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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.

Stony Creek Rods ~ 5’10” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 64-01 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ Check out this neat little light line offering from author and painter Tom Whittle of West Boothbay Harbor, ME. It featuring attractive blonde cane with lightly swelled butt, understated tan silks and a nicely executed varnish finish. Quality furnishings include bright guides and tips tops, and N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. A faint ferrule click can be felt with Tip #1 in use. The other tip is fine. The business end of the butt section is completed with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured tiger maple seat with U/L’ing silver slide band hardware and a petite N/S WC. The rod comes with quality made bag with stiffener and beautiful hardwood (maple?) hexagonal tube. The rod has a brisk, fast action with a “convex” design concept based in part on the theories proposed by Vincent Marinaro that is aimed at creating a rod that can be used by anglers who can appreciate the delicate presentation of bamboo and yet are accustomed to the reserve power of modern day composites. A perfect rod for small streams and tight quarters. $595

J.W. Haynie ~ 5' 10 3/4” ~ 2/2 ~ 3 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ 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 his guide. This rod features attractive blonde cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, machined N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. 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 tiger 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 throws a smooth and easy WF-4 line and its 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

Paul H. Young Co. Midge ~ 6'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 1 3/4oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 4251 ~ EXC ~ This wonderful Detroit-made classic from the Paul H. Young Co. may well be the perfect small stream dry fly rod. The original owner, whose name is on the rod, reportedly purchased it in the 1960s. It was expertly crafted by Bob Summers in 1966 and features richly-hued flamed cane, light brown silks, quality furnishings include a bronze stripper, snakes, and tip-tops, smooth & tight fitting oxidized PHY ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip that tapers down into the cork reel seat fitted with black dual knurled wedding band rings, and a fixed HK. The set comes with a burgundy bag which likely is non-original and original aluminum tube that has a few dents that do not affect storage. This fine casting instrument throws amazingly smooth and tight loops with minimal effort. I really sang for me when I paired it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. These karma-laden PHY rods have long been sought after and are becoming increasingly harder to obtain. If you’ve been looking for a high quality small stream rod from one the master makers, this one should receive some heavy consideration. $3,295 WINTER SALE $2,595

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 WINTER SALE $695

Art Weiler “The Midge” ~ 6' 9” ~ 2/2 ~ 2 1/2oz. ~ 3wt. Serial No. 622 ~ ~ As New ~ This neat little rendition of the famous Garrison 193 was constructed by Art Weiler in his Kunkletown, PA shop and remains in like new condition. It features attractive blonde cane, translucent pongee silks (brown at the ferrule stations and HK) and a nicely executed varnish finish. Quality furnishings include a black mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip tops, one tip-top with a red wrap and the other with a green wrap, for tip identification purposes, a nicely executed varnish finish, and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Garrison-style cork grip that continues down to form the cork seat that is fitted with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, wound over WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original gray bag with ferrule plug attached to the top loop and original aluminum tube with a full rod stat bearing label. This wand is extremely light-in-the-hand and has a comfortable medium-fast action perfect for close-in dry fly work on small creeks and streams and has plenty of reserve power to punch out a cast when called upon. $595

SOLD 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!

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 WINTER 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 WINTER SALE $795

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. Steve's 7' light line wand is based on the popular Garrison 201 taper which I think is his finest taper. As shown in the stock picture, it features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a 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

J.W. Haynie ~ 7 1/4' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ 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 his guide. This rod features attractive light honey-toned cane with lightly swelled butt, watermelon silks, agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured black ash burl 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 tube cap has a dent in the top. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4 and will also easily handle a 5. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395

J.W. Haynie Quad ~ 7'3” ~ 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 his guide. This sweet little quad features attractive carmel-colored cane with golden nodes, orange silks, agate stripper housed in a black N/S frame, black snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely executed marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured stabilized buckeye burl 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 WF-4 and has a nice blend of power and delicacy. This nicely appointed American-made quad is ready for your favorite stream at a price point that is hard beat. $495

