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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.

SOLD Grayson Davis “Phoenix Feather” ~ 6’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 3 wt. ~ AS NEW ~ It’s a good bet you have not yet heard of Indiana’s Grayson Davis. Grayson is a Biology professor at Valparaiso University and is also a talented rod-maker who has been hand-crafting bamboo fly rods from quite some time, mostly for friends and fellow fly-fisher. His rods are hand-split and planed on a beveller that he built. This particular wand was built on a proprietary taper and features nodeless blonde tiger- flamed cane, brown silks, red agate stripper housed in an oxidized silver frame, black light-wire snakes and black tip-tops and is protected with a hand-rubbed finish buffed to a fine luster. Tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a soft pop when separated. Comfortable cigar grip. Beautiful dark-maple burl seat fitted with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware. The bottom cap consist of engraved ivory scrimshaw, made in Muskegon, MI. Oxidized exposed WC. The oxidized folding ring HK is conveniently located about two inches down from the WC. Comes with a soft fish-print bag and aluminum tube with water-tight brass cap and brass end. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for dry fly work in tight quarters and throws an impressive loop with Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. A nice find for the small-stream enthusiast. This quality-crafted wand is proudly made in the USA and retails for $800. Offered here after being test-casted only for…

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. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $395

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

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

MV Brooks “Green Machine” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Mike Brooks is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums world-wide. This offering from his shop in Oregon is based on a proprietary taper and features a unique green-tinted finish that is lightly faded, black/green variegated silks tipped black, Snakebrand guides and & tip tops. The smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable torpedo grip fashioned from 3/8” cork rings, a spalted maple seat with unique two-tone ebony D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, much in the Brooks tradition, a petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with a quality green cotton twill bag and brass capped green tube. Although marked as a 7’er, this rod measures 6’ 8½” (made that way). This sweet-casting wand throws a tight, accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 with virtually no line bounce. Mike’s rods were well-received at $1,000, with a few selling north of that. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the M.V. Brooks Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by M.V. Brooks for more information on this fine maker. $500 SPRING SALE $450

W.E. Carpenter ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz.~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 78370 ~ EXC+ ~ This wonderful wand crafted by Mr. Carpenter in 1978 and features richly hued cane with 3 x 3 nodes, brown silks with black accents at the HK and ferrule stations, black nickel housed agate stripper, bronze snakes and tip-tops and a wonderfully executed glass smooth varnish finish. The smooth and tight fitting blued N/S step-down ferrules give a give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. A comfortable light cigar grip and nicely figured walnut seat fitted with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and folding ring HK compliment the rod nicely. The set comes with a quality soft cloth gray bag and brass capped aluminum tube with makers label and hand-written rod stats fully intact under the collar. The wonderfully smooth and crisp medium-fast action throws effortless loops on-demand when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and/or WDT-4. A superb wand from one of the most respected makers on the planet. $4,000 SPRING SALE $3,595

Garrison 201 Reproduction ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2 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. This neat little rendition of the famous Garrison 201 features attractive blonde cane, translucent lemon silks (chestnut at the WC and ferrule stations) and a glistening varnish finish. Hardware includes slick bright guides that facilitate line transfer and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. Steve crafted a replica Garrison torpedo grip that continues down to form the top end of the seat which is followed by the abbreviated walnut spacer fitted with N/S cap ring hardware. The set is elegantly completed with a Garrison replica quad-sided walnut tube and soft cloth bag. This light line wand has a very light-in-the-hand feel and a wonderful medium-fast action that throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4 with a nice blend of power and delicacy. It also has some reserve power to punch out longer casts when called upon A super small to medium-sized stream wand, proudly made in the USA. $795

SALE PENDING Grayson Davis “Doc Adams” ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4oz. ~ 4wt. ~ AS NEW ~ It’s a good bet you have not yet heard of Indiana’s Grayson Davis. Grayson is a Biology professor at Valparaiso University who has been hand-crafting bamboo fly rods from quite some time, mostly for friends and fellow fly-fisher. His rods are hand-split and planed on a beveller that he built. This particular wand was built on a Cattanach Sir D taper and features nodeless tiger- flamed cane, brown silks, oxidized silver stripper, black light-wire snakes and black tip-tops and is protected with a hand-rubbed finish buffed to a fine luster. Tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. Comfortable cigar grip. Beautiful maple burl seat fitted with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware. The bottom cap consist of engraved ivory scrimshaw, made in Muskegon, MI. Oxidized exposed WC. The oxidized HK ring is conveniently located about two inches down from the WC. Comes with a soft fly-print bag and aluminum tube with water-tight brass cap and brass end. The fast action is well-suited for dry fly work close in but will also reach out when called upon. It throws a nice loop with Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and Cortland Classic Sylk WF-5. Another nice find for the small-stream enthusiast. This quality-crafted wand is proudly made in the USA and retails for $800. Offered here after being test-casted only for… $695

