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ROD RATING DESIGNATIONS & ABBREVIATIONS

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

Other Abbreviations:

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


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

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

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

SOLD J.W. Haynie ~ 5' 10 3/4” ~ 2/2 ~ 3 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as his guide. This rod features attractive blonde cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, machined N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an attractive wicker grip with turned spruce or cedar undercore, unique and nicely figured dark tiger maple seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The medium-fast action throws a smooth and easy WF-4 line and its petite size would be a good match for use on your favorite brookie stream. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell.

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. 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. $395 SPRING SALE $295

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. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade cigar grip, olive wood 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. $395 SPRING SALE $295

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This rod features attractive honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules do not give an auditory pop. I also noted that tips will spin slightly while seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured snakewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and will also easily handle a 4 if desired. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395 SPRING SALE $295

SOLD J.W. Haynie ~ 6'3” ~ 3/3 (yes, 3 tips) ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as his guide. This rod features attractive light honey-toned cane, forest green silks, mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. All ferrules fit smooth and tight (the butt/mid and tip #1 give a nice pop, the other two tips give a soft pop) when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade cigar grip, nicely figured tiger-stripe 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 WF-4. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell.

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' 3 1/2” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This rod features attractive honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured snakewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395 SPRING SALE $295

Justin Charles ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 3.9oz ~ 3wt. ~ As New ~ The impregnated cane used for this English-made wand from Justin Charles was likely supplied by Partridge, Sharpes or Chapman. The rod features blonde shafts with 3 x 3 nodes, deep wine silk “whippings” and a nicely understated impregnated finish. The rod is nicely furnished with an agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black nickel snakes, black tip top and smooth fitting N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The comfortable reversed half Wells grip and the attractive mortised cocobolo seat engraved with the maker’s name and fitted with quality N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware compliment the rod nicely. The tip section is 5/8" shorter than the butt (made that way) and the rod measures 6' 7 and 1/4") when assembled. It comes with a red bag with maker’s name embroidered at the top and black aluminum tube with a water-tite brass cap. The rod has a medium-fast action perfect for close in presentations but also has plenty of reserve to reach out when called upon. I found it to my liking when paired with a SA Mastery Buckskin DT-3 and/or Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Bamboo rods from across the pond found little fan-fare in the USA unless of course they were named, Marvel, or C.C. DeFrance or were one of Cliff Constable’s creations. This one is a super find and an excellent value for the savvy angler looking for a well-made, well-appointed rod at a price that won’t break the bank. $295

Pennington Pine River ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. 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 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. Steve is discontinuing this model and only a limited stock remains. $495 CLOSEOUT SALE $395 (3 Left)

Pennington Pine River ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. As shown in the stock picture, the 6.5'er features blonde cane, red silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a soft pop when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and hardwood WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 6.5’ #4. Comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for finessing dries, nymphs, and small terrestrials under overhangs and beneath undercut banks. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small streams and ‘cricks. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. Steve is discontinuing this model and only a limited stock remains. $425 CLOSEOUT SALE $295 - Last One!

J.W. Haynie ~ 6'8” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.1 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, orange silks tipped chestnut, 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. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade light reversed half wells grip, nicely figured marble wood 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 WF-4. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395 SPRING SALE $295

Aroner Hunt Pattern ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. 4wt. ~ New ~ Marc Aroner (Spinoza Rod Company) is one of today’s premiere bamboo rod makers. The influence from his time spent with Tom Maxwell duing his apprenticeship at the famed Greenfield, MA shop of Thomas & Thomas and later at the Central Valley, NY shop of H.L. Leonard are immediately evident as soon as you remove the rod from its tube. It features attractive richly-hued and flame-tempered cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, May Rose silks, black mildurm style stripper, antique steel guides, black oxidized hardware, and an expertly executed glass-smooth varnish finish. Smooth & tight fitting truncated N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautiful polished dark cherry root burl seat with D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware, petite WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with the original tan bag and Leonard-like heavy gauge brass capped metal tube. From Mr. Aroner’s website: “All two-piece rods from 6'6" #3 to 7'6" #4 feature steeper tips married to flatter butts to deliver a lighter, more delicate action while preserving accuracy and fly delivery”...what he said! This heirloom piece from a maker with a unique and historically significant pedigree is sure to please the most discriminating angler. Superb! $2,995

