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ROD RATING DESIGNATIONS & ABBREVIATIONS

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

Other Abbreviations:

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


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

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

Don Recker “Paul Young Midge” ~ 6' 3” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ SN 1122 ~ NEW ~ If you have not yet heard of Ohio’s Don Recker, you will soon! Don is a retired machinist and barber who also worked as the maintenance supervisor at the local high school near Fort Jennings, Ohio. This finely tuned wand is based on the famous PHY Midge taper and features richly flamed cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. TiCh stripper, chrome snakes and tip–tops. Quality N/S ferrules give a satisfying 'pop' when separated. Comfortable cigar grip and D/L’ing cap and ring seat with a black walnut burl spacer. Petite W/C. HK loop. Comes with a new fly print soft cloth bag and new aluminum tube. This small stream classic has a brisk medium-fast action and is a THE perfect choice for small streams. I really enjoyed casting it with a Cortland Peach WF-4 and DT-4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795 SUMMER SALE $750

Orvis Rocky Mountain Presentation Set ~ 6.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 3 1/8 oz. ~ H.D.G. (6) ~ Serial No. 72381 ~ EXC+ ~ This wonderful mahogany boxed presentation set features the hard to find Rocky Mountain Fly/Spin rod built in 1974 by one of Orvis’ most popular builders, Mr. Ron White. The rod appears to have been fished sparingly and remains in wonderful condition with richly impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis spin/fly furnishings and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. 1 tip has a slight set. The other is arrow straight. The elongated straight grip is fitted with dual aluminum slide bands. The rod comes stored in the upper compartment of the mahogany presentation case with grooved and felt-covered cut outs for each section. Although rated by Orvis for 6, the brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. The case is also packed with original accessories that are protected by a clear polyurethane hinged cover including the early 1970s Orvis CFO III reel with dual click/pawl drag that is loaded with backing and set up for LHW, The hard to find Orvis 50-A spinning reel with extra spool, a half-dozen spinners (Mepps Aglia 0 &1 made in France, a Detroit-made ‘lil devle’ Daredevle and 3 Swiss-made Kneubuhler brass spoons) stored in an Orvis labeled plastic case, a small silver magnetic Orvis fly box (likely made by Wheatley) with a half-dozen flies, an Orvis-labeled leader wallet packed with 5 Orvis leaders and instruction manual, an Orvis fly threader with instruction manual, Orvis brand fly line cleaner, a dispenser of micro-split shot and a fly retriever/branch cutter tool. The hinged accessory compartment also has removable mahogany compartment covers that allow for even more storage. Rarely is this set found in this condition with all original accessories included. It's a wonderful find for the Orvis enthusiast. $1,500 SUMMER SALE $1,295

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

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

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

A.J. Thramer Classic Taper Series ~ 6’8” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.9 oz. ~ 3wt. Serial No. E99 ~ NEW ~ If you have never seen or cast one of Mr. Thramer’s rods, you’re in for a real treat! This wonderful light line classic is based on the FET Fairy Browntone taper and is part of Mr. Thramer’s Classic Taper Series of fine rods. It features attractive lightly flamed shafts with swelled butt, beautiful golden 3 x 3 nodes, brown silks and an expertly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in a silver frame, black snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, mortised walnut seat with blued D/L’ing cap & ring hardware and a petite WC with built-in HK, much in the FET tradition. The set comes with the original bag with hang tag and silver aluminum tube with label bearing the maker’s name and rod info. The brisk medium-fast action throws a delightfully tight loop. For me, best with a Cortland Peach WF/DT-3. This light-line classic, beautifully handcrafted in the USA, sells new for $995. Get this one for… $795

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don Recker “Sir D” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ SN 1304 ~ NEW ~ This finely tuned wand is based on the Wayne Cattanach Sir D taper and features lightly flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around spiral nodes, clear silks tipped black and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Chrome housed amber agate stripper, snakes and tip–tops. N/S ferrules fit snugly and give a resounding 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and a beautifully figured hardwood seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware a petite W/C and HK loop. The set comes with a new fly print soft cloth bag and new green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight loop and would be perfect for small to medium-size streams that a call for stealthy accurate casts. I really enjoyed it with a Cortland Peach WF-4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

