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ROD RATING DESIGNATIONS & ABBREVIATIONS

• (M) Mint - Appears to be unused/brand new in original bag and tube
• (NM) Near Mint or As New - As above with minor exceptions which are noted
• (EXC) Excellent - Shows signs of light to medium use
• (VG) Very Good - Shows signs of normal use
• (G) Good - Shows signs of heavy use. May be fishable as is, but likely needs work
• (F) Fair - Needs work prior to being fished
• (RS) Restored - Original hardware/specifications were used
• (RF) Refinished - Non-original hardware and/or specifications were used

Other Abbreviations:

• C&R - Cap & Ring
• D/L'ing - Down Locking
• HK - Hook Keeper
• N/S - Nickel Silver
• S/B - Slide Band
• U/L'ing - Up Locking
• WC - Winding Check


***** CURRENT INVENTORY OF SPLIT CANE CLASSICS *****

The following rods are available for purchase (unless noted otherwise in the description). The rods are listed by length first, then alphabetically by maker. A sale pending tag denotes that an agreement to purchase the item has been reached, but the sale may not yet have been completed.

Pickard 634 P.E. ~ 6' 3” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.3 oz. ~ 4wt ~ EXC+ ~ This neat little rendition of the popular light line PHY Midge features attractive flamed pre-embargo cane with 3 x 3 nodes, brown silks and a nicely executed varnish finish. Quality hardware includes a mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops. Smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat with black D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and HK loop. The rod is simply marked: Pickard 634 P.E. The set comes with a quality-made hooded khaki bag and brass-capped aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast action is a joy to cast and throws a tight loop, for me, with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This light line wand from Hillsdale, MI is a wonderful find for the small stream and ‘crick’ enthusiast. $1,395 WINTER SALE $1,250

Pennington Pine River NC ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River NC (New Century) series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. The 6.5'er features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting Bailey Woods nickel-silver ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with silver U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and hardwood WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod NC 6.5’ #4. Comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for finessing dries, nymphs, and small terrestrials under overhangs and beneath undercut banks. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small streams and ‘cricks. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $495

Pennington Pine River ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. As shown in the stock picture, the 6.5'er features blonde cane, red silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a nice ‘pop’ when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and hardwood WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 6.5’ #4. Comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for finessing dries, nymphs, and small terrestrials under overhangs and beneath undercut banks. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small streams and ‘cricks. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $425

Green River 704 ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt ~ SN 6243 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This quality offering from the Brattleboro, VT shop of Robert Gorman is a delight to cast. It features a beautiful shade of honey-toned cane with golden nodes, dramatically swelled butt, matched tips, old green silks tipped black and an expertly-executed glass smooth impregnated varnish and resin finish. Curiously, both tip sections are exactly ½” shorter than the butt section and the rod measures 6’ 11 ½” when assembled. There is no obvious indication of damage, repair or restoration and the rod is believed to have been made that way. Quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, silver snakes and tip-tops and truncated N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, beautifully figured hardwood burl mortised seat with D/L’ing N/S “wedding band” cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and a folding ring HK. Inked on the rod in black script is: Green River 704 along with the serial number. The serial number and a dot (or 2 dots) for tip differentiation purposes are also inked on the tip sections proximal to the ferrule stations and a single additional turn of silk is present just below one of the tip–top guides for the same reason. The rod comes with the original green bag with stiffener and original black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with Green River logo. This light-line wand has a crisp medium to medium-fast action, perfect for small stream work in tight quarters, and also has plenty of reserve power to reach out with when called upon. In addition to the Cortland 444 Peach WF-4, I found that it also really sings when paired with a DT-3. Superbly-made and becoming increasingly harder to find. $1,195

C.W. Jenkins GA-70-10 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the bamboo rod community as being among the best on the market. This one, crafted by Charlie, is his “light” model and features an attractive shade of light brown tone cane with 3 x 3 nodes, root beer brown silks tipped maize and an expertly-executed varnish finish that has a few smudges from what appears to be fairly light use. Fine furnishings consists of a mildrum stripper hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with lightly tapered nose, walnut seat with aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with sturdy cream-colored bag and original aluminum tube with maker’s label and rod info. This light line rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This superbly crafted rod will cover most small-stream trout fishing situations. C.W. Jenkins rods have always been in high demand and are becoming much harder to find. So if you’ve been searching, this one should grab your immediate attention! $1,495

