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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.

Don Recker “Paul Young Midge” ~ 6' 3” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ SN 1122 ~ 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. This finely tuned wand is based on the famous PHY Midge taper and features richly flamed cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. TiCh stripper, chrome snakes and tip–tops. Quality N/S ferrules give a satisfying 'pop' when separated. Comfortable cigar grip and D/L’ing cap and ring seat with a black walnut burl spacer. Petite W/C. HK loop. Comes with a new fly print soft cloth bag and new aluminum tube. This small stream classic has a brisk medium-fast action and is a THE perfect choice for small streams. I really enjoyed casting it with a Cortland Peach WF-4 and DT-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

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. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $395

D.G. Schroeder Quad ~ 6.5'~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ Serial No. 33803 ~ As New ~ Don is widely recognized as one of today’s premiere cane rods builders and his fine lineup of quality cane rods is unsurpassed in quality and performance. 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 built in 2003 and is his 338th overall. It features beautiful blonde cane with matched tips, translucent tan silks tipped dark cinnamon and a perfectly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a black nickel stripper, black snakes, and black tip tops. The blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The business end of butt section is completed with a comfortable cigar grip, a beautifully figured mortised tiger maple seat fitted with D/L’ing blued N/S cap & ring hardware, a black exposed WC and a black folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube. The medium-fast action throws a tight and accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4 and will also handle a DT-4 with ease. Superbly made 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. $1,695

D.G. Schroeder ~ 6’ 8” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 4 wt. Serial No. 6891 ~ EXC+ ~ This early rod was built by Don in 1991 (his 68th overall). Don Schroeder is widely regarding as one of the premiere builders of heirloom-quality bamboo fly rods on the planet. This rod has seen the water sparingly and features richly flamed cane with golden nodes wrapped in translucent brown silks accented with dark wine tipping all protected by a beautifully executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a black nickel stripper, black snakes, and tip tops. The blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, highly figured mortised walnut burl seat with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware, petite exposed blued N/S WC and a neat movable HK ring. The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with the original high quality bag with stiffener and black labeled aluminum tube. This sweet casting light line rod with a brisk medium action is perfect for the small stream enthusiast. Don found the perfect blend of power and delicacy with this taper and I really liked it with Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Superb! 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. $1,595

W.E. Carpenter ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz.~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 78370 ~ EXC+ ~ This wonderful wand crafted by Mr. Carpenter in 1978 and features richly hued cane with 3 x 3 nodes, brown silks with black accents at the HK and ferrule stations, black nickel housed agate stripper, bronze snakes and tip-tops and a wonderfully executed glass smooth varnish finish. The smooth and tight fitting blued N/S step-down ferrules give a give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. A comfortable light cigar grip and nicely figured walnut seat fitted with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and folding ring HK compliment the rod nicely. The set comes with a quality soft cloth gray bag and brass capped aluminum tube with makers label and hand-written rod stats fully intact under the collar. The wonderfully smooth and crisp medium-fast action throws effortless loops on-demand when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and/or WDT-4. A superb wand from one of the most respected makers on the planet. $4,000 SUMMER SALE $3,495

Critchfield ‘PHY Princess’ ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 0411-5 ~ As New ~ This neat rendition of the PHY Princess from Plymouth, Minnesota’s Bill Critchfield is a little powerhouse of a rod. It features richly-flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, translucent amber-orange silks, a nicely executed varnish finish, agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable perfection grip, beautifully figured hardwood burl seat with black D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued N/S WC and hook keeper loop. The set comes with quality-made soft cloth tan bag and brass-capped black aluminum tube with makers label under the collar. The strong medium-fast action behaves much like my old PHY Driggs River Special and is well-suited for large trout in tight spaces where turning a fish to keep it out of the brush is a must. This rod may have been used a time or two, but remains in new-like condition. $595

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. The Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $395

Don Recker “Degere Fast” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0314 ~ 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. This finely tuned wand is based on a taper designed by Francis “Digger” Degere 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 maple 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 fast action rod is well-suited for dry fly work close in, but has plenty of reserve to punch out longer casts when called upon. Although I liked it best with Cortland 444 Peach DT-4, I also found it pleasant to cast with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. 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 ~ 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 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 “Sir D” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ SN 1304 ~ 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 Wayne Cattanach Sir D taper and features lightly flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around spiral nodes, clear silks tipped black and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Chrome housed amber agate stripper, snakes and tip–tops. N/S ferrules 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 hardwood seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware a petite W/C and HK loop. The set comes with a new fly print soft cloth bag and new green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight loop and would be perfect for small to medium-size streams that a call for stealthy accurate casts. I really enjoyed it with a Cortland 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

