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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.

J.W. Haynie ~ 4' 6 ¼” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.2 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This rod features attractive light honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules fit smooth and tight but do not give an auditory pop. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an attractive wicker grip with turned spruce or cedar undercore, unique and nicely figured dark birds-eye maple seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The medium-fast action and petite size would be a good match for use on your favorite brookie stream. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This rod features attractive honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules do not give an auditory pop. I also noted that tips will spin slightly while seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured snakewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and will also easily handle a 4 if desired. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $350

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' 3 1/2” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This rod features attractive honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured snakewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395

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. The 6.5'er features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting Bailey Woods nickel-silver ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with silver U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and hardwood WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod NC 6.5’ #4. Comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. Some also have 'NC' (New Century) inked on the butt section as shown in the stock photo, some don't. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for finessing dries, nymphs, and small terrestrials under overhangs and beneath undercut banks. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small streams and ‘cricks. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $495

Pennington Pine River ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. As shown in the stock picture, the 6.5'er features blonde cane, red silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a soft 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

Bruce Howell "Garrison 193" ~ 6’9" ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 6900483 ~ EXC (exception noted)~ While this West coast maker may not be well-known nationally, his fine-quality bamboo rods have been described as subtly elegant and are highly sought after throughout the Pacific Northwest and up and down the West coast. Originally from Medford, Mr. Howell now resides in Grants Pass, OR and his rods remain hard to come by. Check out Joe Beelart’s fine book Oregon Bamboo for more information Bruce Howell. A cleaver little rendition of the famous Garrison 193, this rod was the 4th rod crafted in his old Medford shop in 1983 and features an attractive light honey-toned cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, book-matched tips, amber silks, Carbaloy stripper, bronze snakes, and tip tops, N/S super 'Z' styled ferrules (complete w/ ferrule plug) that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. There is a nearly imperceptible clear overwrap wrap between the last snake guide and tip top guide on tip #1 that appears to be protecting a glue line chip. This area is solid and I have fished it on several occasions without worry or incident. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip that continues down to form a cork seat with silver D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and a folding ring HK. The rod comes in its original high quality tan bag with stiffener, hang tag and original aluminum tube with fabric tube protector. The makers die stamp is present on the side of the butt cap and tube cap collar. The medium-fast action is a joy to cast and for me, a SA Ultra Buckskin DT-3 is the preferred line, but it will easily handle a WF-4. This superbly built and beautifully understated gem would be a good choice for larger than average trout in small to medium-sized streams. I can attest to its performance on a favorite stream of mine located in the NE corner of YNP. $795

C.W. Jenkins GA-70-10 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the bamboo rod community as being among the best on the market. This one, crafted by Charlie, is his “light” model and features an attractive shade of light brown tone cane with 3 x 3 nodes, root beer brown silks tipped maize and an expertly-executed varnish finish that has a few smudges from what appears to be fairly light use. Fine furnishings consists of a mildrum stripper hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with lightly tapered nose, walnut seat with aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with sturdy cream-colored bag and original aluminum tube with maker’s label and rod info. This light line rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This superbly crafted rod will cover most small-stream trout fishing situations. C.W. Jenkins rods have always been in high demand and are becoming much harder to find. So if you’ve been searching, this one should grab your immediate attention! $1,595 FALL SALE $1,095

Jenkins GA70L-63 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the cane rod community as some of the best-made on the market. This beautifully crafted rod has seen light use and remains in wonderful condition. This features oven-tempered and light flamed cane with golden nodes and matched tips, translucent honey-brown silks and an unparalleled varnish finish. Quality hardware consists of chrome guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized Swiss-style ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a smooth and comfortable bullet-shaped grip, nicely figured mortised walnut reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag and C.W. Jenkins Fly Rod labeled aluminum tube. This rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3/WF-4 (I preferred the 3). The currently retail for these premium classics is now north of $1,700. Superb! $1,250 FALL SALE $1,050