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

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

L.P. Donahe ~ 7.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 3.8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+/NM- ~ This nicely constructed rod from Mr. Donahe’s Victoria, Minnesota shop features an attractive shade of medium blonde cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, chestnut deep claret silks tipped black and a superbly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an agate stripper housed in a bronze nickel frame, bronze light-wire snakes and tip tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The ferrules are protected with perfectly fit water buffalo horn ferule plugs. I noted a hairline scratch in the water buffalo horn on the male ferrule plug that is purely cosmetic and difficult to see (only mentioned in the spirit of full disclosure). The business end of the butt section is fitted with a modified cigar grip with half-wells palm and tapered nose, a beautifully curly maple mortised seat with finely-knurled blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite exposed blued N/S WC. The set comes with original high-quality labeled bag and brass-capped aluminum tube. The medium-fast action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and really came to life for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. The present retail price for this quality-constructed rod is $1,895. Get this one in near new condition, sans wait for… $1,295

Hardy Palakona "The Marvel" ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3 oz. 4/5 wt. ~ Serial No. E 82101 ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ The Marvel is widely regarded as the best taper ever produced by the famed Alnwick England maker. Hardy first introduced The Marvel in 1922 and while the popularity of the vast majority of 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. This one dates back to 1952 and features light browntone cane with 3 x 3 spiral nodes, translucent tan whippings (forest green at the ferrule stations), milky white agate stripper, English reverse twist snakes and red amber agate tip tops that vary slightly in appearance. I suspect, based on wrap colors and dark areas of varnish on the cane around the writing on the butt section, that the rod was refinished at some point in the past. The varnish is beginning to craze and has a few rough spots on the tip sections. The blued Hardy-issue ferrules come with the original ferrule plugs for the females and Hardy labeled ferrule protectors for the males. The mid/tip ferrule connections are smooth and tight and give a nice pop as does the butt/mid ferule. A faint click can be felt at the butt/mid connection which should be addressed before use. The mid section is 1/8” shorter than the butt. The tips feature the off-set ferrule design and are ¾” shorter than the butt (made that way). 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 exposed 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 & original decreasing diameter black aluminum tube with company info stamped into the tube cap and on the side of the bottom cap. The rod has a wonderfully smooth medium-fast action that really sand for me when paired with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-4. I’m guessing a real silk line would only add to the casting pleasure. Priced for immediate sale… $995

SALE PENDING Wm. Harms #762 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 012 ~ As New ~ This high-quality rod from Mr. Harm’s Shermans Dale, PA shop features an attractive shade of medium blonde cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks tipped brown with deep burgundy silks at the ferrule stations and an expertly applied mirror-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured mortised curly maple seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a folding ring HK. The rod comes with a soft felt custom-made bag with maker’s label and a labeled green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass cap and end. The rod has a very pleasant medium-fast action with and throws a tight and accurate loop with plenty of reserve power when called upon. I liked it best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This finely-tuned wand would be right at home on your favorite small to medium sized streams, where stealth and the occasional longer than normal cast is required. Superb! $1,595

H. L. Leonard Model 39-5 Hunt – 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ SN 834 ~ EXC+ ~ This stunning rod was likely built during the tail end of what many believe to be Leonard’s best period of production which has spanned well over a century. The only items that keeping it from being classified as NM are light marks on the rod tube and ever so light soiling on the grip. It features richly-hued Hunt model shafts perfectly wrapped in deep red silk with three red signature wraps at the HK, and male ferrule stations. Swelled butt, 3 around golden nodes, and expertly executed glass smooth varnish finish. Red agate stripper housed in a black frame, black snakes and tip tops. Smooth & tight fitting oxidized N/S step-down ferrules give a resounding 'pop' upon separation. Cigar grip looks barely handled. Beautiful polished tiger maple seat with oxidized D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware. Folding ring HK and petite oxidized N/S grip checks. The butt cap carries the H.L. Leonard Rod Co. The Rod Maker Since 1869 die stamp which is nicely struck. The following is inked on the rod in black ink: Hunt 39-5 and 834 on opposite flats just above the HK. The serial number is also inked on the each tip section followed by a single dot on Tip #1 and dual dots on Tips #2 just above the male ferrule stations. The set comes with the original tan bag & Leonard brass capped tube. Leonard aficionados unanimously agree that the Hunt models are the most esthetically pleasing of all Leonard rods and they are becoming a tough find, especially in this condition. This heirloom quality rod will surely please even the most discriminating angler. Superb! $2,595

