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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.

Carlin 633 ~ 6'3” ~ 3/2 ~ 2.8 oz.~ 3wt. ~ As New ~ This finely tuned wand from the Alaska shop of Far North Rodsmith’s Chris Carlin features attractive blonde cane with 3 x3 golden nodes, book-matched tips, black and orange jasper silks with gold intermediates, agate stripper hosed in a silver frame, bronze snakes, chrome tip–tops and a perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. The truncated N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified cigar grip and a beautifully figured exotic hardwood mortised seat with U/L’ing silver cap and ring hardware. The set comes with a custom-made soft felt print bag and green aluminum tube with maker’s label. This ultimate small stream pack/travel wand is reminiscent of a PHY Midge taper and has a brisk medium-fast action perfect for the brookie enthusiast in all of us. These superbly made in the USA rods now retail for $1,600. Get this one, in like new condition for… $1,095

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 WINTER SALE $750

Orvis Rocky Mountain Presentation Set ~ 6.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 3 oz. ~ 4 wt. Fly Rod (SN 19986) and 6.5’ ~ 2pc. 3 3/8 oz. Spin Rod (SN 19930) ~ EXC+/As New ~ The rods contained in this 1956 offering were built by two of Orvis’ best, Calvin Skinner & George Reid. I do not think the spin rod has been fished. The fly rod may have been fished sparingly. This scarcely seen special presentation set was apparently given to its former owner as a gift (possibly retirement) for 23 years of service between the years of 1933 and 1956. It features richly impregnated cane with Orvis brown wraps and fine Orvis spin/fly furnishings. Smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The fly rod ferrules are blued. The spin rod ferrules re bright. Both rods are fitted with comfortable cork grips that show none to minimal use. The fly rod has the typical walnut seat with aluminum screw D/Ling hardware, wound over WC and HK loop. The spin rod has an elongated straight grip fitted with dual aluminum slide bands. Both rods are marked "Orvis ~ Impregnated" “Rocky Mountain” on consecutive flats. The serial numbers are also inked on each section. The set comes in a felt-lined presentation case with brass fittings and engraved nameplate. Simply Superb! $1,195

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

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

Uslan Airex Rainbow Medium 135 Penta ~ 6’8” ~ 2/1 ~ 4oz. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted)~ Shortly after World War II, Nat Uslan began operations in Spring Valley, New York where he produced five-strip fly rods. This 5-strip spinning rod features light brown cane wrapped in burgundy silks, oversized stripping guides and bridged tip top for easy line flow and a varnish finish that is a bit tired and has some chips and scuffs but is otherwise sound and serviceable. The smooth and tight fitting N/S Super –Z- stamped ferrules give a solid ‘pop’ when separated. The Super –Z- ferrule was designed by Louis Feierabend who spent time on Uslan’s small Spring Valley, NY staff of talented craftsmen. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable grip with dual knurled band hardware. The set comes with a camel felt bag believed to be original and an older tan aluminum tube (sans cap) from Sage. There is a light set in the tip. The rod could use a little touch up here and there, but is very fishable as is and a nice find for the Uslan enthusiast. $150 WINTER SALE $99

W.V. Cooper ~ 6’9” ~ 2/1 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial Number 7087 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This sweet-casting little wand from the bench of Fremont, Michigan’s Wes Cooper features attractive lightly flamed cane, brown silks with yellow tipping at the WC, tip top and ferrule stations, chrome stripper, snakes and tip-top, and solid varnish finish that has a few mars and smudges. The smooth and tight-fitting Super –Z- style N/S ferules give a satisfying pop when separated. The butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form a cork seat with D/L'ing cap and ring hardware and a petite N/S WC. The rod is sans HK. The set comes with a blue 2-compartment bag and black aluminum tube with beveled brass cap and end cap. The tip section is 1/4" shorter than the butt section (likely made that way) and has a light set. Curiously, the serial number on the butt section (7087) does not match the serial number on the tip section (6987). The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight-loop close-in with Cortland Peach DT-3 and WF-4. Proudly made in the USA! Scroll to the top or bottom of the page and take the W.V. Cooper Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by W.V. Cooper for more information on this fine maker. $450

