Classic Fly 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, Graphite and Glass Rods and Wall Hanger Specials on this page.  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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Metal Tip Tube

~ 37 1/8" ~ EXC- ~ This metal tip tube would be perfect for the storage of 2 tip section from up to a 9' ~ 3/2 rod. $29 SALE $15

**SOLD** WM Granger Deluxe Baitcaster ~ 6' ~ 2/1

WM Granger Deluxe Baitcaster ~ 6' ~ 2/1 ~ EXC (exceptions noted)~ This rarely seen high-grade bait caster from the famous Rocky Mountain maker features attractive ammonia-treated carmel colored cane with swelled butt wrapped in the Granger Deluxe format (B/W Jasper double tipped in gold), mildrum guides, heavy duty chrome tip top, tight fitting N/S ferules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The tip has a set form normal use and a few wraps are dry nd could use a touch up (I noted some clear tape over a couple of frayed wraps that was left in place). The independent bait casting handle carries the WM company stamp. The rod comes with the original 2 compartment tan bag and rod zippered case. This is a very cool piece of Americana and a sweet find for the WM/Granger aficionado. SOLD

 

Sweet Water Rods “Wild Creek” ~ 6.5' ~ 2/2

Sweet Water Rods “Wild Creek” ~ 6.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 002 ~ EXC+/As New ~ This light line model from the bench of the late George Maurer is believed to one of only two that he made.  It features an attractive shade of light honey tone cane, matched tips, translucent brown silks, black guide, tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, highly figured black walnut burl seat with N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite N/S WC. The rod comes with the original tan bag with company name tag sewn into to the tip and brown wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end.  The medium-fast progressive action throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4, but the rod really came alive for me when I paired it with a SA Buckskin DT-3.  This rod appears to have been fished a couple of times only and remains in near new condition.  These rods sold new for $1,500 and were hard to come by.  Still are…$1,595

Caudle & Rivaz Ltd ~ 6’11” ~ 2/1

4.2 oz.~ 6wt. ~ EXC RF ~ Caudle & Rivaz rods were assembled in the UK by Owen and Julian Caudle and Maurice Rivaz on blanks provide by Partridge of Redditch and were primarily marketed in the U.S. in the 1980s and 90s. This one features an attractive light carmel-colored cane, brown wraps and a nicely executed spar varnish finish. The original guides were replaced with larger diameter chrome guides. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferules give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with walnut spacer and wound over WC. It comes with a 3 compartment green bag and replacement antique bronze tube (that is a bit too long for the rod) with brass cap, collar and end. The rod has a comfortable feel and fast action that throws tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. These classics from across the pond have long been under-rated in the States and represent a great value for the budget-minded angler. $295

R.J. Barch “Kestrel” 7' ~ 2/2

R.J. Barch “Kestrel” 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 73506 ~ New ~ This sweet little 1-owner wand from the editor of the popular Hastings, MI publication ‘The Planing Form’ is believed to be based on a Payne 98 taper. It features richly flamed cane with 3 x 3 golden nodes, matched tips, forest green silks, chrome guides, 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 cigar grip, nicely figured walnut seat with N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original sturdy tan bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast action is well-suited for close-in dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. It throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. Retail is $1,250. Get this one, new and unfished for… $995

Orvis Deluxe ~ 7’ ~ 2/2

Orvis Deluxe ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 2 5/8 oz. HDH Silk (DT-6) ~ Serial No. 20885 ~ As New RS ~ This highly sought after model from the famous Vermont purveyor of fine tackle was built in 1957 by two of Orvis’ best, Calvin Skinner and George Reid. It was beautifully restored by Orvis and has been unfished since. The rod features richly-hued impregnated cane with 3 around nodes, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis-issue guides, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a Superfine grip, cork seat fitted with finely-knurled dual-ring hardware, and wound over WC. The rod comes with the original tartan bag and black aluminum tube with original blue/white paper label. The brisk medium action throws tight loop and is good close in but also some reserve power if called upon. This rod was rated by Orvis for use with DT-6 silk line and is so marked on the rod tube label. I found it to my liking with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. Orvis rods from the 1950s are held in supreme regard by Orvis enthusiasts. This one, as new, will provide decades of use for its new owner. $795  **Sale Pending**

L.C. Parks Hollowbuilt ~ 7' ~ 3/2

L.C. Parks Hollowbuilt ~ 7' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 3/4 wt. ~ EXC ~ This quality hollowbuilt rod from the bench of Owendale, Michigan’s Lew Parks is based in part on a Dickerson 7012 taper that was modified into a 3/2 format.  It features richly-hued cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, forest green silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in an oxidized nickel frame, black light wire snakes and tip-tops, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured walnut burl seat with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC, and folding ring HK. There is some light bluing wear on the D/L’ing ring and butt cap.  The maker’s name is engraved into the bottom of the butt cap.  The rod comes with the original tan soft cloth bag and black aluminum tube with water-tite cap.  This rod has an extremely light in the hand feel and a pleasant medium-fast action that exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy that would be well suitefd for dry fly work.  It performed best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4.  Short, light-line rods in a hollow-built 3/2 format are hard to come by.  This one should garner heavy consideration if you’re looking to fill that void. $595  **Sale Pending**

**SOLD OUT** Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2

3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 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 or walnut seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching 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. SOLD OUT

 

