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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.

Pickard 634 P.E. ~ 6' 3” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.3 oz. ~ 4wt ~ EXC+ ~ This neat little rendition of the popular light line PHY Midge features attractive flamed pre-embargo cane with 3 x 3 nodes, brown silks and a nicely executed varnish finish. Quality hardware includes a mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops. Smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat with black D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and HK loop. The rod is simply marked: Pickard 634 P.E. The set comes with a quality-made hooded khaki bag and brass-capped aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast action is a joy to cast and throws a tight loop, for me, with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This light line wand from Hillsdale, MI is a wonderful find for the small stream and ‘crick’ enthusiast. $1,395 SPRING SALE $1,150

Pennington Pine River ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. The 6.5'er features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting Bailey Woods nickel-silver ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with silver U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and hardwood WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod NC 6.5’ #4. Comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. Some also have 'NC' (New Century) inked on the butt section as shown in the stock photo, some don't. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for finessing dries, nymphs, and small terrestrials under overhangs and beneath undercut banks. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small streams and ‘cricks. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $495

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

Courtney Riley Cooper ~ 7’ ~ 2/1 ~ 4.4oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This rod is believed to have been built by Fred DeBell, who began assembling bamboo rods in 1937 in the Denver, Colorado area and continued through the mid-1970's. In his later years he acquired blanks from Phillipson and Wright & McGill and set out to put together a quality rod at an affordable price that was targeted at the everyday fisherman. The resorcinol glue lines indicate that the cane used for this rod may have come from Phillipson stock. The rod features light honey-toned cane, antique gold silks tipped black and a smooth and shiny varnish finish that could possibly have received an overcoat. Furnishings include a chrome stripper, snakes and tip-top and N/S ferrules that give a soft pop when separated. The tip section has a light set that does not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight cork grip, black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, exposed chrome WC and a chrome HK loop. The set comes with a sky blue bag and aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The strong medium-fast action throws a surprisingly nice loop, for me with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 but will also handle a 6 if asked. This rod falls into the nice ‘ole fishing rod category, perfect for the budget-minded angler . $295

W.V. Cooper ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/8oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial Number 22604 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This sweet-casting little wand from the bench of Fremont, Michigan’s Wes Cooper is based on the famous Payne 98 taper and features attractive blonde cane, translucent tan silks tipped in light brown, carbaloy stripper, black snakes and tip-tops and solid varnish finish. There are a few minor glue line inconsistencies and both tips have sets. The smooth and tight-fitting truncated N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautiful birds-eye maple mortised seat with U/L'ing cap and ring “wedding band” hardware and a petite N/S WC. The rod comes with a nice bag and black aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast action throws a nice tight loop with Cortland Peach WF-4 or DT-4 and would perfect for close-in dry fly work. Proudly made in Michigan! 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

SOLD Green River 704 ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt ~ SN 6243 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This quality offering from the Brattleboro, VT shop of Robert Gorman is a delight to cast. It features a beautiful shade of honey-toned cane with golden nodes, dramatically swelled butt, matched tips, old green silks tipped black and an expertly-executed glass smooth impregnated varnish and resin finish. Curiously, both tip sections are exactly ½” shorter than the butt section and the rod measures 6’ 11 ½” when assembled. There is no obvious indication of damage, repair or restoration and the rod is believed to have been made that way. Quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, silver snakes and tip-tops and truncated N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, beautifully figured hardwood burl mortised seat with D/L’ing N/S “wedding band” cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and a folding ring HK. Inked on the rod in black script is: Green River 704 along with the serial number. The serial number and a dot (or 2 dots) for tip differentiation purposes are also inked on the tip sections proximal to the ferrule stations and a single additional turn of silk is present just below one of the tip–top guides for the same reason. The rod comes with the original green bag with stiffener and original black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with Green River logo. This light-line wand has a crisp medium to medium-fast action, perfect for small stream work in tight quarters, and also has plenty of reserve power to reach out with when called upon. In addition to the Cortland 444 Peach WF-4, I found that it also really sings when paired with a DT-3. Superbly-made and becoming increasingly harder to find.