Cortland 444 LTD ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2 1/4oz. ~ #5. ~ VG+ ~ This nicely crafted wand features carmel-colored impregnated cane, burgundy silk "whippings", chrome stripper, reversed twist guides and smooth, easy working blued English ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a petite cigar grip that continues down to form a cork seat dual slide ring hardware, wound-over WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with the original tan bag with maker’s label stitched into the top and labeled aluminum tube. Although marked for a #5 line (and it will handle a 5), I found the delightful medium action to my liking when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. Rods from across the pond found little fan-fare in the USA unless of course they were named, Marvel, or C.C. DeFrance or were one of Cliff Constable’s creations. This rod is a super find and an excellent value for the savvy angler looking for a well-made 2/2 rod at a price that won’t break the bank. $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. This features oven-tempered and light flamed cane with golden nodes and matched tips, translucent honey-brown silks and an unparalleled varnish finish. Quality hardware consists of chrome guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized Swiss-style ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a smooth and comfortable bullet-shaped grip, nicely figured mortised walnut reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag and C.W. Jenkins Fly Rod labeled aluminum tube. This rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3/WF-4 (I preferred the 3). The currently retail for these premium classics is now north of $1,700. Superb! $1,250 SPRING SALE $1,150

H.L. Leonard Model 38H ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This sweet casting Leonard classic features light honey-tone cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 nodes, avocado silks with red accent wraps at the HK and male ferrule stations, black stripper and snakes, bronze tip-tops, perfect fitting Leonard N/S step down ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and smooth varnish finish which could possibly have received an overcoat at some point in the not to distant past. The tips have light sets and I also noted two tiny clear repair wraps on the butt section between the stripping guide and first snake guide. Further inspection shows that this area was scarfed and the aforementioned wraps are strategically-located over the scarf joint. The work was impeccably done obviously by someone with a mature hand. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, butternut seat with N/S D/L’ing cap & ring hardware, petite N/S grip checks and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the H.L. Leonard Rod Co. Makers die stamp. The rod comes with the original yellow bag with stiffener and original Leonard heavy-gauge aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end cap. This medium to medium-fast action light line wand is capable of remarkable delicacy yet has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. After lining it up with a Cortland Peach WF-4 and DT-4, I found that I preferred the WF-4. If you’ve been looking for an affordably-priced classic Leonard to take down to your favorite stream, this one should get some serious consideration. $1,095 SPRING SALE $650

L.C. Parks ‘Hollowbuilt’ ~ 7' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 3/4 wt. ~ EXC ~ This quality hollowbuilt rod from the bench of Owendale, Michigan’s Lew Parks is based in part on a Dickerson 7012 taper that was modified into a 3/2 format. It features richly-hued cane with golden nodes, forest green silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a blued nickel frame, black light wire snakes and tip-tops, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured walnut burl mortised seat with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original tan soft cloth bag and black wrinkle finish aluminum tube. This rod has an extremely light in the hand feel and a pleasant medium to medium-fast action that exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Short, light-line rods in a hollow-built 3/2 format are hard to come by. This one should garner heavy consideration if you’re looking to fill that void. $650

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

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

SOLD WM Granger Aristocrat Model GA7030 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This popular rocky mountain classic features ammonia-treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3x3 nodes, light brown silks tipped dark brown protected by a nicely-executed varnish finish. WM furnishings include a mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip tops, and smooth and easy working N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is completed with a comfortable wells grip, smooth working patented internal screw U/L’ing seat with clearly struck WM stampings and exposed WC. The rod comes with a WM-issue tan bag (too short as many were) and unlabeled WM-issue aluminum tube, both believed to be original. The sweet little wand has a brisk medium-fast action that throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and/or WF-4. 7030s are becoming harder to find (those who own them, tend to keep them) and are even more scarce in the Aristocrat grade. This small-stream classic is destined to become someone’s go to rod.

J.W. Haynie “Nodeless” ~ 7'1” ~ 3/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This neat little nodeless features an attractive shade of light browntone cane with lightly swelled butt, variegated green/black silks, carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, nickel-plated brass ferrules and marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrule fit is designed to be on the loose side and do not give an auditory pop. I also noted that tip #2 will spin while seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, beautifully figured stabilized black ash burl seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a black bag and aluminum tube with a White River Fly Shop logo. The rod has a fast action and for me, throws a tight loop at short to mid-range distances with Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. The overall taper is a bit stiffer than the norm and would be right at home tossing larger dries and terrestrials in smaller creeks with larger than average quarry. $395 SPRING SALE $295

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

SOLD J.W. Haynie ~ 7 1/4' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as his guide. This rod features attractive light honey-toned cane with lightly swelled butt, watermelon silks, agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured black ash burl seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new REC bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The tube cap has a dent in the top. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4 and will also easily handle a 5. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell.

