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ROD RATING DESIGNATIONS & ABBREVIATIONS

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

Other Abbreviations:

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


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

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

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.5 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 rod features attractive medium blonde cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. These rods may have a flaw or two such as a glue line seam that are cosmetic in nature. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade cigar grip, light curly maple seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes as is, sans bag or tube. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell.

SALE PENDING Sweetgrass Midge ~ 6’3" ~ 2/2 ~ 2 5/8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+/As New ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, their quality lineup of bamboo fly rods is based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and are furnished with NS ferrules, agate stripper, snake-brand snakes, and a unique bamboo WC. This sweet little penta features a beautiful shade of medium-blonde cane, elegant garnet silks with black accent wraps at the WC, signature wraps, tip-tops and ferrule stations, smooth and tight N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when they are separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. Full garnet silk wraps adorn the female ferrule, much in the Brackett/Kustich tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. The rod comes in soft cloth SG 3-compartment bag with company initials embroidered into the hood, labeled aluminum tube with sterling silver cap with company logo stamped into the top, and a custom-made Arne Mason-crafted leather tube with company logo embossed into the top and rod model stamped into side below the buckle. The progressive fast action throws a tight loop that worked best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF or DT-4 and is well-suited for close-in dry fly. The penta design also provides some reserve power when called upon for those oft needed longer casts. This superb model, hand-crafted in Twin Bridges, retails for $2,000. Get this one in meticulously cared-for condition with a $500 Arne Mason leather case that will surely please the most discriminating angler for… $1,995 SPRING SALE $1,795

D.G. Schroeder ~ 6’ 8” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 4 wt. Serial No. 6891 ~ EXC+ ~ This early Janesville, WI classic was built by Don in 1991 (his 68th overall). Don has built a sterling worldwide reputation as one of the premiere builders of heirloom-quality bamboo fly rods on the planet. This rod has been diligently cared for and features richly-hued cane with golden nodes wrapped in translucent brown silks accented with dark wine tipping all protected by a nicely-executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a black nickel stripper, black snakes, and tip tops, and 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 installed at the nose of the grip. The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original soft cloth tan bag with stiffener and black aluminum tube with maker label. This sweet casting light line rod with a brisk medium action is perfect for the small stream enthusiast. Don really found the perfect blend of control and delicacy with this taper. For me, it performs flawlessly when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Superb! $1,495

R.J. Barch “Kestrel” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 14197 ~ EXC ~ This sweet little Hastings, MI offering comes from the editor of the popular publication ‘The Planing Form’ and features richly flamed cane with golden nodes, brown silks, chrome guides, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nice varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a modified cigar grip, highly figured dark maple burl seat with N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware seat and is sans HK. The rod comes with the original feather print bag and unique hardwood tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast action is well-suited for close-in dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. It throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. $595

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 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 30 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

SOLD Redwing Fly Rods “Rapid Pendulate Power” ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ As New ~ This sweet little light line para from Joe Balestrieri should receive some serious consideration. It features attractive flamed cane with golden nodes, gold silks (brown at the WC and ferrule stations) and a nicely-executed and glass smooth varnish finish. Quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, black light wire snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules (with walnut ferrule plug) that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is completed with an especially comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, nicely figured walnut seat with blued cap and ring hardware and a blued petite WC. The rod comes with a sturdy green bag and green wrinlle-finish aluminum tube with brass end cap, collar and cap. The rod has a light-in-the-hand feel and a very pleasing brisk, light parabolic action designed for small to medium-sized venues that will occasionally call for a long stealthy cast. For me, it delivers a tight loop with just the right amount of delicacy when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 or WF-5.

SOLD Pennington "Pine River" 30th Yr Model ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.7 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 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 one as built to commemorate his 30th year of rod building and is based on a proprietary taper and 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 N/S U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is 7’3" Pine River 5wt. 30th Year Model along with Steve’s signature. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and green aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The comfortable medium-fast action is perfect for dry-fly work and delivery a smooth and soft line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams and is a solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA.