SOLD McKellip Brothers Deluxe ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant little presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s Mckellip Brothers is unfished. Primary work was reportedly completed Mark McKellip’s son Shawn. One immediately notices the attention to detail soon as the rod in removed from its handsome antique brown tube. It features select heat-treated tonkin cane with an attractive carmel hue, matched tips, 2 x 2 nodes, java silks tipped black at the ferrule stations, tip tops and WC and nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a smoke black stripper, bronze snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting blued NS ferrules (with black inlaid ferrule plug) give a resounding 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an exquisite torpedo grip and married reel seat combo fashioned from beautifully figured black walnut burl that also features gun stock grade checkering and blued N/S D/L’ing cap ring hardware. The side of the butt cap is tastefully engraved with the maker’s logo. A petite blued WC completes the handsome grip area. The rod is sans HK or writing. This set comes with a high quality soft suede leather labeled bag befitting of its contents and antique brown labeled tube with the makers logo also engraved into the top of the heavy gauge brass tube cap. If used and not simply the subject of a retirement or other gift, the brisk medium-fast action would be well-suited to dry fly work when paired with a Cortland Peach WF-5. Superb!

Pennington Pine River ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This multi-purpose rod is based in part on a Garrison 209 taper which Steve slightly modified. As shown in the stock picture, the 7.5'er features straw colored cane, chestnut silks and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a nice ‘pop’ when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 7 1/2’ #5-6. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. Steve experimented a bit with the taper making the tip a bit stouter to accommodate a 6wt line which resulted in a rod that will accurately punch out casts into the wind and those hard to reach spots under hanging tree limbs and cut banks. The Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $425

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

Don Recker “PHY Perfectionist” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ SN 0415 ~ NEW ~ This finely tuned wand is based on the PHY Perfectionist taper and features nicely flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around spiral nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the and male ferrule station for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an amber agate stripper housed in a silver frame, light wire snakes and tip–tops and N/S ferrules that fit snugly and give a resounding 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and a beautifully figured light maple burl seat, D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, a petite W/C and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop perfect for stealthy accurate presentations. I really enjoyed it with Cortland Peach WF/DT-4 lines. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

Don Recker “PHY Perfectionist” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ SN 1414 ~ NEW ~ This finely tuned wand is based on the PHY Perfectionist taper and features richly flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around spiral nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the and male ferrule station for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an amber agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black light wire snakes and tip–tops and blued N/S ferrules that fit snugly and give a resounding 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and a beautifully figured dark buckeye burl seat, blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, a petite blued W/C and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop perfect for stealthy accurate presentations. I really enjoyed it with a Cortland Peach WF-5 and DT-5. $795

Rush River Rods “PYP #4” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 4wt.~ EXC ~ This nicely constructed rendition of the popular PHY Perfectionist comes from Rush River’s Tony Larson. It was built in 2000 and features an attractive shade of carmel-colored cane with 3x3 golden nodes, matched tips, clear silks tipped black and WC and ferrule stations, black stripper, snakes, and tip tops and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The tips have very light sets that have no effect on the rods castability. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip with tapered nose and a mortised curly maple seat with dual silver “wedding ring” slide band hardware. The company name is engraved into the silver pin on the bottom of the reel seat. Tip #1 is marked with one dot. Tip #2 is marked with two dots. The rod comes with the original tan bag with makers name sewn into the hood and brass capped aluminum tube with the makers name stamped into the top of the cap. This brisk medium-fast action throws a tight and accurate loop, for me, with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. This rod has a very light-in-the-hand feel and could very well end up being your next “go-to” rod. $595