SOLD J.W. Haynie Quad ~ 7'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as his guide. This sweet little quad features attractive carmel-colored cane with golden nodes, orange silks, agate stripper housed in a black N/S frame, black snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely executed marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured stabilized buckeye burl seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new REC bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and has a nice blend of power and delicacy. This nicely appointed American-made quad is ready for your favorite stream at a price point that is hard beat.

J.A. Bradford Legacy ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~3 1/2oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 1690 ~ As New ~ This presentation grade heirloom from the late John Bradford is simply stunning. His fine lineup of high quality rods that date back to 1952 is unsurpassed in quality and are becoming harder and harder to find, especially in this condition! As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice the attention to detail and John’s mature hand. It features attractive light honey-toned cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, book-matched tips, translucent root beer silks tipped gold and an expertly-executed glass smooth varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in a bronzed nickel frame, bronze light-wire snakes and tip tops, and bronzed N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) that 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 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 rod comes with quality-made bag and antique brown aluminum tube with heavy-gauge brass bottom and cap, both bearing the Maker’s Ft. Worth TX labeling. A pin with the maker’s logo is attached to the foam insert inside the tube cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight loop with a nice blend of distance and delicacy that is perfect for dry fly work. Superb! POR

Gene Edwards Deluxe #52 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 1/4oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ The Deluxe was Gene Edward’s top of the line rod built much in the tradition of Eustis Edwards who originally designed the De Luxe c. 1920s. It features attractive medium honey-toned cane with swelled butt, copper-brown silks tipped gold, bronze mildurm-style stripper, bronze snakes and tip tops, and a nicely executed varnish finish that has a few chips and mars but remains sound and in nice shape. The smooth and tight fitting Super -Z- stamped N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light half wells seat with flared end, figured hardwood seat (likely non-original) with screw U/L’ing hardware (likely original), wood butt cap (likely non-original), wound over WC and HK loop. Inked on the butt in white script is “Gene Edwards” De Luxe #52. The rod comes with the original bag and tube, both with their often missing and rarely seen labels. The top of the tube cap is mushroomed on one side. A click can be felt and heard when the rod is flexed, though it seems to be emanating from the grip area and not the ferrules. The action is just a touch on the fast side of medium and exhibits a nice blend of accuracy and delicacy with plenty of reserve power to punch out longer casts when needed. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. Shorter Deluxe models in the 2/2 format usually bring upwards of four-figures. This rarely seen Mt. Carmel classic can be had for… $695

SOLD Goodwin Granger Special Model GS7633 ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC+/NM RS ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was expertly restored by Steve Blake and features head-turning dark hued shafts (Waterseal dark!) with swelled butt, granger green silks (olive in appearance), Granger-issue guides, smooth fitting N/S ferrules give that hallmark Granger pop when separated, and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a reversed half Wells grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with Goodwin Granger stampings, and exposed WC. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original olive canvas bag and brown Granger-issue aluminum tube for an Aristocrat sans cap. The delightful medium action is a joy to cast and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4, DT-4, and/or WF-5. If you’ve been looking for a stream-ready and sweet-casting Goodwin Granger in a shorter 3/2 format, this one should get some heavy consideration.

Heddon #117 Extra Lite ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 1/2F ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This ultra rare (first one I've seen!) light line rod from Heddon’s Classic era 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. The 100-Series or Extra Lite Series as it was also known,(7’, 7.5 & 8’er) were made from 1930 to 1937 after which they pretty much disappeared and simply became the 7’, 7 1/2' & 8' versions of the standard two-digit rod models and carried the standard model numbers and markings. The rod looks like it remains in original condition, though may have had some varnish and wrap maintenance done to it. It features browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black wraps tipped orange, red agate stripper housed in a black frame, black snakes and tip-tops, black ferrules that give a soft pop when separated and a sound and serviceable varnish finish that has some chips, nicks and bag marks and may have been touch up at some point in the past. Both tip ferrules will spin when fully seated and could use an adjustment. There is a 2” repair wrap on tip #1 and a 1” repair wrap on tip #2. The business end of the butt section has reversed half wells grips that shows some light ridging, tenite seat with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, black wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes in a green unlabeled bag with no evidence of a former stitched in hang tag and what is believed to be the original labeled aluminum tube and “Heddon” nicely struck into the tube cap. The rod has a delightful and very delicate medium-fast dry fly action that really likes a WF-4 and DT-4. This one is as rare as they come and a super find for the Heddon enthusiast. $625 SPRING SALE $575