Pickard 704 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.9oz. ~ 4wt ~ EXC+/As New ~ This quality offering made in Hillsdale, Michigan is based on the Paul Young Princess taper. You’ll immediately notice John’s attention to detail and mature hand when you first take the rod out of the bag. This one features attractive flamed cane, brownish-bronze silk wraps, quality hardware includes oxidized stripper, snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat that is fitted with oxidized D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. A HK loop is present at the cork/cane interface. The rod is simply marked Pickard 704 and comes with a quality hooded khaki bag and brass-capped aluminum tube. The crisp and progressive medium-fast action throws tight loops on-demand…for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This is a wonderful light line rod perfect for small to mid-size streams where an accurate and delicate presentation is paramount to success. $1,195

J. H. Becker Model 764 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 130 ~ As New ~ This quality-constructed wand from the bench of Vermont’s Jim Becker appears in As New condition, but has admittedly (by its current owner) been fished…twice. It features attractive blonde cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks (forest green at the HK, tip-tops, and ferrule stations), and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The rod is nicely appointed with a carboloy stripper, silver fine-wire snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting oxidized and truncated N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip and beautifully-figured Vermont dark maple seat fitted with D/L'ing silver cap and ring hardware, petite silver grip checks and a HK loop. The rod comes with a quality tan bag with leather hang tab and green pebble-finish aluminum tube brass cap, collar and end. The tube is covered with a new rod sock, compliments of Table Rock Angler. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out for the oft needed casts that call for a bit more distance. It throws a silky-smooth loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 (it will also handle a 5). New rods from Mr. Becker are now priced into 4-figures. You can add this superb rod one to your quiver for… $795

G.H. Howells ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 4334 ~ EXC ~ In the late 1940s, a teenaged Gary Howells hand-planed his first bamboo fly. He continued honing his skills and eventually found work with the R.L. Winston Rod Company, ultimately becoming their chief bamboo rod maker. In 1970, after more than a decade at Winston, he began his own business, opening a one-man shop north of San Francisco. This Richmond, CA classic was the 34th rod built in 1976 and features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3x3 nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped gold and a superbly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include bronze guides and smooth-fitting silicone bronze ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. Silk wraps adorn the male and female ferrule housings, much in the Winston tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western grip, cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, exposed petite N/S WC and bronze folding ring HK. The rod comes with original red bag and labeled aluminum tube that includes maker/rod information and the original owners name. The smooth medium action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. Howells’ rods remain in high demand and for good reason. This one, meticulously cared-for, is fine example of his work. $2,795

SALE PENDING Orvis “Pat. Pend.” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 1/4 oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ Serial No. 4753 ~ EXC+ ~ This early patent pending classic from Orvis was made in 1947 by Cal Skinner and John Rosencrantz and is in wonderful condition. It features richly-hued impregnated cane with golden nodes, brown silks, quality Orvis furnishings include dark mildrum-style stripper, snakes & tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules (size 13 per the tube label). The business end of the butt secretin is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw D/L’ing seat with dark walnut spacer, exposed blued WC, and a HK loop. The rod comes with the original olive canvas bag and original brass capped aluminum tube with complete paper label which was tape-guarded. The popularity of these early Orvis classics has really skyrocketed and they are becoming downright impossible to find in this condition. This rod has a fast action, which is a departure from most early era Orvis rods, and throws effortlessly with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, WF-6 and DT-6. A super find for the Orvis enthusiast and a wonderful example of this legendary company’s efforts. $895

Sweetgrass Mantra ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 3 oz. ~ 3/4wt. Serial No 09-019 ~ 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, carboloy stripper, snake-brand snakes, marbleized resin WC, and black steel HK. This rod is presumably the 19th 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 nice 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 cigar grip, black D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a lightly figured maple 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 an extremely light in the hand feel. I really liked it when paired with a SA Mastery Series Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. This quality-crafted rod, proudly made in the USA, appears to have seen limited use and remains near new in appearance. $695

SOLD Thomas & Thomas Paradigm ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No.3607 ~ EXC ~ This c. 1979-80 T&T classic features attractive light carmel-colored cane with dramatically swelled butt, translucent lemon silks tipped light brown (dark brown tipped black at the WC and ferrule stations), quality T&T guides, smooth working and tight fitting blued N/S T&T stamped ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and that unmistakable glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured polished walnut seat with D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC, and folding ring HK. The company logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The comfortable and accommodating light parabolic action is just a touch on the fast side of medium and would be perfect for dry fly work, while also providing plenty of reserve power to reach out when asked. This high-quality rod from one of the most respected purveyors of fly fishing gear in the world will cover most small to medium sized stream trout fishing situations and would make a nice addition to your quiver.