Sweetwater Rods “Millennium Falcon” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ From the bench of the late George Maurer comes this unused high quality wand with plastic still on the grip. It features an attractive shade of light carnel cane with golden 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks gunsmoke titanium guides and a nicely exectuted glass-smooth varnish finish. The tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, highly figured black walnut burl mortised seat with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and petite blued WC. The rod is sans HK and comes with quality-made tan bag trimmed in dark brown and black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass collar, cap and end. The brisk progressive taper throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4, but the rod really came alive for me when I paired it with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-3. These rods sold new for $1,500 and were hard to come by. Still are…. $1,495

SOLD A J Thramer Rod Co. “Payne 98” ~ 7’~ 2/2 ~ 3.1 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. D42 ~ NEW ~ This neat little rendition of the highly popular Payne 98 comes from Mr. Thramer’s Classic Taper Series of fine rods and features a lightly flamed shafts with 3 around golden nodes and is wrapped in java brown silk tipped yellow at the KH, tip-top guides and ferrules stations and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. Fine furnishings include red agate stripper housed in a bronze frame, black snakes and tip-tops, and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable Payne replica cork grip that continues down to form the cork seat with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, a petite blued WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original green bag and labeled black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with matching rod info. The crisp medium to medium-fast action and light in the hand feel combine to provide maximum delicacy. I think you’ll find that a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 to be a perfect match. Superb!

R.W. Hoffhines No. 301 ~ 7’3”~ 2/2 ~ 4.1 oz. ~ 4/4 wt. ~ As New ~ If you’re looking for a nicely crafted wand, you should give serious consideration to this one from the bench of mid-western rod builder Rob Hoffhines. It features a beautiful shade of light brown cane, 3 x3 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent root beer brown tipped crimson and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a milky white agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip-tops and tight fitting blued Super –Z- style N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured mortised maple seat with N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and HK. The rod comes with a high sturdy green bag and aluminum tube with brass water-tite cap. This rod feels very light in the hand and throws a sweet loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. New rods from Mr. Hoffhines are priced well into 4-figures. Get this one, apparently unfished, for…. $795

Ron Kusse “Elf” ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 5/8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 0702 ~ EXC ~ This quality crafted rod from the former Vice President of H.L. Leonard Rod Company features darkly mottled blond cane with 3 x nodes, translucent chestnut silks, smoke black nickel stripper, black light wire snakes and tip tops and a wonderfully smooth impregnated finish buffed to a fine luster. The tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated. Some of the bluing is worn on female ferrule as well as on the butt cap and slide band. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured polished mahogany seat fitted with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a wound over WC. The rod is sans HK. The company logo and model are stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with a dark gray bag with hang tag and sewn in stiffener and a Leonard-like aluminum tube with brass cap and collar. The rod has a crisp and pleasant medium-fast action, reminiscent of a Leonard 39, and throws a tight loop with a nice blend of power and delicacy. I liked it when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5/DT-5. Don’t miss out on this unique finely-tuned wand, not often seen on dealer lists. $1,495

Frank Paul “Little Pine” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 7065-2 ~ EXC ~ Don’t pass up on this quality-crafted rod from the bench of Clemson, South Carolina’s Frank Paul. Mr. Paul is originally from North Central PA and is now a retired mechanical engineering professor with academic credentials from Lehigh, Carnegie-Mellon, and Clemson Universities spanning nearly 4 decades. He started to making glass and carbon fiber rods in the mid 1960s and made the move to the wonderful world of bamboo rod making in the mid 1990s. He credits Harry Boyd and Ray Gould along with information gleaned from the books of other well recognized rod makers as being instumental in his formative years of rod building. He also had the opportunity to interact with late George Maurer on rod building techniques. These influences are evident as soon as this rod is removed from the tube. It was built in 2005 and features an attractive shade of carmel-colored cane java brown silks tipped black, an amber brown agate striper housed in s bronze nickel frame, bronze snakes, black tip-tops and a nicely executed varnish finish. The blued N/S ferrules (with a neat bamboo ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified Western-style grip with tapered nose, a nicely figured mortised walnut burl seat with blued N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and a petite blued N/S WC. There is no HK. The rod comes with a sturdy green canvas bag and brass capped green wrinkle-finished aluminum tube. I test cast this medium-fast action rod with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5 and it handled them wonderfully tossing tight accurate loops with a nice blend of power and delicacy. This nicely built rod should handle most normal trout fishing situations on small and medium sized streams. $595 SUMMER SALE $495