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

R.L. Winston ~ 7'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4wt. ~ 2 5/8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 8302 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This classic hollow-fluted San Francisco Winston was built in 1959 and was presented to me as being a “Leetle Feller”, though it is not marked as such. It features blonde cane, butterscotch silks with burgundy accents at the HK, signature wraps, tip-tops and ferrule stations, chrome stripper, bronze snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting Winston ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated and feature the hallmark silks on the females. The business end of the butt section has a modified reverse torpedo/wells grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, black WC and folding ring HK. The reel seat appears to have been cleaned and the buffed out. Inked on the rod is R.L. Winston 7’3” 2 5/8 oz. #8302 Pat. No. 2537488. The rod comes with the original SF Winston bag with snap closure and SF Winston aluminum tube with label fully intact. The bag is for a 2/1 rod indicating that a second tip was likely made for the rod and that it could possibly have been restored. This is a sweet casting light line wand that behaves very similar to a beloved Leetle Feller that I regretfully sold years ago. It throws a delicate line but also has plenty of “kick” when called upon and sang for me when I paired it with a SA Mastery Series Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. $2,595 WINTER SALE $2,095

Bernard Hills Custom 1979 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5oz ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This ultra-rare classic comes from the bench of Heddon’s Bernard Hills after his retirement from the famed Dowagiac, Michigan fishing tackle giant. Mr. Hills was Heddon’s chief rod department foreman and oversaw Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. It features attractive light carmel color cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 nodes that was believed to have been acquired by Mr. Hills from France, dark brown silks tipped light brown, quality furnishings including mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, black N/S ferrules that give a nice pop and a perfectly-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section features a comfortable cigar grip with a checkered circassian walnut nose (‘ala the Heddon Model 60), D/L’ing black screw and slide hood seat with circassian walnut spacer black pyralin WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with a tan bag and labeled aluminum. The rod is straight, tight and shows very little use, though I did note signs of aging on the reel seat hardware. It has a wonderful medium-fast action and throws a tight and accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This quality-crated rod with an interesting and historically significant pedigree would be a welcome addition to any collection and is an exceptionally nice find for Heddon enthusiast. $1,295 WINTER SALE $995

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

SOLD FE Thomas Special~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/4oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. F 24 ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ The F. E. Thomas Rod Company began circa 1902 and lasted until circa 1958. Production ceased in part due to the embargo on Chinese cane and the emergence of the “new” fiberglass technology. The letter and digit serial number stamped into the bottom of the butt cap of this classic indicates that it was made after 1937 and most likely after 1940. The rod was nicely refinished (restorer unknown) and features an attractive light shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, burgundy-brown silks, mildrum-style stripper, replacement black standard twist snakes, blued tip-tops (most of the bluing has worn off), a nicely executed finish, and original N/S FET ferrules the fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop. There are some areas on the butt section where glue line inconsistencies appear to have been addressed during the refinish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a new cigar grip fashioned from extra-flora grade cork that continues down to form the cork seat with original D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and the original N/S WC equipped with a folding ring HK. The proper company info and serial number are nicely struck into the side and bottom of the butt cap, respectively. The rod comes with its original tan canvas bag with hang tag and original labeled aluminum tube. The wonderful medium-fast action casts beautifully with Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and will also easily handle a 5. Two piece FET rods in this length are highly sought after and are becoming harder to find. This one is ready for many more years of faithful service.

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…

SOLD 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.

Sweetgrass Mantra ~ 7' 9" ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 3.3 oz. ~ 3wt. Serial No 09-012 ~ 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 may have minor cosmetic imperfections. All Mantra Rods come with 1 tip only and are fitted NS ferrules, carballoy stripper, snake-brand snakes, marbleized resin WC, and black steel HK. This rod is presumably the 12th overall, made in 2009 and features an attractive shade of light carmel-colored cane, translucent copper-brown silks with black accent wraps at the WC, HK, signature wrap tip-top and ferrule stations. Smooth and tight fitting ferrules give a satisfying pop when they are separated. Full silk wraps adorn the female ferrule, much in the Brackett/Kustich tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light-wells (almost straight) grip, black D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a lightly figured walnut(?) spacer. The rod comes in the original soft cloth 2-compartment bag and aluminum tube with company logo. The progressive medium action throws a tight, accurate loop with a nice blend of distance and delicacy. I really liked it when paired with a SA Mastery Series Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. A quality-crafted rod, proudly made in the USA. $695 WINTER SALE $595