Pickard 704 ~ 7' ~ 2/2

Pickard 704 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.9 oz. ~ 4wt ~ EXC+ ~ 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. This one features beautifully flamed cane with golden nodes, old gold silk wraps and a nicely executed glass-smooth varnish finish. Quality furnishings include oxidized stripper, snakes and tip-tops, tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated, 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 brass-capped aluminum tube. Its crisp and progressive medium-fast action throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. The only indication of use is the light soiling present on the cork. This is a wonderful light line rod perfect for dry fly work on small to mid-size streams. $1,195 **SALE $1,095**

D.G. Schroeder Quad ~ 7'~ 2/2

D.G. Schroeder Quad ~ 7'~ 2/2 ~ 3.3 oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No.36604~ New ~ Don is widely recognized as one of today’s premiere cane rods builders and his fine lineup of quality cane rods is unsurpassed in quality and performance. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand.  This 1-owner rod was built in 2004 and is his 366th overall.  It features richly-hued flamed cane with golden nodes, matched tips, translucent brown silks tipped dark brown, black stripper, snakes and tip tops, oxidized N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a resounding 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, highly figured dark maple burl seat with D/L’ing oxidized cap & ring hardware, black WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag with stiffener and Don’s High quality labeled aluminum tube.  Designed for the streams of the WI and MN Driftless Region, this wonderful casting wand could just be the perfect small stream fishing tool.  I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. This rod retails for $2,425. Get this one unfished for…$1,895 **Sale Pending**

H.L. Jennings No. 609 ~ 7’3” ~ 2/2

H.L. Jennings No. 609 ~ 7’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ NEW ~ Homer Jennings bamboo rod building career began over 30 years ago. His hand split cane, heat pressed nodes, Swiss style N/S ferrules and hardware, olive wood reel seats, and beautifully executed wrap and varnish work are hallmarks of each Jennings rod and this one is certainly no different. Completed in January 2006, this finely tuned wand features beautiful blonde cane with swelled butt and 3 around nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silk wraps tipped brown (brown wraps at the ferrule stations) and an absolutely perfect varnish finish that is glass smooth and among the best in the business. Fine furnishings include a mildrum style carbaloy stripper, silver snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight-fitting truncated N/S ferrules with a very cool bamboo ferrule plug that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured olive wood seat fitted with N/S D/L’ing “wedding band” cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original tan bag with grommeted leather hang tab and antique gray wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass collar and cap. The silky smooth medium-fast progressive action is well suited for dry fly work on small to mid-size streams, especially those that require delicate presentations. The rod really sang for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. Simply put….this is a superbly crafted rod from a well-respected maker. $1,425

J. H. Becker Model 764 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

J. H. Becker Model 764 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 130 ~ As New ~ This quality-constructed wand from the bench of Vermont’s Jim Becker appears in As New condition, but has admittedly (by its current owner) been fished…twice. It features attractive blonde cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks (forest green at the HK, tip-tops, and ferrule stations), and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The rod is nicely appointed with a carboloy stripper, silver fine-wire snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting oxidized and truncated N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip and beautifully-figured Vermont dark maple seat fitted with D/L'ing silver cap and ring hardware, petite silver grip checks and a HK loop. The rod comes with a quality tan bag with leather hang tab and green pebble-finish aluminum tube brass cap, collar and end. The tube is covered with a new rod sock, compliments of Table Rock Angler. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out for the oft needed casts that call for a bit more distance. It throws a silky-smooth loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 (it will also handle a 5). New rods from Mr. Becker are now priced into 4-figures. You can add this superb rod one to your quiver for… $795

Lou Burhart ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

Lou Burhart ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 60743 ~ As New ~ This quality-constructed wand from the late Lou Burhart is based on a Garrison 209 taper. Mr. Burhart was an Engineer for Chrysler that began building rods in the late 1990s under the part time tutelage of Casnovia, Michigan’s Wayne Cattanach. He continued to build rods in his Monroe, Michigan shop under the name Brack Hill Tackle into the 2010s and sadly passed away in 2015. The rod features attractive flamed cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, burgundy silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a bronze frame, bronze H&H snakes, oxidized tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable modified wells grip and beautifully figured curly maple seat fitted with D/L'ing oxidized cap and ring hardware. The company initials are stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with a quality cream colored bag with maker’s name and company logo stitched into the top and black pebble-finish aluminum tube with silver collar and cap. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out for the oft needed casts that call for a bit more distance. It has a light in the hand feel and throws a smooth and tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. This finely-tuned wand would make a welcome addition to your arsenal. $795

Cunningham 101 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

Cunningham 101 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ No. 599 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ If you have not have the pleasure of seeing ones of Rick’s rods, you are in for a real treat! His finish work is among the best in the business and his skill as a craftsman, honed in part under the watchful eye of the late DJ Duck, is simply top notch. It features an attractive shade of heat-treated cane with golden nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped black, fine furnishings including silver stripper, black guides and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable grip with tapered nose, nicely figured cocobolo seat with N/S U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued WC and a folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original tan bag and aluminum tube with brass end, collar and cap. The rod appears to have seen limited use, though 1 tip is 1 ¼” short. I was unable to detect any noticeably difference in performance between the two tip sections during rod performance testing. It has strong medium-fast to fast action that throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This rod will easily handle a 6 as well. Simply put, this is a quality-made rod from a well-respected Texas maker that would be right at home on smaller and mid-size streams that have a lot of undercuts and/or woody debris. $695