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 for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $395

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 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 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 for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $495

SOLD Don Recker “North Fork Special” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 1126 ~ 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 a Winston Twin Bridges 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, beautiful black ash 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 aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. The responsive medium action is a joy to cast and will easily handle dries, nymphs, small hoppers and terrestrials and would make a perfect all-around rod for most trout fishing situations. It has a light in the hand feel and throws smooth and tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. 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.

Don Recker Custom “Payne 197” ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ 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. This finely tuned wand is based on a Payne 197 taper and comes in the 3/2 format. It features beautifully flamed shafts with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Silver-housed black/white agate stripper, chrome light-wire snakes and tip–tops and smooth 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 spalted maple mortised seat with D/L’ing silver cap & ring hardware, petite WC and HK loop. The original owner’s initials are inconspicuously present near the HK. The set comes with the original fish print soft cloth bag and aluminum tube with brass collar and water-tite cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a lovely line with a nice blend of power and delicacy that would be perfect for dry fly work on small to medium-sized streams. I found it to my liking when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and/or DT-4. This rod was proudly made in the USA and is in new-like condition save for some minor soiling on the grip. 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 ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 51910 ~ EXC+ ~ This beautiful offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder was built in 2010 and his 519th rod. 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. It features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, book-matched tips, translucent chestnut silks tipped with dark wine accents and an expertly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in a blued nickel frame, blued snakes, and tip tops and blued truncated 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 is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip 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 quality-made bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight loop with a nice blend of distance and delicacy, perfect for dry fly work. This superb rod was 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. $1,795

SOLD Paul H. Young ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 ~ 4.5oz. ~ 5/6wt. VG (exceptions noted) ~ The lightly-hued cane for this Detroit, Michigan classic appears to have been supplied by South Bend. The rod features red and/or burgundy wraps, mildrum stripper, bronze hardened steel snakes and tip-top, and N/S rolled welt ferrules that give a sound pop when separated but I noted a light ferrule click. The originality of the varnish is unknown and is has a few nicks, chips and scuffs but is overall sound and serviceable. The business end of the butt section has what appears to me to be a recently installed cigar grip, D/L'ing screw “featherweight” metal seat and folding ring HK. The reel seat is loos on the station and needs to be re-glued. The original writing is still inked on the butt section. The rod comes with an unlabeled bag and aluminum tube. As with most “budget” PHY models that I’ve seen, the rod is not perfectly straight (although this one is reasonably straight with a light set in the tip) and there are variations in the section lengths. The butt section is ½” longer that the tip section, yet the rod measures 7’6 ½” when fully assembled. This rod has a pleasant and powerful medium action that throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and will also handle a 6 with ease. With a little TLC, this historically significant piece of Americana from one of the great makers of the time can be brought back into everyday service.

SOLD Gus Pernak 5-Strip ~ 7'7” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3oz. ~ 5/6wt. EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Augustus “Gus” Pernak was a mater machinist from Detroit who built milling machines for Paul Young using surplus WW-II stock. He was a self-described “silent partner” of Paul Young. He also had association with the Uslan brothers, but it is unknown if he ever made rods or equipment for them. The rod was built in 1975 for one of Gus’ friends and fishing partner, who how wishes to pass it along for the next generation to enjoy. It features light honey-toned cane, translucent chestnut silks, bronze stripper, black snakes, bronze tip-tops and a nicely executed varnish finish. The blued N/S ferrules are reminiscent of those that Young used and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable Western grip, screw U/L'ing seat with cork spacer and HK loop. The rod comes with its original bag and tube. The stout medium-fast action is much in the Young tradition, being designed for larger than average trout that lurk in the small to mid-sized brushy Michigan streams. It has a nice blend of power and accuracy and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 peach DT-5/WF-6 line, with the WF-6 being my preference. This is the first Pernak rod I’ve had the pleasure to offer and it could become someone’s “go to” rod for many years to come.

