Bamboo Rods

Rod Rating Designations and Abbreviations

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Rod Rating Designations and Abbreviations

(M) Mint - Appears to be new/unused

(NM) Near Mint or As New - As above with minor noted exceptions

(EXC) Excellent - Shows signs of light to medium use

(VG) Very Good - Shows signs of normal to heavy use

(G) Good - 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 Classic Bamboo Rods

The Classic Bamboo Rods below are available for purchase (unless noted otherwise in the description).  You will also find bamboo bargains and rustic bamboo rods that can be used for parts or decor.  The rods are listed by length first, then alphabetically by the 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.

 

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Steve Gobin ~ 6’8” ~ 2/2

Steve Gobin (Quilceda Rod Works) ~ 6’8” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 3wt. ~ As New ~ This nicely crafted rod from the Pacific NW maker appears to be unfished.  Mr. Gobin is an accomplished a well-known fly tyer who learned the bamboo rod building craft, in part, from Darryl Whitehead, and his workmanship is top notch.  The rod features attractive honey-toned cane with 3 around golden nodes, mirrored tips, jet black silks tipped white, quality furnishings include a black agate stripper housed in a silver mildrum-style frame, black snakes and tip-tops, smooth, tight fitting N/S ferrules (with matching black/white cone-shaped ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed glass smooth  varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section has a comfortable extra-flora grade cigar grip, nicely figured black/white ebony seat fitted with D/L'ing N/S cap and ring hardware and a petite N/S WC.  The rod comes with the original black bag with black leather hang tab and heavy gauge aluminum tube with brass end, collar and cap.  The rod has a brisk medium-fast action perfect for close in dry fly work.  It delivers tight loops when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-3 and is the ultimate light line small stream rod that would make a nice addition to anyone’s quiver. $1,295

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2

SOLD OUT

Jenkins GA70-89 ~ 7' ~ 2/2

SOLD

Pickard 704 ~ 7' ~ 2/2

Pickard 704 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 4wt ~ EXC+/As New ~ This quality offering from the bench of Hillsdale, Michigan’s John Pickard is based on the Paul Young Princess taper. You’ll immediately notice John’s attention to detail and mature hand when you first take the rod out of the bag. It features beautifully flamed cane with 3x3 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent brown silk wraps, quality furnishings include oxidized stripper, snakes and tip-tops, tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat that is fitted with black D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and a HK loop near cork/cane interface. The rod is simply marked Pickard 704 and comes with a quality hooded khaki bag and labeled aluminum tube with brass end, cap and collar. Its crisp and progressive medium-fast action throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This is a wonderful light line rod perfect for dry fly work on small to mid-size streams that has seen minimal use. $1,295 $1,195

Mark Ruhe Cayuse ~ 7’ ~ 2/2

Mark Ruhe Cayuse ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 3/4wt ~ SN 01291 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality-crafted wand from the bench of Spokane’s Mark Ruhe is believed to have been built on a Dickers 7012 taper and features an attractive shade of lightly flamed carmel-colored cane with golden nodes configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine, so that the nodes are as far away from each other on adjacent flats as possible, translucent brown silks tipped black, quality furnishings include an oxidized mildrum stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, tight fitting blued N/S ferrules (with N/S ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The cane work on this rod is superb on par with rods priced well into 4-figures! The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured dark birds eye maple seat with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes in a sturdy tan bag and gray aluminum tube with brass end, cap and collar. The brisk medium action throws a sweet loop, for me best with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-3 and WF-4. The rod was obviously well-cared for and appears to have very low mileage. It would be a perfect choice for a small stream or brook. $695

*****Sale Pending*****


F.T. Williams & CO LTD “The Rivercraft” ~ 7'2” ~ 2pc

F.T. Williams & CO LTD “The Rivercraft” ~ 7'2” ~ 2pc. ~ 6oz. ~ Med-Fast Action ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This classic spinning rod from London England is a real blast from the past. It features attractive light honey-tone cane, deep burgundy silks (possibly re-wrapped at some point) with full intermediates, over-sized red agate stripper, bridge snakes and bridged red agate tip top and blued spiked ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has an elongated straight spinning rod grip with dual slide bands, fighting butt and exposed WC. The makers name is stamped into the side of the elongated butt cap. No bag or tube. There’s still plenty of life left in this ole classic for those who prefer to toss Mepps and Panther Martins. $395

L.J. Downes 7312 ~ 7’3” ~ 2/2

L.J. Downes 7312 ~ 7’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4oz. ~ 4wt. ~ As New ~ Jim Downes has been hand crafting custom bamboo fly rods for over two decades and honed his craft in part, under the watchful eyes of the late George Maurer. This nicely constructed rod from Mr. Downes PA shop features attractive light honey-tone cane with lightly swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, book-matched tips, chestnut silk tipped black, chestnut agate stripper housed in a bonze nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely glass-smooth executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a presentation grade cigar grip made from beautifully figured dark tiger stripe maple, matching tiger stripe maple seat with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite blued N/S WC. The rod comes with quality-made bag with leather hag tab and labeled aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The makers logo is stamped into the side of the tube cap and butt cap. The medium-fast action is well suited for dry fly work, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. The present retail price for this quality-constructed rod is $1,600. Get this one, as new and sans wait. for… $1,195 $1,095

Sweetgrass Mantra Hex ~ 7'3” ~ 2/1 (made that way)

SOLD

Blitzen River Rod Co. “Blitzen 4” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1

Blitzen River Rod Co. “Blitzen 4” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No. B7640519016 ~ As New ~ This beautifully crafted rod from the bench of Oregon’s Chris McDowell is based on a proprietary taper and features wonderful lightly flamed cane with 3 x3 golden nodes, jet black silks, black stripper and Quality furnishings include black stripper, snakes and tip-top, blued N/S ferules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section has a comfortable full Wells grip, black seat with black D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware.  The rod comes with the original 2-compartment bag and labeled aluminum tube.  The sweet medium-fast action is perfect for dry fly work and the rod is capable of delivering a long line with a delicate presentation.  It really sang for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4.  This attractive wand, nicely crafted in the USA, would be a welcome addition to anyone’s quiver. $595

