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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 J.W. Haynie ~ 4' 6 ¼” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.2 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ 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 light honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules fit smooth and tight but do not give an auditory pop. 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 birds-eye 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 and 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 ~ 2.8 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. $350

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

Paul H. Young Co. Midge ~ 6'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 1 3/4oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 4251 ~ EXC ~ This wonderful Detroit-made classic from the Paul H. Young Co. may well be the perfect small stream dry fly rod. The original owner, whose name is on the rod, reportedly purchased it in the 1960s. It was expertly crafted by Bob Summers in 1966 and features richly-hued flamed cane, light brown silks, quality furnishings include a bronze stripper, snakes, and tip-tops, smooth & tight fitting oxidized PHY ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip that tapers down into the cork reel seat fitted with black dual knurled wedding band rings, and a fixed HK. The set comes with a burgundy bag which likely is non-original and original aluminum tube that has a few dents that do not affect storage. This fine casting instrument throws amazingly smooth and tight loops with minimal effort. I really sang for me when I paired it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. These karma-laden PHY rods have long been sought after and are becoming increasingly harder to obtain. If you’ve been looking for a high quality small stream rod from one the master makers, this one should receive some heavy consideration. $2,995

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

Pennington Pine River ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. As shown in the stock picture, the 6.5'er features blonde cane, red silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a 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. $425

Bruce Howell "Garrison 193" ~ 6’9" ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 6900483 ~ EXC (exception noted)~ While this West coast maker may not be well-known nationally, his fine-quality bamboo rods have been described as subtly elegant and are highly sought after throughout the Pacific Northwest and up and down the West coast. Originally from Medford, Mr. Howell now resides in Grants Pass, OR and his rods remain hard to come by. Check out Joe Beelart’s fine book Oregon Bamboo for more information Bruce Howell. A cleaver little rendition of the famous Garrison 193, this rod was the 4th rod crafted in his old Medford shop in 1983 and features an attractive light honey-toned cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, book-matched tips, amber silks, Carbaloy stripper, bronze snakes, and tip tops, N/S super 'Z' styled ferrules (complete w/ ferrule plug) that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. There is a nearly imperceptible clear overwrap wrap between the last snake guide and tip top guide on tip #1 that appears to be protecting a glue line chip. This area is solid and I have fished it on several occasions without worry or incident. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip that continues down to form a cork seat with silver D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and a folding ring HK. The rod comes in its original high quality tan bag with stiffener, hang tag and original aluminum tube with fabric tube protector. The makers die stamp is present on the side of the butt cap and tube cap collar. The medium-fast action is a joy to cast and for me, a SA Ultra Buckskin DT-3 is the preferred line, but it will easily handle a WF-4. This superbly built and beautifully understated gem would be a good choice for larger than average trout in small to medium-sized streams. I can attest to its performance on a favorite stream of mine located in the NE corner of YNP. $795

SALE PENDING Ron Kusse Quad Blanks ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4wt. ~ A unique opportunity to acquire a set of Kusse Quad blanks. Please email for pictures and pricing.

C.W. Jenkins GA-70-10 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the bamboo rod community as being among the best on the market. This one, crafted by Charlie, is his “light” model and features an attractive shade of light brown tone cane with 3 x 3 nodes, root beer brown silks tipped maize and an expertly-executed varnish finish that has a few smudges from what appears to be fairly light use. Fine furnishings consists of a mildrum stripper hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with lightly tapered nose, walnut seat with aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with sturdy cream-colored bag and original aluminum tube with maker’s label and rod info. This light line rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This superbly crafted rod will cover most small-stream trout fishing situations. C.W. Jenkins rods have always been in high demand and are becoming much harder to find. So if you’ve been searching, this one should grab your immediate attention! $1,595 FALL SALE $1,095

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 FALL SALE $1,050

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 distance 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 FALL SALE $795