MV Brooks Payne 200 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 3 /4wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ This hard to acquire wand from Mike in the 3/2 format features medium browntone cane with golden nodes, java silks with elegant intermediate wraps, a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish, and quality furnishings including a black nickel-housed amber agate stripper, black snakes and & tip tops and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. Curiously, the rod measures 7’10 1/2” (reportedly made that way) with a taper that is a departure from any Payne 200 or (200L) that I have owned/cast. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry burl seat with oxidized N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with Mike’s standard sturdy green bag with two sets of dual ties and a brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. This light line wand flexes well into butt and has a slow action that will excel in the hands of a patient caster. For me, it performed best with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-3/ WF-4. Mike is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the M.V. Brooks Bamboo Rods link or click here M.V. Brooks Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $695 WINTER SALE $495

SALE PENDING Goodwin Granger Special Model GS8040 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ RF (exception noted) ~ This very popular Rocky Mountain classic was nicely restored (not sure who did the work) and features rich carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, granger green wraps (appear gold), typical Granger stripper, black guides and chrome tip-tops (apparently replacements), and a nicely executed varnish finish. Smooth and tight fitting drawn N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated, though the butt ferrule is loose on the cane and should be reset. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, patented internal screw U/L'ing metal seat in perfect working condition and with clearly struck Goodwin stampings and an exposed WC. The rod comes with a replacement bag and tube. The wonderfully smooth medium action throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4, WF-5 and DT-5. The 8040 is thought to be “THEE Rod” by many bamboo enthusiasts and once you own and fish one, you’ll know why. $595

WM Granger Aristocrat Model GA8040 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.3oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) Just the mere mention of an 8040 is enough to really get the juices flowin’ for those in know. This Rocky Mountain classic was nicely restored by Gary Lacey and features carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, beige silks tipped brown, WM-issue guides, smooth fitting N/S ferrules, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The butt/mid ferrule fit is a bit worn and could use some attention, but no click can be heard. The tips have light sets that does not affect line flow or performance. I also noted that the female ferrule wrap on the mid-section was brought down below the ferrule station and looks to be protecting a node crack. The area in question appears sounds and ready for service. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Western-style Wells grip with tapered nose, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with nicely struck factory stampings and exposed WC. The rod comes with an olive canvas bag and aluminum both of which could be original. The patient caster will find the sweet medium-slow to medium action throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. This 8040 would make a welcome addition to any arsenal, but is particularly well-suited to the Granger enthusiast. $650

SOLD Heddon #20 Bill Stanley’s Favorite ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F ~ 4oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC RF (Exceptions noted) ~ This Dowagiac, Michigan-made rod from Heddon’s Neo-Classic era (1939 – 1948) was refinished by Dave LeClair who also scarfed both tips back to full length. The Neo-Classic era is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era of rod production. The #20 was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker. It features browntone cane with swelled butt, deep burgundy silks, chrome replacement stripper, replacement black snakes and tips-tops, a new smooth and shiny varnish finish, and blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight. A faint ferule click can be felt when the rod is waggled. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a reversed half-wells grip, brown marbleized tenite spacer with black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original burgundy Heddon labeled bag with stitched in hang tag (small hole in bottom of bag in one of the tip section compartments) and a Heddon-labeled aluminum tube. The comfortable medium action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 line.