J.A. Bradford Legacy III ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

J.A. Bradford Legacy III ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~3 1/2oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 1721 ~ EXC+ ~  Mr. Bradford’s fine lineup of high quality rods that date back to 1952  and are becoming increasingly harder to find, especially in this condition!  This classic from the late Ft. Worth, TX legend features attractive light honey-toned cane, matched tips, translucent root beer brown silks tipped gold, with four signature wraps on the butt, cream & brown variegated agate stripper housed in a bronzed nickel frame, bronze light-wire snakes, chrome tip tops, oxidized N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated and an expertly-executed glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, highly polished and beautifully figured maple burl seat with D/L’ing blued (some bluing loss) N/S C&R hardware, a blued petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The makers name is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with quality-made tan bag and antique brown aluminum tube with heavy-gauge brass bottom, cap and collar. The bag and tube both bear the Maker’s Ft. Worth TX labeling. The brisk medium-fast action that is well-suited for dry fly work and throws a sweet loop with a nice blend of power and delicacy. This rod would make a superb addition to anyone’s arsenal! $2,495

Divine Fairy (from blank) ~ 7.5 ~  2/2

Divine Fairy (from blank) ~ 7.5 ~  2/2 ~ 3.3oz. ~  4wt. ~ New  ~ This neat rendition of the historically significant Devine Fairy was built on a set of blanks modified for a 2 piece format by Dennis Stone and finished out by Tennessee’s Rich Margiotta.  It features attractive browntone cane, cranberry silks, NOS black English snakes, stripper, and tip tops, blued N/S step down ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, flamed birch seat with D/L'ing N/S cap and ring hardware, petite WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a custom bag with hang tag and grommeted leather tab, and a black powder coat aluminum tube with gold cap and collar.  The medium-fast action would be perfect for dry fly work and for me, was best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. If you're after a quality made bamboo rod, this one is worthy of significant consideration. $595

*****Sale Pending*****

Orvis Madison ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/1

SOLD

Orvis Wes Jordan ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

Orvis Wes Jordan ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 7/8 oz. ~ HDG (6) ~ Serial No. 65125 ~ EXC+ ~ This top grade Orvis classic is a wonderful casting tool and was built in 1972 during the Ron White era. It features richly-hued impregnated cane with golden nodes, Orvis brown silks, and fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a 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 rod comes with the original Orvis-issue bag and leather tube. The medium-fast action lays out a tight, accurate loop, and although rated by Orvis for a WF-6, it casted best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Shorter length Wes Jordan's just don’t come floatin’ down the river that often, no doubt a testament to their popularity. This one has very low mileage and is one of the nicer examples of this timeless classic I’ve seen in quite some time. $995

Redwing Fly Rods Type Speedcast “American” ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

Redwing Fly Rods Type Speedcast “American” ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ As New ~ This sweet casting rod from Fox Point, WI maker Joe Balestrieri features lightly flamed cane with golden 3 x 3 nodes, deep red silks (red, white and blue at the ferrule stations) and a nicely-executed varnish finish. Quality furnishings include black stripper, light wire snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying when separated. The business end of the butt section is completed with a comfortable torpedo grip with tapered nose and cork seat fitted with nicely knurled dual slide bands. The rod comes with a new sturdy hooded bag and aluminum tube with water-tite brass end cap, collar and cap. The rod has a light-in-the-hand feel and a very pleasing brisk, medium-fast action designed for small to medium-sized venues that will occasionally call for a long stealthy cast. For me, it delivers a tight loop with a nice blend of power and delicacy when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. Proudly made in the USA. $650 $525

R.W. Summers Model 275 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

R.W. Summers Model 275 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 622009 ~ As New ~ Mr. Summers’ distinguished career at the Paul Young Company and as owner of the R.W. Summers Company needs little introduction to those who own, collect, and fish quality bamboo fly rods. He is widely regarded as one of the premier makers of bamboo rods and his association with the PHY company is well documented. This beautiful Traverse City, Michigan classic crafted in Mr. Summers’ deluxe format features beautifully flamed cane wrapped in translucent brown silks tipped black, quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated, and an expertly executed mirror-like varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified-Wells grip with walnut check, cork seat with dual N/S slide rings and walnut butt cap, and a HK attached at the front of the grip. The rod comes in its original chocolate brown bag with maker’s tag stitched into the top, attached ferrule plug and heavy-duty aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap featuring the makers name clearly struck into the top of the cap. The light in the had feel and action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium throws a sweet loop with a nice blend a power and delicacy and is best, for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This delightful wand has seen limited, if any use, and is ready for immediate delivery. Superb! $2,795

R.W. Summers Model 275 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 (another)

R.W. Summers Model 275 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 532009 ~ New! ~ Mr. Summers’ distinguished career at the Paul Young Company and as owner of the R.W. Summers Company needs little introduction to those who own, collect, and fish quality bamboo fly rods.  He is widely regarded as one of the premier makers on the planet.  This one-owner Traverse City, Michigan classic features beautifully attractive flamed cane with golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped black, quality Summers guides and furnishings, smooth and tight-fitting oxidized N/S ferrules with ferrule plug  that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a perfectly executed glass-smooth varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, cork seat, dual slide rings, walnut butt cap and grip check, and a HK attached at the front of the grip.  The rod comes in its original chocolate brown bag with makers label stitched into the top, heavy gauge aluminum tube with brass end and cap, and original shipping tube.  The maker’s name is engraved into the top of the tube cap.  The pleasant light parabolic dry fly action is reminiscent of a PHY Perfectionist that was formerly in my quiver and delivers a smooth and tight loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4.  The rod was made for the current owner who only endeavored to lawn cast it, but reported that he did not even do that.  It has never seen the water. Superb! $3,995 SALE $2,995

R.L. Winston ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1

R.L. Winston ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 ~ 3 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 8358 ~ EXC- ~ This classic hollow built Winston was built in 1959 by Doug Merrick and features attractive light honey-toned cane, butterscotch silks tipped burgundy at the signature wraps, tip-top, HK and and ferrule stations, quality Winston guides, hallmark wound-over duronze ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a lightweight Wells grip/cork seat combo fitted with D/L’ing cap ring hardware, Winston-issue exposed WC and folding ring HK. Rod information including the hollow-flute patent number and the original owner’s name are inked on the butt section. The rod comes with a new red bag and new black wrinkle-finish tube with gold end, collar and cap. The sweet medium-fast action is well-suited for the dry fly enthusiast, especially when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. Classics built by this historically significant maker from this era are becoming harder to come by and are a real treat to fish with. $995

Doug Daniel “Coldwater Special” ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2