C.W. Jenkins GA-70-10 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the bamboo rod community as being among the best on the market. This one, crafted by Charlie, is his “light” model and features an attractive shade of light brown tone cane with 3 x 3 nodes, root beer brown silks tipped maize and an expertly-executed varnish finish that has a few smudges from what appears to be fairly light use. Fine furnishings consists of a mildrum stripper hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with lightly tapered nose, walnut seat with aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with sturdy cream-colored bag and original aluminum tube with maker’s label and rod info. This light line rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This superbly crafted rod will cover most small-stream trout fishing situations. C.W. Jenkins rods have always been in high demand and are becoming much harder to find. So if you’ve been searching, this one should grab your immediate attention! $1,595 SPRING SALE $1,295

Jenkins GA70L-63 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the cane rod community as some of the best-made on the market. This beautifully crafted rod has seen light use and remains in wonderful condition. It features oven-tempered and light flamed cane with golden nodes and matched tips, translucent honey-brown silks and an unparalleled varnish finish. Quality hardware consists of chrome guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized Swiss-style ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a smooth and comfortable bullet-shaped grip, nicely figured mortised walnut reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag and C.W. Jenkins Fly Rod labeled aluminum tube. This rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3/WF-4 (I preferred the 3). The currently retail for these premium classics is now north of $1,700. Superb! $1,095

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 “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

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

Unknown Maker ~ 7’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8oz. ~ 4wt ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ The only markings on the small stream special are found on three consecutive flats on the butt section as follows: Bob Clapp (F1) 10, (F2) and 3 1/4oz. (F3). It features richly-hued cane with golden nodes, brown silks tipped gold (a signatrue wrap on the butt section is missing), a serviceable varnish finish that has some nicks, chips and mars, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, and smooth working N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The tips have light sets and the butt section is 1" shorter than the tips (not sure if it was made that way or not). The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light half wells grip that shows some light ridging, D/L’ing screw and slide hood metal; seat, large exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a blue 3-compartemnt bag and aluminum tube with A.A.W. Co. Peerless Newark NJ stamped into top of cap. Bob Clapp is also engraved into the side of the rod tube near under the collar. This light line wand has a crisp medium to medium-fast dry fly action that for me, throws a nice tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. While it may not fall into the collectable category, it is nicely furnished and would make a good small stream rod for the budget-minded angler. $295

Cunningham 101 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ No. 599 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ If you have not have the pleasure of seeing ones of Rick’s rods, you are in for a real treat! His finish work is among the best in the business and his skill as a craftsman, honed in part under the watchful eye of the late DJ Duck, is simply top notch. This is one of his earlier offerings that features an attractive shade of heat-treated cane, matched tips, brown silks tipped black and a nicely executed varnish finish. The funishings include silver stripper, black guides and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable grip with tapered nose, nicely figured mortised cocobolo seat with N/S U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued WC and a folding ring HK. The set comes with the original tan bag and a grey aluminum tube. The rod appears to have seen limited use, though 1 tip is 1 ¼” short. It has strong fast action that is best suited, for me, to a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This nicely-made rod from a well-respected Texas maker would be a nice stick for smaller streams with larger than average inhabitants found in undercuts and woody debris. $695 SPRING SALE $550

SOLD Cunningham 115 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ No. 8014 ~ As New ~ If you have not have the pleasure of seeing or casting ones of Rick’s rods, you are in for a real treat! His finish and wrap work is among the best in the business and his skill as a craftsman, honed in part under the watchful eye of the late DJ Duck, is simply top notch. This sweet casting rod features light honey-colored cane with 2 x 2 nodes, matched tips, translucent brown silks tipped black and an expertly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an oxidized mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules (with silver ferule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip, beautifully figured dark maple burl mortised seat complimented with black silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite black WC and folding ring HK. The maker’s name is neatly struck into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with a soft cloth bag and black brass capped aluminum tube. The rod appears to have seen very limited use and remains near new in appearance. It has brisk medium-fast action and exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy that is well-suited to dry fly work. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. This is a superb rod from a well-respected Texas maker that crruently retails for $1,300.