H.L. Leonard Model 38H ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This sweet casting Leonard classic features light honey-tone cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 nodes, avocado silks with red accent wraps at the HK and male ferrule stations, black stripper and snakes, bronze tip-tops, perfect fitting Leonard N/S step down ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and smooth varnish finish which could possibly have received an overcoat at some point in the not to distance past. The tips have light sets and I also noted two tiny clear repair wraps on the butt section between the stripping guide and first snake guide. Further inspection shows that this area was scarfed and the aforementioned wraps are strategically-located over the scarf joint. The work was impeccably done obviously by someone with a mature hand. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, butternut seat with N/S D/L’ing cap & ring hardware, petite N/S grip checks and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the H.L. Leonard Rod Co. Makers die stamp. The rod comes with the original yellow bag with stiffener and original Leonard heavy-gauge aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end cap. This medium to medium-fast action light line wand is capable of remarkable delicacy yet has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. After lining it up with a Cortland Peach WF-4 and DT-4, I found that I preferred the WF-4. If you’ve been looking for an affordably-priced classic Leonard to take down to your favorite stream, this one should get some serious consideration. $1,095 FALL SALE $895

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 soft pop when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 7’ #4. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The medium to medium-fast action has some reserve power to punch out longer casts into the wind when called upon and will protect fine tippets. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $425

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

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

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

J.W. Haynie “Nodeless” ~ 7'1” ~ 3/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This neat little nodeless features an attractive shade of light browntone cane with lightly swelled butt, variegated green/black silks, carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, nickel-plated brass ferrules and marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrule fit is designed to be on the loose side and do not give an auditory pop. I also noted that tip #2 will spin while seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, beautifully figured stabilized black ash burl seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a black bag and aluminum tube with a White River Fly Shop logo. The rod has a fast action and for me, throws a tight loop at short to mid-range distances with Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. The overall taper is a bit stiffer than the norm and would be right at home tossing larger dries and terrestrials in smaller creeks with larger than average quarry. $350

J.W. Haynie ~ 7'2” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This rod features attractive blonde cane with lightly swelled butt, lemon silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The tight fitting ferrules give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured marblewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new REC bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and will also easily handle a 4. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395

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

SALE PENDING Dickerson 7613 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 56wt. ~ EXC ~ Only 40 of these priceless Michigan-made classics were recorded in the Dickerson ledger and at last count, 29 had been located. World reknown for their ability to stand the test of time, this 1953 classic was made in his ‘ole one-man Detroit shop, before his move north to Bellaire. It has reportedly remained in the same family, unfished for quite some time. The family has now decided to offer it for sale in hopes that it once again will be enjoyed by someone who loves fly fishing and bamboo rods. It features blonde cane, translucent copper/brown silks tipped black, with the 4 hallmark signature wraps, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops and blued N/S step-down ferrules that give a sweet pop when separated. The varnish finish, that was obviously executed by a mature hand has only a few nicks and mars as one would expect on a rod over a half century old and remains in excellent condition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, walnut seat with hallmark screw D/L’ing hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original hooded bag and aluminum tube with brass collar and black top. There are a couple of tiny dents in the tube that are purely cosmetic. The rod has a smooth medium to medium-fast action with an easy to find sweet spot that allows its user to achieve a tight loop, for me this is accomplished using a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This rare and historically significant classic from one the more acclaimed makers of the 20th Century could easily become the crown jewel of your collection. POR