Jenkins GA70L-58 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4oz. ~ 4wt. ~ As New ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the cane rod community as some of the best-made on the market. This beautifully crafted rod has seen very limited use and is basically new. It features oven-tempered and light flamed cane with golden nodes and matched tips, translucent honey-brown silks and an unparalleled varnish finish. Quality hardware consists of chrome guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized Swiss-style ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a smooth and comfortable bullet-shaped grip, hallmark mortised Cherry reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. “The Jenkins Rod” is neatly engraved in script on the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag and C.W. Jenkins Fly Rod labeled aluminum tube. This rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4/DT-4 (it will also throw a DT-3 quite well). The currently retail for these premium classics is now north of $1,700. Superb! $1,295

Jenkins GA70L-63 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the cane rod community as some of the best-made on the market. This beautifully crafted rod has seen light use and remains in wonderful condition. It features oven-tempered and light flamed cane with golden nodes and matched tips, translucent honey-brown silks and an unparalleled varnish finish. Quality hardware consists of chrome guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized Swiss-style ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a smooth and comfortable bullet-shaped grip, nicely figured mortised walnut reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag and C.W. Jenkins Fly Rod labeled aluminum tube. This rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3/WF-4 (I preferred the 3). The currently retail for these premium classics is now north of $1,700. Superb! $1,095

Heddon #31 Featherlite ~ 7' ~ 2/1 ~ 0 1/2F ~ 3.1oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC+/NM- RS (exceptions noted) ~ This ultra-rare classic comes from the collection of Mr. Ed Collins, one of the most prominent collector of Heddon rods in the country (see Page 5 of Mr. Michael Sinclair’s fine book HEDDON: The Rod With The FIGHTING HEART for more info. The Model #21 and #31 first appeared in Heddon catalogs in the early 1930s as a slightly lower grade variation of the Heddon #51 Princess (which began its run in the late 1920s). The Model 21 and 31 Featherlites were built from mid and tip section blanks and were among the very few Heddon models in existence with no swell in the butt section. To accommodate this, a specially designed cone-shaped winding check was installed. This rod was expertly restored (don’t know who did the work or when it was done) and features attractive browntone cane, antique gold silks tipped black, petite agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip–tops and smooth and tight fitting chrome plated and hand welted N/S ferrules. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, cedar barrel seat with a D/L'ing silver cap and ring hardware, the aforementioned cone-shaped black WC and folding ring HK. There are two 1 ½”-long hairline cracks in the cedar reel seat that appear to have been addressed by the restorationist. The rod comes with an unlabeled bag (not believed to be original) and unlabeled aluminum with Heddon stamp on the cap (an air hole was drilled into the center of the cap), and very well could be original. This sweet casting light-line wand has a brisk medium-fast action that throws a tight loop with a SA Ultra Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This rarely seen rod is a wonderful find for the Heddon enthusiast or for that matter, for anyone seeking a karma-filled, fine-casting light-line rod. $795

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. Steve's 7' light line wand is based on the popular Garrison 201 taper which I think is his finest taper. As shown in the stock picture, it features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 7’ #4. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The medium to medium-fast action has some reserve power to punch out longer casts into the wind when called upon and will protect fine tippets. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $425

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. Steve's 7' light line wand is based on the popular Garrison 201 taper which I think is his finest taper. As shown in the stock picture, it features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting Bailey Woods N/S ferrules that give a nice ‘pop’ when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 7’ #4. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The medium to medium-fast action has some reserve power to punch out longer casts into the wind when called upon and will protect fine tippets. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $495

Don Recker “FE Thomas Fairy” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 3 wt. ~ Serial No. 0315 ~ NEW ~ This finely tuned wand is based on a FE Thomas Fairy taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide and male ferule station for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured tiger maple seat with N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fish print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. This light-line wand has a brisk medium-fast action perfect for dry fly work close in on small streams, but can also reach out when called upon. I liked it with a SA Mastery Series Ultra DT-3 and Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