SOLD OUT

L.J. Downes 7913 ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2

L.J. Downes 7913 ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 6622 ~ As New ~ Jim Downes has been hand crafting custom bamboo fly rods for over two decades and honed his craft in part, under the watchful eyes of the late George Maurer. This nicely constructed rod from Mr. Downes PA shop features attractive light honey-tone cane with lightly swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, book-matched tips, burgundy silk tipped black with full intermediate wraps, chestnut agate stripper housed in a bonze nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely glass-smooth executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable extra flora grade cigar grip, nicely figured dark tiger stripe maple seat with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite blued N/S WC. The rod comes with quality-made bag with leather hag tab and labeled aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end (light tarnish on tube cap and collar). The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The medium-fast action is a joy to cast and the 7’9” format is well suited to most trout fishing situations. I really enjoyed casting it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. The present retail price for this quality-constructed rod is $1,600+ the intermediates. Get this one, as new and sans wait. for… $1,295 $1,195

Roger Hammock ~ 7’9” ~ 3/2

Roger Hammock ~ 7’9” ~ 3/2 ~ 4.3oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+/As New ~ This finely-tuned wand from the bench of Roger Hammock (LKA was in Utah, formerly from Georgia) features attractive honey-toned flamed cane with 2 around golden nodes, matched tips, old gold silks tipped black, stripped agate stripper housed in a bronze nickel frame, black light wire snakes and tips tops, blued Super-Z- style N/S truncated ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra-flora grade grip with flared palm and tapered nose, beautifully figured dark curly maple seat with blued D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and HK loop.  The rod comes with a burgundy velvet bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end.  The rod has a light-in-the-hand feel and a brisk medium-fast action that is perfect for dry fly work.  It throws an exceptional line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5.  This attractive, quality-made classic is on par with rods prices well into 4-figures.  It would be a welcome addition to anyone’s quiver and could become your new “go to” rod. $895

F.D. Kretchman Classic ~ 7'9” ~ 2/2

F.D. Kretchman Classic ~ 7'9” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 15-79-05 ~ As New ~ Fred Kretchman has been hand crafting fine bamboo fly rods for the better part of a quarter century.  The attention to detail and mature hand is immediately apparent as soon as remove the rod from its high-quality tube.  This finely-tuned wand is based on famous Payne Parabolic taper and features richly-hued cane with 3x3 golden nodes, mirrored tips, translucent brown silks, Snakebrand guides, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a perfectly-executed glass-like varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured black walnut seat fitted with N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware.  It comes with a soft brushed cotton bag and aluminum tube with maker’s label.  The rod has a crisp and responsive medium-fast action and throws a tight loop with a pleasant blend of power and delicacy.  I liked it when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5.  Current retail on a Kretchman Classic is $1,850.  Get this one, as new, without the wait for… $1,095

Don Recker “PHY Para 14” ~ 7'9" ~ 2/2

Don Recker “PHY Para 14” ~ 7'9" ~ 2/2 ~ 4.8 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0996 ~ EXC+ ~ Don Recker is a retired machinist and barber who also worked as the maintenance supervisor at the local high school near Fort Jennings, Ohio. He honed his skills for the better part of two decades. Unfortunately, he stopped making rods several years ago. This finely tuned 1-owner wand is based on the highly sought after PHY Para 14 taper and features beautifully flamed carmel-colored cane with 3 around golden nodes, matched tips, clear silks tipped black (one turn of black silk at the tip–top guide and male ferrule station for Tip #1 and two turns for Tip #2, fine furnishings include a carbaloy stripper, light wire snakes and tip–tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured mesquite burl seat with silver U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and petite N/S WC. The rod comes with a soft cloth fly print bag and finish aluminum tube with brass end, cap and collar . The responsive medium-fast action is perfect for dry fly work and throws tight, accurate loops that was best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. I own and fish this model often (its the first rod I reach for when heading to the Pere Marquette River). This rod was obviously well-cared for and if you’ve been after a 7’9” 5wt, I’m certain this one will not disappoint. $795

Dickerson 8013 ~ 8' ~ 2/2

Dickerson 8013 ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This historically significant classic built by the famed Bellaire, MI maker was made in 1955 for Mr. Bill Flick, son of Mr. Art Flick, the renown Catskill conservationist, author and fly fisherman. It is being offered in hopes that it will once again be enjoyed by someone who loves fly fishing and bamboo rods. Based on the fine book Dickerson The Man and His Rods by Gerry Stein and Jim Schaaf, only 121 of these rods were listed in the Dickerson ledger. It features light honey-tone cane, translucent copper-brown silks tipped black, with the 4 hallmark signature wraps between the grip and stripper, mildrum stripper, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules (no pop) and a nicely executed varnish finish. There are ¾” and ¼” repair wraps located between the last snake guide and the replacement tip-top guide on one of the tips and the snake guides on this tip are a darker color, but appear to be Dickerson-issue. The other tip has a light set. The business end of the butt section has a modified cigar grip with tapered nose, walnut seat with the hallmark screw D/L’ing hardware and HK loop. It comes with a hooded bag (tiny hole at the bottom seam of butt section compartment) and aluminum tube, both thought to be original. The rod has a pleasing medium to medium-fast action and effortlessly throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5/DT-5. This rare classic from one of the masters of yesteryear is ready to be used for many more years. $3,495 $2,995

G.H. Howells ~ 8’ ~ 2/2

3 3/4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 4626 ~ EXC ~ In the late 1940s, a teenaged Gary Howells hand-planed his first bamboo fly. He continued honing his skills and eventually found work with the R.L. Winston Rod Company, ultimately becoming their chief bamboo rod maker. In 1970, after more than a decade at Winston, he began his own business, opening a one-man shop north of San Francisco. This Richmond, CA classic was built in 1979 and features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3x3 nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped gold, fine furnishings include bronze guides, smooth and tight fitting silicone bronze ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a superbly executed varnish finish. Silk wraps adorn the male and female ferrule housings, much in the Winston tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western grip, beautifully figured hardwood seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with original burgundy bag and labeled aluminum tube that includes maker/rod information and the original owners name. The smooth medium action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Howells’ rods remain in high demand and this one is fine example of his work. Superb! $3,195 $2,495

