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 $19

L.D. Atchison Nodeless ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/1

L.D. Atchison Nodeless ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/1 ~ 2.4 oz.~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ Those of you who hung out a SRG, may know David Atchison. This cool little nodeless from the northwest Arkansas maker was built on a proprietary taper and features attractive light honey-toned cane, ruby red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome guides, spliced ferrule and grommet system, and a nicely executed varnish finish. Although the tip section is not perfectly straight, line flow or castability is unaffected. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork grip fitted with silver cap and ring hardware. The rod comes with a green bag and aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The rod has a brisk medium-fast action that has an affinity for a SA Buckskin DT-3 line. You can have some fun with this one!. $295

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

Buddy Davis Model 7072 ~ 7’ ~ 2/2

Buddy Davis Model 7072 ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2 oz.~ 7wt. ~ EXC+/As New (exception noted) ~ This stunning rod from the North Carolina, who apprenticed under Paul Young and hand crafted bamboo rods until the early 2000s, features an attractive shade of light honey-tone cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, avocado silks tipped red, mint green agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome guides, easy-working N/S ferrules that give a nice pop, and a nicely executed varnish finish. a faint click that can be felt in the butt ferrule when assembled and waggled disappears when loaded with line. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured birds eye maple seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite silver WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a cream colored bag with hang tag and antique bronze aluminum tube with brass end collar and cap. The makers name and rod info are engraved into the top of the tube cap. The rod has a fast action and although rated for WF-7, really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. I tried a WF-7 and while it did handle it, I preferred the DT-5. This is a well-crafted rod that will make someone a happy camper. $695

**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

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

**SOLD** LL Bean ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

5wt. ~ 4.6 oz. ~ EXC EF ~ This rarely seen classic may have built by Edwards or Montague for the famous purveyor of outdoor gear. It was refinished (not sure who did the work) and features browntone cane with dramatically swelled butt, avocado silks tipped red, chrome mildrum-style stripper which could be a replacement, hardened steel snakes and tip –tops, tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a new varnish finish that was soundly applied but has a few marks. The business end of the butt section has a reversed half wells grip that shows some light ridging, D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat with a black Pyralin spacer stamped L.L. BEAN INC. FREEPORT, ME is similar to some Montague seats, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a canvas bag, and a canvas case that has a leather top and zippered closure. The comfortable medium to medium-fast action throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 that is well-suited to dry fly work. A cool piece of Americana that would be right at home on small to mid-size streams.  SOLD

 

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

Mike Pahl “Copper John” ~ 7.5’ ~ 3/2

Mike Pahl “Copper John” ~ 7.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5.2 oz ~ 6wt. ~ EXC+ RF ~ This rod reportedly started out life as a South Bend 359 (presumably an 8.5’ or 9’er) and was completely rebuilt.  It features attractive flamed cane with golden nodes, black and orange jasper silks tipped black, with a turn of red at the HK and ferrule stations, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, black guides, easy-working plated ferrules with ferrule plugs, and a nicely executed varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified wells grip with tapered nose, nicely figured hardwood seat with pewter U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and WC and black HK loop.  A mayfly dun is neatly engraved into the bottom of the butt cap.  The rod comes with a quality made tan bag with leather hang tab and a black aluminum tube with a brass end collar and cap.  The stiff action loads well with a Cortland 44 Peach DT-6 and will also handle a 7.  This affordable and attractive rod would be right at home tossing terrestrials and dry/dropper rigs and for keeping larger than average trout from disappearing into the woodpiles and undercuts. $295

