pack rod version of the Para 15, with red aluminum ferrules and wet and dry tips. Cigar grip. Marked in PHY's handwriting: H.P. Langworthy, June '57, "Parabolic 15" - 8' - 3.9 oz., H.D.H. Was owned for about one year in the early 1990's by quashnet of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

2293
1957 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 3.90 oz. Built July 1957. Dry and wet tips. Flamed cane, Super-Z ferrules, black cap and ring over cork seat, cigar grip, gold-tan wraps (red decorative spiral wrap on dry tip), original greenish-brown satin bag & probably original tube. Seen February 2010 on Bob Summers' web site.

2295 
July 1957 Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2  3.47 oz.  Varnished flamed cane, black pocketed cap with "Detroit" stamp, no knurling, and ring knurled front and back edges, over cork, solid cigar grip, blued Super-Z ferrules, tan/bronze wraps, solid except for decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule. Hookkeeper. Inked in PHY's handwriting: Robert C. Hibbitts - July '57 / M.M.Y. model - 7 1/2' - 3.47 oz. H.D.H. Original greenish-bronze nylon bag, Champion-style tube. Sold August 2012 by Gary Siemer, Vintage Fly Tackle. Robert C. Hibbitts of the Hibbitts' Department Store in Wheelersburg, Ohio is known - from a letter that he wrote to PHY dated October 20, 1957 - to have owned three other Young rods, serial numbers (if any) unknown, but they will be listed here - in addition to this Martha Marie rod, they are:
Parabolic 17 fly rod
7'2" Spinning Rod, light
Texas Kid baitcasting rod
#2295 Martha Marie is also known from a March 1980 Jeff Kruh (KCFD) tackle sales list. It was offered at that time for $1000. Thanks to Steve Williams ("slw" on the Classic Fly Rod Forum) for this information.
Photo of #2295 Martha Marie, of which Hibbitts wrote: "With the 'Martha Marie' I can lay a line anywhere I want it with ease I never dreamed possible. I can cast it all day and never feel tired."
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2296 
July 1957, Standard Dry Fly model, 8'0", now 2/2. A second, wet tip was built by Bob Summers. 14/64" Super-Z ferrule. The dry tip looked to be a 4-1/2/64" measurement or smaller when I first heard about the rod from Bob Summers. Now refinished by Bob Summers; butt and tips marked 2296; tips marked WET and DRY, butt section marked on three flats in Summers' handwriting. First flat: Graydon H. Ellis  July 57  Standard Dry  Second flat: 8'  3.56 oz.  HEH  Third flat: Refinished by R.W. Summers 4/2014. Varnished flamed cane, black pocketed cap with "Detroit" stamp and dark gray ring with flat diagonal knurling on both edges, over cork reel seat. Cigar grip, built from eleven half-inch corks. Hookkeeper, solid brown wraps, greenish bag and Champion-style tube. Thanks to Stuart Hayden and Bob Summers.
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2301 
Para 15, with five tips, that belonged to Wayne "Buz" Buszek (the Federation of Fly Fishers sponsors the Buz Buszek Memorial Award for Fly Tying). Presented as a five-tip Para 15 on a January 2013 eBay listing, photos showed what appeared to be a Para 15 with three full-length tips and two short tips. I didn't think that all the tip pieces belonged with the single butt section, but Bob Summers confirmed that all five tips belong with this rod; Buszek must have just been hard on rod tips. Bob Summers recalls that Mrs. Young used to buy fly materials and flies from Buszek. Based on what I saw in photos, one tip has 2301  5 T.T. written on it. Lettering on two flats of the butt. First flat: "Parabolic 15"  8' - 4 oz.  H.D.H. - H.D.G.  Second flat: PAUL H YOUNG CO. DET 57  Varnished flamed cane, cigar grip, black screwlock mortised cork seat.

2339
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Varnished flamed cane, cigar cork grip. Black aluminum ferrules, dual black rings over cork, black wraps. Inked in PHY’s handwriting on two flats. First flat: “MIDGE” 6'3" 1.75 oz. H.E.H.   Second flat: Paul H. Young Co. – Detroit - Maker  All sections are marked 2339. Original coppery-brown satin bag. Champion-style tube. Cork grip looks new, rod may be unused or nearly so. Sold on eBay June 2011 for $3543.77.  

2341
Midge 6'3" Built for Edsel Ford's daughter, Josephine Clay Ford, circa 1957. Reported by Sante Giuliani who saw the rod at SuperBoo IV in Maine. Rod was in almost unused, mint original condition with bag and tube, and owner's name inked on the rod. Granddaughter of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, Josephine Clay Ford (1923 - 2005) was a philanthropist who donated millions for the arts, cancer research, and similar worthy causes. Edsel Ford helped finance Admiral Richard Byrd's 1926 flight to the North Pole, in recognition, Byrd named his airplane "Josephine Ford."

GAP Some believe that a gap of 750 to as many as 1000 rods (roughly #2300 - 3300) was deliberately inserted by PHY.

3313
Perfectionist, photos showing serial number, tapered cork grip, and reel seat bands and ferrules seen on Japanese web site. Cannot confirm authenticity.
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3344 
Texas General 8'6" 2/1 5.4 oz. Originally built in 1958 as a two-tip rod, but only one tip has survived. Flamed varnished cane, black screwlock cork seat with gray threading, cigar grip, bronze wraps, bag with lighter-colored piping, Champion-style aluminum tube. Inked in PHY's handwriting on one flat, near grip: "Texas General" 8 1/2' - 5.40 oz.  G.B.F. or C level   Serial number 3344 is also inked on the butt and the one tip. Offered May 2015 on eBay. Seller wrote that he received rod as an eighth grade graduation present along with a Pflueger 1495-1/2 reel.  
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3345
Texas General 8'6" 2/2 5.4 oz. Flamed varnished cane, black screwlock cork seat with gray threading, half Wells grip with exaggerated "pinch," bronze wraps, original bag and aluminum rod case. Inked in PHY's handwriting on two flats; First flat: "Texas General" 8 1/2' - 5.40 oz. Second flat: G.B.F. C level Belonged to Roy D. Chapin, Jr., former chairman and CEO of American Motors Corporation, died in 2001 at age 85. Listed on Len Codella's web site, November 2008. Owned by "mosquito" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
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3351
Spin-Master serial-numbered PHY spinning rod. 7'6", 2/2, 4.63 oz., Ferrule 16/64, TipTop 7/64. Currently measures 46" butt, one tip 43-1/2", other tip 37". Marked Stuart W. Fenton.
(Stuart W. Fenton, retired professor of chemistry and former department head, died Feb. 4, 2006. He was 83 and a resident of North Oaks, Minn. Fenton was born April 29, 1922, in London, Ontario, Canada. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a wartime fuel technologist for the Dominion of Canada and also studied chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a bachelor of science in 1945 and a master's degree the following year. He was a research officer for Canada's National Research Council from 1945 to 1946. In 1950 Fenton received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1951 joined the University of Minnesota faculty as a professor of organic chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1960 to 1968, and retired in 1986. Many thanks to his nephew John Fenton for providing the information on seven Paul H. Young Co. rods owned by Stuart W. Fenton.)

3352

Dated 1958 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 February 1958. Built with two original wet tips, 5/64 tiptops. Flamed cane, cork screwlock seat, gold/tan wraps, Super-Z ferrules. MJK catalogs 63 (1993), 64, 65 and 66 (1994), 67 (1995).

3361
June 1958. Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Built in June 1958 by both Paul H. Young and Bob Summers. Summers told current owner Chris Ringlstetter that it was originally built for Don Valley, CEO and chairman of the National Bank of Detroit. A well-known Michigan fly fisher, Valley owned many Young rods, and also bought four Summers rods. Rod was refinished by Summers in the 1980's.

3366 
Dated March 1958. Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. March 1958. Varnished flamed cane. Screwlock seat over cork, butt cap and ring are black, screw core is corroded gray metal. Cigar grip (really a straight grip with a bluntly tapered nose). Wet tip and dry tip. Solid golden-bronze wraps throughout, except decorative spiral red wraps at base of ferrule and at tip top of dry tip, and decorative spiral golden-bronze wrap at base of female ferrule on butt section. Hookkeeper. All inking on cane by Paul H. Young. Marked on three flats:  Paul H. Young - Detroit - Maker.   /  "Parabolic 15" - 8' - 4 oz. H.D.H.  /  Stuart W. Fenton - Mar. '58  The wet tip is marked 3366 WET H.D.H. and the dry tip is marked 3366 DRY H.E.H. Copper-colored satin bag, Champion-style tube. Many thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle for a much more detailed account of this rod than was previously available.
(Stuart W. Fenton, retired professor of chemistry and former department head, died Feb. 4, 2006. He was 83 and a resident of North Oaks, Minn. Fenton was born April 29, 1922, in London, Ontario, Canada. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a wartime fuel technologist for the Dominion of Canada and also studied chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a bachelor of science in 1945 and a master's degree the following year. He was a research officer for Canada's National Research Council from 1945 to 1946. In 1950 Fenton received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1951 joined the University of Minnesota faculty as a professor of organic chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1960 to 1968, and retired in 1986. Many thanks to his nephew John Fenton for providing the information on seven Paul H. Young Co. rods owned by Stuart W. Fenton.) 

3368 
Dated March 1958. Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2  3.28 oz. Varnished flamed cane, dual black rings over cork reel seat, cigar grip with single thumb indentation. Solid gold-bronze wraps except decorative spiral wrap at base of female Super-Z ferrule. Butt inked in PHY's handwriting on three flats. First flat: Dr. J. Mimura - Mar. '58  Second flat: M.M.Y. Model - 7 1/2' - 3.28 oz. H.D.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. - Detroit - Maker. Inked 3368 on butt and tips. Satin bag. Champion-style tube. Seen October 2012 on eBay. The auction was ended early. The listing got small details wrong, such as giving the total weight as 3.18 oz. instead of actual listed weight of 3.28 oz. Another rod built for Dr. J. Mimura is listed in the PHY Database; it is #2197 Driggs built April 1957.

348X (?)
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Super-Z ferrules, cigar grip, brown wraps, dual black bands on cork seat. Misprinted serial number is given as 34,8xx. My best guess is that MJK meant to write the serial number as 348x. MJK catalog 62 (1993).

3541
1958 Para 17 "8'6"" 2/2" A Paul H. Young Co. Rod "Parabolic 17 8'6"" 5-1/4 oz." Bob Summers' handwriting! Seen at www.bamburakentaja.com

3564
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  Flamed varnished cane, half Wells grip, non-pocketed round cap with diagonal knurling on front edge, and ring with knurled edges front and back, over cork. Gold-bronze wraps, solid throughout. Lettered on three flats, each lettered flat appears from photos to be separated by a blank flat (no adjacent inked flats, unusual, rod is refinished, may have been relettered although lettering looks authentic for the period. First flat: "The Perfectionist"  Second flat: Paul H. Young - Maker  Third flat: 7'6" - 2.75 oz. HEH  Butt and tips each numbered: 3564. Tips are differently tapered. One tip measures 0.068" at the tip top. The other tip measures 0.080" at the tip top. Green bag and B-24 tube. Offered for $3200, April 2012, Tim Zietak. Now owned by "hdrmd" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

3622
Midge 6'3" 2/2  Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker  6'3" Midge 1.75 oz. HEH Line PHY's handwriting. Also hand-inked 3622 on butt and 4 1/2 Tip Top on each tip. Super-Z NS ferrules. NS cap (usual stamp) & ring over cork seat. Butt & tips are all 2X2 node spacing. Reported first owned by a MI physician, then another MI resident, then Marty deSapio, now Bob Golder.
Rod #3622, Midge
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3674 
"Five Star" Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Much inking, black, some of it faded and hard to read. First flat, in PHY's printed handwriting: Five Star "M.M.Y." 7 1/2' 3.40 oz. H.D.H.  Second flat is cursive writing that may be PHY's handwriting: Made by Paul Young Detroit  Third flat: D. Gordon Rupe - Dallas  Butt and both tips also inked: 3674.  Built for D. Gordon Rupe. Cap and ring over cork. Pocketed butt cap, black, with "Detroit" stamp. Ring, graying, has diagonal knurling on front and rear edges. Cigar grip with single thumb indentation. Hookkeeper. Black wraps, solid except for decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule. Original copper-colored satin bag, Champion-style tube with Rupe ID and address markings on tube and cap. Thanks to Gary Siemer, Vintage Fly Tackle.

3682
Five Star Salyer (J.C. Salyer model) SPINNING ROD, 6'4", 3.45 oz., 2/1, dark mottled flamed cane, 2X2 node arrangement for butt and tip, dual black rings over 10" straight cork grip, grip is slightly flared at both ends and built from twenty half-inch corks, black wraps are solid except for a spiral black wrap at base of female ferrule, bronze-finished foulproof standing guides (one guide on butt, four guides and tiptop on tip), marked Super-Z ferrule, hookkeeper. Butt is inked in PHY's handwriting on one flat: Five Star "Salyer" 6'4" - 3.45 oz. (Five Star is written in cursive; the rest of the line is hand-printed lettering).  Butt is also inked 3682 near line guide. Tip is inked 3682 forward of line guide nearest to the male ferrule. Original copper-color satin bag & extra-wide Champion-style tube. The J.C. Salyer model was PHY's lightest cataloged spinning rod at 6'4", 14 ferrule, 5 tiptop, 3-1/8 oz. finished weight. This example is built with slightly more heft: 14 ferrule but a 6 tiptop and 3.45 oz. finished weight with no unusual hardware to add weight, indicates that there is a little more bamboo in this example, may be able to safely throw a 1/2 oz. lure rather than the 3/8 oz. limit recommended for this model.
Rod #3682, Five Star Salyer spinning rod
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3696 (duplicate number with rod below) 
Princess  7'0"  2/2  3-3/4 oz.  Varnished flamed cane, dual black rings over mortised cork reel seat, cigar grip with single thumb indentation. Hookkeeper. Tip top on one tip appears to have been reset. Solid black wraps, except decorative spiral wrap at base of female Super-Z ferrule. Black ink is used for serial numbers 3696 on each tip; otherwise, gold ink was used for inscriptions in PHY's handwriting. The gold ink is heavily tarnished, cracked, or completely missing in some places, having taken the overlying varnish away with it. Some writing can only be interpreted as a sort of stencil where the existing varnish coat contrasts with the spaces left by the missing material. Butt was inked in "gold" ink in PHY's handwriting on three flats. First flat: Reuben Rich  Second flat: "PRINCESS - 7' - 3-3/4 oz.  H.D.H.  Third flat: Paul H. Young - Detroit - Maker.  Greenish-bronze satin bag. Champion-style tube. 
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3696 (duplicate number with rod above) 
Princess  2/2  2.75 oz.  Varnished flamed cane, cap and reel reel seat over cork, round non-pocketed butt cap, ring knurled front and back, light brown decorative spiral wraps. Inked on two flat, first flat: "PRINCESS"  Second flat: Wgt. 2.75 oz.  4-16-58. Looks like a complete refinish. Cannot tell who inked the rod. Seen 2014 at Catskills Rod Gathering at Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Thanks to Bill Kaplin.
#3696 Princess
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37XX
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1 3/4 oz. Varnished flamed cane, black wraps, 2-band cork seat, has orig. Young label on outside of tube. MJK catalog No. 49 (1988).

37XX 
Martha Marie  7'6"  2/2  Described in an offering from 1998 posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly by the Paul H. Young Co. located at 535 W. Front St., Traverse City, MI; believe may have been posted by Todd Young. Rod described as in near mint condition with Super-Z ferrules, dual slide bands over mortised reel seat, blunt cigar grip with thumb indentation, and gold wraps.

3702 
Texas General 8'6" 2/3  5.15 oz. Flamed varnished cane, black screwlock cork seat, large Ritz-style grip, bronze wraps. Butt is inked in Bob Summer's handwriting on two flats; First flat: "Texas General" 8'6" - 5.15 oz. Second flat: DRY TIP HCH  WET TIP GBF. There are three tips - two original tips and a third, later tip. Original dry tip has decorative spiral red wraps at base of male ferrule and at tip top, and is lettered 3702  DRY HCH (what appears to be a small red painted dot separates 3072 and DRY). The original wet tip is lettered 3072  WET  GBF. The third tip, also a wet tip and built later, is lettered 3072.
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3706
1958 date. Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Serial number and date reported by "dbauerle" on Classic Fly Rod Forum July 2007.

3707
June 1958 date. Para 17 8'6" 2/2 5.20 oz. Varnished flamed cane, non-pocketed cap (with diagonally marked decorative edge) and knurled ring over cork seat, "Detroit" stamp on cap. Blued Super Z ferrules. Lettered in Paul H. Young's handwriting on two flats, First flat: Walter G. Mentzer - Yonkers, N.Y. Second flat: "Parabolic 17" 8 1/2' - 5.20 oz. G.B.F. Serial number 3707 on all sections, looks as though redone and relettered by someone other than Paul Young. Original bag and B-24 aluminum tube. Sold in 1981 by Hoagy B. Carmichael, then offered by Carmichael again for a client using eBay, May 2009, then offered again by Carmichael on eBay, September 2011, sold for $1525. Rod offered for sale on Bob Summers' web site, July 2012.

3711
1958 date. Driggs 7'2" 2/2 Varnished. Built in June, 1958 (per marking). Purchased in March 1977 by "Cimarron Red" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum from Larry Madison of CT.

3722
Perfectionist 7’6”, 2/2, 2.62 oz. (incorrectly given as 1.62 oz. in an eBay listing). Built for Paul E. Jackson, July 1958 (thanks to Fred Kretchmann for this info. At this time I cannot explain a dating discrepancy with rod #3770, also owned by Jackson but apparently built in March 1958, seemingly earlier than lower-serial-numbered rod #3722). Varnished flamed cane. One tip is marked with a red wrap and is a replacement made by Bob Summers. Dual black rings over cork reel seat, cigar grip. Black aluminum ferrules. Black wraps. Gold ink lettering includes: Paul H. Young Detroit Maker Perfectionist 2.62 oz. The eBay seller said there was more writing, but he could not read it. The gold paint on these rods often chips, making inscriptions hard to read. Did not meet reserve price in June 2011 auction. Highest bid reached was $1530. Subsequently sold as lot 237, Lang's Auction, April 21, 2012. Aluminum ferrules were described as being too loose to fish with, needing to be tightened or replaced. Subsequently sold on eBay, June 2012, for $1962.17, still with loose ferrules.

3725 
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1 3/4 oz. One tip is about 1-1/2" short. Varnished flamed cane, dual black bands over cork reel seat, short grip appears only about 4 inches long and tapers toward the front like an Orvis Superfine grip, black wraps, black aluminum ferrules, inked in PHY's handwriting on two flats. First flat: "MIDGE"  6'3" - 1 3/4 oz.  H.E.H.  Second flat: Paul H. Young - Detroit - Maker. Cloth bag, beige or slightly purplish, has darker brown piping. Champion-style tube. Seen on Bob Summers' web site, quickly on hold at $3500., late May 2013.

3728
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Cap and ring over cork reel seat has black, round (non-pocketed) cap with "Detroit" stamp and diagonal knurling on edge; ring is thick and is knurled on both edges. Cigar grip with single thumb depression. Gold wraps. Small decorative thread wrap at base of male ferrule. Black ink inscription in PHY's handwriting on at least one flat: "M.M.Y." model - 7 1/2' - 3.59 oz.  H.D.H.  Serial number 3728 is inked on butt of rod near stripping guide, and on both tips.

Rod #3728
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3729
Midge 6'3" 2/2  Marked for HEH line. Has a tube. Known from a May 2010 inquiry about the rod on allexperts.com.

3734
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Clyde G. Wagner "M.M.Y. 7 1/2' - 3.57 oz, HDH" Gold ink lettering. Mortised cork reel seat, sliding band, Detroit-stamp butt cap. One tip has a slight set and a 2" repair wrap at the top end. Sold at Lang's auction for $2300 plus buyer's premium, 11/5/05.

3738
1958 date. Para 15 #3738 Shop log build date: August 6, 1958, built for Carter H. Leslie of Chicago, Illinois. 8'0" 2/2 Wet (5/64 tiptop) and dry (4-1/2/64 tiptop) tips. 4.02 oz. Cork screwlock reel seat. Was originally a varnished rod. Marked HDH - HDG Aug '58 (handwriting looks like Summers). Purchased by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm from Art Neumann of Wanigas Rod Co. in January 7, 1971. Mac's first fish on this rod was an 8" brown trout, taken on a #16 Tups at Potter Creek. The Paul H. Young Co. "overhauled" (to use Mac's term) this rod in 1972, installing a new grip, oil finish, and new guides. This all cost $37.90, including postage. The rod case was returned with the wrong cap, and no gasket. Bob Summers put new ferrules on this rod. On July 6, 1974, Mac took rainbow trout and a 16" brown trout on this rod at the Manistee River. Hoagy Carmichael sold this rod for Mac in 1984, Mac received $850. This rod also sold at Lang's April 13, 2002 auction and then at Lang's Jan. 3, 2004 auction, for $2640.

3739 
1956 Texas General. 8'6".

3744
1958 Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 3.37 oz. HDH line. Marked: Stuart W. Fenton, Oct. '58.
(Stuart W. Fenton, retired professor of chemistry and former department head, died Feb. 4, 2006. He was 83 and a resident of North Oaks, Minn. Fenton was born April 29, 1922, in London, Ontario, Canada. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a wartime fuel technologist for the Dominion of Canada and also studied chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a bachelor of science in 1945 and a master's degree the following year. He was a research officer for Canada's National Research Council from 1945 to 1946. In 1950 Fenton received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1951 joined the University of Minnesota faculty as a professor of organic chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1960 to 1968, and retired in 1986. Many thanks to his nephew John Fenton for providing the information on seven Paul H. Young Co. rods owned by Stuart W. Fenton.)

3745
1958 Spin-Master serial-numbered PHY spinning rod. Dated October 1958. Appears inked in PHY's own handwriting. 7'6", 4.10 oz. Marked Stuart W. Fenton, Oct. '58.
(Stuart W. Fenton, retired professor of chemistry and former department head, died Feb. 4, 2006. He was 83 and a resident of North Oaks, Minn. Fenton was born April 29, 1922, in London, Ontario, Canada. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a wartime fuel technologist for the Dominion of Canada and also studied chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a bachelor of science in 1945 and a master's degree the following year. He was a research officer for Canada's National Research Council from 1945 to 1946. In 1950 Fenton received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1951 joined the University of Minnesota faculty as a professor of organic chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1960 to 1968, and retired in 1986. Many thanks to his nephew John Fenton for providing the information on seven Paul H. Young Co. rods owned by Stuart W. Fenton.)

3755
Texan 8'6" 2/2 Varnished, flamed cane. Wet and dry tips; the dry tip is down about 2". Half Wells grip, cap and ring over cork with "Detroit" marking, diagonal decorative knurling on cap. Inked in PHY's handwriting on one flat: "Texan"  8 1/2 - 4.67 oz.  1 Wet Tip H.C.H.  1 Dry H.D.H. (the information on the tips appears in two lines, one above the other, on the same flat). Dry tip is separately marked: DRY H.D.H. 3755  Wet tip is separately marked: WET 3755 H.C.H.  Butt is separately marked: 3755  Solid bronze wraps at guides, decorative spiral wrap at base of female ferrule. Hookkeeper, Champion-style tube, gray bag with light yellow piping. eBay auction, July 2010. "Texan" model descriptions in the 1950's PHY catalogs did not offer wet and dry fly tip options, and the 1958 PHY catalog offered the "Texan" with a screwlock reel seat. As so often happens with PHY rods, #3755 deviates from catalog descriptions. Bob Summers offered this rod on his web site August 2012 for $2500, and wrote: "Built 1958. I refinished rod including new cork about ten years ago."