SALE PENDING Pickard 764 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.1 oz. ~ 4wt ~ As New ~ This sweet little parabolic was crafted in John’s Hillsdale, MI shop and features beautifully flamed cane with matched tips, 3x3 nodes, brown silk wraps and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a black stripper, black light-wire snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting Super-Z style blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose that continues down to form the cork seat, blued D/L'ing cap and ring hardware and HK loop. The rod comes with John’s high quality hooded khaki bag and heavy-gauge aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The rod has been test-casted and possibly used a time or two, but remains near new in appearance. It throws a tight and accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and exhibits a medium-fast light parabolic action that has a very pleasing feel. You’ll immediately notice the attention to detail and John’s mature hand when you first take the rod out of the bag. It retailed new from John at $1,850, but you can get this one in as new condition for…$1,195

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

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…

Jon Parker ~ 7'9” ~ 2/2 ~ 5.2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC ~ This early high quality offering from Jon's Ballston Lake, NY era features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with the nodes configured in an alternating flat upward spiral pattern, dep red silks and an expertly-executed varnish finish. A thin red wrap and a thin green wrap at the tip-top guides differentiate Tip #1 and Tip #2. The tips have light fishing sets. Quality furnishings includes a mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western-style grip with flared end, nicely figured mortised walnut seat with up-locking screw and slide hood hardware with positive grip fine knurled-edges, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original tan bag and aluminum tube with maker’s info label. If you have not casted one of Jon's rods, you should! The crisp medium-fast action throws effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. His quality offerings are mostly well-known up and down the Eastern seaboard but also have a faithful following out West. They usually bring well into 4-figures, if you can find one. This one is attractively-priced for immediate sale. $895

SOLD D.G. Schroeder ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 34503 ~ AS New ~ This stunning offering from one of today’s premier cane rods builders was built in 2003 and is his 345th overall. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. It features rich honey-toned cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped dark wine, matched tips and a beautifully-executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a black stripper, snakes and tip tops and blued 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 is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, highly figured mortised walnut burl seat, blued D/L’ing cap & ring hardware, petite exposed blued nickel WC and blued folding ring HK. The maker’s logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The set comes with the original high quality bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. This is a smooth-casting wand (for me, in my favorite length) and is a super all-around fishing tool that will respond favorably to most trout fishing situations. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. Don built me a 7’9” ~ 5wt. in the 3/2 format in 2002 and it is still my “go to” 14 years later. 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.

Abercrombie & Fitch Special ~ 8’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ After conducting research and seeking opinion from several knowledgeable sources, it appears that the actual maker of this high quality A&F Special may remain a matter of speculation. It features an attractive shade of bowntone cane with a distinctly swelled butt, barrel agate stripper housed in a N/S frame, what appear to be new light wire bronze H&H snakes, new chrome tip-tops, tight fitting pinned N/S ferrules and a beautifully-executed varnish finish. The full metal seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and writing are Heddon-like. The coke bottle grip and lack of hook keeper are more Granger-like. It is not likely a Phillipson or FET-made rod and the jury is out on it being an Edwards. The tip ferrules measures out to be approximately equivalent to a Heddon 1 3/4F, but the mid-male ferrule measures out to be approximately equivalent to a Heddon 1 1/2F…so probably not Heddon ferrules. There are no markings on the reel seat or butt cap. One tip appears to have been scarfed (excellent work if indeed true). The rod comes with a quality tan bag and what could be the original aluminum tube with a very nicely done home-made label. The rod has a pleasant medium to medium-fast action and throws a tight loop with a nice blend of power and delicacy. I liked it with a Cortland Peach WF and/or DT-5. This 8’er would make a terrific all-around multi-use rod and welcomed additional to anyone’s quiver. $495

Heddon Featherweight (from blanks) ~ 8’~ 2/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt ~ This sweet-casting wand was built on set of Dennis Stone blanks and finished out by Knoxville’s Rich Margiotta. The taper was designed after a Heddon Featherweight (0F format) and features attractive ammonia-treated cane with a nicely-executed varnish finish, golden bronze silks tipped green (Heddon 50 specs), carbide stripper, bronzed snakes and blued N/S step-down ferrules. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured claro walnut spacer with black aluminum D/L’ing hardware, petite black WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes packed in a green twill bag and brushed aluminum tube with water-tite gold cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast dry fly action throws a tight accurate loop, for me, best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5 line. This nicely appointed rod will no doubt improve your chances of fooling finicky trout in situations that demand a stealthy approach and a long drag-free drift. $595