Munsey Wheby “Devine Fairy” ~ 7.5’~ 3/1

3.4oz. ~ 3wt. ~ NEW ~ Munsey Wheby has been handcrafting split cane fly rods in his Sanford, NC basement for the past 14 years and has over 240 rods to his credit. His lineup includes a variety of tapers and he is currently developing a line of proprietary tapers designed for streams he fishes in the mountains of Virginia. This light line wand is based on a classic Fred Divine Fairy taper and features attractive lightly flamed cane, brown silks with black accents at the WC, signature wrap, tip-top, and ferrule stations, quality amber agate stripper housed in a smoked nickel frame, Snake brand guides, smooth and tight-fitting Dickerson-style blued ferrules crafted by Chris Bogart that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a plastic-covered modified reversed wells grip and a beautifully figured walnut seat with D/L’ing silver cap and ring hardware. The rod comes with a new bag and hexagonal light walnut finished pine tube. The brisk medium action flexes into the butt and will throw a sweet loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-3. Those not from the Blue Ridge Mountain region may not have heard of Munsey, but I suspect that will change soon. Proudly made in the USA. $795 SALE $695 **Sale Pending**

WM Granger Favorite Model GF7633 ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2

WM Granger Favorite Model GF7633 ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3 3/4 oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic features attractive carmel colored cane with swelled butt, B/W jasper silks tipped gold with gold intermediates, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give that hallmark Granger pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. A barely perceptible 3/4" clear protective wrap was expertly installed on one tip between the first and second snake guide that could have been added as a precautionary measure over a hook dig. The cane in this area appears sound with no obvious visual indication of splits or damage. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half wells grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with nicely struck factory stampings is in perfect working order and without dents, and an exposed WC. The rod comes with a chocolate brown bag and labeled aluminum tube. This sweet casting wand has a very light in the hand feel and a delightful medium to medium-fast action that throws smooth and tight loops and is perfect for dry fly work. I really liked it with Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. I think you’ll find a silk (or Cortland Sylk) line to be a fine match as well. This is a superb example of this rarely seen classic and an excellent find for the Granger enthusiast. $925 **Sale Pending**

**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

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

**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

 

**SOLD** P.W. "Bill" Arend ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

P.W. "Bill" Arend ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5/6 wt. EXC+/As New ~ P.W. "Bill" Arend crafted fine quality bamboo rods from his shop just outside of Denver from circa (c.) 1920 to c. 1950. His rods closely resemble, and were in competition with, those of Goodwin Granger and Bill Phillipson. Mr. Arend was and Bill Phillipson were reportedly good friends and the elder Bill was the younger Bill’s fly casting mentor. Arend successors (Al Kudalis and John Lohman) carried on the company tradition for approximately 2 more decades. Most Arend rods were made in the three-piece format and designed for use on large, windy western rivers. This Rocky Mountain classic was reported to be all original and features light honey-tone cane, 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, black and orange Jasper silks tipped black, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, blued tip tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and nicely-exectued varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half wells grip, black screw and slide hood D/L'ing “no-rock” seat and black WC. The butt cap is unstamped, indicating this rod is likely post 1950s. It comes with a tartan plaid bag and aluminum tube. The tube cap is mushroomed a bit on top, but works just fine. The Granger-like medium action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, WF-6 /or DT-6. This point & shoot wand allows for long casts and easy line pick-ups and could easily become a “go to” rod for your favorite river.  SOLD

Sewell Dunton Custom No. 193 ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2

Sewell Dunton Custom No. 193 ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 5.4oz ~ 6wt. ~ EXC ~ This New England classic rod is not your ordinary wand to come out of Dunton’s Greenfield, MA shop. Possibly built as a retirement gift or as a special order, it features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, rootbeer brown silks, oxidized stripper, bronze snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a light wells grip, black D/L’ing screw & slide hood seat with Spanish cedar spacer, exposed oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The original owners name is neatly engraved into the bottom of the butt cap. It comes with original red labeled bag and labeled aluminum tube. This remarkably straight powerhouse of a rod has a comfortable medium to medium-fast action and throws a smooth Loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 or DT-6. The rod will also handle a 7 if asked. It’s reminiscent of an Orvis Limestone Special… only quicker and turbo-charged! Would make a wonderful medium to large river trout rod or be equally as fun to use for smallies and bucketmouths. Easily one of the nicer examples of Sewell Dunton’s work that I’ve seen to date. $450