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

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

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 ~ 4.3oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 9658 ~ EXC+ ~ This high quality offering from Jon's Ballston Lake, NY era features an attractive shade of honey-toned cane with golden nodes configured in an alternating flat upward spiral pattern, brown silks tipped black, quality furnishings including a black mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. A thin red wrap and a thin green wrap at the tip-top guides differentiate Tip #1 and Tip #2. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western-style grip, nicely figured mortised black walnut seat with U/L’ing blued slide band and nicely turned deluxe butt cap, petite blued N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original tan bag with stiffener and black aluminum tube. If you have not casted one of Jon's rods, you should! The crisp medium-fast action throws an effortless loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Jon’s quality offerings are well-known up and down the Eastern seaboard but also have a faithful following out West. They usually bring 4-figures, if you can find one. This one is attractively-priced for immediate sale. $925

Cortland 444 LTD ~ 8' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4.4oz. ~ 8wt. ~ EXC- ~ Rods from across the pond found little fan-fare in the USA unless of course they were named, Marvel, or C.C. DeFrance or were one of Cliff Constable’s creations. This nicely crafted wand features light honey brown impregnated cane buffed to a nice sheen, 3 x 3 nodes, burgundy silk "whippings", chrome guides and smooth, easy working blued English brass ferrules (some bluing has worn off) that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, champagne-colored screw D/L’ing seat with cork spacer, exposed champagne-colored WC and a HK loop. The set comes with a blue Scientific Anglers System 5 Bag and a Cortland labeled tube for an 8.5’ rod sans cap. Although marked for a # 8 line, I found this rod’s delightful medium to medium-fast taper throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. This is a really nice find for the savvy buyer looking for a well-made rod at a bargain price. $295

Heddon #14 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F ~ 4 1/4 oz. (on hang tag) ~ EXC+ RS ~ This rod from the famous Dowagiac, MI maker is from Heddon’s Neo-Classic era (1939 – 1948), widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era, and comes in the hard to find 8’ ~ 1 3/4F format… that is always in high demand… and for good reason. The rod appears to have been expertly restored (not sure by who) and features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, red silks tipped black, black mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a soft pop when separated, and nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half wells grip, screw D/L'ing seat over a red cedar spacer, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original red bag with stitched in hang tag and aluminum tube with Heddon-labeled top, also believed to be original, though it is sans labeling. There is an inconsequential dent in the tube. Lighter line Heddons are sweet casting rods that throw a tight, accurate loop while being very mindful of fine tippets and I found this one to be just that. It really sang for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF and/or DT-5. The traditional look of the #14, with its browntone cane and deep red wraps, has always been a favorite of mine… and I’m sure, other Heddon enthusiasts too. $475

Klausmeyer ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2595 ~ EXC+ ~ From the bench of Maine's Dave Klausmeyer comes this quality crafted wand in the highly sought after 3/2 format. Mr. Klausmeyer is the editor/photographer for Fly Tyer magazine, and group editor of American Angler and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. You’ll see his columns and articles in the Maine Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, and American Fly Fisher. He is also the author of “Tying Contemporary Saltwater Flies”, “Trout Streams of Northern New England” and “Guide Flies and Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers. He also offers a lineup of fine trout rods! This 1995 classic features beautifully flamed cane with golden nodes, avocado silks with gold accent wraps at the HK, signature wraps, and ferrule stations, chrome stripper, snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip, beautifully figured walnut burl seat with silver D/L'ing cap and ring hardware(ring was installed knurled side down, reportedly for a tighter fit), and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality fly-print bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The tips have a very light set that do not affect performance. The rod has a medium action that throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and should have no trouble covering most trout fishing situations. $895 SPRING SALE $795