H.L. Leonard 38H ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2 7/8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 2821 ~ EXC ~ This sweet casting Simroe era classic features blonde cane with swelled butt wrapped in deep red silks with black accents at the WC and male ferrule stations and a glass smooth varnish finish which could possibly have received an overcoat at some point in the not to distance past. Fine furnishings include a black mildrum stripper, black snakes, and bronze tip-tops. The smooth and fitting Leonard N/S step down ferrules give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a petite cigar grip, butternut seat with N/S D/L’ing cap & ring hardware. The butt cap carries the makers die stamp. The set comes with the original yellow bag with stiffener and labeled brass capped aluminum tube. The wonderfully smooth medium-fast dry fly action 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 DT-3, WF-4 and DT-4, I found that I preferred the WF-4 best. This is a superb example of Leonard workmanship. $1,795

WM Granger Aristocrat Model GA7030 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 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 varnish finish which was given a light over-coat at some point in the past. There are a few varnish areas of excess varnish present on each section. Typical WM furnishings include a mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and chrome tip tops. Smooth and easy working N/S ferrules give a soft pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is completed with the highly sought after elliptical “hammer handle” grip, smooth working patented internal screw U/L’ing seat with clearly struck WM stampings and exposed WC. A previous owner engraved his mane in to the reel seat below the stampings. The writing on the rod is faint and the model name is no longer legible. The rod comes with the original tan bag and original aluminum tube with approximately 90 percent of the label still intact. This sweet little rod has a medium action that throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. These 7’~ 7030s are hard to find (those who own them, tend to keep them) and are even scarcer in the Aristocrat grade. $895

SALE PENDING Heddon #10 Featherweight ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 0 1/2F ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) ~ This neo-classic era (1939-1948) Heddon was one of the most a popular in the stable of fine rods produced in Dowagiac, Michigan. It was either restored or given a light varnish over-coat at some point in the past and features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, red/black variegated silks, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops and nicely applied varnish finish. I noted a few mars and chips in the varnish and one of the tip-top guides is loose and needs to be reset. Both tips are down by 1 3/8”. The ferrule fit is smooth but a faint click can be felt and one of the male ferrule slides will only fit 98% into the female. Light cigar grip shows some ridging but is otherwise sound. The D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a rootbeer brown spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK complete the business end of the butt section. The original spiral Heddon writing with straight line rod info are present on the butt section. The set comes with a replacement bag and tube. The rod has crisp medium action and throws a nice loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4 and would be a good candidate for one of Cortland’s Classic Sylk lines. Heddon FWs in the 0 1/2F format are rarely seen and highly sought after. Because of its war wounds... $295

Orvis Battenkill ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/8 oz. HDG (6) Serial No. 79957 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This circa 1976 offering from Orvis features light honey colored impregnated cane accented with Orvis brown silk wraps, fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid 'pop' upon separation. The bluing on the ferrules is worn off in spots. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip that shows some ridging, but is sound and serviceable, aluminum D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat with a walnut spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK. There is some green tarnish present on the winding check at the front of the grip. The set comes with the original tan bag and original gray Orvis labeled tube with hex cap that has the rod stats engraved into it. The sweet medium to medium-fast action is a joy to cast and would be well-suited for dry fly work on small streams and ‘cricks. Although marked by Orvis as a WF-6, I liked it with a Cortland Peach 444 DT-4 and WF-5 much better. $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 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. The Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $395

SALE PENDING Rich’s Valley Rods ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ This rod comes from the Nova Scotia, Canada shop of Richard Durling and is based on a Garrison 201e taper. It features straw-colored cane, deep burgundy silks tipped black, and a nicely-applied varnish finish. The hardware includes a TiCh stripper, chrome snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting Bailey-Woods N/S ferrules that give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable hi-density western style cork grip with tapered nose, a cork seat with gold dual slide bands, an and exposed petite N/S WC. There is no HK. The plastic is still on the cork grip and seat. The set comes with a new cloth rod bag and aluminum tube. The medium to medium-fast action throws a nice loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This rod has a light in the hand feel and would be a good choice for the small stream enthusiast looking for an affordable, yet well-built trout rod. $350