SALE PENDING Sweetgrass Mantra Quad ~ 6'9” ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 2.9 oz. ~ 3 wt. ~ Serial No. 12-072 ~ EXC+ ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, The Mantra Series of fine bamboo fly rods are based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and have minor cosmetic imperfections. All Mantra Rods come with 1 tip only and are fitted NS ferrules, carbaloy stripper, snake-brand snakes, marbleized resin WC, and black steel HK. This one features medium-blonde cane with 2 around spiral node pattern, copper-brown silks with black accent wraps at the WC, HK, signature wrap tip-top and ferrule stations. The tight fitting ferrules give a satisfying “pop” when they are separated. Silk wraps adorn the female ferrule, much in the Brackett/Kustich tradition. The comfortable cigar grip has a tapered nose. The black screw and slide hood D/L’ing seat with nicely figured teak spacer and resin WC complete the business end of the butt section and compliment the rod nicely. The set comes in soft cloth 2-compartment bag and brown wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass ends, water-tite cap and attractive company logo. The brisk and progressive action throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4 and would be right at home on smaller brookie-laden streams. The quad construction also affords plenty of reserve power that will reach out when called. This one looks to have seen very limited use and is another in a long line of fine bamboo rods from the ‘Boo-boys. $795 WINTER SALE $695

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. 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

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

Goodwin Granger Special Model GS7633 ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC- RF (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was refinished at some point in the past. One of the tip sections is 2” short. It features carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, re-done lavender silks tipped black what appears to be quality replacement guides and a shiny varnish finish that has a few marks and inconsistencies but is very sound and stream ready. The original Granger-issue N/S ferrules give that hallmark Granger 'pop' when separated. The butt ferrule and the ferrule on the short tip are loose on their stations and need to be re-set. The business end of the butt section is fitted with what appears to be the original reversed half Wells grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with clearly struck Granger stampings and an exposed WC. A HK was also added to the rod. The set comes with a non-original bag and non-original aluminum tube, both of which are too long for the rod. The brisk medium to medium-fast action throws a tight and accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. The rod exhibits a slight faster action when the short tip is in-use. If you’ve been looking for a sweet-casting 7.5’ Goodwin Granger at an affordable price, this one should get heavy consideration. This one is priced to allow for the ferrule work. $495

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. $1,500 WINTER SALE $1,195

McKellip Brothers Deluxe ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant little presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s Mckellip Brothers is unfished. Primary work was reportedly completed Mark McKellip’s son Shawn. One immediately notices the attention to detail soon as the rod in removed from its handsome antique brown 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 ferrule stations, tip tops and WC and nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a smoke black stripper, bronze snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting blued NS ferrules (with black inlaid 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 brown labeled tube with the makers logo also engraved into the top of the heavy gauge brass tube cap. If used and not simply the subject of a retirement or other gift, the brisk medium-fast action would be well-suited to dry fly work when paired with a Cortland Peach WF-5. Superb! $1,295 WINTER SALE $995

SALE PENDING Orvis Battenkill ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ Serial No. 31500 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This 1962 classic from the famous Manchester, VT maker was built by two of Orvis’ best, Messrs. Skinner and Reid. The rod appears to have been buffed out withg a thin over-coat applied to the wraps. It features richly impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks and fine Orvis furnishings including blued stripper bronze guides, blued tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules which give a sweet pop when separated. Much of the bluing has worn off of the stripping guide and tip-tops. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip that shows some very light ridging, aluminum screw D/L’ing seat over a walnut spacer, exposed blued WC and a HK loop. The set comes with the original era-correct gray Orvis bag and original Orvis aluminum tube with blue and white paper label (approx. 85% intact). The comfortable medium-fast action throws a tight loop and although rated by Orvis for a DT-6, I really enjoyed casting this rod with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Older Orvis rods are extremely popular, and rightly so, and represent one of the best bangs for the buck for a bamboo rod today. $695 WINTER SALE $550