H.L. Leonard Model 66 ~ 8’ ~ 2/2

H.L. Leonard Model 66 ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This early (pre-WW-II) pre-fire classic is a favorite among Leonard rod enthusiasts and features light honey toned cane with swelled butt, deep burgundy silks, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, and smooth and tight fitting Leonard step-down ferrules with witness marks that give a resounding pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The female ferrule on the butt carries the pat stamp just below the welt. One tip is down 3/8” and has a clear 5/8” protective wrap between the 4th and 5th snake guide. The wrap, which was expertly applied, appears to be protecting a hook dig when viewed under magnification. The cane seems solid with no open voids noted when the tip is flexed and I would have no reservations about fishing this tip with full force. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, D/L'ing N/S wedding band cap and ring seat over a butternut spacer, petite exposed N/S WC and folding ring HK. The Leonard Rod HL Leonard Rod Co. makers and Reg U.S. Pat Off die stamp is clearly struck into the side of the butt cap.. The rod comes with the original olive bag with stiffener (hang tag grommet is present but the hang tag is not) and original slender brass capped tube. This hard to find classic has a silky smooth medium to medium-fast action that I found very pleasing when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. It is a perfect all-around trout rod that is well-suited for dry fly work, dry and dropper rigs, and tossing hoppers and terrestrials. This superb effort from the famous world renown maker could become your new go to rod! $1,095

Orvis Madison ~ 8' ~ 2/1

Orvis Madison ~ 8' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4oz. ~ H.C.F. (7) ~ Serial No. 85625 ~ As New ~ This classic from the famous VT maker was built in 1982 during the Ron White era and features light ash-colored impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, bright Orvis furnishings, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated.  The business end of the butt section has a light cigar grip, cork seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, exposed WC and HK loop.  The rod come with the original Orvis 2-compartement bag and original labeled Orvis aluminum tube. Although rated by Orvis for a WF-7, I much preferred its comfortable medium action when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6.  This rod may have been used a time or two, but remains near new in appearance and is super example of Orvis’ work from this era. It would be difficult to find a nicer American-made rod in this condition and this price! $525

Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2

SOLD OUT

Paul H. Young Parabolic 15 ~ 8’ ~ 2/2

Paul H. Young Parabolic 15 ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2/4.3oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ EXC+ RS ~ This Detroit-made classic from the Paul H. Young Co is a real powerhouse. It features attractive flamed cane, brown silks, mildrum-style stripper, smooth & tight fitting oxidized Super -Z- stamped N/S ferrules that give a strong pop and a nicely executed varnish finish. Most original-build PHY Para 15s carry a serial number that began in 1955 around the time Bob Summers began work at the Young shop. This rod is sans seral number and was likely built in the early 1950s after the Super-Z ferrules were adopted by Young and based on the varnish, wrap work and writing on the rod, was restored by Bob. The Super Z was designed circa 1948 by Louis Feierabend who spent time on the Nat Uslan’s small Spring Valley, NY staff of talented craftsmen. The rod features a dry tip (the rod weighs in a svelte 4.2 oz with this tip) and a wet tip (4.3oz) and is so marked. There is also a few turns of red silk at the tip-top guide of the dry tip for ease of identification. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified Wells grip (possibly replaced by Bob), black screw D/L’ing seat wth blued butt cap, cork spacer and a HK loop that appears to be Bob Summers-issue. The side of the butt cap carries the Paul H. Young Co. Detroit – Mich die stamp. It comes with what appears to be the original bag (small holes at bottom) and the original aluminum tube made from war surplus B-24 “Liberator” aircraft tubing from the Willow Run, MI bomber plant. This fine casting instrument has a medium-fast parabolic action that throws a smooth and tight loop with minimal effort. It is rated for a DT-6 silk line, but best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5/WF-6. This cool piece of Michigan history is ready for immediate use on your favorite stream. $2,995 $2,495

Barney & Berry ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

Barney & Berry ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.4 oz ~ 5wt. ~Serial No. 7255 ~ EXC+ RS ~ Barney & Berry contacted Winchester/Edwards to build rods bearing the B&B name into the 1902s, and was eventually acquired by Remington Arms. This early 1920s classic was reportedly refinished by Steve Blake and features attractive carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, gold silks tipped red and black, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, red agate tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, screw D/L’ing seat with cedar barrel spacer, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the Barney & Berry Made in USA (with serial number) die stamp, nicely struck. The rod comes with comes with what is believed to be the original olive canvas bag and an early Heddon aluminum tube. It has a light in the had feel and a wonderful medium-slow action that for me, is best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. It was also easily handle a 6 in WF/DT/TT formats if asked and would be a good candidate for a silk line. This would be a nice find for the Winchester/Edwards enthusiast and cool piece of Century old Americana. $595

W.E. Carpenter Browntone ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2

W.E. Carpenter Browntone ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.8oz.~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC+/As ~ This high quality prototype rod was a crafted as part of a heat treat experiment, that in Mr. Carpenter’s words “turned out to be quite a nice action 5/6 weight rod.”  I whole-heartedly agree! It features richly treated cane with swelled butt, 3 around golden nodes, mirrored tips, brown silks tipped black, oxidized guides and tip-tops, smooth & tight fitting blued N/S step-down ferrules give that give a satisfying pop when separated and a beautifully executed glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable perfection grip, beautifully figured polished walnut seat fitted with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and folding ring HK.  The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap.  The rod comes with a quality soft cloth tan bag and Mr. Carpenter’s heavy-duty brass capped aluminum tube with the makers Hester, NY label with hand-written rod info fully intact under the collar.  The wonderfully smooth and crisp medium-fast action throws an effortless loop on-demand when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and/or WF/DT-6.  This exquisite casting tool from one of the most respected makers on the planet would be a fine choice for the Henry’s Fork, Missouri, Big Horn or Big D.  Superb! $2,495

Edwards “Quadrate” #50 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

Edwards “Quadrate” #50 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This Mt Carmel, CT quad was nicely restored (not sure who did the work) and features attractive shade of lightly flamed cane with golden nodes, red silks tipped black with alternating signatures wraps on the butt section, red agate stripper, black snakes and tip-tops that appear to be new replacements, smooth and easy working blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and ai nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip brown pyralin seat with matching scree U/L’ing hardware, black grip checks and a folding ring HK. Inked on the rod in white script is #50. From the famous writings of the late Martin Keane comes the following passage… “Don’t draw any conclusions about an Edwards Quad rod until you’ve actually fished it under normal conditions – wiggling it around in some dealer’s showroom will tell you absolutely nothing. The Quad is mighty different when working under the weight of a properly fitted line. It is an amazing instrument with great power-and considerably more delicacy- than most anglers imagine.” The rod comes with a new tan bag and replacement water-tite aluminum tube. This strong medium taper would be well suited for windy condition and larger than average quarry including trout or and is prced for an immediate sale at… $795