SOLD Doug Daniel “Coldwater Special” ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 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…

D.G. Schroeder ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 52911~ EXC+ ~ This stunning offering from one of today’s premier cane rods builders reamins in near new condition. Don built it in 2011, his 529th rod. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. It features richly-hued flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped dark wine, book-matched tips and a beautifully executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in a bronze nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip tops. The blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, highly figured mortised walnut burl seat, blued D/L’ing cap & ring hardware, petite exposed blued nickel WC. There is no HK (made that way). The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with the original high quality bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube. This smooth casting wand comes in my favorite length and is a super all-around fishing tool that will respond favorably to most trout fishing situations. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Don built me a 7’9” ~ 5wt. in the 3/2 format in 2002 and it is still my “go to” 12 years later. Superb! 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. $1,695

SALE PENDING R.L. Nunley “Northfork” ~ 7’ 10 1/2” ~ 2/1 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 4/5wt ~ Serial No. 5311 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This nicely constructed rod from the Mountain Home, Arkansas shop of Bob Nunley. From the Nunley web-site: “The North Fork rod is a fantastic casting rod, but is only offered with a single tip and with limited appointments. It has the same quality casting characteristics of all R L Nunley fly rods. This rod is available with a straight grained walnut reel seat and nickel silver hardware. Other than that, the customer has his choice of appointments and wrap colors on the North Fork. This rod is very appealing to the eye and a pleasure to cast.” This one features an attractive shade of light carmel colored cane with 3 x 3 spiral nodes, translucent chestnut silks and a wonderful hand rubbed finish. The blued N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a loud pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified full well grip and straight grained walnut reel seat with blued nickel D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. The set comes with a soft tan 2-compartment bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The butt section is 1 ¼” shorter than the tip which results in a rod that measures 7’ 10 ½” when fully assembled. I am not sure if this was made that way or not, but there is no obvious visual indication of damage and/or repair. This rod has a nice medium to medium fast action that really seemed to like a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and looks like it was sparingly used. $495

Graywolf Para 15 ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.6 oz. ~ 6wt ~ Serial No. 511-806 ~ As New ~ This nicely appointed wand from the bench of Britton, Michigan’s Shane Gray is based on the PHY Para 15 taper and features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, clear silks, a nice shiny varnish finish, black nickel mildrum stripper, snakes and tip-tops, and blued N/S ferrules that give aloud pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable straight cork grip, beautifully figured maple burl seat with black nickel D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued WC and is sans HK. The set comes with a soft black bag and black aluminum tube with nicely completed label. This rod has a strong medium to medium fast light parabolic action that really seemed to like a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This rod may have been fished a time or two, but remains in like new condition. $595

Steve Kiley “North Star Mosaic” ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3oz. ~ 5wt. “Demo” ~ EXC ~ Stephen Kiley began making bamboo fly rods around 1975, although it wasn’t until the mid to late 2000s that his fine work began to show up on a regular basis. This quality-crafted star-hollowed rod was one of the initial prototypes of his North Star series and was likely crafted c. 2010 from a proprietary taper that Steve developed. It features a beautiful shade of light honey-colored cane, 3 x 3 nodes, translucent tan silks tipped black and a perfectly executed varnish finish that is among the best in the business. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed amber and tan variegated agate stripper, H&H bronze snakes, black nickel tip-tops and N/S step-down ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, nicely figured mortised circassian walnut seat with D/L’ing N/S screw and slide hood hardware and petite N/S WC. The rod is sans HK and one tip has a light set. A black onyx inlaid mosaic pattern is present on the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with a high quality tan bag and black aluminum tube with makers label and rod stats. The final production model included a matching black onyx inlaid ferrule plug and WC. These features were no included on this prototype. This rod has an extremely light in the hand feel and the brisk medium-fast action throws a tight loop with just the right blend power and delicacy. Scroll to the top or bottom of the page and take the Kiley Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Steve Kiley for more information on this fine maker. These rods were priced into 4-figures. Get this one, in lightly used condition for... $725