Heddon #14 Thorobred ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 1/2F

Heddon #14 Thorobred ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 1/2F ~ 3 ½’oz. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This rod from the famous Dowagiac, MI maker is from Heddon’s post-classic era (1949 – 1956), features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, red silks, black mildrum-style stripper, hardened steel and tip tops, black N/S ferrules, and a nicely executed varnish finish. One tip has a significant set, the other a light set. A faint ferule click can bet felt at the butt/mid connection and the male will rotate while seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a reversed half wells grip, black screw and slide hood D/L'ing seat over a brown coral tenite spacer, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original red bag with stitched in hang tag and original Heddon-labeled aluminum tube. The medium-fast action throws a tight, accurate loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. The traditional look of the #14, with its rich browntone cane and deep red wraps, has long been a favorite of mine… and I’m sure, other Heddon enthusiasts too… with room for some TLC. $350  **Sale Pending**

G.H. Howells ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

G.H. Howells ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/8 oz. ~ #6 Line. ~ Serial No. 4608 ~ As New ~ 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 1981 for Mr. Charles Brady and remains unfished.  It was acquired by Mr. Brady’s close friend who is offering it in hopes that it will someday see the water in a way it was intended.  It features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped gold, Howells-issue guides, silicone bronze ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated and a beautifully-executed varnish finish.  Matching 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, a beautifully figured black walnut seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with original red bag and labeled aluminum tube, personalized for whom it was made.  The silky-smooth medium-fast action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and really came to life for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5.  The rod’s power that can be felt throughout into butt section and the action perfect for small or larger dries.  Howells’ rods remain in high demand and this one is one of the nicer example of his work that I’ve seen. Superb! $2,895

Jenkins GA75 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

Jenkins GA75 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9oz. ~ 4/5wt. Serial No. 105 ~ 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 beautifully crafted rod one-owner rod was built in 2011 and features an attractive shade of oven-tempered blonde cane with 3x3 spiral golden nodes, matched tips, translucent gold silks, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome guides and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S Swiss-style ferrules, and an unparalleled varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable light cigar grip with tapered nose, the hallmark Cherry reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring and petite N/S WC. The rod comes with the original high quality 2-compartment tan bag with leather hang tab and labeled aluminum tube. This rod is a joy to cast and the medium fast action lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4, WF-5 and/or DT-5. These rods retailed north of $1,700. Get this one lightly used and superbly maintained for… $1,495

H.L. Jennings No. 643 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

H.L. Jennings No. 643 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ NEW ~ Homer Jennings bamboo rod building career began over 30 years ago. His hand split cane, heat pressed nodes, Swiss style N/S ferrules and hardware, olive wood reel seats, and beautifully executed wrap and varnish work are hallmarks of each Jennings rod and this one is certainly no different. Completed in November 2007, this finely tuned wand features beautiful blonde cane with swelled butt and 3 around nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silk wraps tipped green (brown wraps at the ferrule stations) and an absolutely perfect varnish finish that is glass smooth and among the best in the business.  Fine furnishings include a mildrum style carbaloy stripper, silver snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting truncated N/S ferrules with a very cool bamboo ferrule plug that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured olive wood seat fitted with N/S D/L’ing “wedding band” cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop.  The rod comes with the original tan bag with grommeted leather hang tab and brown wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass collar and cap.  The silky smooth medium-fast progressive action has a nice blend of power and delicacy and is well suited for dry fly activity.  The rod really sang for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5.  Simply put….this is a superbly crafted rod from a well-respected maker. $1,425

H.L. Leonard Model 39 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

H.L. Leonard Model 39 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 5/8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2492 ~ EXC ~ This Midland Park era Leonard classic features attractive blonde cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, ruby red silks with a turn of green at the HK and male ferrule stations, black guides, smooth and tight fitting N/S step-down ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw D/L'ing seat with butternut spacer, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the makers die stamp, nicely struck on the side. The rod comes with the original yellow bag with stiffener and original brass capped, heavy-gauge aluminum tube with the maker’s label bearing rod info. This rod has a smooth medium-fast dry fly action capable of delivering pinpoint casts and soft presentations. I found the rod to be very responsive when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5/DT-5. It’s ready for your favorite beat. $1,495  **SALE $1,295**

Orvis Battenkill ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

Orvis Battenkill ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ HCH (DT-7) or HCF (WF-7) ~ Serial No. 44178 ~ EXC+ ~ This 1966 classic from the famous Manchester, VT maker was built by one of Orvis’ best, George Reid. It features richly impregnated cane 3 around golden nodes, Orvis brown silks and fine Orvis furnishings including blued stripper bronze guides, blued tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules which give a sweet pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat with a walnut spacer, exposed blued WC and a HK loop. The rod comes with the original gray Orvis bag and original Orvis aluminum tube with blue and white paper label (approx. 85% intact). The comfortable medium-fast action throws a tight loop and although rated by Orvis for a 7, I really enjoyed casting this rod with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Older Orvis rods are extremely popular, and rightly so, and represent one of the best bangs for the buck for a bamboo rod. $695

Orvis Superfine ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

Orvis Superfine ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/4 oz. HDG (WF-6) ~ Serial No. 70458 ~ EXC+ ~ This highly sought after model from the famous New England maker was built in 1973 by Ron White and features richly-hued impregnated cane with 3 around golden nodes, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis-issue guides, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a Superfine grip, cork seat fitted with finely-knurled dual-ring hardware, and wound over WC. The rod comes with the original green bag and Orvis labeled aluminum tube with rod info engraved into the cap. The sweet medium action throws tight loop when in the hands of a patient caster and the rod will reach out when called upon. Although rated by Orvis as a WF-6, for me, a preferable line choice was a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. 1970s-era Superfine’s are held in high regard by Orvis aficionados and once you own and cast one, you’ll understand why. $825