3757
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Varnished. Wet and dry tips (5/64th and 4.5/64th tips). Purchased in 1976 by "Cimarron Red" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum from Anton Udwary, Spartanburg, SC.

3763
Perfectionist 7’6”, 2/2, 2.69 oz., HEH line. Known from published description for Lot 419, Lang's November 6, 2010 online auction. Flamed cane, quite short 4” cigar grip with thumb indentation, dual black bands over cork reel seat, small piece of compressed cork is glued to the reel seat to add thickness under the reel foot. Stripping guide is a snake guide. Black wraps, hookkeeper, black anodized aluminum ferrules are described as “somewhat loose and should be professionally tightened.” One tip has a strong fishing set. Inscriptions include the original owner's name (unfortunately not given by Lang’s), followed by "Pittsburg" (probably this misspelling is as written on the rod. I know of other Young rods where Young did not add the final “h” of Pittsburgh”). All sections marked with serial #3763. Rod described as weighing 2.69 oz. and rated for HEH line, so probably these markings are on the rod. Original brownish-maroon satin bag and Champion-style tube.

3765
Midge  The "Floor Tile Special" January 1959  Built for a PHY customer who laid tile professionally. PHY asked the customer if he would lay vinyl/asbestos tiles in the basement of his home that was behind the PHY shop on 8 Mile Road. In exchange PHY offered to make a custom Midge rod which at the time sold for $85. Tile was done in a week, rod was ready in two weeks with customer's name on it, plus Hardy featherweight reel, HEH King Eider line, and casting lessons behind the store. Soon afterwards, PHY introduced this customer to Ted Williams who was in town because the Boston Red Sox were playing the Detroit Tigers. Customer took Williams fishing on George Lake. PHY died in 1960 just before a planned trip with this customer to the Rockies to catch golden trout. Customer had three other PHY rods, probably serial numbered, listed as XXXX rods at the bottom of this list: a Parabolic 15 purchased May 1956, a J.C. Salyer spinning rod, and a Para 17 (which Ted Williams cast during the trip to George Lake).

3768
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Both tips look short but owner says they assemble full-length w/ tip and butt.. Serial number present on tips and butt. Varnished flamed cane, screwlock reel seat over cork (black cap and outer screwlock ring, grey threaded section), inked inscription by PHY, only one flat seen: M.M.Y. 7 ½' - 3.58 oz. H.D.H. Was on eBay, now owned by dshx of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. 

3769
Midge Spinmaster, 5'6" 2/1 spinning rod built for Fred Horning. Short cork handle made from 15 half-inch corks. Dual black rings. Golden-brown wraps, close to cane color. Lettered in Paul H. Young's handwriting on three flats, First flat: Fred Horning  Second flat: Midge Spin Master.  Third flat: 5 1/2' - 2.25 oz.  Tip numbered 3769. One line guide on butt section, four line guides and tip top on tip. Original copper-colored satin bag, no tube. Thanks to Gary Siemer, Vintage Fly Tackle.
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3770
1958 Midge 6'3" 2/2 First flat: Paul Jackson. March '58 Second flat: MIDGE 6'3" 1.75 oz. H.E.H. Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit Serial #3770 on all sections. Flamed cane, oil finish, black wraps, black aluminum ferrules, no hookkeeper. Outside rod tube says: Paul E. JACKSON / Attorney At Law / National Bank Bldg. / Ypsilanti, Michigan. Owned by "mosquito" of Classic Fly Rod Forum.

3771
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Inking visible on one flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' - 3.87 oz. H.D.H. PHY's handwriting. Gold wraps. Cigar cork grip. Cap and ring, cork spacer. Photos seen at a Yahoo! Japan site: blogs.yahoo.co.jp/captainbamboo.

3773
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 "M.M.Y. Model 7 1/2' 3.63 oz. H.D.H. Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker " Detroit stamp butt cap. Gold ink. eBay Feb 2007, won by uniphasian (Chuck Tinsley).

3774 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Gold paint inking in PHY's handwriting. First flat: "Parabolic 15" 8'  3.97 oz. H.D.H.  Second flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit - Maker. Serial number 3774 gold paint inked on butt of rod near stripping guide. 3774 DRY is inked on the dry fly tip and 3774 WET is inked on the parabolic tip. Gold wraps. Gold spiral decorative wrap on butt, at base of female ferrule. Red spiral decorative wraps on dry fly tip, at base of male ferrule and at tip top. Cigar cork grip. Screwlock downlocking reel seat has black pocketed cap with "Detroit" stamp, black ring, grey metal screw threads showing typical corrosion, and cork spacer. Hookkeeper. In Champion tube, likely original, marked "CHAMPION / MFD. BY / CAL-AIR PRODUCTS CO. / LOS ANGELES," and bright red bag that may not be original.

Rod #3774
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3782
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 Restored condition. Cigar grip, dual black rings over cork. Original bag, tube. Lang's Jan. 3, 2004 auction catalog.

3787 
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Dual black rings over cork, cigar grip, solid black wraps. Black aluminum ferrules. Lettering in gold ink (much wear and tarnishing) in PHY's handwriting: First flat: Joseph E. Rich - 1959 Second flat: "MIDGE" 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. H.E.H  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. - Detroit - Maker. Inked 3787 in gold on butt and each tip. Grey bag with brown piping, Champion-style tube.  Reported by Ward Tonsfeldt.
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3789
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2-7/8 oz. Marked for HEH line. Described as new condition. Described as built by Bob Summers. Cigar grip, dual black rings over cork, enlarged cork button on butt end to keep rings from slipping off. Original bag, labeled tube. Lot #601, R.W. Oliver's Sixth Annual Summer Tackle Auction catalog, sold July 1990 for $1000 plus 10% buyers premium. I remember seeing this rod at the auction. The cork of the grip and seat was whiter than any cork I've ever seen - dead white, as though it had been bleached.

3794 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2. Butt inked on the two flats that can be seen in photos, in Bob Summers' handwriting, First flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit Maker  Second flat: Perfectionist 7 1/2 H.C.H.  Serial number #3794 inked at base of at least one tip near male ferrule, which is nickel silver, not aluminum. Varnished flamed cane, cigar cork grip, gold/bronze wraps, hookkeeper, reel seat cannot be seen in photos, bag and tube status unknown. Reported by Steve Edwards, whose father owned the rod and fished the Pere Marquette River in Michigan. Rod #3794 was offered for sale in December 2015 by Pentalux (Robert Smith) who reported that it was "repaired and refinished" by Bob Summers "several years ago," and one tip is short by 2-3/4".
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3799 
Princess 7'0", 2/2, 3 oz.  Flamed varnished cane, cigar grip, black screwlock seat over cork, "Detroit" die stamp on pocketed cap. Marked Super-Z ferrule. Gold-bronze wraps, solid throughout except small spiral wraps in front of grip and at base of female ferrule. Lettered in gold ink in PHY's handwriting on two flats. First flat: "Princess" 7' - 3 oz.  H.D.H.  second flat: Paul H. Young - Detroit Maker  Butt and tips each numbered: 3799. Brown cloth bag with dark piping, and Champion tube. Offered on eBay, April 2012, John Pickard. Photo credit: "fishwoodrods" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
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38XX
1959 Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Grip has thumbprint rest. Tan/beige wraps, Super-Z ferrules, was refinished by Bob Summers. Original bag & tube. MJK catalog 65 (1994).

38XX 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  4-weight line. Described in an offering from 1998 posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly by the Paul H. Young Co. located at 535 W. Front St., Traverse City, MI; believe may have been posted by Todd Young. Rod described as "in near mint condition with nickel silver ferrules, dual aluminum slide band mortised reel seat, blunt cigar grip and bronze wraps."

3809
Princess, 7'0", 2/2, 2.9 oz., blunt-end cigar grip, HDH line. Cap and ring over cork; cap is dark, ring is bright and may or may not have originally been blued. Catalog of R.W. Oliver, Second High Roller Auction, held February 24, 1989. Rod was lot #259, sold for $6500 plus 10% buyer's premium. 

3814
Martha Marie 7'6", 2/2, probably dated May 1959. Known from published description for Lot 417, Lang's November 6, 2010 online auction, which says the rod dates to May 1969; this cannot be correct. Flamed cane, black wraps, blued Super-Z ferrules, cap and ring over cork. Cap is said to show "Detroit" stamp. Cigar/Ritz grip measures 5-1/2" and has a thumb indentation. The original owner's name is inscribed on the butt section but unfortunately was not provided. Inking includes the original owner's name, "May '59, Martha-Marie, 7' 6"- 3.55 oz, HDH, A Paul H. Young Co. Rod - 3814". Original bag and tube.

3816
Built 1959, Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Dual black rings over cork (some wear to cork butt), cigar grip, black wraps with small black spiral wrap at front of grip. Black aluminum ferrules. Lettering in gold ink in PHY's handwriting: First flat: owner's name, unknown Second flat: a Paul Young Rod Third flat: "MIDGE" 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. H.E.H. Reportedly also lettered May 1959. Original satin maroon-brown bag, probably replacement tube. Offered on Rick's Rods web site, April 2009.

3823
Built 1959, Para 17 8'6" 2/2 5.25 oz. First flat: "Parabolic 17" 8 1/2 5.25 oz. G.B.F. Second flat: Fred Nehabedian Royal Oak - May '59 Third flat: a Paul Young rod 3823 on two tips; no 3823 on butt. Lettering in gold ink in PHY's handwriting. Varnished flamed cane. Blk. finish butt cap with Detroit die stamp. Cork screwlock seat. Tube with partial PHY Co. label. Bag. Offered on eBay October 2007.

383X
Boat Rod 8' 2/2 "Could be #3837. 4.63 oz., Super-Z ferrules, Wells grip, Screwlock cork seat, thumbprint grip, MJK #75 (1998)."

3836
Texas General 8'6" 2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Dark cap with "Detroit" stamp, and ring (knurled on both edges), over cork reel seat, which blends into a cigar-shaped cork grip with single, crisply-carved thumb indentation. Solid, gold-bronze wraps. Marked in gold ink in PHY's handwriting. Butt section marked on two flats. First flat: "Texas General" 8 1/2'  5.30 oz.  Second flat: a Paul Young Rod  Butt marked #3836 near stripping guide. One tip marked 3836 Dry with decorative red spiral thread wrap at ferrule and tip-top; other (wet) tip marked 3836 G.B.F.  Offered on eBay, January 2007. Hookkeeper missing when seen in photos, March 2017.
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3837
Boat Rod 8'0" 2/2 4.63 oz. Flamed cane, Super-Z ferrules, orig. thumbprint grip, screwlock cork seat, refinished by Bob Summers. MJK catalog #52 (1989)

384X
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2.80 oz. Flamed varnished cane, 2-band cork seat, slight Wells-style grip with thumbprint, blued ferrules & guides, orig. bag & tube. MJK catalog No. 77 (1999). 

3848 
Midge 6'3" 2/2  Described as "alum. ferrules, cork seat. All lettering done in gold ink. All orig., all full length. Orig. bag and tube." Offered for $3250 by Hoagy B. Carmichael in a catalog mailing dated April 5, 1989. 

3855
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Summers' handwriting. Marked: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / Parabolic 15 8' 4.03 oz. HDH. Black cap and screwlock with Detroit stamp, grey metal screw threading and cork seat. Wet & dry tips, flamed cane, brown wraps. Owned by uniphasian of the Classic Fly Rod Forum, who reports: "I bought this rod from Tom Hill on 03/17/05."

3858
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  Varnished flamed cane (Bob Summers believes it had a light varnish overcoat). Inked handwriting is open to interpretation, but looks to me like Bob Summers. Lettering is in gold ink. Marked first flat: L.E. Smith Second flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' 3.78(?) oz. HDH or HDG Third flat: A Paul H. Young Rod. (The number of the weight in ounces is difficult to read. Fragile gold ink may have chipped away. The last number is most likely an "8" with the top loop chipped away.) Wet & dry tips (dry tip marked with red wrap), die-stamped cap and ring with coin-edge knurling, half Wells grip, bookkeeper, maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube. Offered October 2007 by Carmine Lisella and offered for $3800, December 2012, by Bob Summers.

3869 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  2 -1/2 oz. Butt inked on two flats in Bob Summers' handwriting, First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod 1959  Second flat: Perfectionist 7'6" 2 1/2 oz.  Serial number #3869 inked at base of each tip near male ferrule. Varnished flamed cane, dual black rings over cigar cork grip, gold/bronze wraps, bent-wire hookkeeper, original copper-brown satin bag, tube status unknown. Thanks to Steven Sanders.

3872
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1.74 oz. Marked for HEH line. Also marked: Stuart W. Fenton (handwriting in gold ink by Jack Young). Black wraps. Slim, cigar-shaped cork grip is only 4 inches long. Snake guide in place of stripping guide. Black aluminum ferrules.
(Stuart W. Fenton, retired professor of chemistry and former department head, died Feb. 4, 2006. He was 83 and a resident of North Oaks, Minn. Fenton was born April 29, 1922, in London, Ontario, Canada. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a wartime fuel technologist for the Dominion of Canada and also studied chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a bachelor of science in 1945 and a master's degree the following year. He was a research officer for Canada's National Research Council from 1945 to 1946. In 1950 Fenton received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1951 joined the University of Minnesota faculty as a professor of organic chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1960 to 1968, and retired in 1986. Many thanks to his nephew John Fenton for providing the information on seven Paul H. Young Co. rods owned by Stuart W. Fenton.)

3876
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2.71 oz. Flamed cane, gold ink writing. For HEH line. Black anodized Super-Z- type Alu-ferrules 14/64 th, and reel seat, 2 sliding rings on cork. Normal (unventilated) grip. One tip approx. 4 inches short. Belonged to the late rodmaker and fly tier Preben Torp Jacobsen, of Denmark. Reported by Wolfram Schott, rodmaker, from Germany, who wrote to me that "The Perfectionist he bought after some correspondence with Al McClane, who advised him to do so. It was his favorite rod, and he made a few clones from its taper, for friends. He told me it had cost 80 Dollars at that time, which was a lot of money then, in 1950-odd."

3877 
Para 17  8'6" 2/2, described as in "pristine condition" in Joe Garman's bamboo rod sales list, February 1982.

3883
Bob Doerr 9'0" 2/2 5.6 oz. "A Paul Young Rod" Marked: Stuart W. Fenton 1960 in gold lettering (Jack Young's handwriting).
(Stuart W. Fenton, retired professor of chemistry and former department head, died Feb. 4, 2006. He was 83 and a resident of North Oaks, Minn. Fenton was born April 29, 1922, in London, Ontario, Canada. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a wartime fuel technologist for the Dominion of Canada and also studied chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a bachelor of science in 1945 and a master's degree the following year. He was a research officer for Canada's National Research Council from 1945 to 1946. In 1950 Fenton received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1951 joined the University of Minnesota faculty as a professor of organic chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1960 to 1968, and retired in 1986. Many thanks to his nephew John Fenton for providing the information on seven Paul H. Young Co. rods owned by Stuart W. Fenton.)

3888
unknown "March 14, 1960. Reported last rod built during PHY's lifetime."

3889
unknown "May 21, 1960. Reported first rod built after PHY's death."

3890
Para 15 8' 2/2 K.T. Keller Model. 4 oz. Super-Z ferrules, screwlock cork seat, cigar grip, resourcinol glue. Wet & dry tips, flamed cane. MJK catalog, Fall 1984.

3895
Midge 6'3" 2/2 A Paul H Young Co. Rod "Midge 6'3" 1 3/4 oz. H.E.H." Circa 1960. Sold May 2007 on eBay by Hoagy B. Carmichael, bought by Art Czabaniuk. "...number 3895, three numbers after Young stopped working at the shop (#3892 according to M. Keane), which was a month before he died." Summers' handwriting in gold ink. Aluminum ferrules.

39XX
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Flamed, tan/gold wraps, sliding band cork seat. MJK catalog no. 47 (1987).

39XX
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 "very low serial number 39XX," appears to be Summers' writing (Carmine Lisella, #28, Spring 2007. 2.67 oz. cigar grip w/ thumb impression, cork dual ring seat, Super-Z's, 1960-61?, asked $3200.

3911
Driggs 7'2"  2.7 oz.  All cork handle. Made for George O. Terlinden, probably in 1960. In 2010, Mr. Terlinden's son, George S. Terlinden, reported that George O. Terlinden was 96 yrs old, having stopped fly fishing when he was 89.

3923 (see also #2002 and #2007)
Spinning Rod, one of a set of three spinning rods built by PHY over a period of four years (1956 - 1960) for Ryan P. Williams. As a set, the three rods handle line weights from 4 lb. to 15 lb. test. Each rod is in excellent condition. Lettering includes this text in PHY's handwriting on two flats, First Flat: made by Paul H. Young Co. Detroit for RYAN P. WILLIAMS  Second Flat: "SPIN-MASTER" 7 1/2' - 17/64 Fer. (?)/64 Tip Top  The rod is also labeled #3923. An authentic rod built by Paul Young, and the lettering on the flat near the grip is definitely PHY's handwriting, though it would seem that Paul Young did not live long enough to make rods serial numbered in the 3900's. Perhaps Young or someone else misnumbered it. Or maybe the rod was ready for Williams for a long time, and the serial number was then added, after Young's death, when Williams picked it up. Offered on Bob Summers' web site, October 2010.

3927
1960 Bobby Doerr, 9'0", 2/2, 6 oz., built with removable extension butt (present), Super-Z ferrules, half Wells grip, screwlock cork seat, has owner's name and 1960 date in ink, bag and tube. Catalog of R.W. Oliver, Second High Roller Auction, held February 24, 1989. Rod was lot #266, sold for $1500 plus 10% buyer's premium.

3932 
PHY Midge 6'3", 2/2, dated September 1960. Known from published description for Lot 418, Lang's November 6, 2010 online auction. Flamed cane, bronze wraps, 4-1/2” grip with thumb indentation. Dual black anodized aluminum sliding bands over cork reel seat. Black anodized aluminum ferrules are described as “a little loose. They should be tightened in the near future but the rod is fishable as is.” Inscriptions written in gold ink and include the original owner's name (unfortunately, information not provided by Lang’s) followed by, "Sept. 1960, 1 3/4 oz., HEH, a Paul H. Young Co. Rod", and "Detroit.” All sections full length and straight, all marked with serial #3932. “Non-reflective satin varnish” (oil finish?) with glossy varnish over the wraps. Some wraps described as dry and needing new varnish, plus a thin 1" long sliver of bamboo is missing from the middle of one tip. Original maroon satin bag and Champion-style tube.

3938 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  3.18 oz. Dated October 1960. Bright, pocketed butt cap (unmarked; no "Detroit" stamp) and ring, raised knurling, front and back edges. Cork reel seat, tapered cigar cork grip. Inked in black ink in Jack Young's handwriting on four flats, First flat: Richard Rounds  Oct. 1960  Second flat: "Perfectionist" 7 1/2 ft. 3.18 oz.  Third flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Fourth flat: Detroit  Serial number #3938 inked on all sections. Overcoat varnish by Bob Summers. Tan-bronze wraps. Size 13 Super-Z ferrules. Hookkeeper. Maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube. When offered for sale in April 2016, Bob Summers wrote on his web site, "The rod was built for a career military man. I remember working on many rods for him while at the Paul Young company. He did a lot of corresponding with Paul Young about rods and fishing… This rod has the lightest tips we made… A copy of a letter to the owner by Paul Young signed by him dated 4/7/60 will go with the sale. Mr. Young died 4/28/60. This is one of the last rods that Paul Young would of worked on. The writing on the rod is by jack Young. I was away at air Force basic training in Texas at the time this rod was delivered." Thanks to Stuart Hayden for original info and Bob Summers for more info plus photos. (See also #2239, a Para 15 built for Richard Rounds).
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3942
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/3  2.78 oz. Built with two original tips, plus a later tip. Original tips terminated at 3-1/2/64 tip top; one is full length, the other is 3" short at the tip, with a tip top and rewrapped snake guide added. the later tip made at PHY Co. terminates at 4/64 tip top. Inked on three flats, First flat: "Perfectionist" 7 1/2 ft. 2.78 oz.  HEH  Second flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod - Detroit  Third flat: Glen Sander  Serial number #3942 inked on butt just below stripper guide and at base of two tips. Varnished flamed cane, dual rings over cigar cork grip, black anondized aluminum 13/64 ferrules, brown wraps on bronze snakes and tip tops (later tip has bright guides rather than bronze guides), bent-wire hookkeeper, original bag and tube. Offered by Jim Adams, Adams Angling, $3200, February 2010.

3943 
Perfectionist 7'6". Built for George Beall,  expatriate American who lived in southern France, and who also owned PHY Para 16 #1961 and PHY Martha Marie #4020. See the listing for #4020 to read detailed information about the life of George Beall. Thanks to "Joxe" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum, who received this Perfectionist from George Beall shortly before his death.

3947
Spin Rod, 7'6", 2/2 (original spinning rod tip plus a later fly rod tip built by Bob Summers). Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings, marked with Detroit die-stamp, over long, straight cork grip. Simple loop hookkeeper. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, First Flat: John W. Chew Second Flat: 7'6" 14/64 FER. 8/64 tip top 4.22 oz Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. Detroit Mich. Both tips are serial numbered. Offered on eBay by "thomaswoodward," October 2009.

3949 
Midge 6'3" 2/2  1.74 oz. Varnished flamed cane, 3X3 node arrangement. Black anodized aluminum ferrules, black dual rings over cork, diminutive Ritz-shape grip is built from nine half-inch corks. Inking by Bob Summers. Marked on two successive flats: Midge  6'3"  1.74 oz. / A Paul H. Young Rod. Another flat is marked with owner's name: K.E. Grow. All sections marked #3949. Snake guide instead of a stripping guide. Golden-brown wraps closely match cane colors. Reported by Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle, who says that Karl E. Grow handed down the rod to his son-in-law Ronald Howsmon. Original maroon bag in excellent condition (not often the case), Champion-style tube.

3950
1961 Perfectionist 7'6" 2/3 January 1961 2.60 oz. Built with three original tips, serial number on butt and all three tips. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. First flat: A Paul H. Young Fly Rod Second flat: Glenn Snider Jan 20 1961 Third flat: Perfectionist 71/2 ft. 2.20 oz. Varnished flamed cane, dual rings over cork, gold wraps, original bag and tube. Codella web site Nov. 2007. Owned by mosquito of Classic Fly Rod Forum.

3953
1961 Spin Master 7'2", 2/1, serial-numbered PHY Co. spinning rod. Varnished flamed cane, inked on two flats, First flat: Spin Master 7'2" 3.55 oz. Second flat: Paul H. Young Co. Det. Mich. Dual black rings over cork, both rings marked with "Detroit" stamp, copper brown wraps, bag and tube. Offered on Bob Summers' web site, December 2008.