Goodwin Granger ~ 8.5' ~ 3/1

Goodwin Granger ~ 8.5' ~ 3/1 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ This rod was presented to me as a restored Denver Special although the reel seat is sans the Denver Special stamp that typically appears above the maker’s stamp just below the grip. This Rocky Mountain classic features light honey-toned cane with swelled butt, red silks with gold signature wraps (no intermediates), replacement guides, what appear to be Granger-issue N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Coke bottle grip, dent-free D/L’ing slide band metal seat with Granger with clearly struck Granger stamping and exposed WC. This reel seat was used on Granger rods built between 1924 and 1934. The rod comes with a 3-compartment tan bag and unlabeled water-tite aluminum tube with brass end, cap and collar. The rod has that classic medium action Granger is so well known for and throws a sweet line, best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 or WF-6, and the 3/1 format is a bit easier on the pocketbook! $395

Heddon #17 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F

SOLD

Heddon #17 Black Beauty ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2F

Heddon #17 Black Beauty ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5.2oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This post classic era rod from the famous Dowagiac, Michigan Maker comes in the popular 2F (trout) format. The #17 was Heddon’s most popular rod and features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silks tipped orange, black stripper, snakes and tip tops, smooth working black ferrules and a sound varnish finish. A faint ferrule click can be felt at the butt/mid connection.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, black pyralin seat with D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, black WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with what is believed to be the original black Heddon-labeled bag (sans stitched in tag) and original black Heddon-labeled aluminum tube with pressure fit cap.  The rod has a sweet medium action and throws a silky-smooth line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-6. This all original classic is a nice find for the Heddon enthusiast…with room for ferrule reset. $350  $295

Heddon Erwin Weller #20 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F

SOLD

Heddon De Luxe #35 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F

#166 Heddon De Luxe #35 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted)~ This c. 1939 classic was one of Heddon’s top rods on par with the #50 and #1000 and along with the #20, was made in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker.  It was nicely restored (reportedly by Michael Sinclair) and features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, light brown silks tipped black, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, smooth working Heddon-issue blued N/S ferrules, and a nicely-executed new varnish finish.  A very faint tick can be heard/felt likely at the butt/mid connection and both tip sections will rotate slightly while 100% seated to the mid section.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a  modified wells grip that shows some ridging, hallmark circassian walnut seat with black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, black pyralin WC, and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with a brown velvet Heddon-issue bag and a Heddon-issue brown aluminum tube, both sans label.  The sweet medium action is a joy to cast and really sang for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-6.  High end classic-era Heddons are always in demand. Get this one, attractively priced for immediate sale at...$375 $325

H.L Leonard Model 4099 1/2 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

H.L Leonard Model 4099 1/2 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 1/8 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ EXC ~ This rare pre-fire dry fly classic is a favorite among cane rod aficionados as evidenced in this passage from the late Marty Keane in his fine book Classic Rods and Rodmakers: "Sensing a need to offer a slightly stronger #50DF, the #4099 came forward, and from it, one of the great Leonard classics, the 4099 1/2, a 3-piece 8 1/2' model, originally a tournament rod weighing 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 ounces, usually closer to the 5 1/4 to 5 1/2 ounce weight. This rod, in my opinion, deserves special mention as a superior instrument, especially for use when large dry flies, strong winds, and big water must be covered for long periods of time. Its comfortable, slightly thick grip is wisely designed and the powerful tapers allow the angler to make difficult casts with a minimum of effort. The 4099 1/2 has amazed almost everyone who has performed with it, and it remains a favorite throughout the country with amateur tournament casters and trout fisherman alike." This rod features light honey tone cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, red silks, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, smooth fitting N/S step down ferrules that give a nice pop and a nicely executed varnish finish. I noted that the witness marks on the ferrules are not all aligned which indicates the ferrules may have been reset and/or the rod may have been restored at some point in the past. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip, butternut seat with N/S D/L'ing “wedding band” cap and ring hardware, petite exposed N/S WC and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the Maker’s logo and reg. US pat off die stamp. The rod comes with the original olive bag and hang tag and brass capped aluminum tube. The comfortable medium action throws a tight loop and really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. Hurry, this model dos not come along tha often! $995

H.L. Leonard Tournament Model 50½ DF ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/1

SOLD

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ Serial No. 5869 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This early 1948 “Pat-Pend” offering comes in the highly sought after 3/2 format and was built by one of Orvis’ best, Mr. Cal Skinner. It features richly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silk and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, walnut seat with screw D/L’ing hardware, exposed WC (bluing worn), and HK loop. Th downside foot of the HK is beginning to work its way out from under the wrap, but remains tightly secured. The butt cap carried the Orvis Impregnated Patent Pending die stamp. It comes with the original cholate brown bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The sweet and easy throwing medium-fast action is best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 or WF-7. Older Orvis rods have long been favorites among bamboo flyfishers worldwide and when one becomes available in a 3/2 format, it usually does not last long. $695

*****Sale Pending*****

W&M Granger Favorite Model GF8642 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

#164 W&M Granger Favorite Model GF8642 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5/6 wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ This highly sought after Rocky Mountain classic was nicely restored (do not know by who) and features attractive carmel colored ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt, B/W jasper silks tipped gold with the hallmark gold intermediates and a nicely executed new varnish finish.  Furnishings include WM-issue guides, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give the hallmark Granger pop when separated, reversed half-wells grip, and smooth-working patented internal screw U/L'ing metal seat with exposed WC.  The rod comes with what are believed to be the original bag and aluminum tube (sans label and dented).  There is a small taped hole in the bottom of the rod bag.  The tips short by about 1/2 inch and the writing on the rod appears to have been re-inked.  The butt section has the typical W&M/Granger 3 around node pattern, but the mid tip sections do not.  The rod has that wonderfully smooth action Granger is so well known for, this one being just a touch on the slower side of medium, and throws a silky smooth loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5/WF-6.  Attractively priced for immediate sale at...$395 $350

Heddon #17 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2F

Heddon #17 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5.6oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC RS(exception noted) ~ This neo-classic era rod from the famous Dowagiac, Michigan Maker comes in the popular 2F (trout) format. The #17 was Heddon’s most popular rod and this one was reportedly factory refinished in 1955. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silks, black stripper, snakes and tip tops, smooth working black ferrules and a nicely executed varnish finish. One tip is down 1” and both tips have sets. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, black pyralin seat with D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, black WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original Heddon-labeled bag with stitched in tag (tape covered holes at bottom of bag) and original aluminum tube with pressure fit cap and remnants of the original label. The rod has a wonderful medium-slow to medium action and throws a smooth line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-6. A nice find for the Heddon enthusiast…that won’t break the bank. $295 $225

Heddon #17 Black Beauty ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2 3/4F