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

James L. Reams Hollowbuilt~ 8.5' ~ 2/2

3.8oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 157 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ Jim Reams decade-long fondness for hollow building bamboo fly rods is evident in every one he creates.  As he likes to put it: “They feature delicacy without weakness, and strength without bulk.”  He tapers are much in the tradition of Jim Payne and E.C. Powell and his hollow scalloped rods are quite honestly, works of art.  This high-quality offering from Mr. Reams’ NoCal shop will surely please the most discriminating angler and you’ll immediately notice the maker’s attention to detail and mature hand, once the rod is removed from the tube.  It features attractive blonde cane with matched tips, translucent brown silks tipped black, fine furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, light wire guides,  oxidized Super-Z- style truncated N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a beautifully executed glass-smooth varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade wells grip, beautifully figured venerri-style hardwood seat with oxidized N/S U/L’ing wedding band hardware and oxidized rear grip check.  There are a couple of small nicks in the bottom of seat at the flared butt.  The rod comes with a soft tan bag and labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar.  The smooth medium-fast action with quick recovery delivers a tight loop (I enjoyed it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5) with a nice blend of power and delicacy.  This superb rod would be righteous on the Henry’s Fork, Big Horn or Missouri. $2,495 SALE $2,295 **Sale Pending**

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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

Hardy “The Rogue River” ~ 9.5' ~ 3/2

Hardy “The Rogue River” ~ 9.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 8wt. ~ Serial No. E 72036 ~ VG- ~ This classic salmon/steelhead offering from across the pond” was built in 1950 and features honey-toned cane, brown "whippings" and intermediates, mildrum-style snakes (they all look like mini-stripping guides, clear agate filled bridged tip tops, tight fitting blued N/S ferrules with ferrule plugs give a solid pop when separated, and a crazed varnish finish. The tip sections are approx. 1" shorter than the butt section (made that way). The stripping guide on the butt section and a guide on one of the tip sections are missing and the wraps are becoming brittle with a couple taped in place. I also noted the reel seat screw thread is loose on its station. The business end of the butt section has a full wells grip and exposed WC. The rod comes with the original labeled bag (tattered and taped at the bottom) with fighting butt storage compartment (sans fighting butt) and ferrule plug storage compartment with snap closure, and a bullet nose tube. The sections of this historically significant rod are remarkably straight and, while it would look great on a wall, can be stream-ready with a little TLC. It is also a perfect candidate for a restoration. Priced accordingly. $195 SALE $125

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.

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

**SOLD** South Bend 359 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

4.7 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ The 359 was designed for trout fishing and is widely regarded as one of South Bend’s best dry fly tapers. This 1940's (post WW-II) classic features attractive lightly flamed cane with golden nodes, root beer silks, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes & tip-tops, typical SB plated ferrules that give a solid pop when separated and a solid varnish finish. The butt and mid-section ferrules, reel seat and tip-top guides are loose on their stations and need to be reset. Both tips have sets. The business end of the butt section is fitted with the ventilated comficient grip (sans foil label), root beer-brown D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat, exposed WC, and folding-ring HK. The rod comes with a SB labeled bag and SB labeled red fiber tube sans cap or collar. The comfortable medium action tosses a fine loop and the rod would cover most trout fishing situations. This is a solid rod with good bones in need of some TLC and a nice find for production rod enthusiast. $125 SOLD

 

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 $39

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

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. $99 SALE $75

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

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

6oz. ~ 7wt. ~ G+ ~ This varnished classic from the famed Midwestern tackle giant features flamed cane with golden nodes, red/black Jasper wraps, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, SB-issue rolled welt plated ferrules that give a nice pop, comficient grip, sans label, red U/L’ing "Lite-Lock" metal seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK. A couple of the wraps have been redone and the ferrules are loose on their stations will need to be reset the rod has an overall set. It 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 designation). 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. SOLD

 

**SOLD** South Bend No. 55 ~ 9' ~ 3/1 (made that way)

6oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ G+ ~ This varnished classic from the famed Midwestern tackle giant features light honey-toned, originally with red silks, but most have been amateurishly been redone, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-top, SB-issue rolled welt plated ferrules that give a nice pop, reversed wells grip, metal screw D/L’ing seat and exposed WC. The ferrules, reel seat and tip top guide are loose on their stations will need to be reset. It comes with a SB-issue 3-compatment bag and black fiber tube with half of the black outer coating peeled off. The rod is surprisingly straight and has a strong medium action that was designed by SB for bass fishing (as indicated by the 2-digit model designation). 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. SOLD

 

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.