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

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 1-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.  It has never seen the water. Superb! $3,995

**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…SOLD

H.L. Jennings No. 543 ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2

H.L. Jennings No. 543 ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 4wt. ~ NEW ~ Homer Jennings bamboo rod building career began over 30 years ago. His hand split cane, heat pressed nodes, Swiss style N/S ferrules and hardware, olive wood reel seats, and beautifully executed wrap and varnish work are hallmarks of each Jennings rod and this one is certainly no different. Completed in November 2003, this finely tuned wand features beautiful blonde cane with swelled butt and 3 around nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silk wraps tipped green (brown wraps at the ferrule stations) and an absolutely perfect varnish finish that is glass smooth and among the best in the business.  Fine furnishings include a bronze housed agate stripper, bronze snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued truncated N/S ferrules with a very cool bamboo ferrule plug that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured olive wood seat fitted with blued N/S D/L’ing “wedding band” cap and ring hardware and petite blued N/S WC.  The rod comes with the original tan bag and brown wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass collar and cap.  The smooth medium-fast progressive action offers a nice blend of power and delicacy and is well suited for dry fly work.  The rod will easily handle a 4, but really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5.  Simply put….this is a superbly crafted rod from a well-respected maker. $1,425

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

Classicane ~ 8’ ~ 3/2

Classicane ~ 8’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5wt ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This rod is believed to have been built by Fred DeBell for Creative Sports of Walnut Creek, CA. DeBell began assembling bamboo rods in 1937 in the Denver, Colorado area and continued through the mid-1970s.  In his later years he acquired blanks from Phillipson and Wright & McGill and set out to put together a quality rod at an affordable price that was targeted at the everyday fisherman. The resorcinol glue lines indicate that the cane used for this rod likely came from the Phillipson stock.  The rod features attractive honey-toned cane with swelled butt, bronze “turf tan” silks, chrome mildrum-stye stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops, easy working N/S ferrules and a shiny varnish that appears to have received an overcoat.  One tip is 4” short and the ferrule does not fit into the mid.  The other tip has a light set.  The business end of the butt section has a light reversed half wells grip, bronze D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, exposed WC and HK loop.  The rod comes with a turquoise poplin bag and unlabeled Phillipson-issue gold aluminum tube, both likely original.  The pleasant medium-fast action throws a nice loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and/or DT-5 that is ideal for dry fly work. This stream-ready stick is priced as a one tip rod and well below a comparable length Phillipson or W&M. $350

Heddon #17 Black Beauty ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F

Heddon #17 Black Beauty ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F ~ 4.6 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This post-classic era (1949-1956) rod from the famous Dowagiac, MI maker is not often seen in the 8’~ 3 piece format. This one a[[ears t have been overcoated at some point in the past and features browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silks tipped orange, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops (one tip top guide is a replacement) and a nicely executed varnish finish. Black N/S ferules give a soft pop upon separation. The butt/mid ferrule fit is a bit worn and faint click can be felt. One tip is down 1/8”, the other down ½” with a light set. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reversed half wells grip, D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a black pyralin spacer, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original black Heddon labeled bag (repaired at the bottom), sans hang tag, and replacement aluminum tube. The medium-fast action tosses nice loops with Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. The #17 was extremely popular before and after WW-II and was known as the workhorse of the Heddon lineup. This is a nice stick for the Heddon enthusiast… with room for some TLC. $395

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 **SALE $2,895**

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/1 (made that way)

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4 1/8oz. ~ H.D.G. (6). ~ Serial No. 58080 ~ EXC+/As New ~ The 4 1/8 oz. model was first introduced in the Orvis catalogs in 1970 which is when this single tip Battenkill classic was built.  It features honey-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, quality Orvis-issue furnishings and blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and sliding hood seat with a nicely figured walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop.  The rod comes with the original grey bag (taped at bottom) and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube.  Although rated by Orvis as a WF-6, I found the rods medium-slow to medium action to my liking when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. Older Orvis rods have long been favorites among bamboo fly fishers around the world and represent an excellent value on a quality–made bamboo fly rod.  This one appears as new, and may have yet to see the water. Superb! $550

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/2

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 1/8oz. ~ H.D.G. (6). ~ Serial No. 58074 ~ EXC+ ~ The 4 1/8 oz. model was first introduced in the Orvis catalogs in 1970 which is when this Ron White classic was built.  It features richly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, quality Orvis-issue furnishings and blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and sliding hood seat with a nicely figured walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop.  The rod comes with the original grey bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube.  Although rated by Orvis as a WF-6, I found the rods medium-slow to medium action to my liking when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. Older Orvis rods have long been favorites among bamboo fly fishers around the world and represent an excellent value on a quality–made bamboo fly rod.  This one, with low mileage is a sweet find for the Orvis enthusiast. $750

**SOLD OUT** Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2

4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 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.  SOLD OUT

 