Heddon #17 Black Beauty ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2 3/4F ~ 5 3/4oz. ~ 7/8 wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This 1950’s classic from Dowagiac, Michigan comes in what Heddon refers to as the Power Plus 2 3/4F format. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silks tipped orange, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, tight fitting Japanned ferrules that give a soft pop and a nicely executed varnish finish that has a few marks and dings.  a few of the guide wraps are dry and I noted a faint ferrule click. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, black pyralin seat with D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, black WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with the original Heddon-labeled bag with stitched in tag and original black aluminum tube with remnants of the original label.  The rod has an easy-throwing medium action and tosses a fine loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7.  This powerhouse of a rod that appears to be all original would be a good choice for hoppers, buggers, mousing and frogging.  Priced to allow for a little TLC. $225

~ 5 3/4oz. ~ 7/8 wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This 1950’s classic from Dowagiac, Michigan comes in what Heddon refers to as the Power Plus 2 3/4F format. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silks tipped orange, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, tight fitting Japanned ferrules that give a soft pop and a nicely executed varnish finish that has a few marks and dings. a few of the guide wraps are dry and I noted a faint ferrule click. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, black pyralin seat with D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, black WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original Heddon-labeled bag with stitched in tag and original black aluminum tube with remnants of the original label. The rod has an easy-throwing medium action and tosses a fine loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7. This powerhouse of a rod that appears to be all original would be a good choice for hoppers, buggers, mousing and frogging. Priced to allow for a little TLC. $225

Heddon #20 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F

Heddon #20 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.8oz ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This quality rod is from Heddon’s Neo-Classic era (1939 – 1948), which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era of rod production. The #20 was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker. The only exceptions to this were the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen, and of course the two models made exclusively for Sears (#115 and #125). This rod features browntone cane with swelled butt, deep burgundy silks tipped gold, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. One tip has a light set that does not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, D/L'ing screw and sliding seat over a brown tenite spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a replacement bag and Heddon-issue tube. This smooth medium-slow to medium action throws a sweet loop and ample amounts of Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7 line. This Dowagiac, Michigan classic will make a welcome addition to your large water/large fish arsenal. $295

Pezon et Michel Parabolic Prima Normale ~ 9' ~ 2/1

Pezon et Michel Parabolic Prima Normale ~ 9' ~ 2/1 ~ 5.3 oz. ~ 6/7wt. Serial No. 2159511 ~ As New ~ This quality crafted parabolic from the famous French maker features light honey-tone cane with 3 x 3 spiral nodes, mint green silks, chrome stripper, bronze reverse-twist snakes, chrome and tip top, blued N/S ferrules with ferrule plug that give a resounding pop when separated and a nicely executed finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable light reversed Wells grip, cork seat with champagne screw D/L'ing hardware, exposed WC, and chrome HK loop. The makers name is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original cream bag with makers label stitched into the hood and labeled aluminum tube. This is a real workhorse of a rod with a sweet parabolic action that I enjoyed casting when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6/WF-7. If you’ve been after a quality-made rod in as new condition that won’t break the bank, this one should garner some serious consideration. $395 $325

Uslan Penta ~ 9’ ~ 2/2

Uslan Penta ~ 9’ ~ 2/2 ~ 6 ½ oz. ~ Salmon Rod ~ Serial No. 9364 ~ EXC- ~ Shortly after World War II, Nat Uslan began operations in Spring Valley, New York where he produced five-strip fly rods. This heavyweight penta salmon rod features carmel colored cane with nodes occurring on alternating flats in an upward spiral pattern (configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine, so that the nodes are as far away from each other on adjacent flats as possible), avocado silks tipped orange, mildrum-stule red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, tight fitting N/S Super –Z- stamped ferrules that give a solid pop when separated and varnish finish that appears to have received a light varnish overcoat. at some point in the past. There are some light surface scratches and a few nicks in the varnish and a former owners name is inked on the rod. Of noteworthy interest is the Super –Z- ferrule that was designed by Louis Feierabend who spent time on Uslan’s small Spring Valley, NY staff of talented craftsmen. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a modified reversed wells grip, screw D/L’ing seat with a walnut spacer, large WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a light grey bag and aluminum tube. This rod is stout and not intended for the meek, and will handle salmon, steelies, jacks and pike/bass. What a nice find for the Uslan and/or penta enthusiast! $395

FE Thomas Dirigo ~ 9' ~ 3/2

FE Thomas Dirigo ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.1 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ The FE Thomas Company built rods from turn of the 20th Century up to c. 1958-59.  During their early years, and up through 1936, the rods were numbered with a die stamp on the bottom of the butt cap, usually starting with the number 1 and continuing until the end of that calendar year and then repeated again the following year beginning with number 1.  At some point in the mid to late 1930s (some believe 1936-37), the FET Co. modified the die stamp to include both symbols and numbers.  This FET classic features browntone cane  with swelled butt, black & gold variegated silks and intermediates (the stripper and snake on the butt section were re-wrapped), Red agate stripper, reverse twist snakes, smooth and tight fitting NS ferrules with witness marks that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a solid varnish finish that is beginning to craze.  One tip is down 1 ¼” and has a replacement tip-top guide.  The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip with tapered nose, D/L'ing N/S seat with cp and ring hardware and petite knurled N/S WC.  The bottom of the butt cap has concentric circles stamped into it, but is sans number or symbol.  The makers stamp is present on the on the side of the reel seat near the bottom.  The rod comes with what is believed to be the oringal form case and bag and a modern black wrinkle finish aluminum tube.  The rod has a slow action that flexes well into the butt and will toss a nice loop when in the hands of a patient caster.  I liked it best with Cortland Classic Sylk DT-6.  Early rods from this historically significant maker are highly collectable and this one is certainly a nice find for the FET enthusiast. $395

FE Thomas Dirigo ~ 9’2”/9’5” ~ 3/2/2

FE Thomas Dirigo ~ 9’2”/9’5” ~ 3/2/2 ~ 5.9/6.1 oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ Serial No. 22 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ The FE Thomas Company built rods from turn of the 20th Century up to c. 1958-59. During their early years, and up through 1936, the rods were numbered with a die stamp on the bottom of the butt cap, usually starting with the number 1 and continuing until the end of that calendar year and then repeated again the following year beginning with number 1. At some point in the mid to late 1930s (some believe 1936-37), the FET Co. modified the die stamp to include both symbols and numbers. This FET classic has the number 22 stamped into the bottom of the butt cup and is believed to be a pre-1937 rod. In addition to the FET Dirigo die stamp on the side of the reel seat, a former (and likely original) Reading, PA owner’s name and 1922 is stamped into the side of the reel foot sleeve further delineating the rods age. This old world classic with 2 mid sections features a rich carmel-colored hade of browntone cane with swelled butt, brown silks and intermediates, agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, reverse twist snakes, one tip has a standard hardened steel tip top guide, the other has a milky white agate tip top guide and this tip also has a 1” long repair wrap between the 1st and 2nd snake guide. The varnish, which no doubt has been touched up and possibly overcoated over the years, is beginning to craze and has some nicks and bag marks. The blued NS ferules fit smooth and tight and give a give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip with tapered nose, blued German silver seat with D/L'ing. slide band hardware and the hallmark FET petite blued WC with attached folding ring HK. The rod comes with what is likely the original factory-sewn 5-compartment brown bag with properly sized slot for the shorter mid, and aluminum tube. The rod has a slow wet fly action that will perform admirably in the hands of a patient caster. This century-old classic is a super find for the FET enthusiast. $595