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

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

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

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. $350

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. $395

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

R.L. Winston ~ 7'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4wt. ~ 2 5/8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 8302 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This classic hollow-fluted San Francisco Winston was built in 1959 and was presented to me as being a “Leetle Feller”, though it is not marked as such. It features blonde cane, butterscotch silks with burgundy accents at the HK, signature wraps, tip-tops and ferrule stations, chrome stripper, bronze snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting Winston ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated and feature the hallmark silks on the females. The business end of the butt section has a modified reverse torpedo/wells grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, black WC and folding ring HK. The reel seat appears to have been cleaned and the buffed out. Inked on the rod is R.L. Winston 7’3” 2 5/8 oz. #8302 Pat. No. 2537488. The rod comes with the original SF Winston bag with snap closure and SF Winston aluminum tube with label fully intact. The bag is for a 2/1 rod indicating that a second tip was likely made for the rod and that it could possibly have been restored. This is a sweet casting light line wand that behaves very similar to a beloved Leetle Feller that I regretfully sold years ago. It throws a delicate line but also has plenty of “kick” when called upon and sang for me when I paired it with a SA Mastery Series Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. $2,395

MV Brooks Payne 100 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.76oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ Those in the know widely regard Mike’s Payne 100 as his best taper. This one features medium browntone cane with golden 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, java silks with elegant intermediate wraps, a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish, and quality furnishings including a chrome-housed amber agate stripper, bronze snakes and & tip tops and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. Curiously, the rod measures 7’5” and is unmarked, reportedly made that way. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry burl seat with oxidized N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with Mike’s standard sturdy green bag with two sets of dual ties and a brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. This smooth casting wand has a brisk medium-fast action and throws tight loops on-demand with precision and accuracy while exhibiting virtually no line bounce whatsoever. I really enjoyed casting it with a Cortland Peach 444 DT-4, but it can easily handle a 5 if called upon. Mike is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the M.V. Brooks Bamboo Rods link or click here M.V. Brooks Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $795 FALL SALE $595

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

SALE PENDING Ron Kusse Blanks ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 5wt. ~ A unique opportunity to acquire a set of Kusse blanks. Please email for pictures and pricing.

Orvis Wes Jordan ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 7/8 oz. ~ HDG (WF-6) ~ Serial # 62507 ~ EXC ~ This top grade Orvis classic is a wonderful casting tool and was built in 1971 during the Ron White era. It features richly-hued impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks, 3 x 3 spiral nodes and fine Orvis furnishings including tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with cigar grip with the hallmark palm and thumb depressions (designed for a right-handed caster), D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The set comes with the original bag and Orvis-issue leather tube. This medium-fast action lays out a tight, accurate loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. It’ll also toss a DT-4 on-demand if called upon to do so. Shorter length Wes Jordan's just don’t come floatin’ down the river that often, no doubt a testament to their popularity, and this one is an excellent example of this timeless classic. $895 FALL SALE $795

SALE PENDING Jim Payne Blanks ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 5wt. ~ A unique opportunity to acquire a set of Jim Payne blanks. Please email for pictures and pricing.

Don Recker “Payne 100H” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0416 ~ NEW ~ If you have not yet heard of Ohio’s Don Recker, you will soon! Don is a retired machinist and barber who also worked as the maintenance supervisor at the local high school near Fort Jennings, Ohio. He has been honing his skills for over a decade. This finely tuned wand is based on the Payne 100H taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured dark cherry burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. This smooth medium-fast action rod is well-suited for dry fly work where distance and delicacy are required for success and throws a delightfully tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This rod superbly-made rod, handcrafted in the USA, rod will be right at home on your favorite stream. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

Don Recker “Perfectionist” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ Serial No. 0316 ~ NEW ~ If you have not yet heard of Ohio’s Don Recker, you will soon! Don is a retired machinist and barber who also worked as the maintenance supervisor at the local high school near Fort Jennings, Ohio. He has been honing his skills for over a decade. This finely tuned wand is based on the popular PHY Perfectionist taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured buckeye burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new black-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. This quick medium to medium-fast action rod is well-suited for dry fly work and throws a delightfully tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 but will also handle a 5 if desired. This rod superbly-made rod, handcrafted in the USA, rod will be right at home on your favorite stream. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