Gus Pernak 5-Strip ~ 7'8” ~ 2/2 ~ 5.1oz. ~ 6wt. EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Augustus “Gus” Pernak was a mater machinist from Detroit who built milling machines for Paul Young using surplus WW-II stock. He was a self-described “silent partner” of Paul Young. He also had association with the Uslan brothers, but it is unknown if he ever made rods or equipment for them. The rod was the last one he built and did so c. 1970s for one of his friends and fishing partner, who now wishes to pass it along for the next generation to enjoy. It features light honey-toned cane, translucent tan silks tipped brown, bronze stripper, chrome snakes and tip-tops, N/S Super -Z- stamped ferrules, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable Western grip, nicely-figured walnut seat with screw U/L'ing hardware, petite N/S WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with a two-compartment bag that is too long for the rod and fiber tube. The tips are approximately 3/4" shorter than the butt (made that way). The stout medium-fast action is much in the Young tradition, being designed for larger than average trout that lurk in the small to mid-sized brushy Michigan streams and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. A rare find to be sure, with quite an interesting pedigree. $495 SPRING SALE $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…

Goodwin Granger Victory Model GV8040 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was Granger’s workhorse rod back in the day. It appears to have been restored at some point in the past and features rich carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, B/O jasper wraps double tipped in black, standard Granger-issue guides, N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. A faint clink can be felt at the butt/mid connection and I noted a slight set in one of the tips. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a coke bottle grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with proper Granger stampings in good working condition and dent-free (this reel seat was used on Granger rods built after 1935), and exposed WC. The rod comes with an olive green canvas bag and brown tube labeled for an Aristocrat 8040. This rod has a wonderful medium to medium-fast action and throws tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. 8040s don’t show up that often, and when they do, they usually don’t last long. Because of the faint click… $595

SALE PENDING H.L. Leonard Model 50 Hunt ~ 8’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NMRS (exceptions noted) ~ This highly sought after pre-fire classic is a pure joy to cast. It was restored about 20 years ago and features attractive honey-toned cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, brown silks, agate stripper, black snakes and tip tops, smooth & tight fitting blued ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The agate stripper was replaced during the redo and the original black mildrum stripper was saved and will accompany the rod. The business end of the butt section is fitted with the standard DF grip found on many Hunt patterns, black screw U/L’ing seat with hardwood spacer, petite black WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap is stamped as follows: The Leonard Rod Leonard Rod Co Makers Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. on one side and Special Tournament on the other. The rod comes with the original grey bag with hang tag and original brass capped aluminum tube. The comfortable medium to medium-fast action throws a superb line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, with a nice blend of power and delicacy. This is a wonderful find for the Leonard enthusiast, and anyone for that matter, looking for a high quality “go-to” rod that can handle most trout fishing situations. The owner will also consider trades for other quality cane rods. $1,595

Orvis "99" ~ 8’ ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4.3oz. ~ HCH (DT-7) ~ SN 41888 ~ EXC – (exceptions noted) ~ The “99” was made to commemorate Orvis’ 99th year of operation. This rod was made in 1962 during the famous Skinner and Reid era and features richly impregnated cane, red silks, dark guides and tip-top, easy working stamped Super -Z- blued N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw D/L'ing seat with a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a grey hooded bag and labeled Orvis aluminum tube. There is a clear repair wrap on the tip section between the ferrule station and first snake guide that appears to be protecting a glue line seam. The tip appears sturdy and sound and according to the owner is “stream-tested and stream-ready.” The medium to medium-fast action tosses a long line, best for me with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6/DT-6. If you've been looking for an affordable, quality-made classic, this one should receive some serious consideration. $295

SALE PENDING Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/3 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 28873 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ Many Orvis enthusiasts believe that the best rods were produced during the 1950s and 60s. This 1960 offering was built by two of Orvis’ best, (Calvin Skinner and George Reid) and features attractive, lightly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, chrome guides, and easy working 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, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat over a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a replacement bag and aluminum tube. One tip is down 5 1/4 inches but still casts remarkably well. A factory replacement was built by Orvis for a previous owner, whose name is still faintly visible on the butt section. It appears that Orvis also cleaned and buffed the rod as it is in remarkable shape. Although this model is typically rated by Orvis as a DT-6, the accommodating medium action really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. A quality-made, multi-purpose wand that would be right at home for nymphing, dry fly work, and/or tossing hoppers, streamers, and buggers. $625