Current Inventory of Bamboo Bargains

These classics for the budget mided angler may be fishable as is or are in need of a little TLC to become stream-ready.  They are also an excellent source of rod parts for builders and restorers.  Past bamboo bargains have included from rods made by Granger, Hardy, Heddon, Horrocks Ibbotson, LL Bean, Montague, Phillipson Shakespeare and South Bend to name a few.  These rods usually sell fast so inquire quickly at coldwatercollectibles@gmail.com

#136 Unknown Maker ~ 8’ ~ 3/1 ~ fly rod / 5’4” ~ 2/1 bait caster

#136 Unknown Maker ~ 8’ ~ 3/1 ~ 6.5 oz. 7/8wt. ~ fly rod / 5’4” ~ 2/1 5.4oz. bait caster ~ F+ ~ This combination fly rod/baitcaster classic with independent grip is in need of some TLC (wrap, varnish and ferrule work). The sections are surprisingly straight. Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a bag. No tube. $49 $39

#152 Heddon #20 Butt Section ~ 8.5'

SOLD

#140 Horrocks Ibbotson Spinner ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2

#140 Horrocks Ibbotson Spinner ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5.4oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ VG- ~ This classic HI appears to be all original and is missing a snake guide on the mid. The ferrules are loose and it is in need of some TLC. It has a comfortable medium to medium fast action.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a bag and unlabeled Fenwick triable tube. $69 $49

Shakespeare No. 1363 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/1

~ 5.3oz. ~ 6wt. ~ VG- (exceptions noted) ~ The cane for this pre-WW II varnished classic from the Kalamazoo, Michigan tackle giant was most likely supplied by Montague. It features an attractive shade of honey-toned cane, green silks tipped gold, blued rolled welt ferrules that are loose on their stations and give a nice pop, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip top, perfection grip, green snap-lock metal seat, and exposed blued WC. The Shakespeare Honor Built Honor Sold acetate label is 100% intact. The tip top guide is also loose on its station. It comes with a green hooded canvas bag and blue tube (no cap). This rod has a sweet medium-fast action and classic look. The sections are surprisingly straight and the rod in an excellent candidate for a redo by a novice rod builder/restorer and would also add some karma to any cabin or trout room wall. $75 $49

*****SALE PENDING*****

South Bend No. 59 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

5.9oz. ~ 7wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ The 59 was designed for bass fishing. This 1920s, Wes Jordan-era classic features attractive lightly flamed cane with golden nodes, old gold silks tipped black, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes & tip-tops, early SB-issue ferrules and a worn varnish finish. The ferrules and tip-tops are loose on their stations (a couple have been taped to hold them in place) and the tip ferrules have housing cracks. Both tips have light sets and there is a guide missing on the mid. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a full wells grip, marbleized spacer with screw U/L'ing hardware, exposed WC, and folding-ring HK. The rod comes with the original labeled bag (with taped holes) and unlabeled red fiber tube. This early SB classic is in need of some TLC and a nice find for production rod enthusiast. $75 $49

Unmarked ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/1

6.2oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~G+ ~ This unmarked varnished rod features light carmel colored cane, green/black variegated silks, chrome guides and ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, modified reversed wells grip, metal seat with D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The ferrules on the butt and tip sections are loose on their stations and the rod has an overall set. I also noted a small glue line separation on the mid-section. It comes with a purple bag and green fiber tube, sans cap. The rod has a nice medium action, and although not a collectable, it has a classic look, and is a good candidate for a redo by a novice rod builder/restorer. This cool piece of Americana would also add some karma to any cabin or trout room wall. $59 $29

J.C. Higgins No. 3001 ~ 9' ~ 3/2

6.6oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC- ~ The cane for this varnished classic was most likely supplied by Montague or South Bend. It features an attractive shade of light browntone cane, forrest green silks, rolled welt ferrules that give a soft pop, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, straight sheet cork grip, green screw D/L'ing seat, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The Higgin acetate label is 95% intact. The varnish remains in super condition. The tip has a light set. The rod comes with a blue bag aluminum tube with a couple of dents and mushroomed cap. This rod has a strong medium to medium fast action and is fishable as is. It would also add some karma to any cabin or trout room wall. $125 $75

#138 Horrocks Ibbotson ~ 9’ ~ 3/1

#138 Horrocks Ibbotson ~ 9’ ~ 3/1 ~ 6oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ VG- ~ This classic HI appears to be all original and is in need of some TLC (straightening, wrap, varnish and ferrule work). It has a medium slow action.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning. It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a bag and tube. $49 $39

#147 Kingfisher ~ 9’ ~ 3/1

#147 Kingfisher ~ 9’ ~ 3/1 ~ 6oz. ~ 7wt. ~ F- ~ This classic rod has some war wounds. The tip section is short and may or may not be original to the rod.  The mid is also short.  The butt and mid are remarkably straight.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning. It has a medium-slow action that can be used for trout or bass.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is.  No bag or tube. $49 $35

#139 Montague Rapidan ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

#139 Montague Rapidan ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 6.2 oz. ~ 7wt. ~ F ~ This classic Monty appears to be all original. The male ferrule on the mid-section is broken and will need to be replaced. Otherwise, this rod has strong bones and a medium action that can be used for trout or bass. Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a bag and tube. $59 $39

#145 Montague Splitswitch ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

#145 Montague Splitswitch ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5.8 oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ F- ~ This classic rod appears to be all original. One tip is broken and has a guide taped on.  The varnish is badly crazed, the ferrules and reel seat are loose and there are a few glue line inconsistencies. The stripping guide and the snakes on the mid are missing and the sections could use some straightening.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning. It has a strong medium action that can be used for trout or bass.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with the original bag with remnants of the label still intact and dual sided wood form for the tips.  No tube. $39 $29