McKellip Brothers Deluxe ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s McKellip Brothers is unfished. One immediately notices the attention to detail soon as the rod in removed from its handsome antique olive tube. It features select heat-treated tonkin cane with an attractive carmel hue, matched tips, 2 x 2 nodes, java silks tipped black at the WC and nicely-executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a smoke black stripper, black snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting blued NS ferrules (with black ferrule plug) give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an exquisite torpedo grip and married reel seat combo fashioned from beautifully figured black walnut burl that also features gun stock grade checkering and blued N/S D/L’ing cap ring hardware. The side of the butt cap is tastefully engraved with the maker’s logo. A petite blued WC completes the handsome grip area. The rod is sans HK or writing. This set comes with a high quality soft suede leather labeled bag befitting of its contents and antique olive labeled tube with the makers logo also engraved into the top of the heavy gauge brass tube cap. The brisk medium-fast action would be well-suited to dry fly work when paired with a Cortland Peach DT-5 and will also handle a 6 with ease. This superb rod would make a wonderful retirement or other gift. $1,195 SPRING SALE $895

Orvis Wes Jordan ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 3/8 oz. ~ H.C.H. (7) ~ Serial No. 43854 ~ EXC++ ~ This top-of-the-line Orvis classic was built in 1966 by two of Orvis’ best, Cal Skinner and George Reid. It features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, golden nodes, Orvis brown silks and fine Orvis furnishings including smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, dual stripping guides on the butt and chrome snakes, and tip-tops. The comfortable grip is sans palm and thumb indentations and can be used by a right or left handed caster. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The original owner’s name is not inked on the butt section nor are any initials engraved into the bottom of the butt cap. These features were optional at the time of purchase. The butt section is marked as follows over 5 consecutive flats: By (F1), Wes Jordan (F2), Orvis Impregnated (F3), 8’ 4 3/8 oz H.C.H (7) (F4) and Made for (F5). The serial number is also inked on each section proximal to the ferrule stations as is customary. The set comes with the original 1960s-issue gray bag and leather tube that is in wonderful condition. When I lined it up with a DT-7 as marked, I found that it was a bit sluggish and the line dampened the taper, but when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6, for me, it simply sang. The medium to medium-fast action throws a tight loop and effortlessly lays out a long line with a nice blend of power and delicacy. This is one of the nicest examples of this top-end Orvis classic that I have handled in quite some time and would be a wonderful find for the Orvis aficionado. Superb! $995 SPRING SALE $825

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

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

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 $295

H.G.I Rod Co. (Ted Grycel) #390-1 ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 6.2oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This Colorado classic was likely built circa 1990s in Ted Grycel’s Rocky Mountain shop and was marketed and sold for a period of time by the Blue Quill Fly Shop. Mr. Grycel started building fiberglass rods when he was 10 years and his mature hand is clearly evident. His work beagn to catch the eye of local fly fisherman including Blue Quill owner Mark Harrington and noted author and “Trout Bum’ John Gierach. It features attractive medium honey-toned cane, antique rootbeer brown silks tipped with light brown accents wraps, and a nicely applied varnish finish that remains in excellent condition. Furnishings include a chrome stripper and snakes, one chrome tip-top and one black replacement tip-top and bright N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. One tip is ½” shorter than the butt section (apparently made that way) that results in a final rod length of 8’ 5½” when assembled. The other tip appears to have a slightly differing taper and is ¾” shorter than the butt section and has a light set that does not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable dry fly cork grip, nicely figured mortised tiger maple seat with N/S U/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, wound-over WC and oversized folding ring HK to accommodate large flies. The rod comes with a green canvas bag and aluminum tube, neither of which is original. This rod is a beast and not designed for the meek! It has a strong medium-fast action that tosses a ton of line, for me with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7 but will also easily handle a 8 if asked. This rod falls into the nicely-built ‘ole fishing rod category, perfect for the budget-minded angler that stalks larger quarry. $295

