The information here is taken from the short lived Hawes-Leonard Model Rods Catalog. Short lived because the Mills Co. took
great umbrage to Hawes' use of the Leonard name in his rods and he was forced to stop.
It is an historical fact the Hiram W. Hawes worked along side his uncle, Hiram L. Leonard and discussed rods at length and
probably is responsible for much of what Leonard rods became as much as Leonard himself. Hawes truly has not been given the
full credit of his genius and using these words from his catalog: The question of Mr. Hawes as a first class rod maker is
not "How many?" but "How good?" I find no better choice of words myself.
After 28 years of working along side Mr. Leonard, Mr. hawes left the company to make rods of his own when Mr. Leonard died.
With his wife and mother-in-law, Mrs Leonard and her daughter, he moved to Canterbury CT where he built rods with his son
Merritt until his own death in 1929. Merritt continued to build for years and is pretty much responsible for those rods marked
Hawes was a Tournament caster of note having been recorded in the record books for years and it is the Tournement style rod
for which he is much remembered as well. Mr. Hawes offered a complete catalog of rod types which I am listing below.
Hawes Fly Rods
Also called Hawes Regular Fly rods:
Model F-1, length 8' and weight 3 1/4-3 3/4 ozs.
Model F-2, length 8'6" and weight 4 1/4 ozs.
Model F-3, length 9' and weight 4 1/2-4 3/4 ozs.
Model F-4, length 9'6" and weight 5 1/2-6 ozs.
Hawes Model the Featherweight
Model F-5, length 7'-7'6" and weight 2-2 1/2 ozs.
Hawes Model the Featherweight Special
Model F-6, length 6' and weight 1 oz.
Hawes Model Dry Fly Rods
Model DF-1, length 8' and weight 3 5/8 ozs.
Model DF-2, length 8'6" and weight 4 1/8 ozs.
Model DF-3, length 9' and weight 4 1/2 ozs.
Model DF-4, length 9'6" and weight 5 1/2 ozs.
Hawes Model Tournament Rods
Model TF-1, length 9' and weight 4 3/4 ozs.
Model TF-2, length 9'6" and weight 5 3/4 ozs.
Hawes Model Salmon Rods (two handed rods)
Available in 12'-15' lengths and 18-23 oz weights
Hawes Model Dry Fly Salmon Rods
Model DFS-1, length 10' and weight 7 3/4-8 ozs.
Model DFS-2, length 10'6" and weight 8-8 1/2 ozs.
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