Don Recker “Perfectionist” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0216 ~ NEW ~ If you have not yet heard of Ohio’s Don Recker, you will soon! Don is a retired machinist and barber who also worked as the maintenance supervisor at the local high school near Fort Jennings, Ohio. He has been honing his skills for over a decade. This finely tuned wand is based on the popular PHY Perfectionist taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry burl seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new black-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. The brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop perfect for stealthy accurate presentations. I really enjoyed it with a Cortland Peach WF-5 and DT-5. This rod superbly-made rod, handcrafted in the USA, rod will be right at home on your favorite stream. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

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. $395

SOLD Doug Daniel “Coldwater Special” ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Introducing the “Coldwater Special”, a sweet-looking quality-made quad handcrafted exclusively for Coldwater Collectibles as only Doug can do. Doug is a semi-retired contractor from the coastal foothills of SoCal. He started building bamboo rods in 2002, as he puts it, “mainly out of curiosity and without ego.” Doug’s rods are hand planed and star-hollowed on a Morgan handmill. He turns his own real seats and grips and machines his own cap and ring seat hardware, winding checks, and N/S ferrules. This hollow built quad features wonder shade of medium-flamed cane acquired from Royer in 2002 and was planed to exacting tolerances. It has 2 x 2 golden nodes, bronze-housed amber-flame agate stripper, black light wire PacBay guides and tip-tops, honey brown silk windings (dark brown at the ferrule stations) and is protected with a beautifully executed Gunstocks varnish finish. Doug’s handmade square-broached oxidized ferrules fit smooth and tight. Extra-flora grade cork was used to form a comfortable modified perfection grip. The beautifully figured mortised Cherry burl seat is fitted with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. The set comes with a natural linen and a jet black aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast action is a joy to cast and has a real affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. This rod, quality-crafted in the USA, is unlikely to last long and is being offered at a special introductory price of…

SALE PENDING Don Recker “Para 14” ~ 7'9" ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0116 ~ NEW ~ If you have not yet heard of Ohio’s Don Recker, you will soon! Don is a retired machinist and barber who also worked as the maintenance supervisor at the local high school near Fort Jennings, Ohio. He has been honing his skills for over a decade. This finely tuned wand is based on the highly sought after PHY Para 14 taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, clear silks tipped black (one black wrap at the tip–top guide for Tip #1 and two for Tip #2) and is protected by perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice 'pop' when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light wells grip, beautifully figured stabilized buckeye burl seat with silver D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a new soft cloth fly print bag and new green-wrinkle finish aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap. The responsive medium-fast action is perfect for dry fly work and throws tight, accurate loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. It's superbly-made rod, handcrafted in the USA, rod will be right at home on your favorite stream. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the Don Recker Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by Don Recker for more information on this fine maker. $795

Sweetgrass Mantra ~ 7' 9" ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 3.3 oz. ~ 3wt. Serial No 09-012 ~ EXC ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, The Mantra Series of fine bamboo fly rods are based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and may have minor cosmetic imperfections. All Mantra Rods come with 1 tip only and are fitted NS ferrules, carballoy stripper, snake-brand snakes, marbleized resin WC, and black steel HK. This rod is presumably the 12th overall, made in 2009 and features an attractive shade of light carmel-colored cane, translucent copper-brown silks with black accent wraps at the WC, HK, signature wrap tip-top and ferrule stations. Smooth and tight fitting ferrules give a satisfying pop when they are separated. Full silk wraps adorn the female ferrule, much in the Brackett/Kustich tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light-wells (almost straight) grip, black D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a lightly figured walnut(?) spacer. The rod comes in the original soft cloth 2-compartment bag and aluminum tube with company logo. The progressive medium action throws a tight, accurate loop with a nice blend of distance and delicacy. I really liked it when paired with a SA Mastery Series Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. A quality-crafted rod, proudly made in the USA. $695