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. $425

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. 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 “Payne 100” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ Serial No. 1411 ~ 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 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 dark 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 fly print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. This quick medium 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

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

SOLD D.G. Schroeder ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No. 20198 ~ EXC+ ~ Don Schroeder is widely regarding 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 1998 and is his 201st overall. It features richly flamed cane with 2x2 golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped dark wine (almost black looking) with dark wine silk wraps at the ferrule stations, all protected by a beautifully executed glass smooth varnish finish. High quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued truncated N/S ferrules that give a resounding ‘pop’ when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, polished and figured walnut seat with D/L’ing blued cap & ring hardware, petite blued WC and movable HK. The maker’s logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with the original high quality bag with stiffener and labeled black wrinkle finish aluminum tube. This medium-fast action rod will throw a tight and accurate loop on-demand with a nice blend of power and delicacy. I found it to my liking when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. 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.

Phillipson Smuggler ~ 7'8” ~ 4/1 ~ 4.74oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This sweet little Rocky Mountain pack rod was offered in the early 1950s for a year or two only. It appears to be all original and features an attractive shade of light honey-colored cane leaf green silks tipped black and a smooth a shiny varnish finish. Standard Phillipson-issue furnishings include bronze mildrum-style stripper, bronze snakes and tip tops, and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a full wells grip that shows minimal use, screw D/L'ing “no-rock” green metal seat and exposed WC. There is no HK. The set comes with a light green and unlabeled aluminum tube, both thought to be original. The rod has a brisk medium-fast action and throws a tight loop with nice blend of power and accuracy. It really sang for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This is an excellent example of a rarely seen Phillipson model in barely used condition. $795 WINTER SALE $595

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…

Wm. Abrams Dickerson 8013 Ray Bergman Special ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.6 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This finely-tuned wand crafted in the New England shop of William Abrams is based on famous Dickerson 8013 taper. This rod was made in 2006 for Mr. Rolf Jacobsen of Philadelphia, PA and features an attractive shade of light browntone cane with 3x3 nodes, translucent copper/brown silks tipped black, with the 4 hallmark Dickerson signature wraps, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, bronze snakes and black tip-tops, and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured hardware seat with Dickerson-like screw D/L’ing hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The makers name and rod info are stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The set comes with a quality tan bag and labeled aluminum tube with makers name and rod stamped into the top of the cap. The rod has a sweet action that is a touch on the slow side of medium and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Superbly made in the USA. $1,295

Edwards “Quadrate” #43 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This wonderful stick from the famous Mt Carmel, Connecticut maker features elegantly flamed cane, brown silks tipped gold and black, oxidized stripper, snakes and tip-tops and sound varnish finish that has some nicks and chips and could possibly have been given a light over-coat at some point in the past. The original writing is extremely faint but still present. The blued N/S ferrules have a light click and loose fit and the butt cap is loose and needs to be reset. Both of these items should be addressed before use and as such, the rod has been priced accordingly. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip that has some light ridging, a cork seat with D/Ling cap and S/B hardware, hallmark black WC and HK loop. Inked on the rod (originally in white script) is Edwards “Quadrate” and #43. From the famous writings of the late Martin Keane comes the following passage…“Don’t draw any conclusions about an Edwards Quad rod until you’ve actually fished it under normal conditions – wiggling it around in some dealer’s showroom will tell you absolutely nothing. The Quad is mighty different when working under the weight of a properly fitted line. It is an amazing instrument with great power-and considerably more delicacy- than most anglers imagine.” The set comes with a tan bag and what is believed to be the original aluminum with remnants of the original label present just below the collar. This is a fine wand indeed and nice find for the Edwards enthusiast. $895

Jenkins GA803-20 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+/As New ~ Rods from this well-respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the cane rod community as some of the best on the market. This one was beautifully crafted and features a light shade of oven-tempered cane with lightly swelled butt, 3x3 golden nodes, translucent gold silk wraps, bright guides and tip-tops and a wonderfully executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The tight fitting truncated Swiss ferrules give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable bullet-shaped grip, hallmark mortised Cherry reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with the original high quality tan cloth bag and labeled green aluminum tube with gold bottom plug, gold collar and water tite gold cap. This sparingly used rod is simply a joy to cast and lays out an effortless loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and/or DT-5. Superb! $1,395