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8' ~ 2/3 ~ 4 3/8oz. ~ HCH (7) ~ Serial No. 43639 ~ EXC+ / As New (exception noted) ~ This 1966 offering from the famous Manchester, VT purveyor of fine gear was either restored by Orvis, or is in near new condition. It features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including dark mildrum-style stripper, snakes, and tip-tops and smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules (with walnut ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat accented with a nicely figured walnut spacer, exposed blued WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original grey Orvis bag and original Orvis blue/white labeled aluminum tube that also looks near new. One of the three tips is down by 5/8”. The third tip was made by Orvis at some point in the past. Although rated by Orvis for a DT-7, the accommodating medium action throws tight loops and really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 / DT-6 regardless of which of the three tips were in use. The overstatement of line weight is not at all unusual for Orvis bamboo rods. This quality-made multi-use rod would be perfect for dry fly work, nymphing, dry/dropper rigs, and/or tossing hoppers (or buggers). It is one of the nicest Orvis bamboo rods I’ve seen in quite some time and a super find for the Orvis aficionado. Superb! $795

Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 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

Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 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 Bailey Woods N/S ferrules that give a nice 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. $495

J.W. Pope ~ 8' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 80452 ~ EXC+ ~ From the bench of Seattle’s Jeff Pope comes this delicate 8’ offering based in part on a Payne 200 taper that Jeff modified into a 2/1 format. It features elegantly flamed cane with swelled butt, 2 x 2 golden nodes, and deep burgundy wraps protected by a smooth varnish finish, oxidized mildrum-style stripper, chrome snakes and tip –top and smooth and tight fitting blued duronze ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light Wells grip, cork seat with dual ring hardware and walnut seat check and butt cap and is sans HK. Comes in a nice 2-compartment bag and green pebble-finish aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The medium slow to medium action throws a tight and accurate loop and has the delicacy to protect the finest of tippets. I really liked it with SA Mastery Buckskin DT-3 and a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. You just don’t see many 8’ 3 / 4 weight rods out there. $495

SALE PENDING Art Weiler “Garrison 212E” ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 5 1/2oz. ~ 6/7wt. Serial No. 701 ~ ~ EXC+ ~ This seldom used rendition of the famous Garrison 212E was constructed by Art Weiler in his Kunkletown, PA shop and features attractive blonde cane, translucent pongee silks (brown at the ferrule stations and HK, 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, 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 Garrison-style cork grip, D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with cocobolo spacer, wound over WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original gray bag and original aluminum tube with a full rod-stat bearing label. The comfortable and easy-working medium-fast action is a real cannon when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6/WF-7. This is a well-made multi-use rod just waiting for a new home! $595

SOLD Doug Daniel Hollowbuilt Quad ~ 8'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ SN D995-911-H ~ NEW ~ Chances are, you have now heard of the fine lineup of quadrate bamboo fly rods crafted by California’s Doug Daniel. 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 hollowbuilt quad features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane acquired from Royer in 2002 that was planed to exacting tolerances based in part on a lightened and lengthened Dickerson 8013 that Doug modified for a quad format, red silk windings tipped black, 2x2 nodes, matched tips, bronze-housed agate stripper, PacBay snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting square-broached blued ferrules that give a nice pop, and a beautifully executed Man ‘O War spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an extra-flora grade modified wells grip, beautiful spalted maple burl seat with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware, and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with a quality-made soft cloth bag and high quality brown pebble-finish aluminum tube with brass cap and end. The brisk medium-fast action and fine tips make this 8’3”-er a joy to cast. It handles a SA Mastery DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 with equal effectiveness. Doug’s rods are hard to come by thee days and this one, with light mileage, is destined to be a someone’s “go-to” rod for many years to come.

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 SPRING SALE $125

Heddon #20 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ ~ 4.9oz. ~ 2F ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This early 1st generation c. 1920s Heddon classic is extremely hard to find and comes from the collection of Mr. Ed Collins, one of the most prominent collector of Heddon rods in the country (see Page 5 of Mr. Michael Sinclair’s fine book HEDDON: The Rod With The FIGHTING HEART for more info. Mr. Collins loaned the rod to Mr. Sinclair for research purposes and it can be found pictured on Page 55 and was also the subject of the drawing on Page 100. This rod features attractive light browntone cane with swelled butt, antique gold silks with elegant gold and B/W jasper intermediates, hardened steel guides (the stripper is also a snake guide…made that way), smooth and tight-fitting chrome-plated N/S, rolled welt ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a sound varnish finish that has stood the test of time and has few nicks and bag marks that could be easily buffed out. A few of the guide wraps are a bit dry. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, full metal D/L'ing slide band seat, and exposed WC. The original red and white acetate label is still intact on the cork grip and reads “#20-8 ½ 4.95oz.” The serial number (707), inked in red on the butt section, is still faintly visible. The rod comes with the original bag with early red and white label that has been detached, and Heddon-issue rod tube that is too long for the rod. This historically significant classic has a delightful and delicate medium-fast dry fly action that really sings when paired with Cortland 44 Peach WF/DT-5. I can only presume that it would excel even more if paired with a Sylk/Silk line. This scarcely seen model would make a nice addition to anyones quiver, and is an exceptional find for the Heddon enthusiast. $495 SPRING SALE $350