3962 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Summers' handwriting. Oil finished, flamed cane. Wet & dry tips. Cigar grip with single thumb indentation. Black pocketed cap and screwlock with Detroit stamp, grey metal screw threading (some corrosion) and cork seat. Butt marked in Bob Summers' handwriting on three flats, first flat: C.J. Sakely  Second flat: Parabolic 15  8'  3.83 oz.  Third flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Butt also marked #3962 near stripping guide. Wet tip marked #3962. Dry tip marked #3962 DRY TIP, also has red thread markings (solid, not spiral, at ferrule and tiptop) to indicate, at a glance, the dry tip. Gold-brown wraps are nearly the cane color. Marked Super-Z ferrules. Offered on eBay, March 2011.

3969
1961 Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 May 1961. 3.4 oz. Flamed cane, Wells grip, sliding band cork seat. Rod was rewrapped due to "ghosting" of original thread wraps. MJK catalog 64 and 65 (1994) 

3976 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  2.73 oz. Dual black aluminum rings with knurled edges over cork, long cigar/Ritz grip, black aluminum ferrules, gold/tan wraps. Appears to be inked in Jack Young's handwriting. First flat: Brenton M. Hamil  Second flat: "Perfectionist" 71/2 ft. 2.73 oz. Third flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Serial number #3976 on butt near stripping guide and on each tip. Maroon bag with brown trim, and Champion tube. Original report by Fred Jeans. Shown to me in Sept. 2014 by Bill Kaplin at Catskill Rod Gathering.
3976 Perfectionist
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3978 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  2.67 oz. One tip appears to be about 4 inches short. Inked in Jack Young's handwriting. First flat: E.H. Beck  Second flat: "Perfectionist"  Third flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Also marked 7 1/2 ft.  2.67 oz.  Serial number #3978 on butt near stripping guide and on each tip. Satin bag and tube. Original report by Bill Smith.
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3988
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2.67 oz. Super-Z ferrules. Garrison-style grip w/thumb flat, "reportedly built by Paul himself, but finished just after his death by the talented hands of Bob Summers at the Young company..." (MJK) No documentation for claim. MJK catalog 62 (1993), and also offered in MJK catalog 74 (1998).

3998
Boat Rod, built 1961  8'0" 2/2  4.47 oz. Dated July 6, 1961. Wet and dry tips. Flamed cane, black screwlock seat over cork, very gently curved half Wells grip, tan wraps, hookkeeper, blued Super-Z ferrules, dry fly tip has distinct resourcinol glue lines at edges, unlike wet tip and butt. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on three flats. First flat: William Manierre July 6, 1961  Second flat: "Boat Rod"  8'  4.47 oz.  Third flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Butt is inked #3998 near stripping guide. One tip is inked #3998. The other tip is labeled #3998 DRY TIP. Original khaki bag with triangular flap and Champion-style tube. MJK catalog 59 (1992) and 60 (1992). Offered for sale on Rick's Rods web site, January 2011. Offered for sale on Bob Summers' web site, August 2015.
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4XXX (possibly #4000) 
Midge 6'0", built for U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Only six feet long, not the usual Midge length of 6'3". PHY greatly admired President Eisenhower, and considered naming the Midge Rods "Little Ikes."

4XXX
Midge 6'3" 2/2" 1-3/4 oz. Flamed cane, "rather attractive tapered Ritz-style grip." Cork sliding band seat, tan-gold wraps. MJK catalog No. 44 (1986).

40XX
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2.75 oz. Gold/tan wraps, sliding band cork seat "has been inletted a bit deeper than usual, easily corrected" (?). MJK catalog no. 47 (1987).

4009
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2.79 oz. Does not have Super-Z ferrules. Cigar/Ritz grip, 2-band cork seat, tan wraps, previous owner's name in ink, one tip though intact has a repairable fracture 6 inches from tip top, bag and tube. Catalog of R.W. Oliver, Second High Roller Auction, held February 24, 1989. Rod was lot #262, sold for $1500 plus 10% buyer's premium.

4016 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Built 1962. Varnished, flamed cane. As of 2014, new half Wells cork grip and reel seat (dual black rings over cork) by Bob Summers. Black aluminum ferrules. Brown wraps. Lettered in gold ink, probably by Jack Young. On butt above grip: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  On butt near stripping guide: 4016  Original maroon satin bag, original Champion-style tube. Offered on R.W. Summers web site, April 2014. 
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4017
Para 17 8'6" 2/2 5.45 oz. Flamed varnished cane, black screwlock cork seat, Super-Z ferrules, original bag & tube. Lot #15, R.W. Oliver's Fifth Annual Summer Auction, July 8, 1989, sold for $900. plus 10% buyers premium.

4020
1962 Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 First flat: George Beall Feb. 21, 1962 Second flat: Martha Marie Model 7 1/2' 3.40 oz. Third flat: Paul H. Young Co. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. Built for George Beall, an expatriate American and member of Charles Ritz's International Fario Club, who lived in southern France, married a French artist and had many children, fished in the Pyrenees and northern Spain, and authored magazine articles about the early fly fishing history of Spain. Described by "cwfly" as a minor executive with an oil company in 1940, Beall suddenly appears as a professor at Biarritz American University in southern France at the end of World War II. I suspect but cannot prove that he was involved in covert operations during World War II. Regarding PHY Martha Marie #4020: Detroit stamp butt cap. Black ink. Butt 2X2 node spacing, one tip 2X2, one tip 3X3. Rod is known to have been refinished at least three times: once by Lyle Dickerson, and twice (in 1990 and 2009) by Bob Summers, who added a replacement cork grip during the most recent refinish (the cork reel seat is original). Owned since 1990 by "quashnet" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Thanks to "baetisrodhani," who translated Jean Paul Pequegnot's obituary of George Beall from French to English; excerpts follow: "A tremendous fisherman, George Beall has passed away... at the age of 87... He fished with passion for over fifty years... He was a member of the Angler's Club and of the Fly Fisher's Club. He owned an extraordinary collection of beautiful split bamboo rods including a Garrison, a Gillum, several Dickersons and above all a line-up of Paul Youngs, who was his favorite maker, and a friend." In a 1977 letter to Pennsylvania Angler magazine, written from his home (which he called "Dumbarton" - see below) in Anglet, France, George Beall said that he had known Paul and Martha Marie Young since the 1930s, and described his variation on the "Tricolor" fly pattern, which he tied and fished as a midge pattern. George Beall stayed in touch with Martha Marie Young and visited her from France after Paul Young's death. Thanks to "cwfly," from whom I learned that "Beall's family was from Maryland - old Maryland - where his ancestor Beall had the original patent on what is now Georgetown. The patent was called by Col. Ninian Beall, "The Rock of Dumbarton" after his Scottish roots. Not surprisingly, George Beall attended Georgetown and later named his home in France Dumbarton." George Beall's father was F.F. Beall, vice-president in charge of manufacturing at the Packard Motor Car Co. in Detroit, who in 1921 joined with F.L. Klingensmith (former general manager of the Ford Motor Co.) to form the Gray Motor Corp. to make a four-cylinder car called the "Gray." F.F. Beall's primary contribution was development of the Gray's engine. Other rods owned by George Beall that are listed in this database are #1961 (Para 16) and #3943 (Perfectionist).

Rod #4020, Martha Marie, with replacement grip added in 2009.
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Rod #4020, Martha Marie, with original grip.
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4030
Midge 6'3" 2/2" Marked 1-3/4 oz., "rod weighs 2 oz. on our digital scale." Original bag & tube. Rick's Rods web site, 2007.

403X
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Dry and wet tips. Super-Z ferrules, screwlock cork seat, Wells grip, tan-gold wraps, flamed varnished cane, nylon bag, orig. tube. "...rod weighs 3.80 oz. w/DF tip & 4 oz. w/the more powerful wet tip... has orig. owners name + Young data inscribed on shaft..." MJK catalog No. 89 (2005).

4032 (see also 4395)
Rod #4032 is known solely from a tip section. It is presumed to be from a Para 15 but if so it is 4" short. The existence of this tip was noted in 2009, as a third tip accompanying rod #4395 (which see), when sold at auction. Sold as Lot 47 for $2300 at Lang's auction on April 7, 2009, coming from the collection of the late Martin J. Keane (MJK). The rod was sold as a three-tip rod because it included the third tip (short 4" if made for an eight-foot rod) marked with serial number 4032.

4034
Rare Paul
H. Young Spin / Fly Combo Rod, 8'0, was 2/1, now 2/2 with extra tip built by Bob Summers, 5.22 oz. Built 1962. Flamed varnished cane, brown wraps, spinning guides, all original. Inked on two flats, First flat: "Spin-Master" 8 FT 5.22 oz. Second flat: a Paul H. Young Co. rod Bob Summers estimates that no more than ten of these combination rods were made (see rod #2112 for another combo rod). For spinning, up to 8 lb line; for fly fishing, a DT6 fly line. Non-original bag. The adjustable-length tube may be original. Tubes of this type were sold at the Paul H. Young Co during the 1960's. Offered for $875 on Bob Summers' web site, December 2008. For Scott Davis, the purchaser, Bob Summers built an additional tip. Unlike the original tip (which is described as casting a fly line well, in spite of the spinning guides), the new tip was fitted with snake guides, and was signed and dated as a new tip by Summers. Offered for $1200, August 2009, Bill McRoy's tackle catalog. Offered for $1400, September 2009, Bob Summers' web site.

Rod #4034 Spin/Fly
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4035
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4.09 oz. Notes from original owner: "Note this rod was purchased by me on April 24, 1962. I know that because I had the screw cap for the rod tube engraved , "W___ Z___ Apr 24, 1962." I was 21 years old when I purchased this rod and I drove from Chicago to Detroit to pick it up and drove back the same day. I can still remember meeting Mrs. Young and Jack Young when I went to the store and got the rod. 2pc-2tips, one tip 5/64 and the second tip is 41/2/64. The rod is signed on the 8'-4.09oz. It has a downlocking screw lock reel seat which is stamped P H Young on the cap. Very fine original condition without any set in the butt or the tips. Original varnish is very good condition with original brown silk bag and original aluminum rod tube."

4036
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2, 2.78 oz., built for R.H. Hollister. Dual aluminum rings over cork reel seat. Cigar grip. 13-12/64" anodized aluminum step-down ferrules. Chestnut brown wraps. Butt inked on three flats in Bob Summers' handwriting. First flat: R.H. Hollister  Second flat: Perfectionist  7 1/2 FT  2.78 oz.  Third flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Owned by Philip Anderson, Madison, WI. Repairs to one tip. Butt 2X2 spacing, both tips 3X2X1 (each tip has one segment displaced relative to its mates).
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404X 
Para 16 8'6" 2/2 5.44 oz. Flamed cane, dark olive/bronze wraps, Super-Z ferrules, Wells grip, screwlock cork seat, the extension butt is missing, original bag, replacement tube. MJK catalog No. 80 (2000). MJK stated there were less than twenty Para 16's listed in the original PHY records. 

4041? (apparently this number was inaccurate or duplicated) 
Midge 6'3" 2/1 1.86 oz. 1 tip very short. Not known whether second tip existed. eBay Feb 2007 

4041 (verified) 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  Varnished flamed cane, dual black bands over cork reel seat, cigar grip, bronze wraps, hookkeeper, black aluminum ferrules, inked in Jack Young's handwriting on two flats. First flat: "Perfectionist"  7 1/2 FT.  2.82 oz.  Second flat: Paul H. Young Co. Rod.  Maroon bag, Champion-style tube. Seen on Bob Summers' web site, quickly on hold at $4000., late May 2013.

4064 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Revarnished. Original bag, tube. Lang's Jan. 3, 2004 auction catalog. 

4068 
Perfectionist  7'6"  2/2  3.27 oz., built for C.E. Bernard, believed to have been a Detroit auto executive, rod is unusually heavy due to additional half-ounce weight of a black screwlock reel seat; however, the rod also was equipped with lightweight aluminum ferrules. Unusual but examined by Marc Aroner and Per Brandin, and believed original. Pristine condition. Varnished, flamed cane. Black screwlock cork reel seat, solid half Wells cork grip, solid golden-tan wraps, black 14/13 aluminum ferrules, hookkeeper, inked in Jack Young's handwriting. C.E. Bernard's name is on the rod, plus on one flat "Perfectionist" 7'6" 3.27 oz.  and on the next flat  A Paul Young Rod Co. rod  Each tip inked: #4068. Maroon satin bag with very little wear. Aluminum tube with gold anodized collar and aluminum top.

4083
1962 Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 First flat: Richard Drukker Second flat: Martha Marie 7 1/2' 3.74 oz. Third flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Lightly flamed, black screwlock cork seat, Super-Z blued ferrules, antique gold thread. Reel seat length is 3-5/8". Length of the cork grip alone is 6-3/8". Miked and found to have a regressive taper and smooth but distinctly parabolic action. Owned at one time by Scott Davis of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
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4084
Texas General 8'6" 2/2 "excellent original condition": Bill McElroy Fall 2007 tackle list.

4086
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 3.2 oz. Purchased 1963. Owned by W___ Z___. Owner's notes: "This rod was purchased by me the following year, 1963, after I purchased the first rod, the Para 15 [see #4035]. 2pc-2tips and both tips are 41/2/64. The rod is signed 7'-2", 3.2oz. It has a downlocking screwlocking reelseat which is stamped P H Young on the cap. Rod is essentially in mint condition. No sets and beautiful original varnish with original brown silk bag and original aluminum rod tube."

4087
Texas General 8'6" 2/2 5.36 oz. Purchased 1963. Wet and dry tips. Owned by W___ Z___. Owner's notes: "This rod and the Driggs [see #4086] were purchased by me the following year, 1963, after I purchased the first rod, the Para 15 [see #4035]. Note the consecutive serial numbers on both rods. 2pc-2tips, one tip is a wet [email protected]/64 and the second tip is 5/64 and is for dry fly work. The rod is signed 81/2'-5.36oz. It has a downlocking reelseat which is stamped P H Young on the cap. This rod is in essentially mint condition. No sets and beautiful original varnish with original brown silk bag and original aluminum rod tube."

4088
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2.68 oz. Dual black rings over cork. Mint condition with original cork ferrule plug, bag, tube. Lot #9, R.W. Oliver's Fifth Annual Summer Auction, July 8, 1989.

4097

Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4.19 oz. K.T. Keller model. Wet and dry tips. Flamed cane, gold ink writing. Black anodized Super-Z- type Alu-ferrules 17/64 th. Black anodized screwlock reel seat. Belonged to the late rodmaker and fly tier Preben Torp Jacobsen, of Denmark. Reported by Wolfram Schott, rodmaker, from Germany.

4098
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4.12 oz. Flamed cane, black ink writing. First line: "Parabolic 15" 8 FT. 4.12 oz. Second line: a Paul H. Young Co. rod Definitely not Summers' writing; believe it is by Jack Young. Black anodized screwlock reel seat, cork spacer. Half wells grip. Gold wraps. Orig. bag & tube. Seen at the Corsetti booth, Lang's tackle show in Boxborough, MA, Nov. 2007. Also offered in Bob Corsetti's catalog #44 (Fall 2007) for $2750. Also offered in Bill McRoy's catalog (Fall 2008, Chelsea, MI) for $3095, then offered in Bill McRoy's catalog (April 2009) for $2950.

Rod #4098, Para 15
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41XX
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2  3.7 oz. Screwlock cork seat, Wells grip, Super-Z ferrules, orig. bag & tube. MJK catalog no. 73 (1997).

41XX
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2  3.56 oz. Varnished flamed cane, screwlock cork seat, half Wells grip with some age roughness, bronze wraps, name of the original owner inked on shaft. One tip has scarf repair that replaced four inches missing from that tip. Original bag and aluminum case. The grip has some slight age roughness, but is perfectly serviceable. Offered on Len Codella's web site, seen February 2010.

4100 
Midge 6'3" 2/2  1-3/4 oz. Described as follows by Martin J. Keane in MJK Spring/Summer 1983 list: "Paul Young Midge 6'3", 2/2,  1 3/4 oz. for #4 line, tan w/gold wraps, cork seat, 2nd tip has 2 1/2" invisible wrap over impossible to detect imperfection. Exquisite rich dark tone cane, varnish is 99% perfect. A very rare and fine Midge. Serial No. 4100. $490." Thanks to Steve Williams, "slw" of Classic Fly Rod Forum, for this information.

4102
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2  Varnished, deeply-flamed cane. Black, pocketed cap with Detroit stamp and black screwlock reel seat over cork. Ritz-style cork grip, tapering smoothly to greatest diameter at front of grip. Hookkeeper. Inked handwriting by Jack Young. First flat: Dave Jardine  Second flat: M.M.Y. Model  7 1/2 FT.  3.72 oz.  Third flat: A Paul H. Young Co. rod.  Butt and each tip also inked #4102. Gold/bronze wraps. Said to be original bag and tube. Listed in Adams Angling catalog 32 (1998). Offered on eBay, February 2016.
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4104
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Marked: "Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. / A Paul H. Young Co. Rod on two flats. Black anodized aluminum ferrules, black dual rings over cork, Wells grip. Original bag, tube. I have seen this rod offered for public sale three times. R.W. Oliver, first High Rollers auction February 26, 1988, Marlborough, MA, lot 152; Lang's Jan. 3, 2004 auction catalog, lot 173 (sold for $2200 including buyer's premium) ; offered in Adams Angling catalog 51 (2004).

4107
Midge 6'3" 2/2 One tip 7-1/2" short, replacement all-metal cap & ring reel seat, at Lang's April 13, 2002 auction. Tired-looking rod sold for $400.

4116
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz., built December 1963, varnished flamed cane, black dual rings over cork seat, lightweight aluminum ferrules, probably original bag and tube. Built by Bob Summers, inked in his handwriting. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Midge 6'3" 1.75 oz. The name of the first owner, Dwayne Wood (deceased), is also inked on the rod in Bob's hand. Mr. Wood was from Beaverton, MI and purchased the rod directly from the Young shop. Reported by Jim Bresko of Coldwater Collectibles.

4121
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Marked: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / "Martha Marie" / 7'6" 3 ¾ oz. Lettering by Bob Summers. Blk. Alum. Screwlock cork seat into stamped cap. Half-wells grip. Gold silk, bronzed snakes. Deeply-flamed cane.

4122 
Driggs  7'2"  2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Cap and ring over cork reel seat (round, non-pocketed cap with diagonal knurling, scribed line, and "Detroit" stamp; ring knurled on both edges). Very subtle half Wells grip, so slightly shaped that it is nearly a straight grip. Inked by Bob Summers on two flats, First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Driggs 7'2"  2 7/8 oz.  Also inked #4122 on butt and each tip. Hookkeeper. satin bag and tube. Seen on eBay August 2011.

4124
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 3.55 oz. Wells grip, sliding band cork seat, oil finish, flamed cane, orig. nylon bag & tube. MJK Catalog No. 59 (1992) and No. 66 (1994).

4127
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Purchased 1964. Owned by W___ Z___. Owner's notes: "This rod was purchased by me in 1964. 2pc-2tips I do not know the size of the tips, however they are whatever the standard size was for this rod. Aluminum ferrules and the reel seat is a featherweight all cork with two sliding bands. Very good condition without any sets and has beautiful original varnish. Original brown silk bag and original aluminum rod tube. Some wear on the cork handle because I have fished this rod quit a bit during the summer months."

4128
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Purchased 1964. Owned by W___ Z___. Owner's notes: "This rod was purchased by me, along with the Perfectionist [#4127] in 1964. Again note the consecutive serial numbers on these last two rods [see #4086 and #4087]. 2pc-2tips, one wet tip at 5/64 and the other is a dry tip at 41/2/64. The rod is signed 8'-4.08 oz. Downlocking reelseat stamped P H Young. Essentially mint condition. This rod has never been fished, although it has been cast on the lawn a few times."

4131

Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. Wet and dry tips. Super-Z ferrules. Half Wells grip, blk. screwlock over cork seat, tan wraps, previous owner's name in ink, bag and tube. Catalog of R.W. Oliver, Second High Roller Auction, held February 24, 1989. Rod was lot #263, sold for $2000 plus 10% buyer's premium.

4134 (duplicate number with rod below) 
Martha Marie, 4/2 four-piece pack rod format, built 1964, 7'6", 4.02 oz., 0.327" butt, oil finish, screwlock cork reel seat, Ritz grip, inscribed for first owner "Donald F. Valley," a banker. Bought by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm from Art Neumann of Wanigas Rods on April 2, 1970; received by Mac from Art on April 9. Mac bought the Martha Marie for his wife - "our first Paul Young rod," he told me - and was quite impressed by it (he must have been, as he went on to own about 25 Young rods over the years). Mac later met Donald Valley by accident at a sportsmen's show, and was quite put off by the fact that Valley barely even remembered the rod.

4134 (duplicate number with rod above) 
Perfectionist  7'6"  2/2  3 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat, half Wells grip, solid golden-tan wraps, inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. Inking on two flats can be seen in photos. First flat: A Paul Young Rod Co. Rod  Second flat:  Perfectionist  7'6"  3 oz.  Butt and Additional photo very clearly shows that one tip is inked: #4134 and the other tip is inked: 4134Was owned by Harmon Leonard, DVM. Rod is described in Jeff Hatton's book Rod Crafting (2005 edition).

4135
Martha Marie, 7'6", when I learned of it the rod was 2/1 (status of second original tip unknown), but as of June 2012 Bob Summers was building two new tips, the work was completed in October 2012, and the refinished rod was delivered to its owner in the UK as a 2/3 rod with the existing original tip about 1-1/4" short, and two new tips, light and heavy, taking #5 and #6 lines, as built by Bob Summers. The last two owners of rod #4135 have been English; the rod has been fished on the chalk streams of Salisbury. Varnished, flamed cane, cigar grip, originally Bob Summers' handwriting was inked on one flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod, plus the original owner's name: J.R. Prado. The original owner's name was removed in the refinish. The rod is now additionally lettered as follows: Refinished by R.W. Summers Oct. 2012 / M.M. Model 7'6" 3.60 oz. One tip is labeled #4135 Heavy Tip; the others are each labeled #4135. Reel seat is cap and ring over cork. The cap is the round cap which seems to be less often seen than the pocketed cap in which the pocket is shaped to hold the reel foot. This round cap has a decorative knurled edge all the way around, the typical "Detroit" stamp, and a single inscribed line around the cap between the "Detroit" stamp and the base of the cap. The ring has raised, diagonally-knurled edges front and back. Status of original bag and tube unknown, but now the refinished rod is in a Paul Young Champion-style tube. On June 26, 2012 I watched Bob Summers making the two new tips in his shop in Traverse City, MI.
#4135 before refinishing
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#4135 after refinishing
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4137
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 A heavyweight version marked "4.27 oz." reportedly built with a .020" thicker butt than usual. Special deluxe wraps, wet and dry tips, black screwlock cork reel seat, orig. brown nylon bag & tube. MJK Catalog no. 59 (1992) and 60 (1992).