Hardy Palakona "The Marvel" ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2.6oz. 4wt. ~ Serial No. H19038 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ The Marvel is widely regarded as the best taper ever produced by the famed Alnwick England maker and was first introduced by Hardy in 1922. While the popularity of most English rods never really caught on in the “States”, the lighter line wands such as the Marvel, Fairy, Deluxe, and the Casting Club de France are now highly sought after and for good reason! This one dates back to 1958 and features light honey-toned cane with 3 x 3 spiral nodes, translucent tan whippings (forest green at the ferrule stations), mildrum stripper, English reverse twist snakes and bridged tip-tops. The rod was reportedly given a varnish overcoat by Glenn Brackett at some point in the past. The blued Hardy-issue ferrules come with the original wood ferrule plugs for the females and metal ferrule protectors for the males. The ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The butt section and both tips measure 30” and the mid-section measures 30 3/8”. When fully assembled, the rod has a light set and measures 7’5 ¼”. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a petite cork grip that continues down to form cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite N/S WC. The serial number is stamped in to the side of the slide band and the maker’s logo into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with the original Hardy labeled bag and non-original aluminum tube. The rod has a wonderfully smooth action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium and, for me, really likes a Cortland Classic Sylk WF/DT-4 line. I’d also recommend an authentic silk line for added casting performance and pleasure. $895 FALL SALE $695

Orvis Wes Jordan ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 7/8 oz. ~ HDG (WF-6) ~ Serial # 62507 ~ EXC ~ This top grade Orvis classic is a wonderful casting tool and was built in 1971 during the Ron White era. It features richly-hued impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks, 3 x 3 spiral nodes and fine Orvis furnishings including tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with cigar grip with the hallmark palm and thumb depressions (designed for a right-handed caster), D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The set comes with the original bag and Orvis-issue leather tube. This medium-fast action lays out a tight, accurate loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. It’ll also toss a DT-4 on-demand if called upon to do so. Shorter length Wes Jordan's just don’t come floatin’ down the river that often, no doubt a testament to their popularity, and this one is an excellent example of this timeless classic. $895

Don Recker “Payne 100H” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0416 ~ 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 Payne 100H taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured dark cherry burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. This smooth medium-fast action rod is well-suited for dry fly work where distance and delicacy are required for success and throws a delightfully tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach WF-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

Don Recker “Perfectionist” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ Serial No. 0316 ~ 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 PHY Perfectionist taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured buckeye burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new black-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. This quick medium to medium-fast action rod is well-suited for dry fly work and throws a delightfully tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 but will also handle a 5 if desired. 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 “Perfectionist” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0216 ~ 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 PHY Perfectionist taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new black-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop perfect for stealthy accurate presentations. I really enjoyed it with a Cortland Peach WF-5 and DT-5. 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

J.W. Haynie ~ 7'8 1/2” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This rod features attractive honey-toned cane with two sized tips (Tip #1 is designed for a 5wt and Tip#2 is designed for a 6wt), red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured snakewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new REC bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 (Tip #1) and WF-6 (Tip#2. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395

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

SALE PENDING Don Recker “Para 14” ~ 7'9" ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0116 ~ 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 highly sought after PHY Para 14 taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light wells grip, beautifully figured stabilized buckeye burl seat with silver D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. The responsive medium-fast action is perfect for dry fly work and throws tight, accurate loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. It's superbly-made rod, handcrafted in the USA, rod will be right at home on your favorite stream. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

SOLD Abercrombie & Fitch Special ~ 8’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ After conducting research and seeking opinion from several knowledgeable sources, it appears that the actual maker of this high quality A&F Special may remain a matter of speculation. It features an attractive shade of bowntone cane with a distinctly swelled butt, barrel agate stripper housed in a N/S frame, what appear to be new light wire bronze H&H snakes, new chrome tip-tops, tight fitting pinned N/S ferrules and a beautifully-executed varnish finish. The full metal seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and writing are Heddon-like. The coke bottle grip and lack of hook keeper are more Granger-like. It is not likely a Phillipson or FET-made rod and the jury is out on it being an Edwards. The tip ferrules measures out to be approximately equivalent to a Heddon 1 3/4F, but the mid-male ferrule measures out to be approximately equivalent to a Heddon 1 1/2F…so probably not Heddon ferrules. There are no markings on the reel seat or butt cap. One tip appears to have been scarfed (excellent work if indeed true). The rod comes with a quality tan bag and what could be the original aluminum tube with a very nicely done home-made label. The rod has a pleasant medium to medium-fast action and throws a tight loop with a nice blend of power and delicacy. I liked it with a Cortland Peach WF and/or DT-5. This 8’er would make a terrific all-around multi-use rod and welcomed additional to anyone’s quiver.