Heddon De Luxe #35 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 F ~ 4.8oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted)~ This c. 1939 classic was one of Heddon’s top rods on par with the #50 and #1000 and along with the #20, was made in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, brown silks tipped black, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, smooth working Heddon-issue blued ferrules, and a nicely-executed new varnish finish. A faint click can be felt at the butt/mid connection and one tip is 1/8” longer than the other. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip Black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat with circassian walnut spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a Heddon-issue bag (stitched in label has pulled loose and is not included) and a Heddon-issue aluminum tube with makers name on the cap. The medium action is a joy to cast and came to life for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. High end classic-era Heddons are back on the rise and still affordable. $395

H.L. Leonard Tournament Model 50½ DF ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This rare pre-fire dry fly classic is a favorite among cane rod aficionados. It likely received light varnish overcoat at some point. One tip was scarfed with the splice joint located between the 4th and 5th snake guide. The scarf, cane and overwrap all look sound and the tip performs as it normally would. The rod features light carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, avocado silks tipped red at the HK, tip-tops and ferrule stations, agate stripper, bronze reverse-twist snakes and bronze tip-top (the tip-top guide on the scarfed tip is a black replacement), 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, 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 (on one side) and Tournament (on the other side) die stamps. The initials A.S.L – F.T.M are engraved into in the center of the slide band. The set comes with the original olive bag with hang tag and Leonard-issue brass capped aluminum tube. The smooth-casting action is on the slow side of medium and when in the hands of a patient caster is capable of tossing a long line while being mindful of fine tippets. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 but it would also be a fine candidate for your favorite silk/Sylk line. A nice find for the Leonard enthusiast looking for a bargain on a hard to find classic... $695 SPRING SALE $550

Edwards “Quadrate” #56 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.3 oz ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ This classic from the famous Mt Carmel, Connecticut maker was nicely refinished by someone with a mature hand (not sure who did the work). One tip is down by 4” (but still casts remarkably well) and the real seat and hardware appear to have been replaced. It features attractive carmel-colored cane, tan silks double-tipped yellow, agate stripper housed in a blued nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip-tops, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth a tight and give a solid pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight cork grip, screw U/L’ing seat with new hardwood spacer, black square WC, and HK loop. Inked on the rod in white script is Edwards “Quadrate” #56 on 2 consecutive flats. The rod comes with a tan bag and original aluminum tube with most of the label still intact. The full-flexing medium action is a joy to cast and is capable of tossing a long line when in the hands of a competent caster. 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”. $550

SALE PENDING Edwards “Mt. Carmel” ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.1 oz ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ This classic from the famous Mt Carmel, Connecticut maker was nicely refinished by someone with a mature hand (not sure who did the work) and features attractive richly-hued and lightly flamed cane with swelled butt and golden nodes, B/O jasper silks tipped red, agate stripper, bronze snakes, N/S ferrules that fit smooth a tight and give a solid pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. One tip-top is fitted with an agate guide. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip that shows some light ridging, screw D/L’ing seat with walnut spacer, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. Inked on the rod in white script is Edwards “Mt Carmel” on one flat. The rod comes with comes with what is believed to be the original olive bag and original aluminum tube with some of the label still intact. The wonderful medium action is a joy to cast, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, and will easily handle a 6 in WF/DT/TT formats. This rod would also be a good candidate for a silk line. This is certainly a nice fnd for the Edwards enthusiast. $425

SOLD W&M Granger Special Model GS9050 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.7 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This post WW-II Colorado classic features carmel colored cane, swelled butt, 3x3 spiral node pattern, Granger green silks, quality W&M stripper, snakes, and tip tops all in excellent condition, 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 comfortable light reversed half wells grip, internal U/L metal seat with proper WM stampings in perfect working order and exposed WC. The rod comes with a bag and tube, neither of which are original. One tip has a set that does not affect castability. The classic medium action is a joy to cast and will handle a 6 or 7 wt. line with ease. A nice example of a highly-popular model. Proudly made in Denver.

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