4140 
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Built for Hazel Johnson, who for many years tied flies for the Paul H. Young Co. Varnished, mottle-flamed cane. Black, pocketed butt cap with "Detroit" stamp. Black aluminum screwlock seat over cork. Half Wells grip. Gold wraps. Marked on three flats of butt section. First flat: Hazel Johnson  Second flat:  A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Third flat: "M.M.Y. Model" 7 1/2'  3.50 oz.  Also inked as #4140 on butt and each tip section. Lettering by Bob Summers. Maroon satin bag and Champion-style tube. Thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle.
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4155
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Butt and one full length tip are of dark flamed cane. Second tip is 3-1/2" short and is lighter cane. Cork seat and grip, maroon wraps, bronzed ferrules. Inked on three flats, First flat: "Tony Payson" Second flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Third flat: Midge 6'3" 1 3/4 oz Sold by Hoagy B. Carmichael years ago to the present owner, "JimP" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4163 
Midge, 6'3", 2/2, 1-3/4 oz., all sections extremely and heavily damaged when seen June 2012. Butt is missing all hardware and the butt end is torn away; cannot tell whether it was cap and ring or dual ring arrangement. Both tips are unusable; part of one tip is missing and the other tip has an extraordinarily clumsy "repair" gob of epoxy. Varnished flamed cane, mortised cork seat, cigar cork grip, black aluminum ferrules. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on two flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Midge 6'3" 1 3/4 oz   Red satin bag with holes in end. No tube seen.

4164
Midge, 6'3", 2/2, 1-3/4 oz., varnished flamed cane, black dual rings over cork seat, 5-1/2" cork grip, aluminum ferrules, orig. bag, tube. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. Purchased by Dave Lyons of the Classic Fly Rod Forum from Bob Summers.

4174
Driggs 7'2" 2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Cap and ring over cork. Half Wells grip. Brown wraps. Thanks to Ron Barch. 

4176
Boat Rod, 8'0", 2/2, 4-1/2 oz. Varnished flamed cane, black screwlock seat over cork, half Wells grip, gold/bronze wraps. Lettered in Bob Summers' handwriting on two flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Boat Rod 8' 4 1/2 oz. Butt and both tips are also lettered #4176.
 #4176 Boat Rod
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4177
Midge  6'3"  2/2. One tip has a 3" repair wrap near the tip top. Thanks to Jeff Knapp.

4178
Perfectionist  7'6"  2/2  2.90 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat, cigar grip, solid golden-tan wraps, black aluminum ferrules, inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on three flats. First flat: Gordon E. Gable  Second flat: A Paul Young Rod Co. Rod  Third flat: "Perfectionist" 7 1/2'  2.90 oz.  Butt and each tip inked: #4178. Maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube. Offered by Vintage Fly Tackle, May 2016.
#4178 Perfectionist
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4185 
Perfectionist  7'6"  2/2  2.75 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat, cigar grip, solid golden-tan wraps, black aluminum ferrules, inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on two flats. First flat: A Paul Young Rod Co. Rod  Second flat: "Perfectionist" 7'6" 2.75 oz.  Each tip inked: #4185. Shown to me by Bob Summers, June 2012.
#4185 Perfectionist
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4187
Driggs 7'2" Owned by "lmcevers", Classic Fly Rod Forum. No other info. 

4192 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2,  2.75 oz. Built 1964. Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black anodized aluminum reel seat rings over long cork reel seat that should accommodate older reels. End cork button is rounded. Cigar grip, made from eleven half-inch corks. Hookkeeper. Black aluminum ferrules. Light brown wraps are very close to cane color. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod, second flat: "Perfectionist" 7'6". Inked #4192 on butt and on each tip. Original condition with original, optional leather tube. Shown to me by Fred Kretchman at SuperBoo 2016 in Fairfield, Maine.
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4195 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/3 (two original tips - one 3" short - and a third, recently-made tip, all by Bob Summers). Built 1965 for Walter Bromley, who also owned PHY Midge #2106 (built 1956 by PHY). Varnished, flamed cane. Dual dark rings over sharply-mortised cork reel seat with cork button on end. Cigar/Ritz grip. Hookkeeper. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. Lettering that can be seen in photos includes the flat on which the hookkeeper is set, marked: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod, and then the next flat includes the word: "Perfectionist". Walter Bromley's name is also inked on the rod. Bromley had a fishing camp on the Au Sable River in Michigan. All three tips are inked:  #4192. Offered for sale on Bob Summers' web site, July 2016. Rod built 1965; Summers wrote (2016): "It is now fifty-one years later and I am working on a rod I worked on when I was twenty six years old."
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4200
Martha Marie 7'6" Marked: A Paul H Young Rod / "Martha Marie" Model 7'6" 3.70 oz. CK Lively' written on 4th flat in different hand. Originally built for angling author Chauncy Lively. A Dymo label still on the tube has a Grayling, MI address where Chauncy and Marion Lively had a house and would fish with Paul and Martha Marie Young. Another Dymo label on the cap reads "7 1/2' M.M." Now owned by Spruce Grouse of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4203
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2, varnished, flamed cane, maroon wraps, black screwlock cork seat, half-Wells grip, hookkeeper, Super-Z ferrules, inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod, second flat: "Perfectionist" 7'6". Inked #4203 on butt and on each tip. Also inked, From Rip to Bill, Dec. 1984. Originally owned by T.W. "Rip" Van Winkle, who gave it to William L. McCullough II M.D., thus the inscription. Now owned by McCullough's son, James.

42XX
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 3 oz. (heavier than usual), varnished, flamed cane, golden-tan wraps, cork sliding band seat, cigar grip, Super-Z ferrules, orig. bag & tube. MJK Catalog No. 44 (1986). A rod of the same description, which may be this same rod, was listed in MJK Catalog No. 58 (1991).

42XX
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 with 0.275" diameter butt, varnished, flamed cane, bronze wraps with hi-arc guides, cork dual band seat, Wells grip, blued Super-Z ferrules, incorrect bag, orig. tube. Consecutively numbered with next rod. MJK Catalog No. 78 (1999).

42XX
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/1 with 0.275" diameter butt, varnished, flamed cane, bronze wraps with hi-arc guides, cork dual band seat, Wells grip, blued Super-Z ferrules, replaced bag, Young tube is 2" too long. Consecutively numbered with previous rod, of which it is an exact duplicate, except that there is one tip, not two. Has tiny repair to cork butt. MJK Catalog No. 78 (1999).

4214
Perfectionist  7'6"  2/2  3 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane. Super-Z ferrules, dual black rings over mortised cork reel seat, half Wells grip unusual for this model and very attractive, solid golden-tan wraps, hookkeeper, inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on three flats. First flat: A Paul Young Rod Co. Rod  Second flat: "Perfectionist" 7'6" 3 oz.  Each tip inked: #4214. Thanks to Yamasemi T. of Japan.
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4223
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2. For many years all I knew about this rod, courtesy of the late Richard Shelton, was that it was a Perfectionist. Additional info from a sales listing with photos on Marc Aroner's web site: Varnished flamed cane, node arrangement is apparently 3X3, dual black rings over cork reel seat with enlarged cork button at ends to keep rings from sliding off, half Wells grip, hookkeeper, Super-Z ferrule. Inked in Bob Summers's handwriting, inking on two flats can be seen in photos. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: "Perfectionist" 7'6" 3 oz.

4226
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Super-Z ferrules, tan wraps, cigar grip, cork dual band reel seat, appears from photo to be varnished, flamed cane and to have original bag & probably original tube. Seen September 2008 on North West Classic Tackle web site, offered for $4450.

4227
Year 1965 Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Butt measurement: 0.245" Varnished, dual band reel seat. Build date: December 10, 1965, for Martin Emory of New York. Purchased from Martin J. Keane for $150 by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm on June 29, 1971, received July 6, 1971. Mac sent the rod to the PHY Co. shop for ferrule straightening. It was returned to Mac with his name inscribed - no charge for the work. Mac first fished the rod on September 11, 1971 and got three trout on a #16 Wonder Bug. In July 1975 Mac installed a hookkeeper on the rod, worked on the female ferrule, and also carved a thumb indentation in the grip. Mac sold this Midge on September 20, 2000 for $2200.

4231 
Para 15 built with two dry fly tips. Thanks to Carl Otto of Wanigas Rod Co. for this information.

4237 
Perfectionist 7'6", 3 oz., near mint condition, dark mottled cane, dual rings over cork reel seat, marked Super-Z ferrules, inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on three flats. First flat: James Higgins  Second flat: A Paul Young Rod Co. Rod  Third flat: Perfectionist 7'6" 3 oz. (weighs exactly 3 oz.) Original bag and tube.  Thanks to Charles F. Vaden.

4238
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Flamed cane, black dual bands over cork reel seat, tapered cork grip, golden-brown wraps, nickle silver Super-Z ferrules. Handwriting by Bob Summers on one flat can be seen: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod, also the serial numbers are in Summers' handwriting. Original reddish bag, probably original tube. Offered for $3895 on Bob Selb's tackle web site, February 2010.

4240
Para 15  8'0"  2/2  Built 1966. Ritz grip, black downlocking screwlock seat, cork spacer. Brown wraps. Hookkeeper. Summers' handwriting. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: "Parabolic 15"  8'  4 oz. Butt is marked #4240 near stripping guide. Each tip is marked #4240 near male ferrule. Offered Sept. 2011 for $3500 on Bob Summers’ web site.  

4245
Para 17 8'6" 2/2  Flamed cane of exceptional appearance, black screwlock cork reel seat with black butt cap and with small, removable fighting butt, half Wells grip, golden-bronze wraps similar to cane color, gold anodized surface on Super-Z ferrule, bright silver tip top guides. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Parabolic 17  8'6" 5.50 oz.  Butt is marked #4245 near stripping guide. Each tip is marked #4245 near base of male ferrules. Champion-style tube, blueish-beige bag with brown piping. Tube cap has orange circular sticker applied, with following inking (by an owner named Catlett?): P.H. YOUNG Co.  "PARA 17"  8 1/2' - 2 PC - 2 TIPS  5 1/2 OZ - LW 9.  SN.-4245  CATLETT. Was offered in MJK Catalog No. 55 (1990) for $1800. Detailed info from web offering, Gary Siemer's "Vintage Fly Tackle" site, July 2013, offered for $1950. In 2014, offered by Wanigas Rod Co., thank you to Carl Otto for photos. In 2016, offered by Bill McRoy for $2150.
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4246 
Para 17 8'6" 2/2  Built Feb. 1966.  In the PHY ledger book this rod is listed as follows: Weight 5.50 oz, fer 17/64, thread 319, tip top 6/64, made for Walter Johnson, Seattle, built Feb 1966. Flamed cane, black screwlock reel seat over cork, black butt cap is pocketed type with "Detroit" stamp, half Wells grip, brown wraps, marked Super-Z ferrule, rod inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, butt is inked on two flats. First flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Second flat: Parabolic 17  8'6"  5 1/2 oz.  Butt is marked #4246 near stripping guide. Each tip is marked #4246 near base of male ferrules. Bag may not be original. Cortland aluminum tube is not original. Seen on eBay January-February 2011, sold for $2275.

4251 
Midge  6'3"  2/2  Dates to 1966. Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black aluminum rings over cork reel seat. Cork grip has a long taper in front much like an Orvis Superfine grip. Brown wraps slightly darker than cane color. Truncated Super-Z-type ferrules. Inked on three flats in Bob Summers' handwriting. First flat: "Erwin S. Edelman"  Second flat: A Paul Young Rod Co. Rod  Third flat: Midge  6'3"  1 3/4 oz.  Butt inked #4252 near stripping guide. Each tip is inked #4252 near the male ferrule slides. Replacement bag, original dented Champion-style tube. Offered for $3575, Spring 2016, by Bill McRoy. Offered for $2995 on Jim Bresko's Coldwater Collectibles site, late 2016. 
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4252 
Midge  6'3"  2/2  1-3/4 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat. Solid cigar grip, made from ten-and-a-half 1/2" cork rings, tapers much more steeply toward the front that is usual on a Young rod (almost like an Orvis Superfine grip). Solid golden-tan wraps. Marked, truncated Super-Z ferrules. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on two non-adjacent flats: A Paul Young Rod Co. Rod  and  Midge  6'3"  1 3/4 oz.  Butt inked #4252 near stripping guide. Each tip is inked #4252 near the male ferrule slides. Maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube. Shown to me by Bob Summers, June 2012. Late in 2013, PHY Midge #4252 was offered through Gary Siemer's Vintage Tackle web site. Gary reported that the rod weighs 2.05 oz. on his scale. Photos courtesy of Gary Siemer of Vintage Fly Tackle.
PHY Midge #4252
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4255 
Midge  6'3"  2/2  1-3/4 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat. Solid, slender cigar grip. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on two adjacent flats: A Paul Young Rod Co. Rod  and  Midge  6'3"  1 3/4 oz.  Maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube with well-preserved Young paper label still on tube near cap. Offered December 2015 through Bob Selb's Classic Fly Fisherman web site.
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4267
Perfectionist  7'6"  2/3  Three tips. Two are original, the third is a "wet" tip. Original owner Joe Lehner sent the rod back to Jack Young to make the wet tip. Writing on the wet tip: 4267 wet . The number 4 is open - not like the originals that are a closed 4 triangle. The wet tip is not mirrored to the original tips with regard to guide position. Butt and all tips are 2x2 node spacing. Lettered in Bob Summers' handwriting on three flats. First flat: Joe Lehner Second flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod   Third flat: Perfectionist 7'6" 2 1/2 oz.  Butt and both tips are also lettered #4267. Black anodized Super Z ferrules, blued guides, dual black rings over cork reel seat, cigar grip. Gold wraps. Original tube. Reported by CT Trout of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4273
Perfectionist  7'6"  2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Super Z ferrules, dual black rings over cork reel seat, cigar grip. Gold wraps. Lettering in Bob Summers' handwriting can be seen on one flat. "Perfectionist" 7'6" 3 oz.  Butt and both tips are also lettered #4273. Maroon satin bag and original tube. Offered for $3700 on Bob Summers' web site, April 2010.

4276 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Wet and dry tips, built for L.R. Aufderheide. Here is his description of the rod: "I'm the original owner of a Parabolic 15, built summer, 1966 at the Young shop on Eight Mile Road in Detroit. Jack Young walked me through the process, made recommendations, etc., and Bob Summers built the rod. The flats are inscribed as follows:  A Paul H. Young Co. Rod --  "Parabolic 15"  8' 4 oz. -- "L.R. Aufderheide"  The serial number, 4276, is written just below the stripping guide. There are two tips, one dry, one wet, and the serial number is repeated above the ferrule on both. In addition, the dry tip is marked as such. The rod presents oiled, flamed cane, half-wells grip, cork reel seat, brown guide wraps. Varnish covers inscriptions as listed above. It resides in the original maroon satin sleeve and aluminum tube with machined cap. The tube has minor dents and scratches. The rod had a humble beginning, used for bluegills in SE Michigan lakes before I took it to the North Branch of the Ausable, where I fished it for about 40 years. The one exception led to a minor disaster the year after it was built. On the Upper Peninsula's Fox River (which Ernest Hemingway called the Big Two-Hearted in his fishing story) I stupidly bent the tip in the wrong way while rubbing with a rag and the cane partially split. On returning to Detroit, I took it to the Young shop and Summers, with a look of obvious disgust that I can still see today, repaired it. So, the dry tip has 1 3/4 inches of matching brown wrap just below the tip top wrap. I've fished it without problems since 1967. In 2008, I visited Summers in northern Michigan and he appraised it, in writing, at $3000."

4288
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Handwriting on two flats; First Flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second Flat: Midge 6'3" 1 3/4 oz. Serial number 4288 is on the flat just below the stripper guide, and on each of the two tips, just above the male ferrule. Original bag and tube. "Perry" wrote: "This was my first bamboo rod. The guy I got it from said he bought it at the Young shop in Detroit, he thought in the 60's, and then he never used it. I bought it (I would be embarrassed to name the price I paid) in 1982." Reported by "Perry", Classic Fly Rod Forum, December 2006.

4290
Midge 6'3" 2/3  Three tips: one original full length tip marked #4290, one original tip short about 5 inches and also marked #4290, and one unnumbered tip made later as a replacement for the broken tip. The original owner wrote the following description: "My first bamboo and thereby first PHY, purchased in 1966 with much inspiration from Arnold Gingrich's chapter 'Paul Young and the Midge' in his 1965 book The Well-Tempered Angler. The price I believe was $100-110. In 1968, my awkward cast nicked the tip about 5 inches from the top, eerily reminiscent of Gingrich's breakage of both tips of his Midge. I remember speaking with Jack Young to learn what might be done about the broken tip and he told me to just send it in to him and he would see what might be done, which I did in late 1968 along with an order for a Perfectionist. Bob Summers, I believe, retipped my broken tip, just as had been done with Gingrich's tips, and it was returned to me with a new unnumbered tip and a bill for $20, hence the three tips listed above. For these and other personal reasons, this is my most cherished PHY." The writer also owned #4469 Perfectionist, #4523 Para 15, and #4587 Martha Marie, 4-piece pack rod format.

4298
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Built 1966. Varnished flamed cane. Truncated Super-Z ferrules, tan wraps, cigar grip, dual black rings over cork reel seat. Handwriting on two flats, First Flat: Paul H. Young Co. Midge Second Flat: 6'3" 1 3/4 oz.  HEH  Described as having only been fished on Michigan's Pere Marquette River by its one owner. Maroon satin bag & Champion-style tube, probably original. Seen on Bob Summers' web site, June 2011, offered for $4000.

43XX
1966 Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Varnished, flamed cane; Wells grip, blk. finished screwlock cork seat, blued Super-Z ferrules, tan/gold wraps. Sold 12/8/66 (December 8, 1966). MJK catalog No. 63 (1993).

43XX
1967 Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Super-Z ferrules, tan wraps, cigar grip, cork dual band reel seat, orig. bag & tube. Sold 1/3/67 (January 3, 1967). MJK Catalog No. 63 (1993).

43XX
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, bronze/tan wraps, cigar grip, cork sliding band reel seat, blued Super-Z ferrules, orig. bag & tube. MJK Catalog No. 65 (1994) and No. 66 (1994). Descriptions are not quite the same in the two catalogs, but still I think it is the same rod. Rod photo in catalog 65.

43XX
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Varnished flamed cane; ventilated grip with thumbprint flat, dual ring cork seat, golden bronze wraps. MJK catalog No. 49 (1988). This may be the same #43XX Perfectionist with similar characteristics but no weight given, described as a "Deluxe" rod with very darkly flamed cane and "silver blued ferrules" with "slightly more powerful tips for #5 line," listed in MJK catalog No. 52 (1989).

43XX
1967 Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Oil finish, flamed cane; ventilated Wells grip with thumbprint flat, sliding band cork seat. Sold 4/15/67 (April 15, 1967). MJK catalog No. 63 (1993).

43XX
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Wet and dry tips. Original bag and tube. "Vintage Tackle" catalog printed by Frederick E. Grafeld, Secaucus, NJ, Spring 1988. 

4308
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, tan wraps, cigar grip, dual black rings over cork reel seat, truncated Super-Z ferrules, original maroon satin bag & Champion tube. Lettered on two flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Midge  6'3"  1 3/4 oz.  Owned by a Classic Fly Rod Forum board member.

4317
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Marked: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / "Martha Marie" Model 7'6" 3 5/8 oz. Lettering by Bob Summers. Blk. Alum. Screwlock cork seat into stamped cap. Half-wells grip. Gold silk, bronzed snakes. Deeply-flamed varnished cane. Adams Angling cat. 32 (1998). 

4322 
Midge 6'3" 2/2" 1-3/4 oz., built in 1966 for W.M. Walker III.  Varnished, flamed cane, dual black rings over cork reel seat, ring edges are knurled front and back, cigar grip that tapers toward the front end somewhat like an Orvis superfine grip, truncated Super-Z ferrules, gold-tan wraps. Summers' handwriting on two flats, first flat: Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz.  Also marked #4322 on butt near stripping guide. Maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube. Accompanied by the original bill of sale written out by Martha Marie Young, and signed with her mark, an encircled-M. Walker paid $110, plus $4.40 tax. Offered on Bob Summers' web site, September 2015.
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4327
Midge 6'3" 2/2" 1-3/4 oz.  Varnished, flamed cane, dual black rings over cork reel seat, cigar grip, truncated Super-Z ferrules, brown wraps. Summers' handwriting on two flats, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz.  Also marked #4327 on butt and each tip. Described as replacement bag & original tube in earlier listing, original Young bag and Champion tube in eBay listing. Was listed on Bud Frasca's Northwest Tackle web site. August 2007: listed on Rick Sorenson's West Slope Classic Fly tackle site, initially asked $4250., sold for $3800. Sold for $2976. on eBay through Hoagy Carmichael, November 2011.

4328
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-3/4 oz. Fast-tapered cigar grip, 5-3/4" long. Overall grip and reel seat just shy of 8'3/4" in total length. Purchased used from Thomas & Thomas for $395 by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm in July 1978. Mac sanded the forward edge of the reel seat to get a Hardy reel foot squeezed into place. Rod was sold by Mac on April 30, 1982 for $600.

4329
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Marked: First Flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second Flat: Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. #4329 lettered near stripper guide on butt, and at base of male ferrule on each tip. Summers' handwriting. Gold wraps. Photos seen at a Yahoo! Japan site: blogs.yahoo.co.jp/captainbamboo.

4330
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Listed on Bud Frasca's Northwest Tackle web site, September 2007, offered for $4550. Flamed cane, dual ring cork seat, bag and tube.

4331
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, gold/bronze wraps, blued aluminum ferrules, black dual-bands over cork seat, cigar grip tapers to the cane in front,. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. First Flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second Flat: Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. The serial number #4331 is lettered near stripper guide on butt, and at base of male ferrule on each tip. Cloth bag with darker piping, Champion-style tube. Offered for $4800 on Bob Summers' web site, October 2009.

4336 
Para 17, marked as 8'6" but actually built as an 8'9" rod; the butt section is three inches longer than both tips. The cork grip is also unusually long (8.5") and unusually shaped, tapering toward the front. Owner's name R. Angelo inked on butt; perhaps he ordered the rod's special features. Also inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, First Flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second Flat: Parabolic 17  8'6"  5.40 oz. The serial number #4336 is lettered on butt, and at base of male ferrule on each tip.  Varnished, flamed cane, gold/bronze wraps, gold coated base of male ferrules, black screwlock cork seat. Cloth bag with darker piping, probably original. Tube with cap attached by chain, possibly not original, or possibly obtained specially for this unusual-length rod.

4339
Perfectionist. Original owner was Bob Church, in 1966 or 1967 (see rod #4378). Bob Church was the real estate agent who found the commercial property that the Paul H. Young Co. moved into when the company moved from the Detroit area to Traverse City, MI. Bob Church also wrote a book titled Fly Fishing the Manistee (undated, I have seen the publication date cited as 1976) in which Church talks about Bob Summers and Paul Young. Present owner received rod #4339 from Bob Church in 1969 or 1970. Bob Summers rebuilt #4339 to original specs in 1980. Varnished cane. Half Wells grip, dual rings over cork, Super-Z ferrules. First flat: A Paul H.Young Co. Rod Second flat - Perfectionist 7' 6'' 2 1/2 oz HEH

4340
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. Cigar grip, downlocking screwlock seat, cork spacer. Wet & dry tips, each separately marked, original bag and tube (with no cap). Lot #12, R.W. Oliver's Fifth Annual Summer Auction, July 8, 1989, sold for $1100. plus 10% buyers premium.