MV Brooks Payne 200 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 3 /4wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ This hard to acquire wand from Mike in the 3/2 format features medium browntone cane with golden nodes, java silks with elegant intermediate wraps, a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish, and quality furnishings including a black nickel-housed amber agate stripper, black snakes and & tip tops and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. Curiously, the rod measures 7’10 1/2” (reportedly made that way) with a taper that is a departure from any Payne 200 or (200L) that I have owned/cast. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry burl seat with oxidized N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with Mike’s standard sturdy green bag with two sets of dual ties and a brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. This light line wand flexes well into butt and has a slow action that will excel in the hands of a patient caster. For me, it performed best with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-3/ WF-4. Mike is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the M.V. Brooks Bamboo Rods link or click here M.V. Brooks Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $695 FALL SALE $495

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

SALE PENDING Ron Kusse Blanks ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 6wt. ~ A unique opportunity to acquire a set of Kusse blanks. Please email for pictures and pricing.

H.L. Leonard Tournament Model 50DF ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC-/VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This classic pre-fire rod appears to have had a light overcoat of varnish applied at some point in the past and the stripping guide appears to have been retied with using slightly lighter colored brown silk. Otherwise, it appears to be all original except for one tip top guide which is a properly sized chrome replacement. Information furnished on the hang tag indicated that the rod originally came with 3 agates (stripping guide and both tip-top guides), two of which are intact. It features honey-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, brown silks, agate stripper, reverse-twist hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops and tight fitting Leonard N/S step down ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the but section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip showing a wonderful patina, hallmark D/L'ing N/S wedding band cap and ring seat over a butternut spacer, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries "The Leonard Rod HL Leonard Rod Co. Makers Reg U.S. Pat Off" die stamp on one side and “Tournament” on the other side. The set comes with the original olive canvas bag, dislodged hang tag, and original brass capped aluminum tube. The Model 50DF taper is legendary and this one is no exception with an action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium a sweet spot that throws a tight loop when paired Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. For me though, the rod really came alive when paired with DT-4 and would be a perfect candidate for your silk line. This Leonard classic is stream-ready as is, and could also become the centerpiece of your rod stable if properly restored. $1,195

McKellip Brothers Deluxe ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s McKellip Brothers is unfished. One immediately notices the attention to detail soon as the rod in removed from its handsome antique olive tube. It features select heat-treated tonkin cane with an attractive carmel hue, matched tips, 2 x 2 nodes, java silks tipped black at the WC and nicely-executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a smoke black stripper, black snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting blued NS ferrules (with black ferrule plug) give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an exquisite torpedo grip and married reel seat combo fashioned from beautifully figured black walnut burl that also features gun stock grade checkering and blued N/S D/L’ing cap ring hardware. The side of the butt cap is tastefully engraved with the maker’s logo. A petite blued WC completes the handsome grip area. The rod is sans HK or writing. This set comes with a high quality soft suede leather labeled bag befitting of its contents and antique olive labeled tube with the makers logo also engraved into the top of the heavy gauge brass tube cap. The brisk medium-fast action would be well-suited to dry fly work when paired with a Cortland Peach DT-5 and will also handle a 6 with ease. This superb rod would make a wonderful retirement or other gift. $1,195 FALL SALE $995

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

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 FALL SALE $225

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 FALL SALE $225

McKellip Bros. Payne Canadian Canoe ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.4 oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC ~ This early-effort rod from Michigan’s McKellip Brothers was planed by Mark and finished out by Pat. It features heat-treated tonkin cane with spiral 2x2 golden nodes, matched tips, red silks tipped olive and a smoothly-executed varnish finish. Quality furnishing include a gray mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops and smooth, tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip married to a unique marbled English walnut burl seat with N/S D/L’ing cap & ring hardware and a petite N/S WC. There is no HK or writing on the rod. The rod comes with a vintage tan bag and gray aluminum tube with water-tite cap. I found the powerful medium action very comfortable to cast, and for me, was best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-7/DT-7. If you’re in the market for a sweet casting, quality-built rod to use when searching for larger than average quarry, this one should receive some serious consideration. $495

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

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