Don Recker “Mad River Special” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.1 oz. ~ 3/4 wt. ~ Serial No. 0115 ~ NEW ~ This finely tuned wand is based on a proprietary taper Don developed while plying his waters in Ohio and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured buckeye burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. The progressive medium-fast action is a joy to cast and will easily handle dries and nymphs as well as a variety of small terrestrials. Perfect for small to medium-sized stream work and/or in tight quarters where a roll cast is the only option. For me, a Cortland Sylk and/or Cortland Peach DT-3/WF-4 makes this rod sing. This superbly-made rod, handcrafted in the USA, will be right at home on your favorite stream. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

Don Recker “Payne 98” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ Serial No. 0114 ~ NEW ~ This finely tuned wand is based on the popular Payne 98 taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide and male ferule station for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a chrome-housed agate stripper, chrome snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured buckeye burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fish print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. This quick little medium to medium-fast action rod is well-suited for dry fly work, especially where an extra premium is put on accurate, delicate presentations. It throws a tight loop on demand with Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

Don Recker “PHY Driggs River Special” ~ 7'2" ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0215 ~ NEW ~ This finely tuned wand is based on the popular PHY Driggs River Special, aptly named for the fine river that meanders through Michigan's Upper Penninsula. It features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured buckeye burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. The strong medium-fast action is perfect for small to mid-sized streams where there is a premium on keeping large trout out of woody debris and from undercut banks. It throws a delightfully tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This is a superbly-made rod,handcrafted in the USA. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

D.G. Schroeder ~ 7'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No 56114 ~ NEW ~ This beautiful, heirloom quality offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder will surely please the most discriminating angler/collector. Don is widely regarding as one of today’s premiere builders of split bamboo fly rods and his fine lineup of quality rods is unsurpassed in quality. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. This rod was recently complete in 2014 and is his 561st overall. It features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, elegant translucent chestnut silks tipped wine and is protected by an expertly executed jewel-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a black nickel smoke stripper, snakes, and tip tops and blued truncated N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade cigar grip, a highly polished and beautifully figured mortised walnut burl seat with D/L’ing blued N/S cap & ring hardware, a blued petite N/S WC and blued folding ring HK. The makers name is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with sturdy brown bag with stiffener and quality labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap. The silky smooth medium-fast action throws a tight loop (I enjoyed it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and/or DT-4) and offers a wonderful blend of power and delicacy with plenty of reserve to reach out when called upon. This is a superb rod in every way, proudly crafted in the USA. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods link or click here D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $2,050

Cunningham 101 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ No. 599 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ If you have not have the pleasure of seeing ones of Rick’s rods, you are in for a real treat! His finish work is among the best in the business and his skill as a craftsman, honed in part under the watchful eye of the late DJ Duck, is simply top notch. This is one of his earlier offerings that features an attractive shade of heat-treated cane, matched tips, brown silks tipped black and a nicely executed varnish finish. The funishings include silver stripper, black guides and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable grip with tapered nose, nicely figured mortised cocobolo seat with N/S U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued WC and a folding ring HK. The set comes with the original tan bag and a grey aluminum tube. The rod appears to have seen limited use, though 1 tip is 1 ¼” short. It has strong fast action that is best suited, for me, to a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This nicely-made rod from a well-respected Texas maker would be a nice stick for smaller streams with larger than average inhabitants found in undercuts and woody debris. $595

SOLD Cunningham 115 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ No. 8014 ~ As New ~ If you have not have the pleasure of seeing or casting ones of Rick’s rods, you are in for a real treat! His finish and wrap work is among the best in the business and his skill as a craftsman, honed in part under the watchful eye of the late DJ Duck, is simply top notch. This sweet casting rod features light honey-colored cane with 2 x 2 nodes, matched tips, translucent brown silks tipped black and an expertly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an oxidized mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules (with silver ferule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip, beautifully figured dark maple burl mortised seat complimented with black silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite black WC and folding ring HK. The maker’s name is neatly struck into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with a soft cloth bag and black brass capped aluminum tube. The rod appears to have seen very limited use and remains near new in appearance. It has brisk medium-fast action and exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy that is well-suited to dry fly work. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. This is a superb rod from a well-respected Texas maker that crruently retails for $1,300.