4351
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Cigar grip, downlocking screwlock seat, cork spacer. Wet & dry tips. Dry tip has red spiral wrap at ferrule and tip. Summers' handwriting. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' 4 oz. eBay March 2007. In 2008, seen at http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/captainbamboo/folder/545358.html, a Japanese site.

435X
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Consecutive serial number to Perfectionist below; don't know order. Dark, flamed cane, gold/bronze wraps, blued lightweight ferrules, dual-band cork seat, cigar grip, 1-3/4 oz. MJK catalog no. 72 (1997).

435X
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Consecutive serial number to Midge above; don't know order. Dark, flamed cane, tan/bronze wraps, blued lightweight ferrules, 0.275" butt measurement, tips 1" and 2-3/4" short. MJK catalog no. 72 (1997).

4354 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Varnished flamed cane. Dual black bands over cork reel seat with cork button on end. Cigar shape cork grip flows smoothly from cork reel seat. Brown solid wraps on butt and one tip; golden-bronze wraps on other tip, which is 3" short. Super-Z ferrules. Butt is inked on three flats (by Todd Young?): First Flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Perfectionist Model  Third flat: 7'6"  2 1/2 oz.  eBay seller wrote that the rod was sent back to the PHY Co. shop to have guides replaced, and Bob Summers did the work. The tip that is 3" short is inked #4354 in Bob Summers' handwriting, while the other, full-length tip is inked #4354 in the same handwriting as seen on the butt. Replacement maroon bag, original Champion-style tube with part of the paper PHY shop label still attached. Seen on eBay December 2013.

4357
1966? Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Golden-bronze wraps, black aluminum ferrules, 5" cigar grip, dual black bands over mortised cork seat, hookkeeper. Inked on two flats. First flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Second flat: Midge  6'3"  1 3/4 oz.  Listed in MJK No. 62 (1993). Owned by Kaneman1 of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4363
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Built 1967. Shop log build date: April 15, 1967, built for Tom Ciemiega of Detroit, Michigan. Butt measurement: 0.307". Rod was originally varnished cane, sliding ring. Bought used by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm for $155, in September 1972 from Len Codella. On May 10, 1973 (first date Mac fished it?), North Branch of the Au Sable, first fish a 10-1/2" brown trout on a #14 Muskrat nymph. A new ventilated half Wells grip and an oil finish were put on the rod. A ferrule repair was made by Bob Summers. On August 31, 1975 a thumb indentation was added to the grip. This rod was sold for Mac by Hoagy Carmichael in 1984; Mac received $668. This rod is also known from a listing in MJK Catalog No. 59 (1992). Noted attributes were 3-1/2 oz. weight, oil finish, flamed cane, ventilated wells grip w/thumbprint, screwlock cork seat, orig. nylon bag & tube.

4368 
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2. Butt and each tip are all numbered 4368. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. Black screw lock reel seat over cork. Seen at a Michigan auction. Thanks to brooksriver of the Classic Fly Rod Forum for this report.

4369
Para 15 8'0", reel seat: screwlock, 15 ferrule, built for Henry Coe, NY (a location on Long Island?). From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4370
1967 date. Midge 6'3", reel seat: "2 band," ferrule 12, tiptop 4-1/2, thread 319, built for Harry Murray, Edinburg, VA, almost certainly the fly fishing author. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4371
1967 date. Para 15 8'0" 2/2, original maroon bag and tube. Summers' inked writing. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Parabolic 15 8 FT 4 oz. Offered by Bob Summers August 2007 for $3500. Offered on eBay by Hoagy B. Carmichael ("lordfly") July 2008. Black screwlock cork seat, ferrule 15, thread 319, built for A.J. Crielo (?) who also bought #4397, a Perfectionist. Info about original owner from PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4372
1967 date. Martha Marie 7'6", reel seat: screwlock, ferrule 14, thread 319, original owner was from Rochester, NY. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney." This must be the rod listed as "437X" in two MJK catalogs: first, MJK catalog 51 (1989), Martha Marie 7-1/2' 2/2 3-3/4 oz. "2nd tip custom matched by Todd Young," Super-Z ferrules, Wells grip, screwlock cork seat, tan-green wraps, black fittings, blued guides, original tube, replacement bag - and then MJK catalog 80 (2000) which says of this "darkly flamed rod" that the "second tip is orig. Young replacement by company due to damage in shipping, its bronze-like wraps are slightly darker."

4373
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Super-Z ferrules, size 14; cigar grip, 2-band cork seat, tan wraps (from the ledger, the thread was #319), about mint in bag and tube. Catalog of R.W. Oliver, Second High Roller Auction, held February 24, 1989. Rod was lot #261, sold for $3500 plus 10% buyer's premium. On the PHY Co. ledger page #36 (courtesy "thorney"), this rod is shown as originally built for Ken Thomas of Yorktown, NY. A Perfectionist listed in MJK catalog 86 (2003) as Perfectionist #437X, 7-1/2' 2/2 2-1/2 oz. 0.275" butt Sold August 1967, Super-Z ferrules, cigar grip, 2-band cork seat, varnished, flamed, original bag & tube must be either #4373 or #4377.

4374
Midge 6'3", reel seat: "2 band," ferrule 12 tiptop 4-1/2, built for Dr. C. Hall Los Angeles, CA. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4375
Para 15 8'0", reel seat: screwlock, ferrule 15, tiptop 5/64, built for Howard Goldberg, NY, NY. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4376
Midge 6'3", reel seat: "2 band," ferrule 12, tiptop 4-1/2, built for Dr. Cryan (?). From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4377
1967 date: Perfectionist 7'6", reel seat: "2 band," ferrule 14, built for Frank M. Stoll, California. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney." Seen March 2012 on North West Classic Tackle web site, offered for $4500, with satin bag, champion-style tube, in appearance like a Perfectionist listed in MJK catalog 86 (2003) as Perfectionist #437X, 7-1/2' 2/2 2-1/2 oz. 0.275" butt, sold August 1967, Super-Z ferrules, cigar grip, 2-band cork seat, varnished, flamed, original bag & tube, must have been either #4373 or #4377.

4378
1967 date. Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Inked on three flats, first flat: Malcolm B. Seaholm Second flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Third flat: Parabolic 15 8' 4 oz. Butt and both tips are all inked: #4378. Built by Bob Summers, finish date from ledger is September 20, 1967. Built for Bob Church of Mancelona, Michigan, who was the real estate agent who found the commercial property that the Paul H. Young Co. moved into when the company moved from the Detroit area to Traverse City, MI. Bob Church also wrote a book titled Fly Fishing the Manistee (undated, I have seen the publication date cited as 1976) in which Church talks about Bob Summers and Paul Young. Rod was then owned by Malcolm B. ("Mac") Seaholm, whose name is now inked on the rod. On July 1, 1974, Mac acquired the rod in trade for a PHY Boat Rod and an Orvis Madison (Mac said he "detested" the Orvis, so he felt that he got a good deal). The rod tube was damaged, so Mac got a new tube. The rod has a replacement bag, in Royal Stewart plaid fabric. Since he did not like the brown satin Young bags of that time, Mac had rod bags specially made. Each model of Young rod was put in a different Tartan plaid bag. All Mac's Para 15 rods were put in Royal Stewart bags. Mac's first fish caught on this rod was a "pretty" twelve-inch brown trout from the Main Branch of the Au Sable, taken on a caddis dry fly. On July 5, 1974, Mac caught ten trout, including brown trout of 15" and 17", and rainbow trout of 14" and 16". In July 1974, Bob Summers put the oil finish, new guides, and attended to the ferrules on this rod. There was flaking on the ferrule; it was varnished. Summers probably also removed Bob Church's name from the rod and put Mac Seaholm's name on it at that time. On March 22, 1976, Bob Summers repaired the ferrule by removal, making a new disk, soldering the disk in place, and replacing ferrule. This cost $9.50. Rod #4378 is now owned by Bob Golder ("quashnet" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum). Ventilated half Wells grip, originally a varnished rod but now oil finish, ferrule 15/64, two "wet" parabolic tips each has a 5/64 tiptop, black screwlock cork seat. Bob Summers told me that this rod was built for night fishing for big brown trout on the Manistee River, Michigan. Interestingly, the PHY shop ledger lists the reel seat of #4378 as "2-band" but it is a screwlock seat! Seat looks original, but it could have been changed on request of or by its second owner, "Mac" Seaholm, who made similar modifications to many of his rods. However, the ledger entry may be incorrect, because a contemporary of Bob Church, who fished with him and who cast this rod many years ago, told me that the screwlock cork seat is indeed original. Bob Church died in 1980.

Rod #4378, Para 15
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4379
1967 date. Midge 6'3", reel seat: dual band. Ferrule 12, built for Stan Erusoek (?), Michigan. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4380
1967 date. Boat Rod 8'0", reel seat: screwlock, built for M.P___(?), Alabama, 9/20/67.

4381
1967 date. Martha Marie 7'6", reel seat: screwlock, built for F. Carter, Jr. of Florida, 9/20/67.

4382
1967 date. Para 15 8'0", reel seat: screwlock, tiptop measurement not in records, built for Charles Claxton, Philadelphia, PA

4383
1967 date. Martha Marie 7'6", reel seat: screwlock, no original owner name shown on the PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4384

1967 date. Midge 6'3", reel seat: dual band, ferrule 12, built for Edward C____, looks like Bronx, NY for an address. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney." Midge #4384 was offered at Lang's April 13, 2002 fishing tackle auction, at that time described as having a reset female Super-Z ferrule, a repair to one tip, and some varnish & writing off the butt end.

4385
1967 date. Perfectionist 7'6", reel seat: 2 band, ferrule 14, thread: 319, built for Ralph Dougherty, M_________, PA. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4386
1967 date. Perfectionist 7'6", reel seat: 2 band, ferrule: 14, thread: 319, built for F.A. Bearsley, PA (?).From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4387 (see 4389)
Midge 6'3", reel seat: 2 band, ferrule: 12, thread: 319, built for Tim Monaghan (no address). The PHY Co. ledger shows that Midge #4387 was sold to a Tim Monaghan and Midge #4389 to a Joe Monaghan (brothers? father and son?). A Midge that has been legitimately offered on eBay by "thorney" has the butt section of #4389 and both tips of #4387. Status of the #4387 butt and #4389 tips is unknown.

4388
Para 15 8'0" reel seat: screwlock, ferrule: 15, thread 319, no original owner name or address is listed. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4389 (see 4387)
Midge 6'3" reel seat: "2 band," ferrule: 12, thread: 319, built for Joe Monaghan (no address). Midge ferrules appear to be aluminum. The PHY Co. ledger shows that Midge #4387 was sold to a Tim Monaghan and Midge #4389 to a Joe Monaghan (brothers? father and son?). A Midge that has been legitimately offered on eBay in 2008 by "thorney"has the butt section of #4389 and both tips of #4387. Status of the #4387 butt and #4389 tips is unknown. Fake eBay auctions for #4389 appeared April 2007 and October 2007.

4390
Martha Marie, 7'6", reel seat: screwlock, ferrule 14, thread: 319, built for Sam Simor___(?), "Sag. Mich." (Saginaw, MI?). From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4391
1967 date. Para 15, 8'0", reel seat: screwlock, ferrule 15, thread: 319, built for Torrance Parker (?), "Cal." (California?). From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4392
1967 date. Midge 6'3" reel seat: "2 band," ferrule: 12, thread: 319, built for Charles Peters of Massachusetts. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4393
1967 date. Martha Marie, 7'6", reel seat: screwlock, thread: 319, built for Dr. Rob. Millan, Middleton, Ohio (?).From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney." Photos provided in 2014 by Rick's Rods. Photos show varnished, beautifully flamed cane; the black pocketed butt cap has the "Detroit" stamp, plus black screwlock assembly over cork, mildly shaped half Wells grip, hookkeeper, butt is inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on three flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Martha Marie Model  Third flat: 7'6" 3.65 oz.  Butt is inked #4393 near stripping guide and each tip is inked #4393 near male ferrule.
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4394
1967 date. Para 15, 8'0", reel seat: screwlock, ferrule 15, thread: 319, built for Gus Goetz (?), Michigan. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4395 (see also 4032)
1967 date. Para 15, 8'0", reel seat: screwlock, ferrule 15, thread: 319, built for Dr. Lar. M____(?), Buffalo, NY. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney." Rod #4395 is also known from its sale for $2300 as Lot 47 at Lang's auction on April 7, 2009, coming from the collection of the late Martin J. Keane (MJK). Rod was sold as a three-tip rod. It included a third tip (short 4" if made for an eight-foot rod) marked with serial number 4032 (which see). Flamed cane, blued ferrules, one of the two original tips is marked Dry Tip and has spiral red thread at base of male ferrule, black screwlock cork seat, half Wells grip, reportedly marked A Paul H. Young Co. Rod, 'Parabolic 15', 8', 4 oz.

4396
1967 date. Midge 6'3" reel seat: "2 band," ferrule: 12, thread: 319, built for Wm. Adams, Rutherford, NJ(?).From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4397
1967 date. Perfectionist 7'6" reel seat: "2 band," ferrule: 14, thread: 319, originally built for A.J. Crielo(?) of Downers Grove, IL, who also bought #4371, a Para 15. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney." Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Varnished, flamed cane; 5-3/8" cigar grip, black dual rings over cork reel seat, gold/tan wraps, measures 0.276" at butt wrap over varnish, orig. bag and tube. Inked handwriting is by Bob Summers, in two lines. First: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second: Perfectionist 7'6" 2 ½ oz. Owned by Dave Lyons of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4398

1967 date. Perfectionist 7'6" reel seat: "2 band," ferrule: 14, thread: 319, built for ___ ___ of Herkimer, NY. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney." Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Non-ventilated grip, varnished finish. Bought from Thomas & Thomas, July 1978. Price was $395. Cimarron Red from Classic Fly Fishing Forum.

4399
1967 date. Para 15 8'0", reel seat: screwlock, ferrule 15, thread: 319, built for Paul F. _____. From PHY Co. ledger page, courtesy "thorney."

4400
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Varnished flamed cane, Super-Z ferrules, tan/bronze wraps, cigar grip with single thumb depression, dual-bands (dark) over cork seat. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Midge (can't see the rest of the line in photo provided). Reported by Chris Moore.
#4400
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4401 
Martha Marie  7'6"  2/2   Flamed cane, black pocketed cap, black screwlock reel seat with cork spacer, cigar grip appears to be 6-1/2" long and built from 13 1/2"-wide corks, gold-bronze wraps, butt inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod; second flat: Martha Marie Model. Each tip is marked #4401. Rod was owned by Pier Clifford. Thanks to his son Andrew Clifford for photos and information about his late father's rod. Paul Clifford traveled to the Yellowstone area each summer beginning in the 1950s.
#4401
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44XX 
1968 Midge 6'3" 2/2 Varnished flamed cane, Super-Z ferrules, tan/bronze wraps, cigar grip, sliding band cork seat. Sold 2/20/68 (February 20, 1968). MJK Catalog No. 63 (1993). 

44XX
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Varnished med.-dark flamed cane, original special-design truncated Super-Z ferrules, olive/tan wraps, cigar grip, sliding band cork seat (described as "2 tiny black bands"), 2X2 node placement, bag & tube. MJK Catalog No. 82 (2001).

44XX
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Varnished, very dark flamed cane, blued Super-Z ferrules, gold-bronze wraps, cigar grip is described as "good sized," cork seat is described as "the ususal 2-band cork seat." MJK Catalog No. 67 (1995).

44XX
1968 Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Varnished flamed cane, tan/bronze wraps. Sold 2/20/68 (February 20, 1968). One of the two tips is 3-1/2" short. MJK Catalog No. 64 (1994).

44XX
Circa 1968 Para 15 8' 2/2 4 oz. flamed cane, gold wraps, cigar grip, screwlock seat, Detroit die-stamp, Super-Z ferrules, "inscriptions clear and absolute" but unfortunately not recorded, "has seen much fishing on the DeBruce club water" (private trout club on the Willewemoc River, New York). Carmine Lisella's Jordan-Mills Rod Co. catalog no. 24 (Spring 2005).

4410
1968 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 A Paul H Young Co. Rod Parabolic 15 8' 4 oz. Offered June 2007 on eBay. Dark flamed cane, wet and dry tip, screwlock cork seat, brown wraps, resourcinol glue on all sections. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. In 2008, was restored to as new condition by Bob Summers.

4411 
Driggs 7'2" 2/2  2 7/8 oz.  Varnished flamed cane. Cap and ring over cork reel seat. Judging from photos, cap may not have the "Detroit" stamp; ring is knurled on front and rear edges, both are bright metal either originally or the blacking is worn away. Hookkeeper. Inking on two flats, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat:  "Driggs Model" 7'2"  2 7/8 oz.  Butt and each tip are labeled: #4411. Bag and tube. Seen in May 2011 with a crack in one tip between tip top and first snake guide, and a loose thread wrap (gold) on butt section at stripping guide.

4412
Para 15. Original owner was from PA. Present owner traded rod with Len Codella, Anglers Den in New Jersey, 1971 or 1972. Varnished cane, dual rings over cork, wet and dry tips (5/64 & 4 1/2 tiptops), Super-Z ferrules. After a complete rebuild in 1973, "ventilated" half-Wells grip, screwlock wood reel seat, non-hooded cap, wood exposed. First flat, present owner's name - ''Chuck Gregwer'' Second flat ''A Paul H. Young Rod Co. Rod'' - Rebuild 1973 RW Summers Co. - 3rd Flat - Parabolic 15 8' 4 oz .

4413 
Para 15, built 1968. Refinished by Bob Summers with new cork in reel seat and new half Wells grip (original grip was a small cigar grip). Varnished flamed cane, black pocketed cap with "Detroit" stamp, amber wraps, black screwlock seat, inked on butt on two flats in Bob Summers' handwriting. First flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Second flat: Parabolic 15  8'  #5 line. Offered November 2014 on Bob Summers' web site.
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4420
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2, one tip appears to be short about 3-1/2". Varnished flamed cane, dual black bands over cork reel seat, cigar grip, golden-tan wraps, appears to be Super-Z ferrule, has a Payne-like ferrule plug. Maroon satin bag may be original. Aluminum tube inside custom-made cowhide leather tube, maker unknown. Apparently in Japan. Thanks to Chris Moore for this report and photos.
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4423
Driggs, 7'2", 2/2, varnished, flamed cane. Cigar grip, black screwlock cork seat, "Detroit" stamp on cap. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on three lines. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: "Driggs Model'' Third Flat: 7'2" 2 7/8 oz . Truncated Super-Z ferrules. Orig. tube, bag. Mint condition. Offered by Rick Sorensen on West Slope Classic Fly Tackle web site, February 2009.

443X
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Special truncated blued Super-Z ferrules. Varnished flamed cane, tan/bronze wraps, cigar grip, sliding band cork seat. MJK catalog No. 79 (1999).

4432
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Built 1968. Oil finished flamed cane, varnished only over inked butt segment, between cork grip and a brown wrap. Truncated Super-Z ferrules, brown wraps, cigar grip, dual black rings over cork reel seat. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on two flats, First Flat: Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second Flat: Midge  6'3" 1 3/4 oz.  The serial number #4432 is lettered near stripper guide on butt.  Maroon satin bag & Champion-style tube, probably original. Seen on Bob Summers' web site, June 2011, offered for $4000.

4434
Driggs, 7'2", 2/2, varnished, heavily flamed cane. 5-1/4" cigar grip, black dual rings over cork seat. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. Truncated Super-Z ferrules. Orig. tube, bag. New and unfished condition, bought from an estate by Dave Lyons of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
Rod #4434, Driggs
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4438 
Driggs 7'2" 2/2, built 1968, varnished, flamed cane, cigar grip, gold/tan wraps, truncated Super-Z ferrules, black screwlock cork seat, writing on cane in Bob Summers handwriting on two flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: "Driggs" 7'2" 2 7/8 oz. Seen on Bob Summers' web site, January 2011.

4448  (duplicate number with rod below) 
Driggs 7'2" 2/3 (three tips; one tip is short. All tips marked #4448). Varnished, flamed cane, cigar grip with single thumb indentation, black pocketed cap with "Detroit" stamp, black screwlock cork seat, brown wraps, writing on cane in Bob Summers handwriting on two flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: "Driggs" 7'2" 2 7/8 oz. Thanks to Chris Moore for report.
Driggs #4448
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4448  (duplicate number with rod above) 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Purchased from Bill McRoy's catalog by nccavalier of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Sold as a one-owner rod refinished in 1988 by Bob Summers and unfished since.

4449
1968 Midge 6'3" 2/2 Offered by Bob Summers' web site, May 2007. Short ferrules.

4450 (duplicate number with very similar Midge rod below)
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Midge 6'3" 1 3/4 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, dual black rings over cork, cigar grip with pronounced long front taper, truncated Super-Z ferrules, solid golden brown wraps throughout. Original maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube. Offered for $4000 by John Pickard, when seen at Lang's tackle show, Nov. 2007. Offered June 2016 on Gary Siemer's Vintage Fly Tackle site.
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4450 (duplicate number with very similar Midge rod above)
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Midge 6'3" 1 3/4 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, dual black rings over cork, cigar grip with pronounced long front taper, truncated Super-Z ferrules, solid golden brown wraps throughout. Original maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube with red labels, white lettering, indicating early or original ownership by C.W. Fritz od Brisban street, in Harrisburg, PA. Thanks to Paul Kearney. 
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4460
Texan 8'6" 2/2 Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: "The Texan" 8'6" 4.85 oz. Varnished flamed cane, screwlock cork seat, cigar grip, bag & tube. Offered on eBay October 2007. Bought by "mosquito" of Classic Fly Rod Forum.

446X
Para 15 8' 2/2 Dry and wet tips. Built for Gene Anderegg (a founding member of FFF) with his name inked on rod. Screwlock cork seat, bronze-tan wraps, Super-Z ferrules. MJK catalogs No. 68 (1995) and No. 69 (1996). Anderegg also owned a Para 17, built 1964, serial number unknown (XXXX).

4462
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 varnished, flamed cane, cigar grip, gold/tan wraps, truncated Super-Z ferrules, black screwlock cork seat, Detroit die-stamp on cap, writing on cane in Bob Summers handwriting, two lines: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / "Driggs" 7'2" 2 7/8 oz. Owned by Dave Lyons of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
PHY Driggs #4462
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4463
Year 1968 Midge 6'3" 2/2 Butt measurement: 0.248" Varnished, dual band reel seat. Built in 1968, PHY shop log noted rod built for Dr. Ralph Dougherty of McKeesport, PA. On July 7, 1971, rod was bought used for $150 by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm. Mac put his wife's name - B.A. Seaholm - on the rod, May 20, 1972. In 1975 Mac installed a hookkeeper on the rod, and varnished it. Mac sold this Midge on April 18, 1984, for $600 to Denis Mitchell. Denis Mitchell still owns the rod as of October 2011, and provided photos of #4463.
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4469
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  Butt marked on two flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Perfectionist  7'6"  2 5/8 oz.  Butt also marked: #4469. Two tips, full length, each marked #4469. The original owner wrote the following description: "Ordered in late 1968 along with  the broken Midge tip and received in 1969... 44 years of ownership but only four seasons of fishing, as I always seemed to reach for the Midge in those days." The writer, who ordered this rod when he arranged for repair and replacement of tips on his PHY Midge rod, also owned #4290 Midge, #4523 Para 15, and #4587 Martha Marie, 4-piece pack rod format.