Heddon #115 Premier ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This Heddon classic was sold exclusively by Sears, Roebuck & Co. from approximately 1948 to 1952 and features quality browntone cane with swelled butt, antique gold silks tipped black, bronze stripper, snakes, and tip-tops, and black (gun metal) ferrules that give a loud pop and a nicely execute varnish finish. The mid section is down 1-inch, a faint click can be felt and the tips have light sets. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip, D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a brown tenite spacer, and exposed WC. The rod comes with the original Heddon bag with stitched in hang tag & and Heddon labeled aluminum tube. These are nice casting rods that offer that medium to medium-fast action enjoyed by dry fly enthusiasts. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. You just don't see many of 'em around, especially in the highly sought 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F format. $325

Klausmeyer ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2595 ~ EXC+ ~ From the bench of Maine's Dave Klausmeyer comes this quality crafted wand in the highly sought after 3/2 format. Mr. Klausmeyer is the editor/photographer for Fly Tyer magazine, and group editor of American Angler and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. You’ll see his columns and articles in the Maine Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, and American Fly Fisher. He is also the author of “Tying Contemporary Saltwater Flies”, “Trout Streams of Northern New England” and “Guide Flies and Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers. He also offers a lineup of fine trout rods! This 1995 classic features beautifully flamed cane with golden nodes, avocado silks with gold accent wraps at the HK, signature wraps, and ferrule stations, chrome stripper, snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip, beautifully figured walnut burl seat with silver D/L'ing cap and ring hardware(ring was installed knurled side down, reportedly for a tighter fit), and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality fly-print bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The tips have a very light set that do not affect performance. The rod has a medium action that throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and should have no trouble covering most trout fishing situations. $895

H.L. Leonard Tournament Model 50DF ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC-/VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This classic pre-fire rod appears to have had a light overcoat of varnish applied at some point in the past and the stripping guide appears to have been retied with using slightly lighter colored brown silk. Otherwise, it appears to be all original except for one tip top guide which is a properly sized chrome replacement. Information furnished on the hang tag indicated that the rod originally came with 3 agates (stripping guide and both tip-top guides), two of which are intact. It features honey-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, brown silks, agate stripper, reverse-twist hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops and tight fitting Leonard N/S step down ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the but section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip showing a wonderful patina, hallmark D/L'ing N/S wedding band cap and ring seat over a butternut spacer, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries "The Leonard Rod HL Leonard Rod Co. Makers Reg U.S. Pat Off" die stamp on one side and “Tournament” on the other side. The set comes with the original olive canvas bag, dislodged hang tag, and original brass capped aluminum tube. The Model 50DF taper is legendary and this one is no exception with an action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium a sweet spot that throws a tight loop when paired Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. For me though, the rod really came alive when paired with DT-4 and would be a perfect candidate for your silk line. This Leonard classic is stream-ready as is, and could also become the centerpiece of your rod stable if properly restored. $1,195

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 WINTER SALE $995

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 1/4 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 16151 ~ EXC ~ Many Orvis enthusiasts believe that the best Orvis rods were produced during the 1950s and 60s. This 1954 offering was built by two of Orvis’ best, (Calvin Skinner and George Reid) and features richly-hued impregnated cane with matched tips, 3 x 3 nodes, Orvis brown silks, rarely seen oversized Aetna foul proof guides, 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 cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat over a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original olive bag and unlabeled Orvis-issue aluminum tube. Although this model is typically rated by Orvis as a DT-7/WF-8, the accommodating medium action really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. A quality-made, multi-purpose wand that would be right at home for nymphing, dry fly work, and/or tossing hoppers, streamers, and buggers. $525

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

SALE PENDING Shakespeare ~ 8' ~ 3/1 ~ 5.7 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC RF~ This early pre-WW II rod was nicely refinished by Ludington’s Tom Westcott and features light honey-toned cane with swelled butt that may have been supplied by Edward, rarely seen Honor Built/scrolling fish acetate label, red silks tipped black with red intermediates mildrum stripper, newer black snakes and tip-top tight fitting rolled welt ferrules that gave a nice pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a sweet cigar grip fashioned from 1/8” cork rings, a full metal german silver seat with reel foot rails, D/L'ing cap ring hardware and exposed G/S WC. The rod comes with a replacement bag and replacement aluminum tube. The rod has a smooth action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium and throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 and is a very cool find from the famed Kalamazoo, MI tackle giant. $150