#137 Montague Sunbeam ~ 9’ ~ 3/1

#137 Montague Sunbeam ~ 9’ ~ 3/1 ~ 6.5 oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ VG- ~ This classic Monty appears to be all original and with a thorough ferrule cleaning, could possibly be fishable. The sections are surprisingly straight with tip having a slight set. It has a strong medium action that can be used for trout or bass.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning. It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a bag. No tube. $69 $49

#141 Shakespeare #1358 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

#141 Shakespeare #1358 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 6.2oz. ~ 7wt. ~ VG- ~ This classic rod appears to be all original. The ferrules are loose and could use a thorough cleaning and there are a few glue line inconsistencies. The sections are surprisingly straight. It has a nice medium action that can be used for trout or bass.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a Shakespeare labeled bag and uncapped brown fiber tube. $59 $45

#155 Shakespeare #1367 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

#155 Shakespeare #1367 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 6.1oz. ~ 7wt. ~ F+ ~ This classic rod appears to be all original. The ferrules and reel seat are loose and could use a thorough cleaning and there are a few glue line inconsistencies.  There is some residue, apparently from old tape, on the butt section.  The mid male ferrule is missing and 1 tip is short. The sections are reasonably straight. It has a nice medium action that can be used for trout or bass.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a Shakespeare labeled bag and uncapped brown fiber tube. $49 $35

Shakespeare Springbrook No. A1362 ~ 9' ~ 3/2

Shakespeare Springbrook No. A1362 ~ 9' ~3/2 ~ 6oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ VG- (exceptions noted) ~ The cane for this pre-WW II varnished classic from the Kalamazoo, Michigan tackle giant was most likely supplied by South Bend. It features an attractive shade of light browntone cane wrapped in rainbow silks, rolled welt ferrules that are loose on their stations, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, reversed wells grip, black screw U/L'ing seat, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The Shakespeare Honor Built Honor Sold acetate label is 95% intact. The stripping guide and several snake guides are missing, one of the tip ferrules is split and the rod has an overall set. I found the red agate stripping guide at the bottom of the rod bag, and although not shown in the photos, it is taped to the butt section. It comes with the original bag with stitched in makers tag and Shakespeare labeled fiber tube. This rod has a stout taper and a classic look. It is a good candidate for a redo by a novice rod builder/restorer and would also add some karma to any cabin or trout room wall. $75 $59

South Bend No. 47 ~ 9' ~ 3/2

South Bend No. 47 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.3oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This early classic from the famed Midwestern tackle giant dates back to the Wes Jordan era (1926 – 1938) and is not often seen.  It features attractive flamed cane with golden nodes factory straight sections (SB rods were not arrows!), red silk tipped gold, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, SB-issue plated ferrules with soldered welt, reverse half wells grip, screw U/L’ing seat with marbleized spacer and exposed WC. The original varnish remains solid and has some light surface scratches, dings and bag marks. The ferrules could use a thorough cleaning and the mid male ferrule is loose on its station.  I would recommend having all ferrules reset before use.  The rod comes with an unlabeled SB bag and unlabeled aluminum tube.  The rod has strong medium action that was designed by SB for bass fishing (as indicated by the 2-digit model number).  This nice looking blast from the past can easily be stream ready with a little TLC and is priced to allow for ferrule resets. $125 $75

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#142 South Bend 59 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

#142 South Bend 59 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9oz. ~ 7wt. ~ VG- ~ This classic SB bass rod appears to be all original. It needs some TLC (wrap and ferrule work). There are a couple of snakes guides missing and the ferrules are loose. The sections are surprisingly straight. It has a nice medium action that can be used for trout or bass.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a bag. No tube. $49 $39

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#154 Unknown Maker ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

#154 Unknown Maker ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9oz. ~ 7wt. ~ F- ~ This classic rod appears to be all original. The ferrules and reel seat are loose and there are a few glue line inconsistencies. The stripping guide and the mid section male ferrule are and the sections could use some straightening.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning. It has a strong medium action that can be used for trout or bass.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a Shakespeare labeled bag and uncapped brown fiber tube. $39 $29

#143 Wards Thorobred ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

#143 Wards Thorobred ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 6.6oz. ~ 7wt. ~ F- ~ This classic rod appears to be mostly original. The ferrules and reel seat are loose (one has hairline cracks) and there are a few glue line inconsistencies. A guide is missing on the mid and the sections could use some straightening.  Overall, the rod and its furnishings could use a thorough cleaning. It has a strong medium action that can be used for trout or bass.  It can also be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. It comes as is, with a Shakespeare labeled bag and uncapped brown fiber tube. $45 $29

#151 Butt Section & 5 Tip Sections

#151 Butt Section & 5 Tip Sections ~ These classic bamboo rod section can be used for vintage parts or as decor' for a cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm. They comes as is with  no bag or tube. $29 $19

Current Inventory of Rustic Bamboo Rods

These karma-laden classics are a good source of vintage rod parts and make excellent decor for your home, cabin, office or trout room.  They also are perfect "practice rods" for the hobbyist and novice builder/restorer. Some of the furnishings and wraps may be loose or missing and they may have had repairs done, but you won't find them for less at your local "Antique & Junque" store.  Past rods have included classics from Hardy, Heddon, Horrocks Ibbotson, Milwards, Montague, Shakespeare, South Bend, Union Hardware Wards and others. Prices generally range from $25 to $50.  Availability varies and they usually sell fast so inquire quickly at coldwatercollectibles@gmail.com .

WH-1

This 8.5' ~ 3/2 classic would make the perfect decor' for the cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm, or could be used by the novice rod builder/restorer for practice. It comes as is, with no bag or tube. $49 $19

WH-2

This 9' ~ 3/2 classic would make the perfect decor' for the cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm, or could be used by the novice rod builder/restorer for practice. It comes as is, with no bag or tube. $49 $19

WH-3

This 9' ~ 3/2 classic would make the perfect decor' for the cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm, or could be used by the novice rod builder/restorer for practice. It comes as is, with no bag or tube. $39 $19

WH-8

This Shakespeare ~ 8.5'~ 3/1 classic would make the perfect decor' for the cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm, or could be used by the novice rod builder/restorer for practice. It comes as is, with no bag or tube.$49 $25

WH-9

This South Bend No. 59 ~ 8.5'~ 3/1 classic would make the perfect decor' for the cabin, sportsman's room, or anywhere that needs some rustic charm, or could be used by the novice rod builder/restorer for practice. It comes as is, with no bag or tube. $45 $25