F.D. Lyons ~ 8’~ 3/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 180351210 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This finely tuned rod from the bench of Portland, Oregon’s Dwight Lyons features an attractive shade of light browntone cane, with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, dark burgundy silks tipped black, and a perfectly executed varnish finish. What may be a scarf is barely perceptible on one tip and runs under the last snake guide wrap, though the owner stated that he was unaware on any scarf or work being done to the rod. I looked at it using a jeweler’s loupe and still cannot tell for sure if it is a scarf, a repaired node, or just made that way. Regardless, the area in question appears sound and ready for many years of service. Fine furnishings include an agate stripper house in a black nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip-tops and blued N/S step down ferrules the fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light torpedo grip, blued N/S D/L’ing screw and side hood seat with a beautifully figured maple burl spacer, petite blued N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original wine-colored bag and original brass cap and collar aluminum tube with maker’s label. The medium-fast taper throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy. This is a sweet casting rod that simply will not disappoint and will make great addition to any trout fisher’s arsenal. New rods from Mr. Lyons are priced in the $1,500 range. Get this one for… $995

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. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $395

WM Granger Victory Model GV8040 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5oz. ~ 5wt. ~ VG- (exceptions noted) ~ This Victory was W&M’s workhorse rod back in the day. This one has the original butt and one original tip that is 5" short. Both these sections have O/B Jasper wraps. The mid section is from a different 8040 Victory and has lighter colored cane and O/B Jasper wraps tipped black. The other tip is from an 8040 Aristocrat and has a repair wrap. The N/S ferrules give a nice pop but could use a thorough cleaning in order to fully fit. The sections of this classic are not arrow straight and the tips have light sets. The comfortable reversed half wells grip, patented internal U/L'ing (and dent free) metal seat with proper WM stampings remain in nice, serviceable condition. There is the typical gouge at the end of the grip from use as a fly keeper. The set comes with a WM–issue tan bag and non-original aluminum tube that is too long for the rod and has a few dents. Despite its mixed and matched sections, this rod has a sweet medium action and would be right at home with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. 8’ Grangers just don’t show up that often and when they do, they usually don’t last long. This “hybrid” is looking for a new home and some TLC. $250

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

Ed M. Hunter Approved ~ 8.5 ~ 3/1 ~ 5.1oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC - (exceptions noted) ~ This popular model was made by Phillipson as a private label rod for a Rocky Mountain sporting goods store. It was introduced circa 1948 and named after Ed M. Hunter, an Outdoor Editor for the Denver Post. It features dark honey-colored ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, jet black silks, bronze stripper, snakes and tip–top. The varnish has chips, nicks and bag marks, but is very sound and serviceable. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a solid 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a reversed half wells grip, Phillipson’s screw D/L'ing "no-rock" seat and an exposed WC. There is no HK. The rod does not come with a bag or tube. The medium to medium-fast action throws a ton of line and offers up a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. Phillipson rods are revered for their utilitarian look and unsurpassed performance and this one is no exception, with room to spare for a new bag and tube….. $250

R.L. Winston ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 3/8 oz. ~ 6 wt. ~ SN 1632 ~ EXCG+ ~ This classic Winston was completed on July 1, 1976 during a historically significant time when company operations were transitioning from San Francisco to Twin Bridges. It was most likely built by Glenn Brackett as Winston records indicated one of Doug Merrick’s last SF- built rods carried the serial number of 1619. It features attractive carmel-colored cane with 3 x 3 spiral nodes, butterscotch silks with crimson accents at the HK, signature wraps and ferrule stations, bronze strippers and snakes, chrome tip-tops and an expertly applied varnish finish that still has “that smell.” The Winston duronze ferrules feature the hallmark silk wraps on the ferrule sleeves and fit smooth and tight, giving a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section rod has a comfortable light wells grip, typical black seat with screw D/L’ing hardware, black WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with the original red San Francisco labeled bag and original aluminum tube with the “patented/hollow fluted label. The strong and delightful medium to medium-fast action throws tight, accurate loops with power and authority and takes well to a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. This is one of the nicer big-water Winston’s I’ve seen in quite some time. $1,495