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…

Wm. Abrams Dickerson 8013 Ray Bergman Special ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.6 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This finely-tuned wand crafted in the New England shop of William Abrams is based on famous Dickerson 8013 taper. This rod was made in 2006 for Mr. Rolf Jacobsen of Philadelphia, PA and features an attractive shade of light browntone cane with 3x3 nodes, translucent copper/brown silks tipped black, with the 4 hallmark Dickerson signature wraps, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, bronze snakes and black tip-tops, and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. Conversations with the former owner indicate that one tip was made to handle a 5 wt. line and the other 6wt. line and are differentiated by a shade darker coloration in the varnish. The tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured hardware seat with Dickerson-like screw D/L’ing hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The makers name and rod info are stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The set comes with a quality tan bag and labeled aluminum tube with makers name and rod stamped into the top of the cap. The rod has a sweet action that is a touch on the slow side of medium and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Superbly made in the USA. $1,295 SUMMER SALE $895

SOLD Lyon & Coulson Crown #0312 ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 13/64 F ~ 4.5oz. ~ 6wt. ~ VG+ (exception noted) ~ This Heddon-made classic from the famous Buffalo, NY sports outfitter is equivalent to a Heddon #14. It features rich shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, red silks, and a sound varnish finish with a few cosmetic imperfections and areas of crazing. Heddon-issue furnishings include a black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops and N/S ferrules. The ferrule fit on one tip is loose and a click can be heard. The other is smooth and tight. Both tips have sets. The comfortable straight has a couple of gouges but is very sound. The reel seat consists of brown pyralin with D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware. An exposed WC and folding ring HK complete the grip area. The set comes with a new replacement bag and tube. The strong medium-fast action throws a nice loop, for me with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 and/or DT-6 and has plenty of reserve power when called upon.

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 3/8 oz. ~ H.C.H (7) or G.B.F. (8) ~ Serial No. 46196 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ Many Orvis enthusiasts believe that the best Orvis rods were produced during the 1950s and 60s. This 1967 offering from Orvis, built by Calvin Skinner and features richly-hued impregnated cane, 3 x 3 nodes, and fine Orvis furnishings including chrome guides and tip-tops. The brown silk wraps were re-done by Joe Balestrieri of Red Wing Rods. The smooth fitting blued N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. A faint ferrule click can be heard with one tip and the ferrules will rotate slightly while they are seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip that shows some light ridging, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat over a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The set comes with the original grey bag (hole in the bottom covered by clear tape) and Orvis labeled aluminum tube. Although 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/WF-7. A quality-made, multi-purpose wand that would be right at home for nymphing, dry fly work, and/or tossing hoppers, streamers, and buggers... with room for some ferrule work, if desired. $550 SUMMER SALE $450

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

D.G. Schroeder ~ 8' ~ 4/2 ~ 4.4oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 30002 ~ As New ~ This beautiful, heirloom quality offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder will surely please the most discriminating angler/collector. Don is widely regarding as one of today’s premiere builders of split bamboo fly rods and his fine lineup of quality rods is unsurpassed in quality. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. This rod was completed in 2002, his 300th overall and features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent chestnut silks tipped brown with elegant brown intermediates wraps all protected by an expertly executed jewel-like varnish finish. Fine Schroeder furnishings include a black nickel smoke stripper, snakes, and tip tops and blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plugs) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade cigar grip, a highly polished and beautifully figured mortised walnut burl seat with D/L’ing blued N/S cap & ring hardware, a blued petite N/S WC and blued folding ring HK. The makers name is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with sturdy khaki bag and quality labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap and gray velvet tube cover. The brisk medium-fast action throws a silky smooth loop, tha for me, excels with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and/or DT-5. The rod exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy, perfect for dry fly work where that little extra distance can make all the difference…. like on ranch section of the Henry’s Fork. This is a superb rod in every way, proudly crafted in the USA and thought to be the only 4/2 made by Don. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods link or click here D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $1,795