Digger DeGere Model 201 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 3wt ~ SN 0015 ~ EXC RS ~ Rods from Francis “Digger” DeGere’s New England based operation are highly sought after as they are becoming increasingly harder to find. By all accounts, Digger was quite a character and an accomplished fisherman and he considered the rods he made to be just “good ‘ole fishing poles.” Cosmetics were second to the rods taper and overall performance. This DeGere classic appears to have been restored at some point in the past and features blonde cane, translucent tan silks, dark bronze mildrum-style stripper, dark bronze snakes and tips tops and a new and shiny varnish finish. The filled cigar grip, mortised hardwood seat (cedar?) with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and folding ring HK complete the business end of the butt section. The N/S super –Z- style ferrule fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The butt section is 1/2" longer than the tip sections and the rod measures 7'- 6 1/2" when assembled. When both tips are laid side by side, it is noted that the guide wrap placement is slightly different. The serial number inked on tip #1 reads toward the ferrule station and on Tip #2, away from the ferrule station. These eccentricities are considered commonplace on many DeGere rods. The set comes with a patterned bag and black tube with brass end, cap and collar, both of which may be original. The rod has a medium slow action which forms an elegant loop in the hands of the patient caster and will handle a 3 or 4 wt. line of your choosing. $695

SOLD Pennington Pine River ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This multi-purpose rod is based in part on a Garrison 209 taper which Steve slightly modified. As shown in the stock picture, the 7.5'er features straw colored cane, chestnut silks and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a nice ‘pop’ when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 7 1/2’ #5-6. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. Steve experimented a bit with the taper making the tip a bit stouter to accommodate a 6wt line which resulted in a rod that will accurately punch out casts into the wind and those hard to reach spots under hanging tree limbs and cut banks. The Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA.

Don Recker “Payne 100” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ Serial No. 1514 ~ NEW ~ If you have not yet heard of Ohio’s Don Recker, you will soon! Don is a retired machinist and barber who also worked as the maintenance supervisor at the local high school near Fort Jennings, Ohio. He has been honing his skills for over a decade. This finely tuned wand is based on the popular Payne 100 taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured dark cherry burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. This quick medium to medium-fast action rod is well-suited for dry fly work, especially where an extra premium is put on accurate, delicate presentations. It throws a delightfully tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This rod superbly-made rod, handcrafted in the USA, rod will be right at home on your favorite stream. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

SOLD Don Recker “PHY Perfectionist” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ SN 1414 ~ NEW ~ This finely tuned wand is based on the PHY Perfectionist taper and features richly flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around spiral nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the and male ferrule station for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an amber agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black light wire snakes and tip–tops and blued N/S ferrules that fit snugly and give a resounding 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and a beautifully figured dark buckeye burl seat, blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, a petite blued W/C and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop perfect for stealthy accurate presentations. I really enjoyed it with a Cortland Peach WF-5 and DT-5.

SOLD Rush River Rods “PYP #4” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 4wt.~ EXC ~ This nicely constructed rendition of the popular PHY Perfectionist comes from Rush River’s Tony Larson. It was built in 2000 and features an attractive shade of carmel-colored cane with 3x3 golden nodes, matched tips, clear silks tipped black and WC and ferrule stations, black stripper, snakes, and tip tops and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The tips have very light sets that have no effect on the rods castability. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip with tapered nose and a mortised curly maple seat with dual silver “wedding ring” slide band hardware. The company name is engraved into the silver pin on the bottom of the reel seat. Tip #1 is marked with one dot. Tip #2 is marked with two dots. The rod comes with the original tan bag with makers name sewn into the hood and brass capped aluminum tube with the makers name stamped into the top of the cap. This brisk medium-fast action throws a tight and accurate loop, for me, with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. This rod has a very light-in-the-hand feel and could very well end up being your next “go-to” rod.

D.G. Schroeder ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 5 wt. Serial No. 2888 ~ EXC ~ This early rod was built by Don in 1988 (his 28th overall) at his shop on Lamancha Drive and is destined to become a classic. Don is widely regarding as one of the premiere contemporary cane rods builders and his fine lineup of quality cane rods is unsurpassed in quality. This rod features richly flamed cane with golden nodes wrapped in translucent light brown silks tipped black, matched tips and a beautifully executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in an oxidized N/S frame, blued snakes and tip tops, and blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, nicely figured mortised black walnut seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, petite N/S WC and a slick folding ring HK affixed to a movable pin that allows placement at owner discretion. One tip has a light set that does not affect performance. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end cap. This is a wonderful casting instrument! The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work at a distance or at close range. The rod has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon yet has supple tips to protect fine tippets. I really liked it with Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5 lines. This is a superb rod, proudly crafted in the USA. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods link or click here D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $1,495 WINTER SALE $1,295