4470
Perfectionist. Known solely from one existing tip section, shortened and modified to serve as a Driggs tip. This is a tip that was loose in the bag of Driggs #4661; see listing for rod #4661. Apparently the rest of the rod has been lost. Gold wraps. Tip owned by ctkenc of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. According to Bob Summers, this was originally a Perfectionist tip he made, that was cut down, re-ferruled to fit the Driggs, and the bottom two snake guides placed in the same relative position as on a Driggs tip. A new bag is being made for rod #4461 to hold all three tips plus the butt of the rod.

4472
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Lettered on two flats; First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Martha Marie Mod. 7'6" 3 1/2 oz. Inked near stripping guide: 4472. Cigar grip, black screwlock cork seat, brown wraps. This rod was shown to me in mid-October 2008 by Bob Summers.

4492
Midge 6'3" 2/2 A Paul H Young Co. Rod "Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz." Summers' handwriting. Short style Super-Z ferrules. Two rings over cork.

4500
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2-7/8 oz. Flamed, Super-Z ferrules, Screwlock cork seat, tan/bronze wraps, in new condition when listed in MJK catalog, Fall 1984.

45XX
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2-7/8 oz. Ritz-style grip, sliding band cork seat, blued tiptop & guides, reporeted to be in brand-new unused cond., MJK catalog no. 47 (1987).

45XX (see rod #4512)
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Varnished dark flamed cane. Truncated (short-slide), blued Super-Z ferrules. Cigar grip, "two-band cork seat," tan/gold wraps w/lt. wire guides, orig. bag and tube. Said to be a rod bought for a fisherman's wife "who apparently lawn-cast it only w/one of its tips." Offered for $2300, MJK catalog no. 65 (1994). This may be PHY rod #4512, seen on web site of Bob Selb, tackle dealer, March 2008, offered for $3600.

4503
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Ferrule size 14, cigar grip with skeleton reel seat and dual slide bands. Inked on butt: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / 'Perfectionist' 7'6" 2 1/2 oz. Bamboo rod maker Per Brandin reported that he has been familiar with PHY rod #4503 "since just after I started fly fishing; it belonged to Clem Fullerton who was also active in the Croton Watershed Chapter of TU in the late 60's and into the 80's. Clem showed the rod to me many years ago and I measured it with a micrometer in the 1970's and it became the basic starting point for my own quad parabolic designs. Clem bought the rod in the 1960's after reading Al McClane's articles where he extolled the virtues of a particular un-named rod; Clem wrote to McClane and was told the rod in question was a Paul Young Perfectionist... While it will cast a #4 line, it is better with a #5."

4503 - Photo by Per Brandin
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4507
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  4 oz. cigar grip, black screwlock cork seat, Super-Z ferrules. Seen at two public auctions: Lot #11, R.W. Oliver's Fifth Annual Summer Auction, July 8, 1989, sold for $1000. plus 10% buyers premium, and Lot #121B at R.W. Oliver's Seventh Annual Summer Fishing Tackle Auction, Kennebunk, ME, July 1991, sold for $1800. plus 10% buyers premium.

4508
Perfectionist  7'6" 2-1/2 oz. Built for John Stephens; marked built for Jack Stephens. Reported by narcodog of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4509
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4oz. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat is blank. Third flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' 4 oz. Butt marked near stripping guide: #4509DRY TIP #4509 is marked on two flats of tip with red spiral wrap near male ferrule. WET TIP #4509 is marked on the other tip. Varnished, flamed cane, cigar grip with black screwlock down-lock seat over cork. Original bag but no tube.

PHY #4509
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4512
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Varnished flamed cane, all sections marked with #4512. Blued nickel silver Super-Z ferrules; look like truncated ferrules as seen in available photo. Looks like Bob Summers' handwriting on the cane but can't be completely sure due to photo quality. Cigar grip, dual black rings over cork seat, light tan wraps, orig. maroon bag and aluminum tube. From web site of Bob Selb, tackle dealer, March 2008, offered for $3600.

4516
Built April 1, 1970, Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 0.280" butt diameter. Varnished, cigar grip, slip ring. Shop log date, April 1, 1970, sold to Bob Julius of Lansing, MI. Sold by Bob Julius on November 28, 1973 to Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm for $175, and received by Mac on December 4, 1973. Mac first fished this Perfectionist on May 18, 1974 at Green Springs, taking a 10" brown trout with a #22 Adams on 6X tippet. On August 27, 1974, Mac added a thumbprint indentation to the grip. Mac replaced the original bag with a "Black Watch" tartan bag. Mac sold the rod on February 4, 1990 to Francis Horner for $1700.

4517 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  Varnished, deeply flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork seat. Solid, cigar cork grip. Truncated nickel silver, blued Super-Z ferrules. Handwritten on shaft in Bob Summers' script: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  On another non-adjacent flat, inked: Perfectionist  7'6"  2 1/2 oz.  Inked #4517 on butt and each tip. Offered on eBay, October 2013.

4519
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Solid (non-ventilated) cork grip, dual black rings over cork seat. Truncated nickel silver, blued Super-Z ferrules. Handwritten on shaft in Bob Summers' script: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod On another flat, the weight of 2 ½ oz. is given. Serial number 4519 is inked on the butt and both tips. Reported by rod maker Wolfram Schott, who cast this rod at a conclave in Germany, September 2009. 

4520
1971 date. Para 15  8'0" 2/2  Built for noted author Tom McGuane by Bob Summers. Both tips are dry tips and so marked, one with  #4520 DRY TIP written on a flat and a red spiral wrap at base of male ferrule, and the other tip with #4520 DRY TIP written near the same location, but no red spiral wrap. Varnished, flamed cane. Black screwlock downlocking seat over cork. Black pocketed butt cap has "Detroit" marking.  Half Wells solid cork grip. Butt section marked in black ink in Summers' handwriting, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: "Parabolic 15:  8'  4 oz.  Original ruddy-red nylon bag and tube. Offered on Bob Summers web site, April 2014 for $4000.
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452X
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 3-1/2 oz. Flamed cane, gold/tan wraps, Super-Z ferrules, screwlock cork seat. MJK Catalog No. 90 (2005). 

4523
Para 15  8'0" 2/2  Wet and dry tips. Butt marked on first flat:  J.F. Eaton  Second flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Third flat: "Parabolic 15"  8'  4 oz.  Butt also marked: #4523. Two tips, full length, marked Dry Tip #4523 and Wet Tip #4523.  The original owner wrote the following description: "Ordered in late 1969 or early 1970 and received in 1970. Fished very, very little as the streams I fished in those days whispered for the Midge and occasionally the Perfectionist." The writer also owned #4290 Midge, #4469 Perfectionist, and #4587 Martha Marie, 4-piece pack rod format.

4532
Perfectionist 7'6"  2/2  Built 1970. Flamed, varnished cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat. Brown wraps. Slim cigar grip. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on two lines, First line: Paul H. Young Co.  Second line: Perfectionist  7'6"  2 1/2 oz.  Butt section was refinished by Bob Summers due to a problem with bug repellent, so this lettering may or may not be original. #4532 inked on butt and both tips. Hookkeeper. Bag and tube. Offered on Bob Summers' web site August 2011 for $3500.

4536
Driggs 7'2" 2/2" 2.8 oz. One tip is snapped at tip-top. eBay Feb 2007

4540 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 
Wet and dry tips. Seller states inked in Bob Summers' handwriting. Flamed cane, tan-bronze wraps, half Wells grip, black screwlock cork seat. Bag and tube. Offered on eBay, October 2011.

4543
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Parabolic 15 8' 4 oz. Wet and dry tips, and butt, all marked #4543. Varnished flamed cane, tan-bronze wraps with decorative spiral red wrap at base of male ferrule on dry tip, cigar grip, black screwlock cork seat. Bag and tube. Offered on eBay, March 2010.

4565 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. Varnished, heavily flamed rod. Screwlock cork reel seat. Bronze wraps. Listed in John T. Scott Vintage Tackle catalog, Fall 1992.

4566
Perfectionist 7'6"  2/2  2.5 oz. Flamed cane with tung oil finish. Dual bands. Ventilated cork grip. Dated "1972" on tube. Thanks to "creakycane" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4568 
Perfectionist, built with three tips. Thanks to Carl Otto of Wanigas Rod Co. for this information.

4571 
Midge 6'3" 2/2, built for P. John Hagan, M.D. Varnished, flamed cane. Dual dark rings over cork. End cork button is neatly and attractively beveled. Cigar grip tapers neatly down to the cane at front of grip. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers on three flats. The original owner name, P. John Hagan, M.D., is inked on a flat that is non-adjacent to the other two inked flats, which are: First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Midge 6'3" 1 3/4 oz. Shown to me by Fred Kretchmann at SuperBoo 2016 in Fairfield, Maine.
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4578
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Parabolic 15 8' 4 oz. Wet and dry tips each marked #4578. Varnished dark cane, brown wraps, cigar/Ritz grip, screwlock cork seat, Detroit die-stamp on cap. Original bag, and a tube (original?). Seen on Bob Selb's site.

4579 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting, first flat: Gus A. Nevros  Second flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod   Third flat: Parabolic 15 8' 4 oz. Wet and dry tips, and butt, all marked #4579. Varnished flamed cane, tan-bronze wraps with decorative spiral red wrap at base of male ferrule on dry tip, half Wells grip, black screwlock cork seat. Bag and tube. Seen on a web site, late 2011, cannot otherwise confirm but it looks authentic. Gus Nevros was a bamboo fly rod builder.

4586
Year date 1973 Driggs 7'2" 2/2 Butt measurement: 0.261" Oil finish, slip ring on reel seat, 5-1/2" ventilated grip. Ordered February 24, 1972 by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm. Received April 6, 1973. The rod was ordered from the PHY Company, and cost $195. new. First fish on this rod: Mac caught a 12" brown trout on a Dorothea nymph, at the "Horse Pasture," Falling Springs, May 19, 1973. Mac caught ten fish that day, on nymphs and dry flies. Seaholm put a thumb indentation in the grip on August 27, 1974. The rod has a replacement bag, in Buchanan Plaid fabric. Since he did not like the brown satin Young bags of that time, Mac had rod bags specially made. Each model of Young rod was put in a different Tartan plaid bag. All Mac's Driggs rods were put in Buchanan Plaid bags. The rod was sold for $2000. on September 20, 2000. 

4587
Martha Marie, 4/2, 4-piece pack rod format. Date: April 6, 1973. 3-1/2 oz. Butt marked on first flat:  J.F. Eaton  4.6.73  Second flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Third flat: Martha Marie Model  Fourth flat: 7'6"  3-1/2 oz.  Two tips, each marked #4587.  The original owner wrote the following description in 2013: "Ordered in late 1972 and received in April 1973 just two months before relocating to overseas assignments where trout were not to be found and left behind with my three other PHY's in stateside storage, not to see the light of day until my retirement in 2004. Needless to say, this marvelous rod has never been fished and was recently sold to an overseas collector." The writer also owned #4290 Midge, #4469 Perfectionist, and #4523 Para 1587.

4590
Perfectionist 0.265 butt, 2-1/2 oz. according to owner ""rdsphoto"" from Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4596
Para 17, 8'6", 2/2. Varnished flamed cane, half Wells grip, black screwlock cork seat, reportedly marked "A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / Parabolic 17, 8'6", 5-1/2 oz." Original bag and tube. Inaccurately described in Oliver catalog as a three-piece rod; photo shows otherwise (Richard W. Oliver Auction Gallery, catalog of First High Rollers Tackle Auction, held February 26, 1988, Marlborough, MA). This rod was also Lot #862 at the Lang's Sporting Advertising and Sportsman's Auction, Boxborough, MA, July 28, 1996 and correctly described as a two-piece rod.

459X
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 Varnished flamed cane, Wells grip, two-band cork seat, dk. choc. brown wraps, G. silver shouldered blued ferrules, orig. owners name on shaft. MJK catalog No. 79 (1999)

4600
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 3 oz. Varnished, dual rings over cork reel seat, dark brown wraps. Listed as "4600 serial #" which could possibly mean either #4600, or one of a hundred rods in the 46XX range. But since this rod list includes another Young rod and gives the exact number of that rod, it seems likely that this Perfectionst is truly #4600. Offered for $750. in the Hearthside News, Vol. 4, No. 2; December 1984, published by Thomas & Thomas, Turners Falls, MA.

4601 
Martha Marie, built 1974. 7'6" 2/2 Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. One flat can be seen in photos: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Two other flats are lettered, one starts: Martha Marie... Varnished, flamed cane. Black screwlock cork seat, "Detroit" stamp on pocketed butt cap, brown wraps. Half Wells grip. Maroon satin bag, Champion-style tube. Built for Ned Jewett, long-time Young customer who appears in the cover photo of the mid-1950s PHY catalog (red cover) holding an Atlantic salmon. Rod offered for $3950 on Summers' web site, January 2012.

46XX
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Built with ventilated grip, 1/8" space between corks, dark flamed cane with oil finish, German silver ferrules. MJK catalog No. 49 (1988)

46XX
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Reel seat not described. Cigar grip, dark flamed, dark brown/bronze wraps, "Blued lt. wire guides & tip tops, G. silver ferrules" (not aluminum). Bag, tube not described. MJK catalog No. 50 (1988)

46XX
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Reel seat not described. "Longer ventilated grip." Brown wraps. Bag, tube described as "not original." Bob Corsetti catalog no. 11 (Summer 1993).

46XX
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2-7/8 oz. Varnished cane, "very dark," Wells grip, 2-band cork seat, blued ferrules, dark bronze wraps. MJK Catalog No. 63 (1993).

46XX
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2-7/8 oz. Varnished dark flamed cane, Half-Wells grip, blk. finish screwlock cork seat, blued ferrules, brown wraps. MJK Catalog No. 66 (1994) and No. 67 (1995).

46XX
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2-7/8 oz. Varnished dark flamed cane, Wells grip, blk. finish screwlock cork seat, blued Halstead-type ferrules, burgundy wraps with blued guides, appeared unused, orig. burgundy nylon bag and orig. aluminum tube. MJK Catalog No. 82 (2001).

46XX
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. Wet and dry tips. Varnished dark cane, blued Super-Z ferrules, brown wraps, Wells grip, cork sliding band seat, "rod used by fisherman's wife twice for a short time," MJK Catalogs No. 65 and 66 (1994).

4604
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Slight crack near node on butt. Original bag, tube. Lang's Jan. 3, 2004 auction catalog.

4614
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4oz. Flamed cane, black screwlock cork seat. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' 4 oz. Dry fly and wet fly tips. Dry tip has red spiral wrap, marked #4614 Dry Tip; wet tip marked #4614 Wet Tip. Owned by mosquito of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Also seen listed September 2006 on Rick Sorenson's West Slope Classic Fly tackle site, sold for $3450.

4616
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Martha Marie Mod. 7'6" 3 3/4 oz. Varnished, flamed cane; brown wraps. Half wells grip with screwlock seat, cork spacer, die-stamp marking on cap. Seen for sale at "Denver Dave's" web site, Dec. 2007.

4622
Year date 1974 Driggs 7'2" 2/2 Butt measurement: 0.265" Shop log build date: April 10, 1974 Ordered September 24, 1973 by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm. Received April 23, 1974. The rod was ordered from the PHY Company, and Mac considered this turn-around time a "miracle". There was an error, the rod was delivered varnished; Mac had asked for his preferred oil finish. First fish on this rod: Mac caught a rainbow trout, May 19, 1974 at Falling Springs. Jack Young oil finished and installed hookkeeper in winter 1974-75. Seaholm put a thumb indentation in the grip. The rod has a replacement bag, in Buchanan Plaid fabric. Since he did not like the brown satin Young bags of that time, Mac had rod bags specially made. Each model of Young rod was put in a different Tartan plaid bag. All Mac's Driggs rods were put in Buchanan Plaid bags. Bob Summers later sold this rod as agent for Mac. Mac received $2240.

4627

Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Flamed cane, all sections full length, wet and dry tips, cigar grip, black screwlock downlocking seat over cork, brown wraps. Bag and tube. Sold for $2300 as Lot 256 at Lang's November 3, 2006 auction.

4629
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Varnished flamed cane, cigar grip. Dual black rings over cork. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First Flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. Serial numbers on both tips just above male ferrule slides. Not aluminum ferrules; looks like Super-Zs. Original bag and tube. On eBay March 2007. Also offered on eBay September 2008.

4631
1974 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4oz. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' 4 oz. Butt marked near stripping guide: #4631 #4631 DRY is marked on tip with red spiral wrap near male ferrule. #4631 WET is marked on the other tip. Owner Gordon Cox wrote to me: "I took delivery of this rod in June 1974. The description of this rod is as follows: Dry fly and wet fly tips. Beautiful dark flamed cane with dark brown wraps. Modified half wells grip with screw down-lock seat. Wonderful cork. Cork spacer with black anodized reel seat fittings. Oxidized dark Super Z ferrules. Carbaloy stripper and black guides. All original rod, bag and case. Condition: Mint."

Rod #4631, Para 15, "wet tip" and "dry tip" markings.
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4635(see 2125)
Little Giant. 6'6" 2/2 Reported by Richard Shelton, whose rod has a butt and one tip marked #2125, and a second tip marked #4635. I have recorded another rod made up of parts from two rods (see listings for #4387 and #4389), but never with such widely different serial numbers.

4636 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4oz. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers on butt, another maker (Jack Young?) on tips. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Parabolic 15  8'  4 oz.  Available photos do not show serial number in typical location on butt near stripping guide. Tips are both dry fly tips and each is simply marked: #4636. Varnished, flamed cane; brown wraps. Solid half wells grip has a single thumb depression. Dark pocketed cap, with no die-stamp marking, and ring seat, cork spacer. Hookkeeper. Super Z ferrules. Described as having "green cloth bag and brown aluminum tube," which does not seem likely to be original. Sold through J.D. Wagner, Rodmaker web site.

4637
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4oz. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' 4 oz. Butt marked near stripping guide: #4637.  #4637 DRY is marked on one tip. #4637 WET is marked on the other tip. Dry fly and wet fly tips. Varnished, flamed cane; brown wraps. Half wells grip with cap and ring seat, cork spacer. Cap has no die-stamp marking on it but looks authentic. Super Z ferrules.

4638
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Martha Marie Mod. 7'6" 3 1/2 oz. Varnished, flamed cane; brown wraps. Half wells grip with cap and ring seat, cork spacer. Cap has no die-stamp marking on it but looks authentic. Offered for $4000 by John Pickard, seen at Lang's tackle show, Nov. 2007.

4644 
Midge 6'3" 2/2  2 oz. Varnished flamed cane, cigar grip. Dual black rings over cork reel seat. Hookkeeper. Not aluminum ferrules; looks like Super-Zs. Seen on Len Codella's web site, May 2011.

4649
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Double black rings over cork. Cigar grip. Brown wraps. Thanks to Ron Barch.

4650
Midge 6'3" 2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Dual black rings over cork. Cigar grip. Brown wraps. Thanks to Ron Barch.  

4658
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Belonged to author Gene Hill. Flamed cane, Super-Z ferrules, black finish cap and screwlock fittings. MJK catalog #56 (1991).

4661
Driggs 7'2" 2/2, plus a third tip, originally from a Perfectionist but shortened and modified to serve as a Driggs tip and marked 4470. See rod #4470 in this list. Rod is inked on four flats as follows: First: Vin Ringrose Second: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Third: Driggs Mod. 2 3/4oz 7'2" Fourth: #4661 Brown wraps, cigar grip, dual rings over cork reel seat. Rod owned by ctkenc of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Offered August 2009 for $5250 for two-tip original rod, West Slope Classic Tackle web site.

Rod #4661 Driggs.
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4664
Built 1975, Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Oil finish, ventilated grip, dual rings. Shop log date, March 17, 1975. Received March 26, 1975 by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm. Mac first fished this Perfectionist on August 22, 1975 at Yellow Creek, taking a 9" brown trout and then a 13" brown, using an orange beetle pattern on 6X tippet. Ten fish were landed that day; all brown trout. On August 30, 1975, Mac added a thumbprint indentation to the grip. Mac turned down the grip in 1981. Hoagy Carmichael sold the rod in 1984; mac received $650.

4667
Para 15 8' A Paul H Young Co. Rod Parabolic 15 8' 4 oz. "Tips marked '4667 WET' and '4667 DRY'. Belonged to Bill Willers, author of "Trout Biology."

4676 
Para 15 8'0", varnished mottle-flamed cane, hooded butt cap and knurled ring over mortised cork reel seat. There is no "Detroit" stamp on the cap. Half Wells grip, brown wraps, blued ferrules. Hookkeeper. Marked on two flats in Bob Summers' handwriting. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Parabolic 15  8'  4 oz. Butt is marked #4676 near stripping guide. Each tip is marked #4676, plus one tip is also marked "wet tip." Excellent (apparently unrestored) condition. Dark brown rayon-like bag trimmed lighter brown. Hand-tooled leather case with clear plastic interior tube. Purchased by current owner about 1997 from Wisconsin rod builder Don Schroeder, who had received it from a doctor in Milwaukee, WI. 

4678
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2-3/4 oz. Flamed cane, oil finish, ventilated grip, dual rings over cork reel seat, blued ferrules, orig. bag & tube. MJK catalog no. 57 (1991).

4683 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  4oz. Wet and dry tips. Dry tip measures 0.068" below tip top wraps, has spiral decorative red wraps at ferrule (needs replacement) and tip top. Varnished, flamed cane. Pocketed cap and ring over cork reel seat; cork transitions to solid half Wells grip. Bluing worn away on cap and ring, some varnish defects. Inked handwriting by Bob Summers. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' 4 oz.  Original nylon bag and Champion-style tube. Offered for $3150 on Per Brandin's web site, March 2011.

4684
1975 Texas General 8'6", 2/2. Varnished flamed cane, black screwlock cork seat, Detroit die stamp on butt cap, cigar grip, brown wraps, bag & tube. Serial number hard to see in photo but appears to be 4684. Writing appears to be by Bob Summers. Seen on Bob Summers' web site, June 2008.

4686 
8'6", 2/2, 4-7/8 oz. fly rod, no model name. Varnished flamed cane, black screwlock cork seat, black pocketed butt cap, 6"-long half Wells grip is made from 12 half-inch corks, brown wraps. Butt inked by Bob Summers on two flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: 8'6"  4 7/8 oz. Thanks to Bill Kaplin for showing me this rod at the 2014 Catskill Rod Gathering at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.
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4687
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-1/2 oz. Marked with original owner's name "Keith Spalding". Two identical dry fly tips. The second tip top has been replaced with a chrome one - otherwise all original. Unique feature: reel seat - it is aluminum downlocking with white plastic insert. "The reelseat looks original to the rod. It fits perfectly to the cork grip - typical Young cigar shape. It has all the right patina to it. Just one of those quirky things." - Chris Bogart, Shenandoah Rods.

4689
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 3-5/8 oz. Cap and ring reel seat. Bag and tube. Item 151A listed in separate Addendum sheet (NOT in printed catalog) for the Premiere (First) High Rollers Auction, R.W. Oliver Gallery auction at Marlborough, MA on February 26, 1988.