Shakespeare Superba Doublebuilt No.1343 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC RF ~ This pre WW-II rod from the Kalamazoo, Michigan tackle giant was their highest grade rod of the time It has been nicely refinished and features an attractive shade of light carmel-toned cane that was most likely supplied by South Bend, dramatically swelled butt, forest green wraps tipped with two sets of red and gold accent wrap, and a neatly applied new varnish finish. Furnishings include what is thought to be the original red agate stripper, new black snakes and hardened steel tip tops. The blued NS rolled welt ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The comfortable reversed half-Wells cork grip is soiled but solid. The black metal seat features U/L'ing screw hardware. The NS WC is blued and there is also a folding ring HK. The original writing is still present on the butt section. The set comes with what is thought to be the original velvet bag and a leather tube (originality unknown as this model was also available as a custom order). The sections of this rod are not arrow straight which does not seem to affect the rods performance. The medium action throws a pretty darn nice Cortland Peach DT-5 with a nice blend of power and delicacy and is a nice find for the budget-minded angler looking for a quality–made rod. $450 SUMMER SALE $295

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

Thramer Classic Taper Series ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5/6wt. Serial No. F47 ~ As New ~ If you have never seen or cast one of Mr. Thramer’s rods, you’re in for a real treat! This neat rendition of the PHY Para 15 is part of Mr. Thramer’s Classic Taper Series of fine rods. It features attractive lightly flamed shafts with swelled butt, beautiful golden 3 x 3 nodes, gold silks and a varnish finish executed by a mature hand. Fine furnishings include TiCH stripper, silver snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-Wells grip, cork seat with black screw D/L’ing hardware and HK loop. The set comes with the original bag with hang tag and silver aluminum tube with label bearing the maker’s name and rod info. Curiously (to me), both tips were labeled “wet.” I found this rod to be a dry fly powerhouse that will handle most trout fishing situations. The strong medium-fast action throws effortless loops and exhibits plenty of reserve power for those often needed longer than usual casts, for me, best with a Cortland Peach WF-6, this beautifully handcrafted in the USA classic, sells new for $995. Get this one, with slight soiling on the grip for… $725

D.G. Schroeder ~ 8'3” ~ 3/2 ~ 4.7oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 55414 ~ 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 554th overall. It features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, elegant wine silks 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 plugs) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade cigar grip, a highly polished and beautifully figured mortised walnut burl seat with D/L’ing blued N/S cap & ring hardware, a blued petite N/S WC and blued folding ring HK. The makers name is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with sturdy brown bag with stiffener and quality labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a silky smooth loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and/or DT-5. The rod exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy, perfect for dry fly work where that little extra distance can make all the difference… like on Montana’s Big Horn River. 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. b>$2,175

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

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

SOLD Orvis ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/1 ~ 5.2 oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) This rod, sans a serial number or writing, appears to be an Orvis kit rod, though most kit rods came with a full metal seat. It features richly hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, Orvis brown silks, Orvis-issue N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. I noted (felt, not heard) a very faint ferrule click. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, standard Orvis–issue screw D/L'ing aluminum seat with a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The set comes with a tan bag and aluminum tube. This rod has a strong medium to medium-fast action and seemed happy when paired with Cortland 444 Peach WF-7. A really nice find for the budget-minded angler.

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

Paul H. Young Prosperity ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.4oz. ~ 6/7wt. VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ The light honey-toned cane for this post WW-II era Detroit, Michigan classic appears to have been supplied by Edwards. The rod features black/white jasper wraps, red agate stripper, bronze hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, and blued N/S rolled welt ferrules that give a satisfying 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section has a reversed wells grip with thumb depression, D/L'ing screw and slide hood “featherweight” metal seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK. "Paul H. Young’s Prosperity Rod” is written in white ink on the butt section. The rod comes with an era correct but unlabeled bag and tube that could be original. As with most Prosperity models that I’ve seen, the rod is not perfectly straight and there are variations in the section lengths. The butt section is ¼” longer and a tip section is ¼” shorter than the mid and other tip section. This rod has a pleasant and powerful medium action that throws a ton of DT-6/WF-7 line and is a historically significant piece of Americana from one of the great makers of the time. $695 SUMMER SALE $495

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