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

Sweetgrass Mantra Quad ~ 7' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 3 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ As New ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, The Mantra Series of fine bamboo fly rods are based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and have minor cosmetic imperfections. All Mantra Rods come with 1 tip only and are fitted NS ferrules, carbaloy stripper, snake-brand snakes, marbleized resin WC, and black steel HK. This one features medium-blonde cane with 2 around spiral node pattern, copper-brown silks with black accent wraps at the WC, HK, signature wrap tip-top and ferrule stations. The tight fitting ferrules give a satisfying “pop” when they are separated. Silk wraps adorn the female ferrule, much in the Brackett/Kustich tradition. The comfortable cigar grip has a tapered nose. The black screw and slide hood D/L’ing seat with beautifully figured teak spacer and resin WC complete the business end of the butt section and compliment the rod nicely. The set comes in soft cloth 2-compartment bag and brown wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass ends, water-tite cap and attractive company logo. The progressive fast action throws a tight loop with plenty of reserve power that will reach out when called upon and will handle a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4, DT-4 and/or WF-5. $895 SPRING SALE $725

D.R. Stone “Gale Creek” Hollow Butt ~ 7'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 3/4 wt. ~ Serial No. 1329 ~ New ~ This model was recently introduced by Oregon’s Dennis Stone as a progressive medium-fast wand designed to load well close in and with a full flex action suitable for delicate dry fly work. It features an attractive shade of blonde cane with 3x3 nodes, matched tips, translucent old gold silks and a solid spar varnish finish. The rod is nicely appointed with a reddish-brown agate stripper housed in a smoked nickel frame, black snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, a nicely-figured mortised hardwood seat fitted with blued D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, a petite N/S WC and folding ring HK loop. The set comes with a quality tan bag with rod model and maker’s name embroidered into the top and brass-capped silver aluminum tube with the maker’s label that includes rod info. The rod tosses a silky smooth loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and the medium-fast action should indeed be well-suited for dry fly work and delicate presentations. Unfortunately, a distinct, click can be felt and heard when the rod is flexed. The click seems to be originating from the front of the grip and not from the ferrules. Priced accordingly at… $695

J. H. Becker Presentation Model 764 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 128 ~ As New ~ This quality-constructed small stream wand from the bench of Vermont’s Jim Becker appears to be unused and features an attractive shade of light carmel-colored cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, translucent olive silks tipped crimson, matched tips and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The rod is nicely appointed with a mint agate stripper, bronze fine-wire snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip and beautifully-figured Vermont dark maple seat fitted with D/L'ing blued silver cap and ring hardware. Petite grip checks and a HK loop compliment the grip area nicely. The set comes with a quality tan bag (not original to the rod) and brass-capped black aluminum tube. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. It throws a silky smooth loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 (it will also handle a 5). New rods from Mr. Becker are now priced at about 4-figures. You can add this one to your quiver for… $895 SPRING SALE $795

SOLD Doug Daniel Hollowbuilt Quad Model D7623 ~ 7.5 ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 2/3wt. ~ SN 131013 ~ New ~ Chances are, you have not yet heard of California’s Doug Daniel. There’s a good bet, you will soon! Doug is a semi-retired contractor from the coastal foothills of SoCal. He started building bamboo rods in 2002, as he puts it, “mainly out of curiosity and without ego.” Doug’s rods are hand planed and star-hollowed on a Morgan handmill. He turns his own real seats and grips and machines his own cap and ring seat hardware, winding checks, and N/S ferrules. This hollowbuilt quad features wonderfully flamed cane acquired from Royer in 2002 and was planed to exacting tolerances based in part on a Dickerson 7613 taper that Doug modified for a quad format. 2 x 2 nodes, bronze-housed agate stripper from Joe Arguello, Snakebrand guide and black light wire PacBay and tip-tops, honey brown silk windings tipped burgundy, and is protected with a beautifully executed Gunstocks varnish finish. Doug’s handmade square-broached ferrules (with matching Olive wood ferrule plug) are blued with a tight fit. Extra-flora grade cork was used to form a comfortable cigar grip. The beautifully figured mortised Olive wood seat is fitted with blued cap and ring hardware. The set comes with a quality-made brown linen bag with an attached ferrule plug pouch and a brown pebble-finish aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast action of this lightweight is a joy to cast. I liked it with Cortland Classic Sylk WF-3, but would certainly be right at home with a 2 weight line if desired. Quality-crafted in the USA!