R.L. Winston ~ 8' ~ 2/1

R.L. Winston ~ 8' ~ 2/1 (Made That Way) ~ 4 1/4 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 7877 ~ EXC ~ This San Francisco Winston was likely built by Doug Merrick and Gary Howells and features hollow-flute construction, attractive medium-blonde cane, gold silks, mildrum stripper, chrome snakes and tip-top, smooth and tight fitting Winston duronze ferrules (the male ferrule housing and female ferrule are wrapped in putty) give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable wells grip, bakelite seat with screw D/L’ing hardware, black exposed WC, and folding ring HK.  R.L. Winston 8’ – 4 1/4 oz #78773, the hollow-flute patent number, and former owners name (Warren C. Erholm) are inked on the rod.  It comes with the rod SF-era labeled bag and original aluminum tube with SF-era label 85% intact.  This rod has an incredibly smooth medium-fast action and throws tight and accurate loops, best for me with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This delightful casting wand will surely be a welcome addition to any arsenal, especially if you fish in environs where the wind often blows and fish are larger than average. $1,095

**SOLD** Abercrombie & Fitch #42 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/1 (made that way)

Abercrombie & Fitch #42 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/1 (made that way) ~ 5.4 oz. ~ 6 wt. ~ EXC ~ This popular Rocky Mountain classic was built for A&F by Phillipson and is a rendition of the popular Phillipson Peerless Dry Fly Special, the highest priced rod in the Phillipson arsenal ($80.00 in 1964).  It features impregnated cane with swelled butt, resorcinol glue lines, “turf tan” (bronze) wraps with elegant open spiral yellow tipping, quality Phillipson furnishings include a chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules.  The business end of the butt section was completed with the hallmark Torpedo grip and large cone-shaped bronze WC, anodized bronze aluminum D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat and a HK loop. The rod comes with the original bag and gold aluminum tube (couple of small tube dents that do not affect storage) bearing the makers label.  This is a medium to medium-fast action rod that throws a ton of line a long way!  I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 best.  What a super find for the Phillipson enthusiast. SOLD

Lester Dickey Dry Fly ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/1

Lester Dickey Dry Fly ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/1 ~ 5.5oz. ~ 7wt. EXC ~ Based on intel provided by the owner, Lester Dickey was a New England area bamboo rod maker in the 1950s. This Maine classic features light honey-tone cane with hollow fluted butt, spiral node pattern configured similar to the firing order of a six cylinder engine, so that no section of a rod has nodes appearing on more than one flat, black silks with gold accent wraps, Aetna foul-proof guides on the butt, black snakes, chrome tip-top, tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated and a nice varnish finish that has withstood the test of time. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an elongated straight grip with tapered nose and black metal seat with D/L’ing dual screw hardware. The rod comes with a new tan bag that is too long and new aluminum tube with water-tite cap. This is a power rod, with a stiff medium fast action capable of throwing a ton of line. It is a cool piece of Americana that would be a great choice for large trout, bass, smaller steelies or Atlantic salmon. $295

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

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

Heddon Erwin Weller #20 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5.1oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ This Classic-era (1933 – 1938) Heddon trade rod is on par with a Heddon 17 and features browntone cane with swelled butt, black silks tipped gold,  black stripper, snakes and tip-tops, smooth fitting early Heddon N/S ferrules and a crazed varnish finish.  The butt section has a set as does both tips and a ferrule click can be felt. The business end of the butt section is fitted with comfortable cigar grip, early Heddon metal D/L’ing cap and ring seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with a correct size 3-complartment bag and era-correct aluminum tube with only remnants of the original label still intact.  The rod has a delightful medium action that is well-suited to a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 or WF-6.  This rarely seen model is deserving of a restoration. $225

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

Heddon #20 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5.1 oz ~ 6 wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This neo-classic era rod from the famous Dowagiac, Michigan maker 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 exception to this was the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen and the #115 and #125 which were trade rods built for Sears, Roebuck & Co.).  It comes in the popular 2F (trout) format and features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, maroon silks, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, black ferrules (ferrule click can be felt) and a solid varnish finish that has a few area of softening that should respond well to a buff out. There is a nicely done 3/8” repair wrap on one tip at 3rd guide station and both tips have sets.  The cane beneath the repair wrap appears sound.  The business end of the butt section has a reversed half wells grip, brown coral tenite seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. Spiral Heddon writing and straight line rod info are present on the butt. The rod comes with a Heddon labeled bag with stitched in tag & original Heddon labeled tube with a replacement pressure fit cap.  The rod has a delightful medium action that tosses a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-6.  With room for some TLC and ferrule work. $295

Heddon #20 Bill Stanley's Favorite ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F

Heddon #20 Bill Stanley's Favorite ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5oz. ~ 6 wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This c. 1950 Post classic era rod from the famous Dowagiac, Michigan maker was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker.  The only exception to this was the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen and the #115 and #125 which were trade rods built for Sears, Roebuck & Co.).  It comes in the popular 2F (trout) format and features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, maroon silks, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, tight fitting black ferrules (faint ferrule click can be felt) and a solid varnish finish that has a few area of softening that should respond well to a buff out. There is a nicely done 3” repair wrap on one tip just below the tip top guide and both tips have sets.  The cane beneath the repair wrap appears sound. The tip top guide on the other tip is a bit loose and should be reset.  The business end of the butt section has a reversed half wells grip, brown coral tenite seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. Original straight line Heddon writing is present on the butt. The rod comes with a Heddon labeled bag (for a #125) & original Heddon labeled tube with pressure fit cap.  The rod has a delightful medium action that tosses a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-6.  With room for some TLC $295