Winston ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 2 7/8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 3760 ~ EXC+ ~ This sweet little wand crafted by Glenn Brackett, et al. in Twin Bridges, MT features attractive light carmel-colored cane, translucent tan silks with burgundy accent wraps at the ferrule stations, tip-tops signature wraps and HK and a beautifully-executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include smoked bronze guides and smooth and tight fitting Winston Duronze ferrules (wrapped in tan silk) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, mortised hardwood seat with D/L’ing N/S screw and slide hood hardware, a light brown resin WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original white Winston labeled bag and brown Winston-labeled aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast action is a joy to cast and handles beautifully when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. The taper is well-suited for close-in dry fly work but has plenty reserve power to punch out longer casts when called upon to do so. This Brackett-era wand is just another in a long line of superb offerings from the famous Western rod-maker. $1,895

SOLD Doug Daniel “Coldwater Special” ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Introducing the “Coldwater Special”, a sweet-looking quality-made quad handcrafted exclusively for Coldwater Collectibles as only Doug can do. Doug is a semi-retired contractor from the coastal foothills of SoCal. He started building bamboo rods in 2002, as he puts it, “mainly out of curiosity and without ego.” Doug’s rods are hand planed and star-hollowed on a Morgan handmill. He turns his own real seats and grips and machines his own cap and ring seat hardware, winding checks, and N/S ferrules. This hollow built quad features wonder shade of medium-flamed cane acquired from Royer in 2002 and was planed to exacting tolerances. It has 2 x 2 golden nodes, bronze-housed amber-flame agate stripper, black light wire PacBay guides and tip-tops, honey brown silk windings (dark brown at the ferrule stations) and is protected with a beautifully executed Gunstocks varnish finish. Doug’s handmade square-broached oxidized ferrules fit smooth and tight. Extra-flora grade cork was used to form a comfortable modified perfection grip. The beautifully figured mortised Cherry burl seat is fitted with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. The set comes with a natural linen and a jet black aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast action is a joy to cast and has a real affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. This rod, quality-crafted in the USA, is unlikely to last long and is being offered at a special introductory price of…

SALE PENDING Pickard 795 P.E. ~ 7' 9” ~ 2/2 ~3.6 oz. ~ 5wt ~ EXC+ ~ This quality parabolic was crafted in John’s Hillsdale, MI shop from his limited supply of pre-embargo cane. You’ll immediately notice the attention to detail and mature hand when you first take the rod out of the bag. This one features beautiful flamed cane with 3 x 3 nodes, brown silk wraps and a nicely executed glass-smooth varnish finish. Quality hardware includes a mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops and tight fitting oxidized Super –Z- style N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip that continues down to form the cork seat with oxidized D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and HK loop. The rod is simply marked Pickard 795 P.E. The set comes with a quality soft cloth bag and brass-capped aluminum tube. The rod is a joy to cast and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. Retail price on these rods, which are no longer in production, was $1,850. Get this one, lightly used for…$1,195

SOLD J.D. Wagner Patriot ~ 7' 9" ~ 2/1 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 5/6 wt. AS NEW ~ This quality rod from Parma Ohio’s Jeff Wagner is from his Patriot series of fine rods and features nicely flamed cane with 3 x 3 golden nodes, deep forest green silks (almost black in appearance) and a proprietary hand rubbed, polymer finish specifically designed for low maintenance. The furnishings include black stripper, snakes and tip-top and oxidized N/S ferules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with oxidized D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite oxidized WC. The rod is sans HK. The set comes with a sturdy cloth bag and black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with maker’s label. The Patriot series of rods are known for their crisp, responsive, dry fly action. This one has a medium-fast action and throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland Peach DT-5 and WF-6. This rod has been fished a handful of times and remains near new in appearance.