Orvis Manchester ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 ½ oz. ~ HDG ~ Serial No. 17511 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This early 1955 classic from the famed Vermont maker is a rare find in this length. It was likely built by two of Orvis’ best (Msrs. Skinner & Reid) and features richly impregnated cane with 3 x 3 nodes and buffed to a fine luster, deep red silks (freshly over-coated and possible redone at some point in the past), mildrum stripper, bronze snakes (possibly replaced at some point in the past) and blued tip tops (some bluing loss). The blued N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice ‘pop’ when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip that shows some ridging, screw D/L’ing seat with walnut spacer, exposed blued WC (some bluing loss) and a HK. The set comes in its original chocolate brown bag and original aluminum tube with paper label that is partially legible. The stiff, medium-fast action has an affinity for a WF-6. Of noteworthy interest is that the Orvis serial number database shows serial number 17511 as a Battenkill. However, enough of this rods tube label is legible to indicate the rod is a Manchester. This rod is a nice find for the Orvis enthusiast. $695 SPRING SALE $595

Frank Paul “Little Pine” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 7065-2 ~ EXC ~ Don’t pass up on this quality-crafted rod from the bench of Clemson, South Carolina’s Frank Paul. Mr. Paul is originally from North Central PA and is now a retired mechanical engineering professor with academic credentials from Lehigh, Carnegie-Mellon, and Clemson Universities spanning nearly 4 decades. He started to making glass and carbon fiber rods in the mid 1960s and made the move to the wonderful world of bamboo rod making in the mid 1990s. He credits Harry Boyd and Ray Gould along with information gleaned from the books of other well recognized rod makers as being instumental in his formative years of rod building. He also had the opportunity to interact with late George Maurer on rod building techniques. These influences are evident as soon as this rod is removed from the tube. It was built in 2005 and features an attractive shade of carmel-colored cane java brown silks tipped black, an amber brown agate striper housed in s bronze nickel frame, bronze snakes, black tip-tops and a nicely executed varnish finish. The blued N/S ferrules (with a neat bamboo ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified Western-style grip with tapered nose, a nicely figured mortised walnut burl seat with blued N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and a petite blued N/S WC. There is no HK. The rod comes with a sturdy green canvas bag and brass capped green wrinkle-finished aluminum tube. I test cast this medium-fast action rod with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5 and it handled them wonderfully tossing tight accurate loops with a nice blend of power and delicacy. This nicely built rod should handle most normal trout fishing situations on small and medium sized streams. $595

Dave Norling “Trout Unlimited–2004” ~ 7.5” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This sweet rod was made in 2004 for a Trout Unlimited chapter by Minnesota’s Dave Norling. It has seen little use and features attractive blonde cane, translucent old gold silks tipped crimson and a nicely execute varnish finish. Furnishings include a silver housed red agate stripper, silver snakes and tip-tops and quality N/S ferrules (with ferule plug) that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured mortised cherry burl seat, N/S cap and ring hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK show minimal use. The rod comes with the original 3-compartment cordura-covered tube with leather accents at the top and bottom and Trout Unlimited stitched into the side near the top. The brisk medium-fast action has a very light in the hand feel and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. This neat wand would be perfect for dry fly work and should also comfortably handle most trout fishing situation. $695

Pennington Pine River ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This multi-purpose rod is based in part on a Garrison 209 taper which Steve slightly modified. As shown in the stock picture, the 7.5'er features straw colored cane, chestnut silks and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a nice ‘pop’ when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 7 1/2’ #5-6. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. Steve experimented a bit with the taper making the tip a bit stouter to accommodate a 6wt line which resulted in a rod that will accurately punch out casts into the wind and those hard to reach spots under hanging tree limbs and cut banks. The Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $395