Jim Payne Model 206 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

Jim Payne Model 206 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.5 oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC+/As New (exceptions noted)~ This c. 1950 classic was reported to be all original, but may possibly have been restored at some point in the past and is a real powerhouse! It could also possibly be a 204H or 205, but absent the hang tag and based on the weight as stated in the 1951 Payne Catalog, it is most closely corresponds to a Model 206. It features an attractive shade of honey-tone cane java silks tipped black with a turn of gold and burgundy at the HK and male ferrule stations, agate stripper housed in silver frame, hardened steel snakes, blued tip-tops, blued N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated and a beautifully executed varnish finish. A faint ferrule click can be felt at the butt/mid juncture and the last snake guide wrap on the mid, proximal to the female ferrule, could use a light overcoat. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified cigar grip, silver screw U/L'ing seat with walnut spacer, blued WC and folding ring HK. the PAYNE Reg U.S. Pat. Off. logo is stamped into the side of screw hood. It comes with the original military green bag (has two tiny taped-covered holes at the bottom) and labeled aluminum tube with brass end, collar and cap. This powerful casting instrument has a silky smooth medium action perfect for large flies, large rivers, lakes and wherever the wind blows hard and often. It would be right at home on the Henrys Fork, Missouri or Big Horn. $1,995 **SALE $1,795**

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.2oz. ~6wt ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic appears to be all original and features light honey-tone cane with swelled butt and resorcinol glue lines, yellow silks tipped black, typical Phillipson-issue furnishings include bronze mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, and chrome tip tops, N/S ferrules and a solid varnish finish.  The ferrule fit on both tips is a bit worn and the ferrules will rotate while seated.  I also noted some roughness on the stripping guide wraps.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a full wells grip, butterscotch screw D/L'ing “no-rock” seat, and exposed WC.  The rod comes with a brown bag and aluminum tube sans label, both of which are likely original.  The sweet medium action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6.  This is a real point & shoot wand that allows for long casts and easy line pick-ups and could easily become a “go to” rod for medium and larger sized rivers.  With room to spare to address the ferrules. $295

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

Old Faithful True Action No. 0T-0095 ~ 9' ~ 3/2

Old Faithful True Action No. 0T-0095 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.6oz. 6/7wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This Denver made W&M Granger trade rod is basically a W&M Victory with a few minor cosmetic differences. It features that Granger-like carmel colored cane with swelled butt and 3 around nodes, beige silks, WM-issue guides, smooth and fitting WM-issue N/S ferrules that give a nice pop and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable light half wells grip, brownish-bronze seat with D/L'ing knurled screw hardware and exposed WC. It comes with the original tan bag and black fiber tube with white paper label 99% intact. This rod is a real powerhouse with a comfortable medium action that throws a tight loop a long way. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-7. This would be a good choice for the budget-minded angler looking for a quality Rocky Mountain stick with very low mileage. $295

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 6.2oz. ~7wt ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic appears to be all original and features rich honey-tone cane with swelled butt, yellow silks tipped black, typical Phillipson-issue furnishings include bronze mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, and chrome tip tops, smooth working N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a solid varnish finish.  A ferrule click can be felt at the butt/mid connection.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a full wells grip, bronze screw and slide hood D/L'ing “no-rock” seat, and exposed WC.  The rod comes with a brown bag and aluminum tube sans label, both of which are likely original.  The sweet medium to medium fast action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7 and could also handle an 8. With a little TLC, this rod could be a regular in your quiver for bigger than average quarry found in medium to larger rivers and lakes.  With room to spare to address the ferrules. $275

South Bend No. 346 ~ 9' ~ 3/2

South Bend No. 346 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.7oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ EXC+/As New ~ This 1940s (post WW-II) classic is all original and may not yet have seen the water!  It features factory straight sections (SB rods were not arrows!), attractive lightly flamed cane with golden nodes, orange/black Jasper wraps, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, typical SB-issue plated ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated and sound varnish finish that shows virtually no use. The business end of the butt section has a comficient grip with gold foil label in the thumb depression, red U/L’ing "Lite-Lock" seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with the original green canvas bag with red trim and stitched in label and the original black fiber tube with SB label.  The rod has a pleasant medium to medium-fast action that was designed by SB for trout fishing (as indicated by the 3-digit model number) and has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 / DT-6 line.  What a super find for the SB enthusiast! $295

W&M Granger Special Model GS9050 ~ 9' ~ 3/2

W&M Granger Special Model GS9050 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.5 oz. ~ 7 wt. ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This post WW-II Colorado classic features carmel colored cane with swelled butt, 3x3 spiral nodes, Granger green silks, quality W&M stripper, snakes, and tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules give that hallmark Granger pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish.  I noted a very faint ferrule tick at the but/mid connection.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light reversed half wells grip, dent free internal U/L metal seat with proper WM stampings in perfect working order and exposed WC.  The rod comes with the original tan bag and aluminum tube sans label.  The medium-fast action is a joy to cast with a WF/DT-7.  This powerhouse of a rod is a nice example of this highly-popular model. Proudly made in Denver…with room for a ferrule reset if desired. $295

Heddon #17 ~ 9.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3F

Heddon #17 ~ 9.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3F ~ 6.7oz. ~ 8/9wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) ~ This classic-era (1933-38) rod from the famous Dowagiac, Michigan maker was restored (looks like the original wraps were left in place) and features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silks tipped orange, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, tight-fitting black ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a solid varnish finish.  There is a ferrule click at the butt/mid connections and both tips have light sets. There are two small black over wraps on the one tip proximal to the last snake guide, the purpose of which is unknown.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, brown pyaralin seat with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a replacement black bag and unlabeled Heddon-issue aluminum tube that is most likely orignial.  This stout rod is not for the meek and is perfect for tossin’ streamers and buggers in waters that hold larger than average quarry.  The #17 was Heddon’s “workhorse” and best-selling rod and is still one of the best values you’ll find on a dealer’s list.  With room to address the ferrules. $195

Current Inventory of Bamboo Bargains

The Bamboo Bargains listed below are available for purchase (unless noted otherwise in the description). 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.