McKellip Brothers M84 Deluxe ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 4wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s McKellip Brothers and is based on a proprietary taper. For those who have never seen or owned a McKellip rod, you’re in for a real treat! 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, 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, java silks tipped black at the WC and beautifully-executed and 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 perfection grip and married reel seat combo fashioned from beautifully figured and extremely rare Afzelia Xylocarpa, N/S D/L’ing cap ring hardware. Afzelia Xylocarpa (a.k.a. Xylay Burl) is limited to a small strip of deciduous forests located within Cambodia and Laos and is one of the most coveted woods on the market. 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 as is the norm for a McKellip Brothers rod. This set comes with a high quality soft suede leather labeled bag befitting of its contents and antique olive labeled tube with the maker’s 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-4 and/or WF-5. This is a superb rod in every way and would make a wonderful retirement, graduation or other gift. $1,195

SOLD 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.

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

R.W. Summers Model 856 ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ SN 6192 ~ EXC+/As New ~ Mr. Summers’ distinguished career at the Paul Young Company and as owner of the R.W. Summers Company needs little introduction to those who own, collect, and fish quality bamboo fly rods. He is widely regarded as one of the premier makers on the planet. This quality-built Traverse City, Michigan classic features beautifully flamed cane with golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped black, quality mildrum-style bronze stripper, snakes and tip tops, and an expertly-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. Tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give that solid pop one would expect from a rod of this caliber. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured mortised walnut burl seat with D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware with makers die stamp present on the side of the butt cap. A HK is attached at the front of the grip. The rod comes in its original bag with stitched in makers tag, attached ferrule plug and heavy-duty aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap featuring the makers name on the top of the cap. The taper for this classic rod was patterned after the famous PHY Para 15. It throws a smooth and tight loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and/or WF-6. Superb! $2,495

Sweet Water “Trout Bum” ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2001-04 ~ As New ~ From the Pennsylvania bench of the late George Maurer comes this high-quality rod, apparently unfished. The rod features attractive carmel-colored cane with golden 3 x 3 nodes, lightly swelled butt, matched tips, translucent tan silks, chrome guides, smooth and tight-fitting Super -Z- style N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, beautifully figured cherry burl mortised seat with N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and petite N/S WC. The rod comes with original bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The taper is very responsive and throws a tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Superb! $1,595

FE Thomas Special ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.6oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. FE 114 ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ Fred Thomas began the F. E. Thomas Rod Company circa (c.) 1902. Leon Thomas reportedly took over the company after Fred’s death in the late 1930s and oversaw the crafting of fine-quality rods until the late 1950s. During the early years (c. 1902 to c.1936), each rod was typically given a unique number that was stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The numbering system reportedly started with the number “1” and continued until the end of that calendar year. Circa 1937, symbols (dots, triangles and squares) and numbers were stamped in the bottom of the butt cap. Circa 1940, letters along with numbers were used. This c. 1940-era Bangor, ME classic was nicely restored (not sure by who) and features an attractive shade of light-browntone cane with swelled butt, chestnut brown silks, chrome stripper, reverse twist snakes, smooth working FET step-down ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw D/L'ing skeleton seat with butternut spacer, and petite silver WC complete with the typical FET folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the F.E. Thomas Special Bangor, ME die stamp. The rod comes with a new replacement bag and a new brass capped aluminum tube. A few glue line inconsistencies that are often seen on FET rods (no open seams or structural issues) appear to have been addressed during the restoration. The smooth and powerful medium action throws a sweet loop when paired with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-5. This restored old-world classic is a real head-turner and a nice find for the FET aficionado. $695

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 $195

SALE PENDING H.G.I Rod Co. (Ted Grycel) #390-1 ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 6.2oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This Colorado classic was likely built circa 1990s in Ted Grycel’s Rocky Mountain shop and was marketed and sold for a period of time by the Blue Quill Fly Shop. Mr. Grycel started building fiberglass rods when he was 10 years and his mature hand is clearly evident. His work beagn to catch the eye of local fly fisherman including Blue Quill owner Mark Harrington and noted author and “Trout Bum’ John Gierach. It features attractive medium honey-toned cane, antique rootbeer brown silks tipped with light brown accents wraps, and a nicely applied varnish finish that remains in excellent condition. Furnishings include a chrome stripper and snakes, one chrome tip-top and one black replacement tip-top and bright N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. One tip is ½” shorter than the butt section (apparently made that way) that results in a final rod length of 8’ 5½” when assembled. The other tip appears to have a slightly differing taper and is ¾” shorter than the butt section and has a light set that does not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable dry fly cork grip, nicely figured mortised tiger maple seat with N/S U/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, wound-over WC and oversized folding ring HK to accommodate large flies. The rod comes with a green canvas bag and aluminum tube, neither of which is original. This rod is a beast and not designed for the meek! It has a strong medium-fast action that tosses a ton of line, for me with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7 but will also easily handle a 8 if asked. This rod falls into the nicely-built ‘ole fishing rod category, perfect for the budget-minded angler that stalks larger quarry. $395 SPRING SALE $225