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/3 ~ 4 3/8 oz. ~ GBF (8) ~ SN 67032 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This 1972 offering from the famous New England area maker was built by Ron White and features light honey-colored impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks and a virtually maintenance-free impregnated finish buffed to a fine luster. The owners name was inked on the butt section sometime afterward apparently, not by Orvis. Fine Orvis furnishings include, chrome guides and tip-tops and blued N/S ferrules. One tip is 3 3/4" short. A factory replacement tip was made by Orvis with matching serial number. The ferrule fit is tight, however I noted (felt) a faint ferrule click when the two original tip sections are jointed. There is no click with the replacement tip. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing screw and slide hood aluminum seat and nicely figured walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The set comes with the original green Orvis bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube with Orvis engraved rod stats on the tube cap. Although rated by Orvis as a WF-8, the accommodating medium action has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. This quality-made, multi-purpose wand would be perfect for nymphing, dry fly work, and/or tossing hoppers (or buggers). $550

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

Don Recker “Dickerson 8013” ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.6 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ 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 Dickerson 8013 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 smoke black nickel stripper, black snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light wells grip, beautifully figured spalted maple burl seat with smoked nickel D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued N/S WC and black 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 powerful yet supple medium to medium-fast action is a joy to cast and will easily handle dries, nymphs, small hoppers and terrestrials. It throws a delightfully tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and/or DT-5. 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

Shakespeare Superba Doublebuilt No.1343 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC RF ~ This pre WW-II rod from the Kalamazoo, Michigan tackle giant was their highest grade rod of the time It has been nicely refinished and features an attractive shade of light carmel-toned cane that was most likely supplied by South Bend, dramatically swelled butt, forest green wraps tipped with two sets of red and gold accent wrap, and a neatly applied new varnish finish. Furnishings include what is thought to be the original red agate stripper, new black snakes and hardened steel tip tops. The blued NS rolled welt ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The comfortable reversed half-Wells cork grip is soiled but solid. The black metal seat features U/L'ing screw hardware. The NS WC is blued and there is also a folding ring HK. The original writing is still present on the butt section. The set comes with what is thought to be the original velvet bag and a leather tube (originality unknown as this model was also available as a custom order). The sections of this rod are not arrow straight which does not seem to affect the rods performance. The medium action throws a pretty darn nice Cortland Peach DT-5 with a nice blend of power and delicacy and is a nice find for the budget-minded angler looking for a quality–made rod. $450 WINTER SALE $350

FE Thomas Dirigo ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/4oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 443. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This pre WW-II classic from the famous Bangor, ME maker features light browntone cane with swelled butt, burgundy silks and signature wraps, black mildrum-style stripper, reverse twist English snakes, bronze tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting FET step-down ferrules (with witness marks) and a solid varnish finish that shows a few nicks, chips and smudges. One tip is a replacement that was apparently fitted with original hardware (the witness mark on the ferrule is two flats off). The ferrule on this tip section will rotate slightly when seated, but no click can be felt or heard. The other tip appears to be original and has 3 repair wraps, proximal to the tip-top guide and between the 4th and 5th snakes. Both tips have slight sets. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip that is soiled and shows some light ridging, screw D/L'ing seat with black spacer, exposed N/S WC sans HK. A circle and 443 are stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. Dirigo F.E. Thomas Bangor, ME is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with the original brown bag with hang tag that reads: Thomas Dirigo Fly 8 feet 4 ¼ Ounces No. 443 and unlabeled aluminum tube (the top of the tube cap is mushroomed but still works. The pleasant medium action softly delivers a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Thomas rods are very popular and are becoming increasingly more difficult to acquire in lengths 8' and under. $395