SALE PENDING Phillipson ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/4oz. ~ HEH ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This sweet casting Rocky Mountain classic is believed to be a Preferred. It appears to be all original and features light honey-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, yellow silks tipped black, standard Phillipson-issue guides and a sound varnish finish that would respond well to a thorough buffing. I noted that a few of the guide wraps are a touch dry and beginning to fray. The smooth fitting N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated. I noted a faint ferrule click in one of male ferules. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a well-sued but sound and serviceable full Wells grip, screw D/L'ing “no-rock” bronze metal seat and exposed WC. There is no HK. The set comes with a burgundy bag and labeled aluminum tube. The model name, Preferred is faintly visible on the label. The inking on the rod has faded and only the line wt. (HEH) remains legible. The rod has a brisk medium-fast action and throws a tight loop with nice blend of power, accuracy and delicacy. It really sang for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This is a nice example of a rarely seen Phillipson model that could use a little TLC. $595

Don Recker “North Fork Special” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 1126 ~ 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 the better part of the past decade. This finely tuned wand is based on a Winston Twin Bridges 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, beautiful black ash 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 aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. The responsive medium action is a joy to cast and will easily handle dries, nymphs, small hoppers and terrestrials and would make a perfect all-around rod for most trout fishing situations. It has a light in the hand feel and throws smooth and tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

Don Recker “PHY Perfectionist” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ SN 1311 ~ 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 the better part of the past decade. This finely tuned wand is based on the PHY Perfectionist taper and features nicely flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around spiral nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the and male ferrule station for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an amber agate stripper housed in a blued silver frame, black snakes and tip–tops and blued N/S ferrules that fit snugly and give a resounding 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and a beautifully figured maple burl seat, D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware, a petite blued W/C and black HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop perfect for stealthy accurate presentations. I really enjoyed it with a Cortland Peach WF-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 Presentation Grade ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.9oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No 55014 ~ NEW ~ This beautiful, heirloom quality, presentation grade 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 550th overall. It features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, book-matched tips, translucent chestnut silks tipped crimson with elegant intermediate wraps and is protected by an expertly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a matching light chestnut agate stripper housed in a blued nickel frame, blued snakes, and tip tops and blued truncated N/S ferrules (with ferrule plugs) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding ‘pop’ when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade perfection-style 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 bag with stiffener and quality labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a nice, tight loop that will handle anything from a DT-4 to a DT-5 with relative ease. The rod offers a nice blend of power and delicacy, perfect for dry fly work close in or at distance. 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. $2,395

D.G. Schroeder ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 51910 ~ EXC+ ~ This beautiful offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder was built in 2010 and his 519th rod. 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. It features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, book-matched tips, translucent chestnut silks tipped with dark wine accents and an expertly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in a blued nickel frame, blued snakes, and tip tops and blued truncated N/S ferrules (with ferrule plugs) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section 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 set comes with sturdy quality-made bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight loop with a nice blend of distance and delicacy, perfect for dry fly work. This superb rod was 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. $1,795

D.G. Schroeder ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No. 44807~ EXC+ ~ This stunning offering from one of today’s premier cane rods builders was built in 2007 and is his 448th 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 richly-hued flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped dark wine, book-matched tips and a beautifully executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include black nickel stripper, black snakes, and tip tops. The blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The comfortable cigar grip, highly figured polished walnut burl mortised spacer, blued D/L’ing cap & ring hardware, petite exposed blued silver WC and folding ring HK show virtually no use. The set comes with the original high quality bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube. The smooth and progressive medium-fast action will throw a tight loop with a nice blend of power and precision. I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and it will also handle a 5 with relative ease. This fine-tuned wand, proudly made in the USA, will become a favorite in the quiver of its new owner. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods link or click here D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $1,695

SOLD Doug Daniel “Coldwater Special” ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 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…

SALE PENDING Jeff Pope “Payne Parabolic” ~ 7'9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No.79557 ~ NEW ~ Don't pass up this sweet parabolic from the bench of Seattle’s Jeff Pope. It’s based on the popular Payne Para taper and features nicely flamed cane with 3 x 3 golden nodes, book-matched tips, translucent brown silks (dark burgundy at the ferrule stations) and is protected by a spar finish which has been polished and rubbed to mellow out the gloss that spooks fish. I noted a couple of minor glue line and varnish inconsistencies that are purely cosmetic in nature and do not affect the rods performance or build. Quality furnishings include a chrome stripper and guides and smooth & tight fitting blued N/S ferrules. The comfortable Western-style grip was hand-turned by Jeff and is followed by a strategically-placed HK. The business end of the butt section was completed with a nicely figured maple burl seat fitted with U/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware. The set comes with a new cotton duck bag and cordura covered Plano tube with zippered top and carry handle. The rod has a nice parabolic action that throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Those in the know regard Jeff’s tapers as some of the best out there. $595