McKellip Brothers Deluxe ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s McKellip Brothers is unfished. One immediately notices the attention to detail soon as the rod in removed from its handsome antique olive tube. It features select heat-treated tonkin cane with an attractive carmel hue, matched tips, 2 x 2 nodes, java silks tipped black at the WC and nicely-executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a smoke black stripper, black snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting blued NS ferrules (with black ferrule plug) give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an exquisite torpedo grip and married reel seat combo fashioned from beautifully figured black walnut burl that also features gun stock grade checkering and blued N/S D/L’ing cap ring hardware. The side of the butt cap is tastefully engraved with the maker’s logo. A petite blued WC completes the handsome grip area. The rod is sans HK or writing. This set comes with a high quality soft suede leather labeled bag befitting of its contents and antique olive labeled tube with the makers logo also engraved into the top of the heavy gauge brass tube cap. The brisk medium-fast action would be well-suited to dry fly work when paired with a Cortland Peach DT-5 and will also handle a 6 with ease. This superb rod would make a wonderful retirement or other gift. $1,195 FALL SALE $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 soft 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

Jeff Pope ‘Payne 102’ ~ 8' ~ 2/1 ~ 4 1/2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 80562 ~ NEW ~ From the bench of Seattle’s Jeff Pope comes this neat rendition of the Payne 102 taper, a favorite among bamboo rod enthusiasts. It features elegantly flamed cane, 3 around golden nodes, and deep burgundy wraps all protected by a nicely executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include black stripper, snakes and tip-top and smooth and tight fitting blued ferrules that give satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light Wells grips, nicely figured maple burl seat with black screw U/L'ing hardware and variegated blonde resin WC. The rod comes in a soft felt bag and black cordura nylon-covered tube. The relaxed medium to medium-fast action throws a tight accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and/or DT-5. This is another in a long line of superb and affordable offerings from Jeff. $450 FALL SALE $395

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 FALL SALE $295

H.G.I Rod Co. (Ted Grycel) #390-1 ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 6.2oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This Colorado classic was likely built circa 1990s in Ted Grycel’s Rocky Mountain shop and was marketed and sold for a period of time by the Blue Quill Fly Shop. Mr. Grycel started building fiberglass rods when he was 10 years and his mature hand is clearly evident. His work beagn to catch the eye of local fly fisherman including Blue Quill owner Mark Harrington and noted author and “Trout Bum’ John Gierach. It features attractive medium honey-toned cane, antique rootbeer brown silks tipped with light brown accents wraps, and a nicely applied varnish finish that remains in excellent condition. Furnishings include a chrome stripper and snakes, one chrome tip-top and one black replacement tip-top and bright N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. One tip is ½” shorter than the butt section (apparently made that way) that results in a final rod length of 8’ 5½” when assembled. The other tip appears to have a slightly differing taper and is ¾” shorter than the butt section and has a light set that does not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable dry fly cork grip, nicely figured mortised tiger maple seat with N/S U/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, wound-over WC and oversized folding ring HK to accommodate large flies. The rod comes with a green canvas bag and aluminum tube, neither of which is original. This rod is a beast and not designed for the meek! It has a strong medium-fast action that tosses a ton of line, for me with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7 but will also easily handle a 8 if asked. This rod falls into the nicely-built ‘ole fishing rod category, perfect for the budget-minded angler that stalks larger quarry. $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

SOLD W&M Stream & Lake Model SL8642~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ As New (exceptions noted) ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic with original WM Granger labeled plastic still on grip is apparently unfished and features rich ammonia treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, red silk wraps and a nicely executed varnish which remains shiny and new. The rod is fitted with typical W&M furnishings for this model including a red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, and bronze tip tops. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a nice 'pop' when separated, however a faint click can be felt at the mid/tip connection. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reversed half wells grip, patented internal U/L metal seat with clearly struck W&M stampings and exposed WC. The set comes with the original tan bag and unlabeled aluminum tube. The tube cap/collar have cracks in them but are sound and functional as is. The Stream & Lake replaced the very popular Granger Champion circa 1947 and became one of W&M's best sellers. It has that smooth medium action Granger rods are well known for me, throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. How often do “new – unfished” 70 year old rods come floating down the river? This one is a super find for the Granger/W&M collector/aficionado and is attractively-priced to allow plenty of room for a ferrule reset.