Abbey & Imbrie ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ The George Varney influence is evident in the reel seat and when combined with the Chubb-like features, it all adds up to a turn of the century (20th) Chubb-Montague classic. This delicate wand features light browntone cane brown silks and intermediates, replacement chrome guides and tip-tops and original rolled welt N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. 1 tip is down 1/8". The other is down 3/8". The ferrule fit is smooth but a bit worn and all will rotate while 100% seated and there is a distinct click at the butt/mid connection. The varnish has some tiny air pockets but is very sound and should provide apt protection for many more years. I also noted some roughness on a few of the intermediate wrap edges. The petite cigar sheet cork grip, metal D/L’ing slide band seat with railed edges, exposed Montague funnel-style WC are all in great shape. The rod is sans HK. A portion of the original A&I label is still present on the butt section. The rod comes in a replacement bag and quality aluminum tube. The rod is reasonably straight and has a very delicate feel. The slow to medium-slow action can be felt all the way into the grip. With a ferrule reset, this classic rod would be stream-ready and would be a real find for those who enjoy using century-old equipment. $395 WINTER SALE $225

Edwards DeLuxe ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.3 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ This Gene Edwards Mt. Carmel classic is believed to be a Model #53 Deluxe as evidenced by the white script “DeLuxe” marking on the butt, though the number is no longer legible. The standard wrap colors on the Model #53 Deluxe were brown and tan with other colors available by special order. It features attractive light carmel-toned cane with swelled butt, green silks, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, blued tip-tops (bluing has worn off) smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a varnish finish that has nicks and chips, but is sound and serviceable. A ferrule click can be felt and heard when the rod is waggled. The wraps are a bit dry and a few are frayed and coming unraveled. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells/cigar grip, U/L'ing metal seat with walnut butt cap, wound over WC, and HK strap. The rod comes with the original labeled bag and aluminum tube that may or may not be original. The medium action delivers a delightful loop, best for me with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. This is a nice stick in need of some TLC. $295

Goodwin Granger Favorite Model GF8642 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 ½ oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ EXC+/NM RS ~ This early (c. 1930) Rocky Mountain classic was expertly restored by Dwight Lyons and richly hued honey tone cane with swelled butt, B/W jasper silks tipped gold with gold intermediates, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give that hallmark Granger pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a coke bottle grip, desirable D/L'ing slide band metal seat, and exposed WC. The model name and Goodwin Granger stampings are nicely struck near the top of the reel seat. The rod comes with the original olive bag and labeled aluminum tube. This sweet casting wand has a very light in the hand feel and a delightful medium action that throws smooth and tight loops. I really liked it with Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. I think you’ll find a silk (or Cortland Sylk) line to be a fine match as well. This superb example of an early Goodwin Granger classic is rarely found as a 4wt. and is a nice find for the Granger enthusiast. $650

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. $395 WINTER SALE $225

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 5 1/8 oz. ~ G.A.F. (WF-9) ~ Serial No. 50301 ~ EXC- ~ This big water / big fish Orvis classic was built in 1968 and features richly-hued impregnated shafts with 3 x 3 nodes, Orvis brown silks, and fine Orvis furnishings including chrome guides and smooth 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 cigar grip, D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a walnut spacer, exposed WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with the original gray bag, executed Orvis warranty card, and labeled aluminum tube with a dent near the collar. This rod is a cannon and will lay out as much WF-7, DT-7 and/or WF-8 as you can control and is designed for large trout, bassn’, Atlantic salmon, and steelies alike. $395

SOLD Phillipson Pacemaker ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9 oz. 6wt. EXC+ ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic was Phillipson's most popular rod. The rod appears to be all original and very lightly used and features that undeniable utilitarian look including carmel-toned cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 nodes, bronze guides, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a smooth and shiny varnish finish. The comfortable Wells grip, screw D/L'ing "no-rock" seat with black spacer and exposed WC all show little use. The rod comes with the original tan bag and aluminum tube with Phillipson label that may not be original. The medium to medium-fast action is pure power and throws authoritative loops when paired with a Cortland Peach WF/DT-6. This is a one of the nicer examples of this model that I have seen in quite some time.