Paul H. Young Prosperity ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.4oz. ~ 6/7wt. VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ The light honey-toned cane for this post WW-II era Detroit, Michigan classic appears to have been supplied by Edwards. The rod features black/white jasper wraps, red agate stripper, bronze hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, and blued N/S rolled welt ferrules that give a satisfying 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section has a reversed wells grip with thumb depression, D/L'ing screw and slide hood “featherweight” metal seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK. "Paul H. Young’s Prosperity Rod” is written in white ink on the butt section. The rod comes with an era correct but unlabeled bag and tube that could be original. As with most Prosperity models that I’ve seen, the rod is not perfectly straight and there are variations in the section lengths. The butt section is ¼” longer and a tip section is ¼” shorter than the mid and other tip section. This rod has a pleasant and powerful medium action that throws a ton of DT-6/WF-7 line and is a historically significant piece of Americana from one of the great makers of the time. $695

Dickerson 901812 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9 oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ Only 74 of these rods were built by the famed Bellaire, MI maker. This classic was restored by Bob Summers in 1988 and has remained unfished since. It is being offered by its current owner in hopes that it once again will be enjoyed by someone who loves fly fishing and bamboo rods. According to the handwritten invoice which will accompany rod, Bob installed a new perfection guide, hard chrome snakes, and new cork. The butt section is ¼” shorter than the other three but I was unable to detect any breakage or repair work. It is possible the rod was made that way or a ferrule re-set occurred at some point in the past. There is also a 7/8” long protective wrap on one tip between the 3rd and 4th snake guide. The rod features light honey-toned cane, translucent copper/brown silks tipped black, with the 4 hallmark signature wraps and a glass smooth varnish finish that remains in excellent condition as do the smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules which give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has comfortable new cork, original walnut seat with screw D/L’ing hardware, exposed WC and HK loop. The set comes with the original tan hooded bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The sweet medium to medium-fast action throws effortlessly. This rare and historically significant classic will make someone a faithful companion for many more years to come. Karma included. $2,495

Folsom 1515-9 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5.2oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ F ~ This c. 1940 classic from the H&D Folsom Arms Company, a famous New York sporting goods retailer, was made by Heddon and is the equivalent to the Heddon #14. This rod features browntone cane with swelled butt, burgundy silks tipped gold, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes (1 snake guide missing on the mid) and tip-tops. The varnish has badly softened and needs to be stripped and redone. The Heddon-issue N/S ferrules fit good, but a ferrule click can be felt indicating that the ferrules should be reset. The straight grip is soiled, but very sound and serviceable. The D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat with gum wood spacer remains in nice shape. An exposed WC and folding ring HK complete the grip area of the butt section. Original spiral writing and model number are intact and legible. The rod comes with a replacement bag but no tube. It has a medium action that soule likely be best suited to a 6 wt line. A perfect candidate for a redo. $175

SALE PENDING Heddon #20 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.6 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ EXC + (exceptions noted) ~ This vintage Dowagiac, Michigan-made rod is from Heddon’s Neo-Classic era (1939–1948), which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era of rod production. The #20 was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker. The only exception to this was the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen. That “smell” of originality is immediately apparent as soon as the rod is removed from the tube. It features browntone cane with swelled butt, deep burgundy silks tipped gold, red agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, hardened steel snakes and tips-tops and blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight. There are a few bag marks in the varnish and on the ferrule housings and a few small areas of varnish checking all which could likely be rubbed out if desired. Heddon is inked in spiral fashion over 3 flats on the butt section. Straight line rod stats are also inked on a separate single flat on the butt. The comfortable reversed half wells grip, brown marbleized tenite spacer with bronze D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK all remain in excellent shape. The set comes with a tan Heddon-issue bag does not have any writing on the stitched in tag save for 9' and a Heddon-issue brown aluminum tube. The writing on the tube label is not legible. This Heddon classic has a comfortable medium action that throws a powerful loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7 and is well-suited for dry fly work, as well as nymphs, streamers, and bass bugs. This is a really nice example of Heddon’s work and would make a welcome addition to your arsenal. $325

Heddon #22 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.6 oz. 6wt. ~ VG+ (exception noted) ~ This Dowagiac, Michigan-made rod is from Heddon’s Neo-Classic era (1939 – 1948), which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era of rod production. The #22 was reported to be Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen. It features browntone cane with swelled butt, red/black variegated silks, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops. The varnish has a few chips, nicks and bag marks and one guide wrap on the mid was replaced. I also noted what appears to be a 3” long scratch or split running down the middle of one of flats, proximal to the swell in the butt. The glue line and flat in this area are tight and unaffected. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a soft pop upon separation. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip that is soiled from use, brown tenite seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, exposed WC and folding ring HK. Original diagonal Heddon writing with straight line rod stats are present on the butt section. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original bag (has a few holes in it) with barely legible stitched in tag. There is no tube. The pleasant medium to medium-fast action throws a tight loop with a Cortland Peach DT-6. This rod is every bit on par with a Heddon 10 and is a nice example of a rarely seen model. $175