D.G. Schroeder ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 52911~ EXC+ ~ This stunning offering from one of today’s premier cane rods builders reamins in near new condition. Don built it in 2011, his 529th rod. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. It features richly-hued flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped dark wine, book-matched tips and a beautifully executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in a bronze nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip tops. The blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) 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. There is no HK (made that way). The makers 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. This smooth casting wand comes 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 DT-5. Don built me a 7’9” ~ 5wt. in the 3/2 format in 2002 and it is still my “go to” 12 years later. Superb! Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods link or click here D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $1,695

L.C. Parks 801510 Hollow built ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This quality hollow built rod from the bench of Owendale, Michigan’s Lew Parks is based in part on the Dickerson 801510 taper. It features attractive light carmel-colored cane wrapped in translucent wine silks tipped black with full intermediate wraps and a nicely executed varnish finish. Quality furnishings include an amber-red agate stripper housed in a silver frame, bronze snakes and tip-tops and blued N/S ferrules (with unique rosewood ferrule plugs) that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured bird’s eye maple burl seat with silver D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued silver WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a sturdy light silver bag with makers name stitched into the top and black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. This rod has a very pleasant medium action that is extremely mindful of fine tippet and throws a nice tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. This a quality wand, proudly made in Michigan. $695

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. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $395

W.G. Soeffker Model 210-R ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 6 wt. ~ Serial No. 6-79 002 ~ EXC+ ~ Now hailing from Missoula, MT, Gary Soeffker is a rod builder extraordinaire with over 3 decades of experience. His rods are meticulously designed and his exacting working tolerances produce a smooth and efficient power transfer. His work has been included in the fine prose of Gierach and Schwibert. This rod was built in 1979 and is believed to be based on the Garrison 212 trout taper. It features an attractive shade of blonde cane with swelled butt, matched tips, translucent tan silks elegantly tipped in crimson and a nicely executed varnish finish. The rod is nicely appointed with smoke nickel guides and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The ferrule housings are covered in silk thread ‘ala Gary Howells. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable torpedo grip, a handcrafted and nicely-figured mortised hardwood (cherry burl?) seat fitted with N/S U/L'ing cap hardware, a wound over WC and HK loop. The set comes with a quality tan bag and silver aluminum tube with a label that includes rod info. The rod has a smooth medium action that tosses a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6A superb rod for medium to large rivers, lakes and/or where the wind blows often $995

SOLD R.W. Summers Model 856 ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.6 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ SN 6398 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ 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 crafted in Mr. Summers’ deluxe format features beautifully flamed cane wrapped in translucent brown silks tipped black protected by expertly executed glass-smooth varnish finish. Quality mildrum-style bronze stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops. Blued N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give that solid pop one would expect from a rod of this caliber. There is some bluing los on the female ferrule. Comfortable modified-Wells grip. Beautifully figured walnut burl seat fitted with D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware with makers die stamp present on the side of the butt cap. HK is attached at the front of the grip. Comes in its original burgundy 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. There is a 1/8” clear protective wrap on one tip proximal to the 3rd snake guide down from the tip-top. The wrap was apparently applied over a tiny hook dig as a precautionary measure and is virtually imperceptible. This powerful wand was patterned after the famous PHY Para 15 and throws smooth, tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6.

W.V. Cooper ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 5.2 oz. (on my digital scale) ~ 5/6wt ~ EXC ~ Probably best known as the master of the scarf, Wes also handcrafts quality rods that can often be seen on several of Michigan’s blue-ribbon trout streams. This powerful offering features beautiful blonde cane wrapped in translucent cream silks with light brown tipping protected by a nicely executed varnish finish. Carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes & tip-tops. Smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferules give a resounding 'pop' when separated. Western-style cork grip with nicely figured fiddle back maple spacer and N/S U/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware. Inked on the rod is: Wesley V. Cooper #20902 (209th rod overall, built in 2002) ~ 8’ 6” ~ D.T. #5 ~ 4 1/16 oz. Comes with a custom made rod bag (crafted by Mrs. Cooper) and aluminum tube. The medium-slow action just sings in the hands of a patient caster when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 or WF-6.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. $895 SPRING SALE $775