Bamboo Rod (Unknown Maker) ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2

Bamboo Rod (Unknown Maker) ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.3.oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ The maker of this nicely equipped rod is unknown.  It appears to be a rebuilt pr silks production rod and features an attractive shade of honey-tone cane, B/O Jasper silks, agate stripper, silver  snakes and tip-tops, easy working N/S ferrules and a shiny varnish finish.  The stripping guide does not line up with the reel seat hardware (it is 1 flat off).  One or the other will need to be reset.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reverse half wells grip with flared palm and tapered nose, U/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with rosewood spacer, petite exposed WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with a blue bag and PVC tube.  The medium-fast action tosses a nice loop, and although identified as a 4wt on the rod, performed much better for me with a Cortland Peach 444 DT-5.  While this one does not fall into the collectable category, it will make a nice fishing rod and is a nice find for the budget-minded angler.  With room to address the seat or stripper. $225

Heddon #115 Premier ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F

Heddon #115 Premier ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 24F ~ 5.2 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This Heddon classic was sold exclusively by Sears, Roebuck & Co. from approximately 1948 to 1952 and features browntone cane with swelled butt, antique gold silks tipped black, bronze stripper, hardened steel snakes, and tip-tops, black N/S ferrules a sound and shiny varnish finish.  The mid section is down 1-inch.  The ferrule fit is a bit worn and a click can be felt.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip that appears to have been cleaned, D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a brown coral tenite spacer and an exposed WC.  The rod comes with the original Heddon bag without the stitched in hang tag & and Heddon-issue aluminum tube, also believed to be original.  The medium to medium-fast action throws a nice loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6.  With plenty of room to address the ferrules… $195

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 **SALE $50**

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 **SALE $50**

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. $50 **SALE $35**

Unmarked ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2

5oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~G+ ~ This unmarked varnished rod is likely a Shakespeare and features carmel colored cane, orange/red variegated silks, chrome stripper, hardened steel guides, rolled welt ferrules that give a soft pop when separated, perfection grip, metal seat with D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. There is a guide missing on the mid-section and the rod has an overall set. It comes with a tattered tan bag (label is mostly missing) and metal tube. The rod has a nice medium action and a sweet 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. $75 **SALE $50**

**SOLD** H.L. Gum Mckenzie Bend ~ 9’ ~ 3/1

H.L. Gum Mckenzie Bend ~ 9’ ~ 3/1 ~ 5.6 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ The writing on the rod indicates that is based on the Payne Canadian Canoe taper. It features browntone cane, brown wraps with maize accents, red agate stripper, chrome snakes and tip top, rolled-welt ferrules and varnish finish. The male ferrules do not have a water plug and all except the mid female are loose and will pull off their stations when the rod sections are separated. The tip top guide is also loose and the tip has a set. The rod has a modified cigar grip, hardwood seat with U/Ling screw and slide hood hardware, exposed WC and HK loop and comes with red bag. There is no tube. This would make a nice winter project rod. SOLD

 

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. $99 **SALE $75**

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 **SALE $50**

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

South Bend No. 47 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC- RS~ This post WW-II classic from the famed Midwestern tackle giant features factory straight sections (SB rods were not arrows!), flamed cane with golden nodes, old gold silks tipped burgundy, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, SB-issue plated ferrules with soldered welt that give a nice pop, comficient grip sans label and a solid varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comficient grip sans gold foil label in the thumb depression, red U/L’ing "Lite-Lock" seat, exposed WC and a snake guide for a HK.  The rod comes with the green SB-labeled bag.  No tube.  The rod has strong medium action that was designed by SB for bass fishing (as indicated by the 2-digit model number).  This blast from the past is stream ready and will not break the bank. $175

Current Inventory of Graphite & Glass Rods

The Graphite & Glass rods listed below  are available for purchase (unless noted otherwise in the description). 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.

Damon Royal ~ 7.5’ ~ 5pc.

Damon Royal ~ 7.5’ ~ 5pc. ~ 2.7oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC ~ This finely tuned travel rod was custom made in Potsdam, NY and features attractive blue shafts, deep purple (Smooooke on the Waaaater) silks tipped gold chrome guides, comfortable reversed half wells grip with tapered nose and flared palm, and beautifully figured hardwood seat with champagne U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. The rod comes with a burgundy bag and silver aluminum tube.  The rod has an extremely responsive action and exceptionally light in the hand feel and would be perfect for dry fly work on your favorite stream. $275 $225 **SALE**

Deep Bend Rodworks ~ 8’ ~ 3pc.