Heddon #35 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.2oz. ~ 6/7wt. Serial No. 1414 ~ EXC+ (RS?) ~ This early 1st generation c. 1920s Heddon is extremely hard to find and was Heddon’s top rod of that era. The serial number that was present on these early classics is faint but legible. It features a beautiful shade of browntone cane with a swelled butt, antique gold silks with elegant gold and black silk intermediates and is protected by a beautiful varnish finish that has “that smell” of originality, but appears to have been redone. Quality Heddon-issue furnishings include hardened steel snakes and tip-tops (one guide on the mid was replaced), and tight-fitting N/S ferrules give a soft pop when separated. The butt section of the rod is fitted with a comfortable perfection grip, full metal D/L'ing slide band seat has the makers name nicely struck into the bottom of the butt cap and an exposed WC. The rod is sans HK. The set comes with a khaki green canvas bag and aluminum tube with Heddon info engraved in the tube cap, both likely being original. The tube cap has two cracks in it, but still works securely. This classic handles a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6/WF-7 with grace and authority. I can only presume that it would really sing if paired with a silk line in the same category. This rare and historically significant rod is super find for the Heddon enthusiast and is ready for many more years of faithful service. $395

Heddon De Luxe Peerless #35 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.8oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This c. 1950 classic was one of Heddon’s top rods on par with the #50 and #1000 and along with the #20, was made in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. This one appears to have been painstakingly restored to original specification by someone with a very mature hand. It features a beautiful shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, antique gold silks tipped black, bronze stripper, hardened steel snakes, and blued tip-tops (some of the bluing has worn off one of the tip top guides), smooth fitting black N/S ferrules that give that soft ‘pop’ Heddons are so well known for and a beautifully executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a circassian walnut spacer, pyralin WC and folding ring HK. The original straight line Heddon writing is fully intact. The set comes with the original Heddon labeled bag and brown aluminum tube (sans cap). I noted a light set in both tips that do not affect line flow through the guides or the rods performance at all. The medium to medium-fast action of this eye appealing rod handles a Cortland Peach DT-6 and WF-7 with grace and authority and would make a wonderful bass (largemouth/smallie) rod. It will also turn over larger dries and terrestrials with ease. This is one of the nicer high-end Heddon’s I’ve seen in quite some time and a really nice find for the Heddon enthusiast. $495

Mills & Son Standard ~ 9' ~ 3/1 ~ 4.7 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ This classic from Mills & Son of New York was made by the H.L. Leonard Rod Company. It features honey colored cane with swelled butt, old gold silks with full intermediates, mildrum tripper, reverse twist English snakes and perfection tip-top. The varnish has some nicks. Chips and mars and is beginning to soften in spots. The N/S Leonard step-down ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated, though I did note a faint ferule click. The business end of the butt section has a petite cigar grip that is heavily soiled, but sound and serviceable, spiced butternut seat with D/L’ing N/S cap & ring hardware, petite N/S WC and is sans HK. The side of butt cap carries the STANDARD Mills & Son Makers N.Y. die stamp. The rod comes with a replacement bag and tube. The classic slow action throws a nice loop with DT-5, WF-6 or DT-6 when in the hands of a patient caster. It most definitely would prefer silk. This nice piece of Americana is ripe for a redo yet, is fishable as is. $395

Montague Red Wing ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.4 oz. ~ 7wt. ~ VG- (exceptions noted) -~ This quality-built production rod classic, along with the Manitou, were Montague’s highest grade rods. It features browntone cane, red wraps tipped gold, perfection stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops a varnish finish that is crazed and beginning to soften and NS ferules that give a soft pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable flared half wells grip, D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat with the hallmark red spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The acetate label is no longer present and only remnants of the original writing that was inked in the butt section remain. The set comes with the original bluish- green bag and original black labeled aluminum tube. This medium action powerhouse throws nice loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT and WF-7. Although it needs some minor attention, there’s a lot of life left in this stick. $150