Ed M. Hunter Approved ~ 8.5 ~ 3/1 ~ 5.1oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC - (exceptions noted) ~ This popular model was made by Phillipson as a private label rod for a Rocky Mountain sporting goods store. It was introduced circa 1948 and named after Ed M. Hunter, an Outdoor Editor for the Denver Post. It features dark honey-colored ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, jet black silks, bronze stripper, snakes and tip–top. The varnish has chips, nicks and bag marks, but is very sound and serviceable. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a solid 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a reversed half wells grip, Phillipson’s screw D/L'ing "no-rock" seat and an exposed WC. There is no HK. The rod does not come with a bag or tube. The medium to medium-fast action throws a ton of line and offers up a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. Phillipson rods are revered for their utilitarian look and unsurpassed performance and this one is no exception, with room to spare for a new bag and tube….. $250

Heddon #14 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 4.9 oz. ~5/6wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ Based on the Heddon die stamp on the bottom of the butt cap and information presented in Michael Sinclair’s fine books, this rod could quite possibly be a 1st Era Heddon made c. 1927-29. It features browntone cane with swelled butt, red silks with black accent signature wraps, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops. The shiny varnish could be original, but in my humble opinion, belies the rod’s age and was likely over coated at some point in the past. It is serviceable, but is beginning to check and has some nicks and chips. The ferrule fit is good, but one tip section will rotate while 100% seated. The mid section is down just a touch over an inch and both tips have light sets. The business end of the butt section is fitted with modified wells grip, D/L'ing metal slide band seat and exposed WC. There is no HK. The butt cap has the makers name nicely struck into the bottom. The original spiral Heddon writing and #14 are inked on the rod just above the WC. The set comes with a Heddon labeled bag Heddon issue-tube with the early company name stamp present on the tube cap (both bag and tube are believed to be original). The comfortable medium action tosses a nice loop with Cortland Classic Sylk DT-5 and WF-6. This early Dowagiac, MI classic is super nice find for the Heddon enthusiast. $250 SPRING SALE $195

H.L. Leonard Tournament Model 50½ DF ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This rare pre-fire dry fly classic is a favorite among cane rod aficionados. It’s apparently all original, but could possibly have received light varnish overcoat at some point in the past and has a few chips and nicks in the varnish. One tip is down 2 ½” which works to speed up the rods action a bit when in use. It features light brown cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 spiral nodes, old gold silks tipped red, and fine Leonard furnishings including a Mildrum stripper, bronze reverse-twist snakes and bronze tip-tops. Smooth fitting Leonard N/S step-down ferrules with properly positioned witness marks give a nice pop upon separation. I noted a faint ferrule click that can be felt at the mid-tip connection when the full length tip is in use. This tip section will also rotate slightly while 100% seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and mortised dark butternut seat with N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, a petite N/S WC and a folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the Leonard Rod HL Leonard Rod CO Makers Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. (on one side) and Tournament (on the other side) die stamps. The set comes with the original gray bag with hang tag and Leonard-issue brass capped aluminum tube. This is one smooth-casting fishing instrument that exhibits a comfortable medium action that is capable of throwing a long line while being mindful of fine tippets. I liked it with a Cortland Peach 444 WF-6 and DT-6. Leonard rods have always been in high demand and this one, can be had at a very attractive price. $895 SPRING SALE $695

Orvis Batenkill Pat Pend ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/2 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 5665 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This early impregnated classic from the famed Vermont maker was built in 1948 by George Reid and features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to fine luster, Orvis brown silks (recently give a light overcoat), mildrum-style stripper, hardened steel snakes and blued tip tops (most of the bluing has worn off) and smooth & tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice ‘pop’ when separated. It appears that the ferrule housings were re-blued. I also felt a faint click in the bitt/mid connection. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that appears to have been carefully cleaned, screw D/L’ing seat with walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The set comes with what I believed to be the original chocolate brown bag (a few small holes are present at the bottom) and a brass-capped black aluminum tube that has a portion of a label (not legible) near the top that could also be original. The tube has a light dent that does not affect storage or rod removal. This sweet casting powerhouse has medium-slow action that throws a ton of Cortland Peach DT-5, WF-6 and/or DT-6. Early 3/2 Orvis’ are highly sought and rarely seen and have been in high demand for quite some time, and for good reason. This is a super find for the Orvis collector/aficionado. $550