Deep Bend Rodworks ~ 8’ ~ 3pc. ~ 3.2oz, ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 16-038 ~ As New ~ This finely tuned wand was custom made in Mount Pleasant, SC by Marty Romeo on a James Green Heritage Trout Series blank and features attractive amber shafts, gold silks, spigot ferrules, agate stripper, light wire snakes and tip top, comfortable reversed half wells grip, and beautifully figured hardwood seat with D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. The rod comes with a new bag and labeled silver aluminum tube. The James Green HTS is known for its medium-slow, extremely responsive action and exceptionally light in the hand feel. This rod appears to be unfished and would be a perfect choice for spring creeks and/or your favorite stream. $350 $295 **SALE**

Garcia Conlon S-637 ~ 8’ ~ 2pc.

Garcia Conlon S-637 ~ 8’ ~ 2pc. ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC ~ This rod with the Conoguard sealed protection features an attractive silver blank, black wraps with silver accents, white ceramic stripper, chrome guides, black alloy ferrules. comfortable Wells grip, black metal seat with D/L’ing svrew and slide hood hardware and exposed black WC. No bag or tube. The medium action throws a sweet loop and will handle a 6 or 7 wt. line of your choosing. It will also throw 5 if asked and would be a good choice for trout or bass. $75

Orvis Trout ~ 8’ ~ 2pc.

Orvis Trout ~ 8’ ~ 2pc. ~ 2 1/4oz.~ 6wt. EXC- ~ This extremely hard to find early Orvis graphite (pre-serial number) features a gray unsanded blank, brown wraps, slender cigar grip, cork seat with D/L’ing knurled screw and slide hood hardware. The bottom of the butt cap carries the rod name and info. The rod comes in a gray bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube. A wonderful find for the Orvis enthusiast that shows some use, but has plenty left in the tank!  $175

Orvis All Rounder TU Commemorative ~ 8’3” ~ 2pc.

Orvis All Rounder TU Commemorative ~ 8’3” ~ 2pc. ~ 2 7/8oz.~ 7wt. ~ Serial No. TU 1981-06 ~ Mint ~ This hard to find classic Trout Unlimited commemorative Orvis graphite is in the same condition it was when first awarded/won. It features a gray unsanded blank, black wraps tipped scarlet, chrome guides, light reversed wells grip with flared palm, beautifully figured commemorative engraved teakwood/aluminum seat with seat with D/L’ing knurled screw hardware. The bottom of the butt cap carries the rod name and info. The rod comes in the original bag and patent leather tube with commemorative brass plate. This is a must have for the Orvis. $525

Winston IBIS 586-4 ~ 8.5'~ 4pc.

Winston IBIS 586-4 ~ 8.5'~ 4pc. ~ 3.2oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 6235 ~ New ~ This rod is brand new with plastic on the grip and features an attractive burgundy sanded blank, with matching wraps, chrome guides U/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with cocobolo spacer and comes in the original burgundy Winston-issue cordura case with blank warranty card. These rods are responsive and a joy to cast. Retail was $375. Yours, as new for… $250

Orvis Boron/Graphite ~ 8’9” ~ 2pc.

Orvis Boron/Graphite ~ 8’9” ~ 2pc. ~ 3 3/4oz.~ 7wt. ~ Serial No. 0486 ~ EXC ~ This hard to find early Orvis Boron/Graphite classic from the Powerflex Series was built in April 1986 and features a gray unsanded blank, gray wraps, comfortable light wells grip and U/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a figured cedar spacer. The butt section is shorter than the tip (made that way). The bottom of the butt cap carries the rod name and info. The rod comes in the original Orvis labeled bag and Orvis labeled aluminum tube. A wonderful find for the Orvis enthusiast that does not look like it has seen that much use $225

Damon Royal ~ 9’ ~ 5pc.

Damon Royal ~ 9’ ~ 5pc. ~ 3.2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC ~ This finely tuned travel rod was custom made in Potsdam, NY and features attractive blue shafts, deep purple (Smooooke on the Waaaater) silks tipped gold, chrome guides, comfortable reversed half wells grip with tapered nose and flared palm, and beautifully figured hardwood seat with champagne U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. The rod comes with a tan bag and silver aluminum tube.  The rod has an extremely responsive action and exceptionally light in the hand feel and would be perfect for dry fly work on your favorite stream. $275 $225 **SALE**

Orvis T3 Model 906-4 ~ 9’~ 4pc.

Orvis T3 Model 906-4 ~ 9’~ 4pc. ~ 3 7/8oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 0106 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality made mid flex (7.5) rod was made in January 2006 and features an attractive olive green sanded blank, olive wraps, gold guides, extra flora grade Western grip, N/S U/L’ing seat with an amboina insert, and comes with original bag with stitched in Orvis 25 year guarantee, and original moss colored aluminum tube with Orvis label and rod info on the cap.  Retail price was $575.  Yours, with low mileage for… $295

Current Inventory of Wall Hanger Specials

The karma-laden historic split cane rods listed below are perfect decorations for your office or trout room. They would also make good "practice rods" for the hobbyist and novice restorationist. They may be missing a few guides or wraps, but you won't find them for less at your local "Anitque & Junque" shop. Past rods have included rods from Shakespeare, South Bend, Horrocks Ibbotson, Montague, Milwards and others. Prices generally range from $25 to $50. There are currently several in stock. Availabilty varies and they usually sell fast so inquire quickly. Please don't hesitate to call (616) 884-5626 or email coldwatercollectibles@gmail.com for more information.

WH-1

This 4 piece 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 SALE $25

WH-2

This 4 piece 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 SALE $25

WH-3

This 4 piece 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 SALE $25

**SOLD** WH-4

This 4 piece 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. SOLD

**SOLD** WH-5

This 4 piece 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. SOLD