SALE PENDING Dickerson 8012 (Blank by Dennis Stone) ~ 8' ~ 2/2, ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ NEW ~ This quality-made rendition was built on an nice set of Dennis Stone-planed blanks and was superbly finished out by Knoxville’s Rich Margiotta. It features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3 x 3 spiral golden nodes, matched tips, translucent bronze silks tipped black and a glass smooth varnish finish. The rod is finely appointed with blued nickel-silver step down ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, carbide stripper and Snakebrand black nickel guides, comfortable cigar grip, Dickerson-style D/L’ing aluminum seat with nicely figured claro walnut spacer and petite blued winding check. The set comes with a custom green twill bag and brushed aluminum tube with gold water-tite cap. The 8012 is one of the rarest Dickerson tapers, typically touted as being a 4 weight. This one exhibits a brisk medium to medium-fast action and throws a tight loop with either a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 or WF-5 (I preferred the 4). Here’s another in a long line of quality-crafted affordable rods from Rich. $450

McKellip Brothers Deluxe ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s McKellip Brothers is unfished. One immediately notices the attention to detail soon as the rod in removed from its handsome antique olive tube. It features select heat-treated tonkin cane with an attractive carmel hue, matched tips, 2 x 2 nodes, java silks tipped black at the WC and nicely-executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a smoke black stripper, black snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting blued NS ferrules (with black ferrule plug) give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an exquisite torpedo grip and married reel seat combo fashioned from beautifully figured black walnut burl that also features gun stock grade checkering and blued N/S D/L’ing cap ring hardware. The side of the butt cap is tastefully engraved with the maker’s logo. A petite blued WC completes the handsome grip area. The rod is sans HK or writing. This set comes with a high quality soft suede leather labeled bag befitting of its contents and antique olive labeled tube with the makers logo also engraved into the top of the heavy gauge brass tube cap. The brisk medium-fast action would be well-suited to dry fly work when paired with a Cortland Peach DT-5 and will also handle a 6 with ease. This superb rod would make a wonderful retirement or other gift. $1,095 WINTER SALE $895

SALE PENDING Orvis Battenkill ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 3/8oz. ~ G.B.F (8) ~ Serial No. 64363 ~ Mint ~ This 1971 offering from the famous Manchester, VT purveyor of fine gear is apparently unfished and in museum-like condition. It features richly-hued impregnated shafts buffed to a fine luster, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including chrome guides and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules (with silver ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip (plastic still on it), D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat accented with a nicely figured walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The serial number is also inked on each section. A dot (or 2 dots) for tip differentiation purposes are also inked on the tip sections proximal to the ferrule stations. The rod comes with the original tan Orvis bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube with blank warranty card. Although rated by Orvis for a WF-8, the accommodating medium-fast action throws tight loops and really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. The overstatement of line weight is not at all unusual for Orvis bamboo rods. This quality-made multi-use rod would be perfect for dry fly work, nymphing, dry/dropper rigs, and/or tossing hoppers (or buggers). It is hands-down one of the nicest Orvis bamboo rods I’ve seen in the past 20 years! A super find for the Orvis aficionado that would also make a wonderful retirement gift for that special someone. Superb! $995

SOLD Orvis Wes Jordan ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 3/8 oz. ~ H.B.F. (8) ~ Serial No. 75565 ~ As New ~ This top-of-the-line Orvis classic appears to be unfished. It was built in 1975 and features richly-hued impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silk, 3 x 3 spiral nodes and fine Orvis furnishings including smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid 'pop' when separated, dual stripping guides on the butt, chrome snakes, and tip-tops. The comfortable grip is sans palm and thumb indentations and can be used by a right or left handed caster. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, walnut spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The original owner’s initials are engraved into the bottom of the butt cap and the original owners name was inked on the rod at the time of manufacture as was customary. The set comes with the original bag and leather tube. When I lined it up with a WF-8 as marked, I found that it was sluggish and the line really dampened the taper, but when paired with a Cortland 44 Peach WF/DT-6, it simply sang. The medium to medium-fast action throws a tight loop and effortlessly lays out a long line with a nice blend of power and delicacy. This is one of the nicest examples of this top-end Orvis classic that I have handled in quite some time and would be a wonderful find for the Orvis aficionado. Superb!

Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting 8’er was designed by Steve using a slightly modified Garrison 212 taper. As shown in the stock picture, the 8'er features straw colored cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and nicely figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching maple WC. No HK. The following is inked on the rod in black script: Pine River Trout 8’#5. Comes with a custom fit cloth bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The brisk medium to medium-fast action allows for long casts and delicate presentations. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for medium to large rivers. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $425

Walton Powell ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This c. 1970s one-owner Chico, CA classic shows little use and is in wonderful shape. It features light honey-colored cane, forest green silks, 2x2 spiral node pattern, and nicely-executed glass smooth finish. Quality furnishings include a chrome stripper, snakes, and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules with pot-bellied female that give a resounding pop upon separation. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light Wells grip, U/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a nicely figured walnut spacer and HK loop. The rod is simply marked “Walton Powell” in black script and comes with the original olive-green bag and Chico, CA labeled aluminum tube. The rod is a fine casting instrument and throws a tight and accurate loops when paired with a Cortland 444Peach WF-5 (I also liked it with a DT-4). Powell rods are superbly crafted and well-known as being some of the best casting rods available. $895

SOLD D.G. Schroeder ~ 8' ~ 4/2 ~ 4.4oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 30002 ~ As New ~ This beautiful, heirloom quality offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder will surely please the most discriminating angler/collector. Don is widely regarding as one of today’s premiere builders of split bamboo fly rods and his fine lineup of quality rods is unsurpassed in quality. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. This rod was completed in 2002, his 300th overall and features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent chestnut silks tipped brown with elegant brown intermediates wraps all protected by an expertly executed jewel-like varnish finish. Fine Schroeder furnishings include a black nickel smoke stripper, snakes, and tip tops and blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plugs) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade cigar grip, a highly polished and beautifully figured mortised walnut burl seat with D/L’ing blued N/S cap & ring hardware, a blued petite N/S WC and blued folding ring HK. The makers name is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with sturdy khaki bag and quality labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap and gray velvet tube cover. The brisk medium-fast action throws a silky smooth loop, tha for me, excels with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and/or DT-5. The rod exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy, perfect for dry fly work where that little extra distance can make all the difference…. like on ranch section of the Henry’s Fork. This is a superb rod in every way, proudly crafted in the USA and thought to be the only 4/2 made by Don. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods link or click here D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker.

R.L. Winston ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ SN 2141 ~ EXC+ ~ This all original classic, built by Glenn Bracket in 1986, is believed to have a hollow-fluted butt and mid and features a beautiful shade of medium-colored blonde cane, tan silks tipped cinnamon at the signature wraps, tip-tops, and ferrule stations, and a perfectly executed glass smooth varnish finish. Quality furnishings include Winston-issue bright guides and hallmark wound-over duronze ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light wells grip, cork seat with N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with a red Winston labeled bag and antique bronze aluminum tube aluminum with Twin Bridges label. This elegant casting rod with a soft medium-slow action throws a long line when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. A superb example of a Classic mid-80s Winston. $1,650

R.L. Winston ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ SN 1623 ~ EXC ~ This classic hollow-fluted Winston was completed on July 7, 1976 during a historically significant time when company operations were transitioning from San Francisco to Twin Bridges and could be one of Doug Merrick’s last rods (Winston records indicate Doug Merrick’s last SF-built rod carried the serial number of around 1620). Quality furnishings include Winston-issue bronze guides and hallmark wound-over duronze ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip with tapered nose, hardwood seat with screw D/L’ing hardware, brown resin WC and folding ring HK. The hollow-flute patent No. inked on the butt. The set comes with a red SF Winston labeled bag and aluminum tube with the SF-era hollow-fluted Winston label. This sweet casting medium action wand throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and is well-suited for dry fly work. Another superb example of a Classic Winston rod. $1,550

Abbey & Imbrie ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ The George Varney influence is evident in the reel seat and when combined with the Chubb-like features, it all adds up to a turn of the century (20th) Chubb-Montague classic. This delicate wand features light browntone cane brown silks and intermediates, replacement chrome guides and tip-tops and original rolled welt N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. 1 tip is down 1/8". The other is down 3/8". The ferrule fit is smooth but a bit worn and all will rotate while 100% seated and there is a distinct click at the butt/mid connection. The varnish has some tiny air pockets but is very sound and should provide apt protection for many more years. I also noted some roughness on a few of the intermediate wrap edges. The petite cigar sheet cork grip, metal D/L’ing slide band seat with railed edges, exposed Montague funnel-style WC are all in great shape. The rod is sans HK. A portion of the original A&I label is still present on the butt section. The rod comes in a replacement bag and quality aluminum tube. The rod is reasonably straight and has a very delicate feel. The slow to medium-slow action can be felt all the way into the grip. With a ferrule reset, this classic rod would be stream-ready and would be a real find for those who enjoy using century-old equipment. $395 WINTER SALE $295