Orvis ~ ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.2oz. ~ 6wt Serial Number 1986 ~ VG+ (exception noted) ~ This rarely seen c. 1900s Calcutta cane classic is most like an early Orvis, though the rod and hardware are unmarked. The rod was purchased from Bob Corsetti many years ago who also represented it as an early Orvis. It appears to remain in original condition and features light brown Calcutta cane with swelled butt, red silks and intermediates, red agate stripper, bronze snakes and tip tops. The silver step-down ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. A faint click can be felt when the rod is flexed. The rod is fitted with a modified cigar grip, full metal D/L’ing cap and ring seat with dual side rails, over-sized bullet-nose silver Wand HK loop. The rod comes with a very cool olive canvas bag with special sections made for each tip (an early Orvis Hallmark) and aluminum tube with no cap. It has a slow wet fly action and likes and WF-6 and DT-6 but would likely be much happier if paired with a silk line. This rod is wonderful piece of Americana and a super find for the Orvis aficionado. $295

Orvis Shooting Star ~ 9' ~ 2/2 ~ 6 7/8 oz. ~ FAAE (10wt.) ~ Serial No. 30330 ~ EXC ~ The powerful taper for this big water Orvis classic was designed by Wes Jordan. This particular rod was built by two of Orvis’ best, Msrs. Skinner & Read circa 1961 and features richly hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, oversized chrome double ring guides chrome tip tops and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. There is about a 3/8" difference in guide placement on one of the guides on one of tips. I looked at the area under magnification using a Jeweler's loupe and cannot find any indication of damage or that it was replaced. The cane, guide and thread are identical to the remainder of the rod. While this is certainly not the norm from Orvis, I have seen this situation before. The business end of the butt section is outfitted with a comfortable cigar grip and full metal D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat showing very little use, exposed WC and HK loop. The cap plug and fighting butt both fit smoothly and show little use. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original bluish-green bag with separate extension butt storage compartment, and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube. The tube cap still bears the original $119.95 price tag. This big water/big quarry, salmon/steelhead classic is ready for your favorite beat and is a super example of this model. Orvis’ in this format, in this condition just don’t come floatin’ down the river all that often. $495

Heddon ~ 9.5' ~ 3/1 (made that way) ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.6oz. ~ 7wt ~ VG+ RF ~ (exceptions noted) ~ This early Heddon looks to have had some refinish work done to it at some point in the past and could be a c. 1930s era #35. It features a nice shade of browntone cane with a swelled butt, antique gold silks tipped black and is protected by a varnish finish that has some chips, nicks and bag marks and is beginning to craze. Quality Heddon-issue furnishings include a brownish-amber agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-top and smooth fitting N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated. The female ferrule on the mid section is loose and needs to be re-set and the tip has a light set. The butt section of the rod is fitted with a full wells grip, screw D/L'ing black pyralin seat, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with an olive canvas 3-compartment bag with light brown trim that has a sewn in Heddon label (likely being original) and a light gauge PVC tube. This classic tosses a powerful loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-7. It will also handle a 6 for those who prefer to underline their bamboo rods. This is a nice find for the Heddon enthusiast that can be made stream ready without much fuss. $195

Heddon De Luxe #36 ~ 10' ~ 3/4 ~ 3F ~ 10.1 oz. ~ 8/9 wt. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This Neo-classic era Heddon (c. 1939-c.1948) #36 was made in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. It comes with 2 original tips, one being 6.5" short, and 2 tips Heddon replacements from a later era. That “smell” of originality is immediately apparent as soon as the rod is removed from the tube. The rod features a beautiful dark shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, antique gold silks tipped black, bronze mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops. The varnish is basically sound but has a lot of nicks, chips, scratches (no-doubt from tossing large flies) and some bag marks. All N/S gun metal ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The modified cigar grip shows some light ridging. The remainder of the business area of the butt section includes a black screw D/L'ing and slide hood metal seat, black pyralin WC, folding ring HK and fighting butt. The fighting butt will not budge and I'm afraid it’s stuck in its current position. It could probably be "coaxed" out, but I'm not gonna do it. Also comes with the original a butt cap plug for us without the fighting butt. The set comes with the specially made Heddon bag and aluminum tube sans label, both of which could be original. This big stick/big quarry classic is a rare find for the Heddon enthusiast and is certainly not for the meek! $295

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