Thomas and Thomas Kosmic Commemorative Limited Edition ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 13 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This T&T classic was made in 1984 as a tribute to the renowned Kosmic Rods built by Thomas, Edwards and Payne near the end of the 19th century. It features an attractive shade of blonde cane, dramatically swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, red silks wraps tipped black with elegant red intermediates and a perfectly executed glass-smooth varnish finish. I noted that the varnish and/or color preserver on the wrap associated with the last snake guide on one of the tips has chipped away and should be touched up to prevent the exposed silk from fraying. The smooth and tight fitting flared Kosmic-style N/S step-down ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, ivoroid reel seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware including raised rails and elongated butt cap and an cone-shaped N/S WC check. The rod is sans HK. The set comes with the original T&T labeled bag with stiffener and labeled antique brown aluminum tube with bras cap and end. The rod has a comfortable medium to medium fast action and throws a long and tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This superbly-made rod has seen limited use and would be right at home on larger rivers and/or when the blows hard and often. $2,495

W&M Stream & Lake Model SL8642~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ As New (exceptions noted) ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic with original WM Granger labeled plastic still on grip is apparently unfished and features rich ammonia treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, red silk wraps and a nicely executed varnish which remains shiny and new. The rod is fitted with typical W&M furnishings for this model including a red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, and bronze tip tops. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a nice 'pop' when separated, however a faint click can be felt at the mid/tip connection. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reversed half wells grip, patented internal U/L metal seat with clearly struck W&M stampings and exposed WC. The set comes with the original tan bag and unlabeled aluminum tube. The tube cap/collar have cracks in them but are sound and functional as is. The Stream & Lake replaced the very popular Granger Champion circa 1947 and became one of W&M's best sellers. It has that smooth medium action Granger rods are well known for me, throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. How often do “new – unfished” 70 year old rods come floating down the river? This one is a super find for the Granger/W&M collector/aficionado and is attractively-priced to allow plenty of room for a ferrule reset. $525

Heddon #14 Thorobred ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ As New (exceptions noted) ~ This post-classic era (1949-1956) rod, proudly made in Dowagiac, MI, is apparently unfished and still has the original plastic on the grip. It features beautiful browntone cane with swelled butt, red silk wraps, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops and is protected by a nicely executed varnish finish that remains shiny and new. If you look hard and close, you may find a few light bag marks in the varnish and on the ferrule housings that would easily buff out if desired. The smooth and tight fitting black N/S ferrules give a nice pop upon separation, however a faint ferrule click can be felt, likely at the butt/mid connection. The business end of the rod is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip, brown coral tenite spacer with black D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. Original straight line Heddon writing with rod stats are neatly inked on the butt section. The rod comes with the original Heddon bag with stitched in hang tag and an era correct, but unlabeled aluminum tube. The rod exhibits a sweet medium to medium-fast action that for me, will throw a ton of Cortland Peach DT-6/WF-7. How often do “new – unfished” 60 year old rods come floating down the river? This one is a super find for the Heddon collector/enthusiast. $425

Orvis ~ ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz. ~ Serial Number 1074~ VG- (exceptions noted) ~ This rarely seen early varnished Calcutta cane classic from Manchester, VT appears to remain in original condition (one snake guide on the mid and possibly both tip-top guides have been replaced) and features light brown Calcutta cane reddish-brown silks and intermediates, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, N/S silver step-down ferrules with soldered on welt fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated (one tip ferrule will rotate while 100% seated. There are some glue line irregularities, the varnish has softened and is crazed and chipped and the mid and tip sections have sets. The butt section is fitted with a modified cigar grip, full metal D/L’ing cap and ring seat, over-sized bullet-nose silver WC and a HK loop. The early "Orvis Rods, C.F. Orvis Company, Manchester, VT" die stamp is faintly visible on reel seat. The rod comes with a very cool olive canvas bag with hallmark tip section slits and an era-correct aluminum tube (originality unknown). It has a slow wet fly action and likes and WF-6 and DT-6 but would likely be much happier if paired with a silk line. This rod is wonderful piece of Americana and a super find for the Orvis aficionado. $250

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

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