FE Thomas Special ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ The F. E. Thomas Rod Company began circa (c.) 1902 and remained in operation until c. 1958. FET rods are widely regarded as some of the best casting trout rods ever made. Unfortunately, production ceased in part due to the embargo on Chinese cane and the emergence of the “new” fiberglass technology. This rod was nicely restored and features an attractive light shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, brown silks tipped green at the HK and male ferrule stations, replica signature wraps on the butt section and male ferrule stations and a new shiny varnish finish just glistens, but has a few tiny dust specks that can be seen when the rod is presented in the right light. Fine FET furnishings include a chrome mildrum-style stripper and hardened steel reverse twist snakes. The bronze tip top guides appear to be replacements that complement the rod nicely. The smooth fitting FET-issue step down N/S ferrules with properly aligned witness marks give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, D/L’ing silver screw seat with butternut spacer, petite N/S WC with original hallmark folding ring HK attached to it. The F.E. THOMAS SPECIAL BANGOR, ME company die stamp is present on the side of the butt cap. The serial number E F 187 is stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The set comes with the original bluish-green bag and brass capped aluminum tube with approx. 85% of the original label still intact. The rod has a wonderful medium action and throws a tight and accurate loop with an equal amount of power and delicacy I liked it best with Cortland Classic Sylk WF-5. I’m betting a vintage silk line would be equally or an even better match. This highly sought after c. 1940 classic will be sure to please and is a really nice find for the FET enthusiast. $995

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

LL Bean “Bean’s LL” ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 6wt. ~ 5.1 oz. ~ EXC- ~ This rarely seen classic from the post WW-II era was likely built by Phillipson for the famous purveyor of outdoor gear right around the start of WW-II. The rod features a darker shade of browntone cane, 3 x 3 spiral node pattern, jet black silks, bronze stripper, snakes and tip –tops. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated. The comfortable modified wells grip is soiled but solid and the tips have a light set. The all-metal D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat and exposed WC complete the butt section. There is no HK. The rod is simply marked “Bean’s LL” in black script on the butt section and comes with a soft cloth bag of proper era and a replacement cordura covered zip-top tube from Clear Creek. The medium to medium-fast action throws a really nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 and DT-6. Another nicely made rod perfect for the budget-minded bamboo-rod enthusiast. $350 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

Lyon & Coulson Crown #0314 ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F ~ 5oz. ~ 5wt. VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This classic was made by Heddon for the famous Buffalo sporting goods outfitter and is equivalent to a Heddon #14. It comes in the hard to find 1 ¾ F format and features browntone cane with swelled butt, burgundy silks and a nice varnish finish that has a few dings and tiny chips. Furnishings include a mildrum stripper, bronze snakes and tip-tops and bright N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The butt/mid ferrule fit is a bit worn and a faint click can be felt. The butt and mid sections will rotate under very light hand pressure while fully seated. Also, I noted that the mid and both tips are not straight which does not seem to hinder performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a brown pyralin spacer, an exposed WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with the original green canvas with stitched in makers label and an aluminum tube that may or may not be original. The black heddon tube cap is not original and is mushroomed, but still securely fits the threads. The pleasant medium action throws nice loops with Cortland Peach DT-5. This is a solid rod from the WW-II era that won’t break the bank. $295

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

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 WINTER SALE $595

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 FALLs 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 WINTER SALE $1,795

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 WINTER SALE $295

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 WINTER SALE $225

SALE PENDING 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

SOLD Phillipson Pacemaker ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6/7wt. ~ 5 5/8 oz. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted)~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic was one of Phillipson's most popular rods. It features rich ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 spiral nodes, Granger green silks (‘ala the Granger Special) tipped gold, bronze stripper, snakes and tip –tops and smooth varnish finish that appears to have been given a light overcoat. The tight fitting N/S ferrules give a solid 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable wells grip, screw D/L'ing "no-rock" black seat and exposed WC. The set comes with what is believed to be the original tan bag and original labeled purple fiber tube with approximately 90% of the label intact. The tips have light sets that do not affect line flow or rod performance. The smooth medium action throws a tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7 and is perfect for large dries, terrestrials, streamers, nymphin and/or bass buggin. Phillipson’s are revered for their utilitarian look and unsurpassed performance.

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 WINTER SALE $150

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