4694
1975 Driggs 7'2" 2/2 Ventilated grip, oil finish. Ordered March 1975, was received July 22, 1975 from Jack Young. Price was $195. Info from "Cimarron Red" of the Classic Fly Fishing Forum. This rod was described as 3 oz., flamed, oil finish, Halstead-type ferrules, Garrison-type tapered grip, screwlock cork seat, in MJK catalog No. 54 (1990).

4698
1975 Midge 6'3" 2/2 Ventilated grip, oil finish. Received from Jack Young, August 1975. Price was $190. Reported by Cimarron Red from Classic Fly Fishing Forum.

47XX
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2.5 oz. Ventilated grip, oil finish on flamed cane, dual band cork seat, Super-Z ferrules, brown wraps, orig. bag & tube. MJK catalog no. 49 (1988).

47XX
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-3/4 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, 100% black finish on fittings, possibly unused, "silver ferrules," original bag and tube. MJK catalog no. 52 (1989).

47XX
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 3.5 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, burgundy wraps, screwlock cork seat, "natural colored" Super-Z ferrules, Wells grip, blued guides & tops, bag, tube. MJK catalog no. 49 (1988).

47XX
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4 oz. Flamed cane, wet and dry tips, "Detroit" stamp on butt cap, original nylon bag and tube. MJK catalog no. 47 (1987).

47XX
Boat Rod 8'0" 2/2 4.55 oz. Varnished, flamed cane, bronze wraps, screwlock cork seat, blued Super-Z ferrules, Wells grip, blued guides & tops, bag & tube. MJK catalog no. 49 (1988).

4704
Year date 1975 Driggs 7'2" 2/2 6" ventilated grip. Received August 25, 1975 by Malcolm B. "Mac" Seaholm. Inscribed "Barbara A. Seaholm" (wife). Mac added a thumb indentation on August 30, 1975. Rod was sold for $625.

4705
Perfectionist 7'6"  2/2  Flamed, varnished cane. Dual black rings over cork reel seat. Brown wraps. Inked in Bob Summers' handwriting on two lines, First line: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second line: Perfectionist  7'6"  2 1/2 oz.  #4705 inked on butt and both tips. Original bag and tube. Offered on Bob Selb's web site for $3595, March 2010.

4706
Perfectionist 7'6" Was originally 2/2, is now 2/3 with a later, additional tip built by Bob Summers, with his signature. Summers' invoice for the new tip indicates that he touched up the rod and built the new tip. The old tips have male ferrules with a band/notch that differs from the new tip's ferrule. One old tip is perfect, the other old tip is short by 5 inches. Rod now owned by "arthurk" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Flamed cane, cigar grip, sliding band over cork reel seat, original bag and aluminum tube.

4709
Midge 6'3" 2/1 It is not known whether there originally was a second tip. Flamed cane, cigar grip, dual rings over cork seat, brown wraps, blued nickel silver ferrules, maroon satin bag, tube. Inked on butt, A Paul H. Young Co. Rod, Midge 6'3", 1 3/4 oz. #4709 inked on butt and tip. Lang's auction, Spring 2010.

4710
Perfectionist. Bob Summer's handwriting. Made for Dan Bean. Reported by "bearbutt" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum. Rod #4710 was listed and described in MJK catalog No. 64 (1994): "...even has orig. outer paper bag over perfect tube...," varnished, flamed, Garrison-style grip, dual band cork seat, brown wraps.

At about this point, between production of rods #4710 and #4722, "bearbutt" believes that Bob Summers left the Paul H. Young Co.

4713
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  Varnished, flamed cane. Cap and ring over cork. Cigar grip. Brown wraps. Photo appears to show Bob Summers' handwriting. Thanks to Ron Barch.

4722
1978 Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Two flats were seen in web photos: First flat: Perfectionist 7'6" 2-1/2 oz. Second flat shows owner's name and creation date, name hard to read in photos, probably: Louis S. Hegedus Nov. 1978. Second tip 6"" short. On Rick's rods web site 2006, on Bob Selb's web site, early 2007. See also Para 15 rod #4726 also built for Louis Hegedus.

4724 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Half Wells grip, black screwlock seat with cork spacer, "Detroit" stamp on cap, chestnut brown wraps, Super-Z ferrules, khaki bag and tube. Inked writing is not by Bob Summers, is probably by Jack Young. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Parabolic 15 - 8' - 4 oz. Both tips and butt are also marked #4724. In photo, tips appear to be separate "wet" and "dry" tips. On one tip, seven small cuts appear to have been made in the varnish. Seen on a Japanese web site, January 2011.

4726 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Half Wells grip, black pocketed butt cap with worn ring over cork spacer, chestnut brown wraps, Super-Z ferrules. Inked writing by Todd Young. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Parabolic 15 - 8' - 4 oz.  Third flat: Louis Hegedus May 1978. See also Perfectionist rod #4722 also built for Louis Hegedus. It is not known why rod #4722 is dated November 1978 while rod #4726 is dated May 1978.
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4731
1978 Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Ventilated grip, oil finish. Ordered Dec. 1974, received from Jack Young, July 1978. Price was $235. Cimarron Red from Classic Fly Fishing Forum.

4733
1979 Perfectionist: 7'6", 2/2, 2 3/4 oz. Inked handwriting by Jack Young. First flat marked: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Perfectionist - 7'6" - 2 3/4 oz. Third flat: #4733 Owner Gordon Cox wrote to me: "I took delivery of this rod in March 1979. The description of this rod is as follows: Beautiful dark flamed cane with dark brown wraps. Modified cigar grip with two slide band down-lock lock reel seat over cork spacer. Wonderful cork. Black anodized reel seat fittings Oxidized Super Z ferrules. Carbaloy stripper and black guides. All original rod, bag and case. Condition: Mint." 

4736 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2. Varnished, flamed cane. Non-pocketed cap with Detroit stamp, ring with diagonal knurling front and rear edges. Much blueing missing from cap, all blueing missing from ring. Neatly mortised cork reel seat. Half Wells grip made from twelve half-inch corks. Hookkeeper. Marked Super-Z ferrule. Brown wraps. Butt is inked on two flats in handwriting that I don't recognize. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Parabolic 15.  8'  4 oz.  Butt is inked #4736; the tip that I saw has #4736 followed by a capital W that looks like it is in different handwriting. Shown to me by Fred Kretchmann at SuperBoo 2016 in Fairfield, Maine.
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4752
Midge 6'3" 2/2 Second tip has an invisible wrap 1 inch long, located 9" from tiptop. Dual band cork seat, Super-Z ferrules, varnished, orig. bag & tube. MJK catalog No. 55 (1990).

4755 
Midge, possibly 6'1", 2/2.  Known from limited views in owner photos. Half Wells grip appears to have three solid corks at front of grip, but may be ventilated toward the reel seat. Nickel silver ferrules, probably Super-Z ferrule. Two lines of inked lettering, possibly in Jack Young's handwriting, can be seen on butt section: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / Midge - 6'1"  1 3/4 oz. (there is additionally lettering, appears to read: 2nd. I speculate that this is a rod that didn't turn out to be the usual 6'3" in length, perhaps due to manufacturing error or in-shop breakage, and so it was sold as a shop "second." Tube in photo has PHY Company paper collar still in place. Reported by Gary Siemer, Vintage Fly Tackle.

4757
1980 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Ventilated grip, oil finish, screwlock reel seat. Received from Jack Young, May 1980. Price was $335. Cimarron Red from Classic Fly Fishing Forum.

4762
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-3/4 oz. Super-Z ferrules, "almost nonexistent (?) half-Wells grip," brown silks, "...a tad more parabolic & a bit more powerful than usually found..." description in MJK catalog No. 54 (1990). Also listed in MJK catalog No. 74 (1998), which adds that the reel seat is a screwlock seat, 98% blueing on seat fittings and ferrules.

4765
Boat Rod 8'0" 2/2 Flamed cane, black screwlock cork seat, half Wells grip, offered in new, never fished condition on North West Classic Tackle web site, July 2008. 

4767
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4oz. Wet and dry tips. Varnished, flamed cane; brown translucent wraps. Half Wells grip. Black screwlock seat over cork. Black pocketed butt cap with "Detroit" stamp. Inked handwriting is not by Bob Summers, may be by Todd Young. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Parabolic 15 - 8' - 4 oz. Butt marked near stripping guide: #4767 Each tip is also marked #4767. Super Z ferrules. Seen on eBay March 2013. Also seen on eBay January 2015; photos show dark glue lines on tips. Male ferrules show wear, but rod has a glossy varnish coat that appears new. Offered on eBay, December 2015.
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4768 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 2-3/4 oz. Dark cane, black pocketed cap and black screwlocking reel seat over cork, half Wells grip built from twelve half-inch corks. Butt inked, apparently by Todd Young, on two flats visible in photos. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Perfectionist - 7'6" - 2 3/4 oz.  Butt marked near stripping guide: #4768 Each tip is also marked #4768. Owned by Danish rod builder Jens Ryhl. Rod was purchased in 1986 by Ken Milton, a friend of Jens Ryhl. Information and photos supplied by "Morten" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
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477X
Para 15 8'0" 2/1 (note) Dry tip good, wet tip broken; ferrules and fittings remain. Wells grip, screwlock cork seat. MJK catalog 75 (1998).

4773
1981 Driggs 7'2" 2/2 Ventilated grip, oil finish. Received from Jack Young, March 1981. Price was $335. Cimarron Red from Classic Fly Fishing Forum.

4776 
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2  Varnished flamed cane, solid long slender cigar grip, black pocketed cap with "Detroit" stamp, black screwlock cork seat appears unfished (reportedly was not fished by either its first or second owner; current owner "rickv" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum fished it; his first catch was a 15" rainbow trout on the Au Sable River. Solid brown thread wraps. 0.275" butt measurement. Butt is inked on two flats, first flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: Perfectionist Model, 7' 6"- 2.75 oz. Also inscribed by Bob Summers with names of the first and second owners, Dave Hall and Dr. Tom Doerr. Beige bag with lighter beige piping, Champion-style tube. Seen March 2014, offered for $4000 on Bob Summers' web site. Owner "rickv" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum subsequently reported more information, including some info gained from communications with Todd Young. Rod #4776 was made for Dave Hall, a Traverse City, MI businessman (CEO of now-defunct Reef Petroleum). Hall gave the rod to his friend, Dr. Tom Doerr. 

478X
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1 3/4 oz., 5" cigar grip, gold/tan wraps, black ferrules, dual-band cork seat, appears unused orig. cond. MJK #71 (1996). This rod could be #4781 Midge.

4781  (duplicate number with rod below)
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1 3/4 oz., 5" cigar grip, gold/tan wraps, MJK #52 (1989).

4781 (duplicate number with rod above)
Texan, built with three tips. Thanks to Carl Otto of Wanigas Rod Co. for this information.

4782
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  Wet and dry tips. Wet tip has been fished about three hours, dry tip not at all. Information from owner.

4783
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Half Wells grip, cap and ring, cork spacer, brown wraps, Super-Z ferrules, original bag and tube. Inked writing by Jack Young. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Parabolic 15 - 8' - 4 oz. Both tips are the same; not known if both are "wet" or "dry" tips. Corsetti catalog No. 44 (2007). Owned by dshx of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4787 
Martha Marie 7'6"  2/2  3-1/2 oz. Varnished, deeply flamed cane, brown wraps, cigar grip, black screwlock over cork reel seat. Appears from photo to be Super-Z ferrules, outer color is bronze. Inked in three lines: First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Martha Marie Model  7'6" 3 1/2 oz  Third flat: William K. Feisler, Jr. Handwriting is not by Bob Summers. Jack Young? Beige hooded bag, Champion-style tube. Offered for $3460 on Bob Selb's web site, February 2013. 

4794
Texan "8'6"" 2/2" 4.85 oz. One tip is snapped at tip-top. eBay Feb 2007

48XX
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Wet and dry tips. Flamed cane, sliding band cork seat, maroon wraps, Super-Z ferrules. 2-inch scratch was noted in varnish, middle of butt section. MJK catalog No. 51 (1989).

48XX
Texan 8'6" 2/2 4.85 oz. Screwlock cork seat, maroon wraps, Western grip. MJK catalog No. 51 (1989).

4814
Perfectionist, 7'6", 2/1 (built with only one tip, in 1981): Reported by Bob Ryan: "I had Jack Young build a rod for my then infant son, who was three years old at the time. I presented the rod to my son on his 16th birthday. It is a Paul Young 71/2 ft. Perfectionist serial # 4814. The rod has only one tip as I couldn't afford two at the time! My son is now 31 and living in Bozeman, Montana. His Paul Young Pefectionist has never been fished. I knew Jack, as my in-laws had a cottage in Traverse City near his shop in Bower's Harbor. I visited Jack at the shop frequently and always enjoyed his unique personality and fabulous workmanship."

4818 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  Varnished flamed cane. Wet and dry tips. Downlocking aluminum reel seat with walnut spacer, half-Wells grip. Inked on two flats, first flat: Paul H. Young Co. Second flat: Parabolic 15  8'0"  4 oz.  Inked as #4818 on all three sections. Reported by owner David Constable who wrote to me: "This rod was returned to me in 1990 by Todd Young.  It was to replace another earlier Para 15 which I had sent to him with a total varnish failure and delamination due to my neglect.  Although the serial #'s on both rods (4818) was the same, I don't believe they were the same rod.  The original Para 15 was purchased from the PHY Co. in Sept 1983 for $525." Since the rod looks a bit like Todd Young's later "Pinnacle Series," I think it's quite possible that this rod #4818 could be a full replacement for an earlier rod #4818 built in 1983.
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4819 
Para 15  8'0", 2/2.  Known from limited views in owner photos. Reel seat not shown. Front of grip shown; grip is probably solid cork, half Wells shape. Nickel silver ferrules, probably Super-Z ferrule. Solid brown wraps. Two lines of inked lettering can be seen on butt section: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod / Parabolic 15  8'  4 oz.  The handwriting is very similar to handwriting on rods owned by Chauncy Lively and his family (for example, see photos of Chauncy Lively's Para 15 in the NNN list). The tips are marked: 4819 with an additional mark in front of the numbers. Photos are too blurred to tell whether this is a # or some other mark. Reported by Gary Siemer, Vintage Fly Tackle.

4835 
Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. Flamed cane, brown wraps, cigar grip tapers almost like an Orvis Superfine grip, dual black rings over cork reel seat, has a thin metal disk covering base of cork butt. Super-Z ferrules, outer color is bronze. Inked in three lines: First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Midge Model  6'3" 1 3/4 oz  Third flat: William K. Feisler, Jr.  Also inked #4835 on each tip. Handwriting is not by Bob Summers. Jack Young? Original maroon bag, original tube. Offered for $3775 on Bob Selb's web site, February 2013. 

4836
Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. Flamed cane, brown wraps, cigar grip tapers almost like an Orvis Superfine grip, dual black rings over cork reel seat, has a thin metal disk covering base of cork butt. Super-Z ferrules, outer color is bronze. Inked in three lines: First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second flat: Midge Model Third flat: 6'3" 1 3/4 oz Also inked #4836 on butt and each tip. Handwriting is not by Bob Summers. Jack Young? Original maroon bag, original tube. Offered for $3500 on Bob Selb's web site, November 2008.

4842
Driggs 7'2", 2/2, received new May 6, 1983 (info thanks to Denis Mitchell). Oil finished cane. Dual black aluminum rings over mortised cork reel seat; cork button on end prevents rings from sliding off. 
Ventilated cigar-shaped cork grip with single thumb indentation. Butt is inked on three flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second Flat: Driggs Model ---(more lettering cannot be read due to glare in photo). Third flat: (original owner's name): Denis Mitchell.  #4842 is inked on each tip near the base of the male ferrule, and on the butt near the stripping guide. Buchanan plaid bag, as well as original maroon satin bag and tube. Offered January 2016 on eBay.
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4843 
Perfectionist 7'6", 2/2, received new May 19, 1983 (info thanks to Denis Mitchell). Oil finished cane. Dual black aluminum rings over mortised cork reel seat; cork button on end prevents rings from sliding off. Ventilated cigar-shaped cork grip with single thumb indentation. Butt is inked on three flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod Second Flat: Perfectionist Model. Third flat: (original owner's name): 7'6"  2 1/2 oz.  #4843 is inked on each tip near the base of the male ferrule, and on the butt near the stripping guide. Blackwatch plaid bag, as well as original maroon satin bag and Champion-style tube. Offered January 2016 on eBay.
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4849
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Flamed cane, ventilated grip, bright ferrules, screwlock cork seat. Inked on butt, A Paul H. Young Co. Rod, Perfectionist Model, 7' 6", 2 ½ oz. (MJK indicated this rod actually weighs 3.30 oz. in a note attached to the tube.) Original bag, replacement tube. Formerly belonging to MJK, auctioned by Lang's in April 2009.

485X
1980 Para 17 8'6" 2/2 5-1/2 oz. Built 1980. (ordered Dec. 22, 1975). Wet and dry tips. Original bag & tube. RicksRods.com.

4852
Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz., Super-Z ferrules, 2-band cork seat, one tip has 3/4"" repair wrap 6"" from top. MJK catalog 75 (1998).

4854 
Para 15  8'0", 2/3.  Three original tips, two are dry fly tips and one is a "wet" parabolic tip. Flamed cane, bright cap and ring over mortised cork, half Wells grip, chestnut brown wraps. Beige bag with darker piping, Champion-style tube. Seen May 2013, offered for $4350 on North West Classic Tackle site.

4874
Martha Marie 7'6", 4/2 (four-piece format), received new May 11, 1984. Cap and ring. Half Wells grip. Thanks to Denis Mitchell.

4890 
Driggs  7'2".  Known from limited views in owner photos, only one tip, with #4890 inked on it, is shown in photos. Reel seat not shown. Front of grip shown; grip is probably solid cork, cigar shape. Nickel silver ferrules, probably Super-Z ferrule. Chestnut brown wraps with dark tipping. Two lines of inked lettering can be seen on butt section: Paul H. Young Co. Rod / "Driggs"  7'2" - 2 1/2 oz. Possibly built by Todd Young. Reported by Gary Siemer, Vintage Fly Tackle.

4892
Midge 6'3" 1-3/4 oz. Dark flamed cane, chocolate brown wraps, dual black rings over cork reel seat. Reported by "warrick" on the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4895
Driggs 7'2" 2/2 2-1/4 oz. First flat: Paul H. Young Co. Second flat: "Driggs" 7'-2" 2 ¼ oz. Serial number 4895 is written on the butt and the ferrule end of the two tips. Believe built by Todd Young. Bought on eBay by nccavalier of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

49XX
Princess 7'0" 2/2 2-3/4 oz. Varnished flamed cane, blued Super-Z ferrules, dual-band cork seat. MJK catalog no. 73 (1997).

4903 
"Power Pack" 7'3"  4/2  3-7/8 oz.  Four piece fly rod for 5-weight line. Owner's name marked on rod: Gene "Tex" Pavitt. Thanks to Gene.

4904 
Princess 7'0" 2/2  2-1/2 oz.  Flamed cane. Dual rings over cork reel seat. Cork button at butt end of reel seat has decorative bright metal ring. Cigar grip. In photos, two flats can be seen to be inked on butt: First flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Second flat: "Princess" 7'0"  2 1/2 oz. Rod also marked #4904 on butt near stripping guide and also on each tip. Chestnut brown wraps, tipped black. Silver tube seen in photos, has gold cap. Thanks to Gary Siemer of Vintage Tackle.

4906
Midge 6'3" 2/2  Flamed cane, Ritz grip tapering to a conical point, cap and ring over wooden reel seat, orange/red wraps tipped black. Hookkeeper. Butt section is marked on three flats. First flat: Paul H Young Co.  Second flat: "Midge" 6' 2" ~ 2 oz.  Third flat: Pinnacle Series  Tips (near male ferrules) and butt (near stripping guide) are all marked: #4906  Reddish bag with black edging. Leather tube. Sold on eBay for $2225, December 2010.

491X
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 3-1/2 oz. Oil finish, flamed cane, burgundy/brown wraps, sliding band cork seat, Super-Z ferrules, Wells grip, original bag, Leonard-style tube. MJK catalog no. 81 (2000).

4912 
Princess 7'0" 2/2  Dual-band cork seat. "Bag and tube appear to be original," as reported by Bill McRoy, Fall 2013 mailed tackle flier. Asking price, $2900.

4916 
Para 14  7'9"  2/2  3-3/4 oz.  Takes a 5-wt line. Described by owner as a late 1980s Todd Young-era rod in excellent condition. flamed cane. Cap and ring over cork, half Wells cork grip. Cap stamped with Detroit identification. Chocolate brown wraps, additional black tipping in front of grip, w/hookkeeper. Super-Z type ferrules wrapped in black. Butt inked on two flats. First flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Second flat: "Parabolic 14"  3 3/4 oz.  Butt and each tip marked #4916. Thanks to Stuart Hayden.

4923 
Martha Marie 7'6" 3-1/2 oz. Inked in black ink on butt on two flats. First flat: A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  Second flat: "Martha Marie 7'6" - 3 1/2 oz. Inked in black ink near stripping guide: #4923. Thanks to Steven Sanders.

Rod #4923
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4928 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Pinnacle Series. 5 wt. Nickel silver reel seat with bamboo insert. Latigo leather rod tube. Built by Todd Young in late 1980s. Original owner's name is on the rod.

4929 
Perfectionist (Pinnacle Series)  7'6"  2/2  2.5 oz.  4-weight line. Owner's name marked on rod: Gene "Tex" Pavitt. Thanks to Gene.

4935
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Flamed cane, cigar grip, cap and ring over zebra wood (NO "Detroit" die stamp on cap), brown wraps tipped red, bright ferrules, in a George Lawrence leather tube (this tube is marked The George Lawrence Co. Portland, Oregon). Rods #4935 and #4936 were simultaneously purchased by two brothers. Butt section is marked Paul H Young Co. / "Perfectionist" 7' 6" ~ 4 wt. / "Pinnacle Series" Tips are both marked: #4935 Thanks to Carmine Lisella for the serial number and "JimP" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum for inked data. Rod was offered for $2500 in Lisella's Jordan-Mills Rod Co. Catalog no. 31 (Fall 2008). Rod offered for $3000 on eBay, March 2011.

4936
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Flamed cane, cigar grip, cap and ring over zebra wood (NO "Detroit" die stamp on cap), brown wraps tipped red, bright ferrules, in a George Lawrence leather tube (this tube is embossed with the Paul H. Young Co. logo). Rods #4935 and #4936 were simultaneously purchased by two brothers. Thanks to Carmine Lisella for the serial number; rod offered for $2500 in Lisella's Jordan-Mills Rod Co. Catalog no. 31 (Fall 2008).

494X
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/1 "A Paul H. Young Co. Rod" "Perfectionist 7'6" 2.5 oz" Only one tip present. Two black rings over cork seat. Black ink. eBay Feb 2007

494X
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Varnished flamed cane, wet and dry tips, Wells grip, wooden reel seat, blk. finished screwlock fittings, brown wraps, blued Super-Z ferrules. Bag, tube and fine green canvas outer bag. MJK Catalog No. 71 (1996).