SOLD Heddon #14 Thorobred ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ As New (exceptions noted) ~ This post-classic era (1949-1956) rod, proudly made in Dowagiac, MI, is apparently unfished and still has the original plastic on the grip. It features beautiful browntone cane with swelled butt, red silk wraps, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops and is protected by a nicely executed varnish finish that remains shiny and new. If you look hard and close, you may find a few light bag marks in the varnish and on the ferrule housings that would easily buff out if desired. The smooth and tight fitting black N/S ferrules give a nice pop upon separation, however a faint ferrule click can be felt, likely at the butt/mid connection. The business end of the rod is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip, brown coral tenite spacer with black D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. Original straight line Heddon writing with rod stats are neatly inked on the butt section. The rod comes with the original Heddon bag with stitched in hang tag and an era correct, but unlabeled aluminum tube. The rod exhibits a sweet medium to medium-fast action that for me, will throw a ton of Cortland Peach DT-6/WF-7. How often do “new – unfished” 60 year old rods come floating down the river? This one is a super find for the Heddon collector/enthusiast.

Payne Model 400 ~ 9' ~ 2/2 ~ 6 1/8 oz. 7/8 wt. ~ ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This powerful “Dry Fly Salmon” classic from Jim Payne features beautiful honey-toned cane with upward spiraling golden nodes, java silks tipped red and an expertly-executed varnish finish that remains in excellent shape. Quality Payne-issue furnishings include a mildrum stripper, reverse-twist snakes and blued N/S ferrules (with silver bullet-shape ferrule plugs) that fit smooth and precise and give a satisfying pop when separated. The tips have light sets from use that does not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable Payne dry fly grip and also comes with the original detachable butt cap plug with 25 stamped into the bottom and fighting butt, screw U/L'ing seat with spanish cedar spacer, petite blued WC and folding ring HK I noted a small cosmetic scuff on the bottom of cedar spacer on the opposite side of the reel foot area. I also noted a couple of small scratches on the side of the screw which is stamped PAYNE Reg U.S. Pat. Off. The set comes with the original rod bag with hang tag that reads: E.F. PAYNE ROD CO, Inc. Highland Mills, N.Y. (top of tag) 7600 (Line 1), 9 FEET (Line 2) 6 1/8 OUNCES (Line 3) and No. 400 (bottom of tag), original labeled aluminum tube with canvas outer bag complete with storage sleeve for the fighting butt. What a wonderful find for the Payne enthusiast (or anyone looking for a high quality big water/big fish rod) on a complete DFS set. $1,995 FALL SALE $995

Redwing Fly Rods ~ 9’2” ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9oz. ~ 7wt. ~ NEW ~ This sweet casting medium parabolic from Joe Balestrieri should receive some serious consideration. It comes from Joe’s Power Plus series of fine rods and features a hollow butt design, attractive carmel-colored cane with golden 2 x 2 nodes, light brown silks and a nicely-executed and glass smooth varnish finish. Quality furnishings include dual strippers, chrome guides and chrome tip-tops and blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is completed with an especially comfortable full sells grip, cherry burl seat with aluminum U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, fixed cork extension butt and HK loop. The rod comes with a black bag and vintage heavy gauge aluminum tube with brass collar and knurled-edge water-tite cap. The rod has a powerful and very pleasing medium parabolic action designed for venues with large quarry. For me, it delivers a long and tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-7. IT will also take an 8 if desired. This is another in a long line of quality-crafted and affordable rods from this respected Wisconsin maker. $595

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