H.L. Leonard Tournament Model 50½ DF ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/8oz. ~ 6wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ This rare pre-fire dry fly classic is a favorite among cane rod aficionados. It’s apparently all original, but could possibly have received light varnish overcoat at some point in the past and has a few nicks, chips and smudges in the varnish. One tip is down 3 1/4”. It features light carmel-colored cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 spiral nodes, faded avocado silks tipped red (a portion of the HK wrap was redone), fine Leonard furnishings including an agate stripper, bronze reverse-twist English snakes and agate tip-tops. The smooth and tight fitting Leonard N/S step-down ferrules give a nice pop upon separation and have the dual patent stamp on the butt ferrule below the welt, a ferrule plug (butt section only) and properly positioned witness marks. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, butternut seat with N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, a petite N/S WC and a folding ring HK. The butt cap carries The Leonard Rod HL Leonard Rod CO Makers Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. (on one side) and Tournament (on the other side) die stamps. The set comes with the original olive bag with hang tag and Leonard-issue brass capped aluminum tube with the initials J.J.R. neatly stamped into the top. The smooth-casting taper is just a touch on the slow side of medium and is capable of throwing a long line while being mindful of fine tippets. I liked it with a Cortland Classic Silk DT-6. Leonard rods have always been in high demand and this one can be had at a very attractive price. $795 WINTER SALE $695

Thomas and Thomas Kosmic Commemorative Limited Edition ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 13 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This T&T classic was made in 1984 as a tribute to the renowned Kosmic Rods built by Thomas, Edwards and Payne near the end of the 19th century. It features an attractive shade of blonde cane, dramatically swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, red silks wraps tipped black with elegant red intermediates and a perfectly executed glass-smooth varnish finish. I noted that the varnish and/or color preserver on the wrap associated with the last snake guide on one of the tips has chipped away and should be touched up to prevent the exposed silk from fraying. The smooth and tight fitting flared Kosmic-style N/S step-down ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, ivoroid reel seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware including raised rails and elongated butt cap and an cone-shaped N/S WC check. The rod is sans HK. The set comes with the original T&T labeled bag with stiffener and labeled antique brown aluminum tube with bras cap and end. The rod has a comfortable medium to medium fast action and throws a long and tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This superbly-made rod has seen limited use and would be right at home on larger rivers and/or when the blows hard and often. $2,495

H.L. Leonard Model 52 Special Tournament ~ 9.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.8 oz. ~ 8wt. ~ G (exceptions noted) ~ This early Leonard classic was specifically designed for casting tournaments that were popular back in the day. One tip is down and inch and is missing the tip-top guide. A replacement tip-top guide was installed on the full length tip at some point in the past. It features browntone cane (sans swelled butt), 3 x 3 nodes, claret silks tipped brown, agate stripper and reverse twist bronze snakes. The agate stripper and 2 snake guides were dislodged from the rod during its transit to me, but are in fine shape and will are included. The varnish appears to have received an overcoat at some point and is sounds, but has some crazing in a few areas. The N/S Leonard step-down ferrules give a resounding pop when separated but could use a thorough cleaning (I noted some tarnished areas). The modified perfection grip is soiled and the full metal seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware has tarnished areas that could also use a thorough cleaning. The butt-cap carries “The Leonard Rod H.L. Leonard Rod Co. Makers” die stamp. “Special Tournament” is stamed into the bottom of the reel seat, just above the butt cap. The rod comes with an olive canvas bag with hang tag and original brass capped aluminum tube. No. 52S and “3 agates” are written on the hang tag typically indicating that the stripping guide and the 2 tip-tops were originally agates. The rod straight and tight and has a solid medium action that would be right at home for those fishing for larger quarry (salmon, steelies, bucket-mouths, etc). It’s a wonderful piece of Americana and with some work, would certainly make a nice fishing rod … priced accoringly. $250

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