4942
Para 15 8'0" 2/2  4.35 oz. Wet and dry tips. Varnished, flamed cane. Black screwlock reel seat with zebra wood insert. Half-Wells grip. Blued Super-Z-type ferrules. Butt is inked on three flats. First flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Second flat: "Parabolic 15"  8' - 4.35 oz.  Third flat: Gary M. Schwietser  Plaid rod bag with green piping. Champion-style tube has brown PHY Co. label on it. Offered in MJK catalog No. 54 (1990). Offered on Bob Selb's web site, October 2016.
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4944 
Smidgen (Pinnacle Series)  6'0"  2/2  1.5 oz.  3-weight line. Owner's name marked on rod: Gene "Tex" Pavitt. Thanks to Gene. 

4950
Perfectionist 7'6" Inked in two lines, Paul H. Young Rod Co. / 7'6" 4 wt. Serial number 4950 is written on the butt just below the stripping guide. Info from Marvin Roberson.

4955 
Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Pinnacle Series. Varnished flamed cane. Black screwlock seat with wooden spacer, subtly half-Wells-shaped grip. Inked on three flats, first flat: Paul H. Young Co. Second flat: "Parabolic 15"  8'0" - 5 wt.  Third flat: Pinnacle Series  Both tips are inked #4955. Offered October 2011 by West Slope Classic Tackle. Rod was previously sold by West Slope Classic Tackle in 2004.

4965
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 Varnished, flamed cane, cap and ring over cork reel seat, cap has diagonal coin-edge knurling and Detroit stamp. Inked on two flats. First flat: Paul H Young Co.  Second flat: Martha Marie 7'6" 3.40 oz. Serial number is marked #4965 on butt and each tip. Super-Z ferrules, brown wraps. Beige bag with brown piping, tube. eBay auction July 2010.

4966 (duplicate number with rod below)
1993 Princess 7'0" 2/2 "Princess" 7'0" 2.90 oz. / P.H.Y. Chapter T.U. / Spring 1993 Built by Todd Young, Spring 1993, for Paul H. Young Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Cap and ring over wood (bamboo); thumb indent in cork. Offered August 2007, Rick Sorensen, West Slope Tackle.

4966 (duplicate number with rod above)
Martha Marie, reported March 2009 by Gregg Santori of Tustin, CA, after he saw the Princess #4966 listed above.

4969
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2 Flamed cane, Ritz grip tapering to a conical point, dual gray rings over all-cork mortised reel seat, maroon/brown wraps tipped black at guides and hookkeeper, amber wraps tipped black at ferrules. Butt section is marked Paul H Young Co. / "Perfectionist" 7' 6" ~ 2 3/4 oz. Tips and butt are all marked: #4969
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4974
Driggs 7'2" 2/2  Varnished flamed cane, black cap and ring over mortised cork reel seat, a thin dark disk separates cork reel seat from cork grip, Ritz grip tapering to a conical point, maroon wraps, hookkeeper. Butt section is marked Paul H Young Co. / "Driggs River" 7' 2" ~ 4 & 5 wt. Tips and butt are all marked: #4974. Thanks to Dave Jankowski.
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4975
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2. Varnished, flamed cane. Black cap and ring over wooden reel seat, dark maroon wraps tipped red. Oxidized fittings. Butt section is marked on two flats: First flat: Paul H Young Co.  Second flat: "Perfectionist" 7' 6" ... and then something else, most likely in weight in ouncesSerial number on each tip above the male ferrule. Appears to be original sock and black oxidized tube with brass ends. Offered for $3000 on Bob Summers' web site, September 2012.

4977
Princess 7’0”  2/2  Varnished flamed cane. Black cap and ring over mortised cork. A thin dark disk separates cork reel seat from cork grip. Ritz grip tapering to a conical point. Reddish brown wraps. Butt inked on two flats in Todd Young’s handwriting. First flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Second flat: “Princess” 7’0” – 4 wt.  Narrow thread wrap follows inked lettering. Tips and butt are all marked: #4977. Thanks to Dave Jankowski for photos.
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4980
Bob Doerr  9'0" 2/2. Varnished cane. Small extension butt, wooden reel seat, black screwlock reel seat. Half Wells grip. Dark, solid wraps. Hookkeeper. Butt section is marked on two flats: First flat: Paul H Young Co.  Second flat: "Bobby Doerr" 9' 0" ~ 7 - 8 wt.  Serial number 4980 on butt near female ferrule, and on each tip above the male ferrule. Thanks to Dave Jankowski for photos.
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4981
Tailwaters 8'6" 2/2, 4-1/2 oz. The "Tailwaters" model is unknown to me except for this example. Varnished cane. Wood reel seat, black screwlock reel seat with downlocking ring. Appears to be Super-z-type ferrule. Dark, solid wraps. Hookkeeper. Butt section is marked on two flats: First flat: Paul H Young Co.  Second flat: "Tailwaters" 8' 6" ~ 4 1/2 oz. ~ 6 wt.  Serial number 4981 on butt near female ferrule, and on each tip above the male ferrule. Beige rod bag with brown piping and black oxidized tube with brass ends. Reported by Rob Rebant. Thanks to Dave Jankowski for photos.
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4982
Midge 6'3" Varnished flamed cane. Reddish brown wraps. Butt inked on two flats in Todd Young’s handwriting. First flat: Paul H. Young Co. Second flat: “Midge” – 6’3” – 1 ¾ oz. - 4 wt. Owned by “canebum” of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

4985
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2. Varnished flamed cane, dark wooden reel seat, dark oxidized cap and ring, dark maroon wraps tipped black, except ferrule wraps which are black, tipped maroon. Butt section is marked on two flats: First flat: Paul H Young Co.  Second flat: "Perfectionist" 7' 6" ~ 2 1/2 oz. ~ 4 wt.  Serial number #4985 marked on each tip above the male ferrule. Light beige sock with brown piping, black oxidized tube with brass ends. Reported by "pete from mass" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.
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4992
Driggs. Thanks to Carl Otto of Wanigas Rod Co. for this information.

5000
Driggs, built by Todd Young. Reported by Gregg Santori of Tustin, CA.

5010
Para 15  8'0"  Rod is 2/1 as seen in photos.  Cork reel seat, appears to be uplocking screwlock reel seat. Butt section is marked on two flats: First flat: Paul H. Young Co.  Second flat: "Parabolic 15" 8' 0" ~ 4 oz.  Serial number #5010 on tip above the male ferrule. Reported by Lee Slikkers.

5013
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/2, dates to 1997. Dark figured wood reel seat, screwlock reel seat downlocking ring is knurled on each end, butt cap is knurled at the receiving end, dark maroon wraps tipped red. Oxidized fittings. Butt section is marked on two flats: First flat: Paul H Young Co.  Second flat: "Perfectionist" 7' 6" ~ 2.50 oz.  Serial number on each tip above the male ferrule. Original sock and black oxidized tube with brass ends. With note to original owner John White of Bethlehem, PA, from Todd Young, dated November 19, 1997. Reported by rod's second owner "azbamboo" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum, who also owns PHY rod #4705.

5018
Smidgen 6'0" 2/2 1.75 oz. Built by Todd Young. Marked: First flat: Paul H. Young Co. Second flat: Smidgen - 6'0" - 1.75 oz. Third flat: 2 wt. Prototype #1 Flamed varnished cane, dual rings over cork reel seat. Owned by "canebum" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum, who says he has never cast a sweeter two-weight rod. Owner was told by Todd Young that the blank was one of a number of prototype blanks made by Paul Young, of which Todd Young had two that he finished, a 2wt (this rod) and a 3wt built later. Owner cannot confirm that PHY built the blank but says, "Whatever the story is behind it I would not sell it just because it casts so good."

5024
Para 16 8'6" 2/2 4.6 oz. Built by Todd Young. Flamed cane, wet and dry tips, chocolate brown wraps, modified Wells, screwlock downlocking cork seat with glossy black fittings differs somewhat from older style, blued ferrules. Butt is marked Paul H. Young Co. second line: Parabolic 16 8'6" third line: Joe Lehner Tips are marked DRY TIP #5024 and WET TIP #5024. Offered by Carmine Lisella in his Jordan-Mills Rod Co. catalog #30 (Spring 2008). Sold to dshx of the Classic Fly Rod Forum.

5025
Smidgen 6'0" 2/2  1.5 oz.  Dark wood reel seat, cap and ring reel seat. Oxidized fittings. Maroon wraps tipped red and dark blue wraps at the base of the female and male ferrules. Tips differentiated by an extra thread wrap on one tip. Butt section is marked on two flats: First flat: Paul H Young Co.  Second flat: "Smidgen"  6' 0"  1.5 oz.  Serial number marked on each section. Original sock and black oxidized tube with brass ends. Purchased new by original owner John White of Bethlehem, PA from Todd Young, and later sold to "azbamboo" of the Classic Fly Rod Forum, who describes it as "a miniature version of #5013 that was also purchased by Mr. White from Todd Young."  

XXXX - July 1955
1955 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 Wet and dry tips. Flamed, varnished cane. Cigar handle, screwlock cork seat, deluxe wraps, blued Super-Z ferrules, built by PHY. MJK Catalog No. 66 (1994).

XXXX - October 31, 1955
1955 Bobby Doerr 9'0" 2/2 Two different weight tips. Size 17 ferrule. Rod is 5.6 oz. with one tip, 5.73 oz. with the other. Flamed, varnished cane. 2X2 node placement. Wells grip, screwlock cork seat, dark brown wraps w/burgundy tint, oxidized Super-Z ferrules, built by PHY, sold on October 31, 1955. MJK Catalog No. 88 (2004).

XXXX - 1956
1956 date, Texas General, 8'6", 2/2, 5.25 oz., dated 1956. Varnished, flamed cane, ventilated grip, black screwlock seat, bronze wraps, blued Super-Z ferrules. MJK Catalog No. 56 (1991). Almost certainly the same rod is described seven years later as item #76 in MJK Catalog No. 74 (1998) - all information is the same, plus the rod is described as having a dry fly tip and a heavier bug tip.

XXXX - May 1956
1956 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 4.15 oz. Built with two dry tips, shaft marked "May 1956," also marked with original owner's name. Flamed, varnished cane. Cigar handle with thumbprint, blk. screwlock cork seat, gold/tan wraps, Super-Z ferrules, orig. bag & tube. MJK Catalogs No. 59 (1992) and 60 (1992). 

XXXX - May 1956 - Parabolic 15
XXXX - J.C. Salyer spinning rod
XXXX - Para 17 - cast by Ted Williams on a visit with its owner to George Lake
All belonging to one customer who also owned #3765 Midge, the custom "Floor Tile Special" (see listing for #3765).

XXXX - June 1956 - built for Ted Williams
1956 Para 15 8'0" 2/3 4.08 oz. Built with three tips, flamed cane, low-res photo seems to show black screwlock cork seat, cigar grip, gold/tan wraps, shaft marked on at least two flats that are visible in photo, in PHY's handwriting, first flat: Ted Williams - June '56  Second flat: "Parabolic 15"  8' - 4.09 oz. Sold as Lot. No. 535 at Hunt Auctions special auction of Ted Williams memorabilia at Fenway Park, May 2012, for $3200.

XXXX - 1957 - built for Carl Sekley of Salem, Ohio (though not marked)
1957 date, Boat Rod  8'0"  2/2  4.61 oz. Refinished by John Pickard, original lettering is gone including serial number, which is unknown. Rod had been lettered with original owner's name and address, Carl Sekley of Salem, Ohio, although that information was also left off the refinished rod.  Dark flamed cane, dark chestnut brown wraps, new-looking blued marked Super-Z ferrules, black snake guides and stripper guide also look like new replacements, hookkeeper, bright screwlock over cork reel seat, bright pocketed cap, cannot see from photos whether cap is marked with the PHY "Detroit" stamp, screw barrel shows some corrosion, half Wells grip not cleaned and looks original, inked on two flats by Pickard, first flat: Boat Rod  8'  4.61 oz.  HCH  April 57'   Second flat: 'Paul H. Young Detroit - Maker'. Information from current owner.
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XXXX - 1958
1958, a unique 7'6" PHY Princess that Paul H. Young built for himself in 1958, with two different tips, one tapered to 4/64 and the other to a 4-1/2/64 tip top. Slender cigar grip, reverse sliding band reel seat. Schwiebert acquired the Princess rod after Young's death. Schwiebert wrote: "John Waller Hills observed that once in his life each fly-fisher encounters a rod so perfectly suited to his personality and temperament and physical skills that it becomes a part of him. Thus far in my fishing odyssey, the seven-and-a-half-foot Princess passed on to me from the collection of its master is that rod - it is that exquisitely poetic balance of delicacy and power that comes alive in the hands."

XXXX - 1958 
Boat Rod, for Dr. Witherspoon, a friend of Chauncy K. Lively's, rod was probably serial numbered. Known solely from a letter written by PHY to Chauncy K. Lively, dated October 23, 1958: "Thanks to you, I have a rod tagged for your friend Dr. Witherspoon, awaiting his reply. He stated he wanted a rod with dry fly action, and I believe the 'Boat Rod' will do it."

XXXX - February 18, 1959
1959 Para 15 8'0" 2/2 K.T. Keller lighter-weight model. Built by Bob Summers. Presentation rod marked "To my Fishing Buddy Al McFarland From Bob Summers Feb. 18, 1959" Also marked: "8' 3 3/4 oz." Flamed cane. Wells grip w/ thumbprint, screwlock cork seat, special black wraps with beige tipping, Super-Z ferrules. Since this is a presentation rod, it may be unnumbered. MJK Catalog No. 53 (1989), and MJK Catalog No. 67 (1995).

XXXX - May 1959
PHY Special (?), 8'6", 2/2, 4.65 oz. Known from published description for Lot 422, Lang's November 6, 2010 online auction. No serial number provided. I assume it has one, but it could be a shop rod or a gift rod which might not have a serial number. Dark flamed cane, bronze wraps, blued Super-Z ferrules, loop hookkeeper, black cap and ring over cork reel seat ("Detroit" stamp on cap), cigar grip. One tip for HCH line, the other for HCF line. One tip has a slight left curve. Inscriptions include the original owner's name (unfortunately not given by Lang's), plus "May '59, 8'6", 4.65 oz., HCH-HCF, Paul H. Young Special", all in gold ink. Photos show that the rod does not resemble the "Special"-grade Young rods of the late 1940's, but looks much more like a typical "Para" rod of the late 1950's. Original beige bag with dark brown piping, and B-24 tube. 

XXXX - December 10, 1959
1959 Princess 7'0" 2/2 Was offered for $6500, MJK catalog No. 55 (1990). Was offered for $5850, MJK catalog No. 85 (2002). Rod weighs 3.16 oz. Screwlock cork seat w/aluminum colored threaded screwlock section. Flamed varnished cane, gold-bronze wraps, Super-Z ferrules, all sections have 2X2 node placement, orig. bag & tube.

XXXX - December 1959
1959 Midge 6'3" 2/2 1-3/4 oz. Rod reportedly marked "A Paul Young Rod - Midge 6'3", 1 3/4 oz. HEH - Arnold Gingrich, Dec. 1959" Serial number not reported. Sold as Lot 219, R.W. Oliver's 3rd Annual High Rollers Public Auction of Fine Fishing Tackle & Accessories, Marlborough, MA, on February 23, 1990. In his book The Well-Tempered Angler (1965), Gingrich wrote that he was able to buy rods from Jack Young, "...since Paul's death, every bit as good as those I got when his father was alive. Still, I was glad that I had got two more Midges and a Martha Marie, as a Christmas 1959 present from my wife, just a few months before he died." This rod is undoubtedly one of the two Midges. Also known from a letter written by PHY to his friend Chauncy K. Lively, dated December 8, 1959: "Gingrich has ordered two more Midges, and two more M.M.Y., the last for salmon fishing."

XXXX - December 1959
1959 Midge 6'3" Known to me from Arnold Gingrich's book The Well-Tempered Angler (1965), Gingrich wrote that he was able to buy rods from Jack Young, "...since Paul's death, every bit as good as those I got when his father was alive. Still, I was glad that I had got two more Midges and a Martha Marie, as a Christmas 1959 present from my wife, just a few months before he died." Whereabouts unknown to me, this rod would be the other one of the two Midges. Also known from a letter written by PHY to his friend Chauncy K. Lively, dated December 8, 1959: "Gingrich has ordered two more Midges, and two more M.M.Y., the last for salmon fishing."

XXXX - Ten Midge rods belonging to Arnold Gingrich, part of a group reported by Charles K. Fox
In This Wonderful World of Trout (1963, 1971 revised edition), Charles K. Fox wrote concerning midge rods, "Those who own them love them. One ardent and skilled angler, Arnold Gingrich, publisher of Esquire, has 13 6-footers constructed by the same rodbuilder." (page 43). Fox also referenced "…the powerful influence of two American anglers, Lee Wulff and Paul Young, 'the fathers of the midge'" (page 44). I believe that the quite precise number thirteen indicates that Fox had specific knowledge of the actual number of Midges Gingrich owned, at least at the time of their conversation. I also note that Gingrich wrote in his books of owning multiple PHY Midge rods. Since I have specific records of three Midges owned by Gingrich (#2036, and the two Midges ordered from PHY just a few months before PHY's death, serial numbers unknown), I deduce that there were ten other Midges owned by Gingrich, at least some of which may someday be more specifically identified and described.

XXXX - December 1959
1959 Martha Marie 7'6" Known to me from Arnold Gingrich's book The Well-Tempered Angler (1965), Gingrich wrote that he was able to buy rods from Jack Young, "...since Paul's death, every bit as good as those I got when his father was alive. Still, I was glad that I had got two more Midges and a Martha Marie, as a Christmas 1959 present from my wife, just a few months before he died." Whereabouts unknown to me, this Martha Marie model rod was built for Jane Gingrich. Also known from a letter written by PHY to his friend Chauncy K. Lively, dated December 8, 1959: "Gingrich has ordered two more Midges, and two more M.M.Y., the last for salmon fishing."

XXXX - December 1959 
1959 Martha Marie 7'6" Known to me from a letter written by PHY to his friend Chauncy K. Lively, dated December 8, 1959: "Gingrich has ordered two more Midges, and two more M.M.Y., the last for salmon fishing."
Although Arnold Gingrich wrote in his book The Well-Tempered Angler (1965), "..I was glad that I had got two more Midges and a Martha Marie, as a Christmas 1959 present from my wife, just a few months before he died," I am crediting PHY's account of two Martha Marie rods being ordered, perhaps one for Jane and one for Arnold Gingrich. Whereabouts of this rod unknown to me.

XXXX – August 1964
Para 15, 8’0”, 2/2, 4 oz, HDH line. Known from published description for Lot 421, Lang's November 6, 2010 online auction. No serial number provided. I assume it has one, but it could be a shop rod or a gift rod which might not have a serial number. Flamed cane, cigar grip with thumb indentation, no hookkeeper (built that way), translucent cinnamon-color wraps over chrome guides, Super-Z ferrules with much wear to bluing, black screwlock seat over cork. “Detroit” stamp on black cap. Inscriptions include the original owner's name (unfortunately not given by Lang's), plus build date: August, 1964. Original bag and Champion-style tube.  

XXXX - 1964
1964 Para 17 8'6" 2/2 Wells grip, screwlock cork seat, gold/bronze wraps, Super-Z ferrules, 5.10 oz., originally built 1964 for Gene Anderegg ( a founding member of FFF). MJK wrote, "tips although 1/4" short are clearly correct." Seen in MJK catalogs No. 68, 69, 71 (1996) and 72 (1997). Anderegg also owned a Para 15, serial number 446X.
 
XXXX – January 1965
Bob Doerr salmon rod 9'0", 2/2, 6 oz. Known from published description for Lot 423, Lang's November 6, 2010 online auction. No serial number provided. I assume it has one, but it could be a shop rod or a gift rod that might not have a serial number. Flamed but lightly-mottled cane, dark brown wraps over chrome guides, blued ferrules, black screwlock seat over cork, ("Detroit" stamp on cap), cigar/Ritz/”torpedo” grip with thumb indentation. Inscriptions in black ink include the original owner's name (unfortunately not given by Lang's), plus: " Jan. 1965, 'Bob Doerr', 9'- 6 oz.- GAF, A Paul H. Young Co. Rod". Reportedly differently-tapered tips, although they are not marked differently. Original bag and Champion-style tube.

XXXX - August 21, 1965
1965 Midge 6'3" 2/2 Dated August 21, 1965. Orig. brown wraps w/black tipping, additional wraps, satin oil finish, featherweight ferrules, cigar grip. MJK catalog No. 71 (1966).

XXXX - seen in Spring Special 1974 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine
Driggs 7'2" Only one tip shown in photo. Flamed cane, half Wells grip, black screwlock reel seat over cork, very dark (black?) wraps, can see "Driggs Model...." in Bob Summers' handwriting written on shaft, plus a four-digit serial number near stripper guide, but the number cannot be read. One of nine custom rods by various makers shown in double-page photo spread, pages 18-19, article by Don Zahner titled "The Bamboo Renaissance," Fly Fisherman, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Spring Special 1974).

XXXX - 1990
1990 Nymph Jr. 7'6", 2/2, 2-7/8 oz. Dark flamed cane, special Hi-Arc blued guides, screwlock seat, Wells grip, Super-Z ferrules, built for Martin J. Keane by Todd Young in 1990. MJK catalogs no. 76 (1998) and 77 (1999). 

XXXX - June 2, 1990 
Bob Doerr Model, seen at teammates forever.com, photo shows rod with paper tag attached that reads "Bob Doerr" Model 9' - 6 oz.  A Paul H. Young Co. Rod  to Bob Doerr 6-2-90 from the Oregon Sashweight Society - 2 Tips. Photographed on beige rod bag, rod is 2/2, heavily flamed, looks like it may be oil finish, black butt cap, black screwlock reel seat mechanism over wood spacer, half Wells grip, brown solid thread wraps.

XXXX - built for Martha Marie Young
Martha Marie 7'6" 2/2 3-5/8 oz. Reportedly marked "A Paul H. Young Co. Rod for Mrs. Paul H. Young - Martha Marie, 7 ft. 6 in., 3 5/8 oz." Reported that "The rod was made by the company, just prior to going out of business, for Mrs. Young (Martha Marie) at her request. This 7 1/2 ft., 2 piece, 2 tip rod is near mint in original bag and tube." Serial number not reported. Sold as Lot 218, R.W. Oliver's 3rd Annual High Rollers Public Auction of Fine Fishing Tackle & Accessories, Marlborough, MA, on February 23, 1990.

XXXX
Perfectionist 7'6" 2/1 with major modifications and repairs. Offered on Len Codella's Sporting Collectibles web site, January 2010, described as "...an original 1950's Young rod that has been reworked... original cork filled dual ring reel seat has been replaced with a 1960's aluminum reel seat and the rod was re-wrapped... All the shaft ID's were lost then. The original Young 2-up node pattern, half Wells grip and the late 1950's black anodized aluminum rod ferrules... remain. The tip-top was snapped off... a tip section scarfed to the original by Wes Cooper to restore the rod to its original full length and action.... Replacement cloth bag and brass capped rod case."

XXXX
Para 15 8'0", 2/2. Dry and wet tips. Wells grip, wooden reel seat, brown wraps, blued Super-Z ferrules.
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