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

W&M Granger Victory Model GV8642 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was the workhorse of the W&M/Granger stable. It features wonderful ammonia treated cane with swelled butt, B/O jasper wraps a solid varnish finish that has a few minor nicks and smudges and could possibly have received an overcoat. W&M issue furnishings include a mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, and smooth fitting drawn N/S ferrules that give that a soft pop when separated. The tips have a light set that does not appear to affect performance or line flow through the guides and a f ewwraps are a bit dry and/or have been touched up. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a reversed half wells grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat in perfect working condition, and exposed WC. There is no HK as is the norm for W&M/Granger rods. The rod comes with the original tan bag and black fiber tube (air holes in metal cap) with legible label 99% intact. The rod has that wonderful medium action Granger is known for and for me, throws a smooth and tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and/or WF-6. This rod has allot a life left and is ready for favorite stream. $495

SOLD Edwards “Quadrate” #56-7721 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ This Bill Edwards from the famous Mt Carmel, Connecticut shop is not often seen and featured rich carmel-colored shafts wrapped in deep red silks tipped black, dark mildrum stripper, snakes and tip-tops (one snake is a chrome replacement), a solid varnish finish that has some chips and nicks, blued N/S ferrules (no bluing on the butt ferrule). Tip 1 is down 1/8". Tip 2 is down 1/4", has a worn ferrule fit (tip will spin when jointed to the mid), and has a loose tip top guide. I also noted a few replacement wraps and others are frayed and a bit dry. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified Wells grip, screw U/L’ing seat with walnut spacer (possibly a replacement), square bakelite WC, and HK strap. The rod comes with the original labeled bag with hang tag and original aluminum tube with only remnants of the label left intact. The full-flexing medium action is a joy to cast and delivers ton line with minimal effort. 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”. This one needs some TLC and is a nice candidate for a restoration.

Phillipson Paragon ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 5/8oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ As New ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic remains in as new condition and retains the original Phillipson plastic label in the grip. It features rich ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 spiral nodes, beige silks, black guides, smooth and shiny varnish, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Wells grip, black no-rock seat with screw D/L'ing hardware, and exposed WC. The rod comes with the original tan canvas bag and Phillipson labeled gold aluminum tube. The smooth casting medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This highly collectible classic is a nice example of Bill Phillipson’s work and a super find for the Phillipson enthusiast. Superb! $525

Phillipson Paramount ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 3/8oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ As New ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic was Phillipson's 2nd best rod and sold for the handsome sum of $50.00 in 1951. This rod is in super all-original condition and has seen very little, if any, use. It features rich ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 spiral nodes, B/O jasper wraps tipped gold/black/gold, perfection chrome stripper, stainless steel snakes, and chrome tip-tops, smooth and shiny varnish finish and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop. The business end of the butt section is fitted with the popular elliptical "hammer-handle" cork grip, brown "butterscotch" no-rock seat with champagne screw D/L'ing hardware, and exposed WC. The rod comes with the original tan canvas bag and original unlabeled bronze aluminum tube. The smooth casting medium-fast action throws a tight loop on-demand. I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. This highly collectible classic is a wonderful example of Bill Phillipson’s work. Superb! $550

FE Thomas Special Dry Fly ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 3/4 oz ~ 5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 31 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This classic from Bangor, ME features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, burgundy silks tipped gold, and a varnish finish that remains in nice condition. Fine FET furnishings include a red agate stripper, reverse twist snakes, and smooth and tight fitting FET step-down ferrules with silver ferrule plugs, that give a nice pop when separated. The mid section is down approximately ¾” which does not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip that has some significant ridging, butternut seat with D/L'ing N/S cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC with hallmark folding ring HK as is standard on most FET rods of the era. The bottom of the butt cap has the concentric circles & the number 31 stamped into it and also carries the F.E. Thomas Special Bangor, ME die stamp on the side. The rod comes with the original green bag, hang tag, and aluminum tube with partial label. This rod has a delightful medium action that I really liked with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6 and would also be a perfect candidate for those who prefer silk/sylk. This is a quality rod classic and nice example of FET’s work. $395

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