Shenandoah Rods “Gungnir-Ultra Streamer” Hollowbuilt ~ 8.5'~ 2/2 ~ 5.5 oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC + ~ Serial No 2010-1 ~ This finely tuned rod was designed and built by master craftsman Chris Bogart of Shenandoah Rods. Mr. Bogart is well known for uniquely designing bamboo fly rods that satisfy the demands of the accomplished angler. From his website: “I have the world's first production JW CNC Bamboo CNC Finish Mill that has allowed me to create a new series of "Ultimate" bamboo fly rods. They have the feel of a 1 piece rod, lightness in hand and a crisp response. Yet the rod feels and performs like a fine bamboo rod, but lighter and crisper. The way I achieve this is by creating a slimline bamboo ferrule to replace the traditional, but heavy, Nickel Silver ferrule. In addition, I hollow the rod in the E. C. Powell tradition to both reduce weight and create a stiffer and more responsive rod action. The bamboo ferrule is unique in its design. The male spigot is tapered and fits like a traditional ferrule. The female ferrule is wrapped in silk and has a protective coat of varnish. When fitted, the bamboo ferrule adds virtually no extra mass or weight in the middle of the rod and feels like a one piece fly rod. The bamboo ferrule is very strong since the two section fit together and forms a laminated joint that is over wrapped by silk. The epoxy glue film inside the female provides a long wearing surface and grip. I have fishing these rods extensively and have had no problems with the ferrule. The hollowing is done with a carbide burr. Both the tip and butt sections are hollowed with bamboo dams to provide dimensional stability. This reduces the rod's weight and also provides stiffness to the rod taper thus providing a crisper action.” The rod taper is based on an FET Streamer and features blonde cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips (1 wet and 1 dry), burgundy silks tipped red, a nicely executed varnish finish, two stripping guides on the butt section, chrome snakes and tip tops. Uniquely designed bamboo ferrule stations (with ferrule plugs) fit smooth and tight. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight grip, figured cocobolo seat with knurled edge screw D/L’ing hardware, and a petite WC. There is no HK. The set comes with a quality made bag and brass-capped aluminum tube. This bold casting instrument has a stout fast action that will punch out dries streamers, bass bugs, large bead heads (you name it) a country mile. This one is gently used and obviously well-looked after for. $995

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

W&M Granger Favorite Model GF8642 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ This highly sought after Rocky Mountain classic was nicely restored (do not know by who) and features attractive carmel colored ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt, B/W jasper silks tipped gold with the hallmark gold intermediates and a nicely executed varnish finish. Furnishings include typical WM issue guides, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give the hallmark Granger pop when separated, comfortable reversed half-wells grip, dent-free internal screw U/L'ing seat, and exposed WC. The rod comes with a tan bag and aluminum tube with partial label still intact, both thought to be original. Both tips have sets and one is a shade lighter and could be a replacement. I also noted a few glue line inconsistencies (no open seams or structural issues) appear to have been addressed during the restoration. The rod has that wonderful medium action Granger is so well known for and throws a silky smooth loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Priced to sell at...$495

Phillipson Pacemaker ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 5/8oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ As New (exceptions noted) ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic is in as new condition and retains the original Phillipson plastic label in the grip. It features rich ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 spiral nodes, beige silks, black guides, smooth and shiny varnish, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop. There are a few small areas of corrosion on the ferrules and the tip sections are a shade lighter in color than the butt and mid sections. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Wells grip, green no-rock seat with screw D/L'ing hardware, and exposed WC. The rod comes with a bluish-green canvas bag and aluminum tube, both believed to be original. The tube cap has a dent in the top and there are a couple of tiny dents in the body of the tube. The smooth casting medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. Another collectible classic for the Phillipson enthusiast. $350

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