South Bend No. 177 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.8 oz ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF ~ This South Bend classic was nicely restored including a new grip and features attractive blonde cane, black silk wraps tipped gold, a red agate stripper, bronze snakes and tip-tops and a nice new varnish finish. The plated ferrules remain in excellent condition and give a soft pop when separated, though the fit is a bit worn and they will spin using hand pressure while 100% seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable new light wells cork grip replaces what was likely a sheet cork grip, internal screw U/L'ing black metal seat, an exposed WC and folding ring HK. Most of the original acetate label is still intact. “177 – 8 ½’” and HEH are also written on the butt section in black ink. The set comes with what is believed to be the original bag with stitched in label and an aluminum tip tube and tip bag. A new aluminum tube with brass ends has also been added to the set. I have had sold several of these SB rods with tip tubes and none came with an outer tube. The rod has a nice medium action designed for trout as indicated by the 3–digit model number. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. This rod is a nice find for the South Bend enthusiast or for anyone looking for a smooth casting classic bamboo rod without a high price tag. $195

W&M Stream & Lake Model SL8642~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.2 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC - (exceptions noted) ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic appears to be in original condition and features rich ammonia treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, red silk wraps and original varnish which remains shiny and sound and has some minor dings, scratches and a few bag marks. One tip sections has a distinct snake-like set, the other has a light set, but both tips work perfectly without restriction. 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. The business end of the butt section has a well-used but comfortable reversed half wells grip, patented internal U/L metal seat with proper W&M stampings and exposed WC. There is no HK. The set comes with the original tan bag and black fiber tube with label intact, but sans cap/collar. 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 and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 and will also handle if DT-5 if asked. If you’ve been after an affordable 8.5’ W&M/Granger, give this one some serious consideration. $350

SOLD Heddon De Luxe #35 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2½F ~ 5 ½ oz. ~ 7 wt. ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This Neo-classic era (1939-1948)rod was one of Heddon’s best, on par with the #50 and #1000 and along with the #20, was made in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. Trig Lund ‘s (former Heddon factory manager and Vice President) name is inked on the rod giving it some historical significance. It features a beautiful shade of browntone cane with swelled butt and elegant antique gold silks tipped black. The cane used on the butt section and 1 tip section are a dark browntone color. The cane on the mid-section and the other tip section are light browntone color. The rod could have been made that way or two of the sections could be Heddon replacements. The furnishings are those typically found on the model 35. The varnish finish is excellent, a little bit too nice, and indicates that the rod may have been restored at some point in the past. Smooth and tight fitting black N/S ferrules fit nicely, but mid will rotate while 100% seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with light reversed half-wells grip that appears to have been sanded and shows some micro-ridging (another indication of possible restoration work). The ridging is minor and functionally insignificant in my opinion. A black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a beautifully-figured circassian walnut spacer, black pyralin WC and folding ring HK complete the rod. The butt cap plug is loose and needs to be reset. The original spiral Heddon writing with straight line rod stats are inked on the butt section. The set comes with a non-original Heddon bag and brown Heddon-issue aluminum tube sans label, which may or may not be original. This eye appealing rod casts as good as it looks and tosses a Cortland 444 Peach WF-7 a country mile! High end Heddons are back on the rise!

SOLD W&M Granger Victory Model GV9050 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.7 oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This post WW-II Colorado classic features rich carmel colored ammonia treated cane with a swelled butt, 3 x 3 node pattern, B/O jasper silks sans black tipping (which WM began c. 1948) and a solid varnish finish that has a few nicks and smudges. The fine WM-issue furnishings appear to be original as are the smooth fitting NS ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The ferrules were recently re-set and a few wraps were given a light touch up. The comfortable reverse half wells grip appears to have been cleaned and is fitted with the patented internal U/L metal seat with proper W&M stampings nicely struck and an exposed WC. There is no HK. The uplock mechanism works smooth and easy. One of the tip section s is 7/8” short. The set comes with an era-correct light green canvas bag that may or may not be original and a replacement aluminum tube. The sweet medium action throws effortless loops when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and/or WF/7. This affordably-priced rod would be perfect for large terrestrial, streamer and dry/dropper fishing and/or where the wind blows and often.

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