Greenwell wrote: ↑Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:23 pm
Do you have any other PHY rods?
Do you know when your Perfectionist was built? And, by whom? It's not in Bob Golder's PHY database.
I'm quite a fan of Paul Young tapers. Strictly speaking, I own no other PHY rods, but I do own two other Bob Summers rods. (Summers almost certainly built my PHY Perfectionist, because it was built two years after Paul Young died, and it's signed in Summers' handwriting.)
One Summers rod is a model 275 (7'6" 2/2 supposed 4wt), which is his rendition of the Perfectionist. It is a wonderful and versatile rod. For example, the tip section of my PHY Perfectionist is very light, and the rod is not well suited for deeper nymph fishing. I fish it exclusively with dry flies. The Summers 275, however, is excellent for nymphs, wets, and dries regardless of the location in the water column. Like most other Perfectionists (and reproductions), however, the Summers 275 casts better with a 5wt line in my hand. I fish at pretty short distances here in WI, and others might line it with a 4wt for longer distance work.
The second Summers rod is his rendition of the PHY Midge. It's a 6'4" 2/2 true 4wt and is the sweetest casting rod I own. (The PHY Midge is a 6'3" 4wt.) The Summers Midge was quite a windfall. Bob Summers has for many years contributed annually a new rod in support of conservation projects on the Boardman River near Traverse City. Over a thousand raffle tickets are typically sold but, for the price of my $10 entry, I won the rod in 2003! Sometimes an angler just gets lucky.
Bob Summers' rods are immaculate and have an understated beauty that is hard to beat. Quite honestly, they are built better than many (most?) of the original Paul Young rods I've seen. That could be misleading, however, because Paul Young rods are great fishing tools. They were not bought by collectors, but rather by anglers who fished them hard for many years. Today, they are "old and gray", whereas many Summers rods are pampered as collector items. Not me ... I fish all my rods. And, if I damage one of them, so be it. That's what they were intended for, and I get great joy from fishing a great rod.