Russ Peak “Zenith” Fly/Spin ~ 7’ ~ 2 pc.

Russ Peak “Zenith” Fly/Spin ~ 7’ ~ 2 pc. ~ 2.6 oz. ~ Serial No. 12106. ~ EXC ~ This highly sought glass rod from the acclaimed Pasadena, CA maker was built in 1965 and features opaque brown shafts, brown wraps elegantly tipped with two turns of gold, dual strippers on the butt and snakes on the tip, perfectly fit N/S ferrules, comfortable straight grip with dual slide bands and HK loop. The makers name and inscription to the buyer are inked on the butt section. It comes with original chocolate brown bag and labeled aluminum tube. The medium-fast action is a joy to cast and lays down a soft line when paired with anything from a WF-5 to DT-6. It will also toss your favorite Mepps or Panther Martins. $475 **Sale Pending**

Wright & McGill Fiberglass “Pack Rod” ~ 7.5’~ 4pc

7wt. ~ EXC+/As New ~ This cool glass rod from the famous Rocky Mountain maker features an attractive brown blank, black wraps with fancy open spiral white/black signature and stripping guide wraps, chrome stripper and tip-top, black snakes N/S ferrules, comfortable straight cork grip, and patented screw U/L’ing metal seat with makers name nicely stuck at the top. The rod comes with a W/M issue tan bag and aluminum tube. The rod fit inside the tube is tight and makes rod extraction difficult. The rod has a crisp action that is far superior to the more common spin/fly rod combo model. This one is on like new condition and is a sweet find for the W/M enthusiast. $125 SALE $79

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

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 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

Hardy Proaxis Sintrix ~ 9’ ~ 4pc.

10wt. ~ Serial No. PR414 ~ New w/tag ~ From the maker: “ Never has that statement held more truth than with the development of SINTRIX® technology. All carbon rods utilise carbon fibres that are bonded together by an adhesive resin. The resin material used in SINTRIX® is produced by 3M®, it is a unique and patented material incorporating silica nano spheres which provides two distinct benefits. Firstly the microscopic silica spheres are able to evenly surround every individual carbon fibre filament providing a matrix of strength throughout the rod. Secondly, being spherical, the silica particles are able to resist pressure and compression from any angle. This is particularly important because it is under compression forces, on the underside of a bent rod, rather than tension forces, on the outside of the curve, that carbon fibre is most likely to weaken and potentially break. So by resisting compression better, SINTRIX® rods are stronger. In developing SINTRIX® our specialist composite engineers and rod designers spent over two years experimenting with different types, and mixes, of carbon fibres combined with varying levels of 3M® nano silica resin. They also discovered that the normal manufacturing processes associated with carbon fibre rods had to be significantly changed in order to get the best from the new 3M® resin material. The final results were astonishing with up to 60% increases in strength and up to 30% savings in weight. Driven by our passion and determination to always push the boundaries—part of Hardy’s DNA since 1872—we now offer varying levels of SINTRIX® technology across our rod range, each level brings significant and tangible benefits over traditional carbon fibre construction.” This sweet looking/casting rod comes with original labeled bag with ferrule plug storage compartment, labeled tube with labeled tube cover and ferrules plugs. It retailed for $689. Get this one, brand new for… $395 SALE $299

Ron Kusse ~ 9’ ~ 2pc.

Ron Kusse ~ 9’ ~ 2pc ~ 3 7/8oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial Number 9017 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality crafted graphite rod from the former Vice President of H.L. Leonard Rod Company features an attractive brown IM6 blank elegantly wrapped in chocolate silks with gold accents at the HK, ferrule stations and tip top. Smooth fitting ferrules are reinforced with a hand fitted N/S ring designed to eliminate stress cracks and stretching. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip and a polished walnut burl seat fitted with N/S U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. The company logo stamped into the side of the slide hood. The rod comes with a sail cloth bag with hang tag and aluminum tube with water-tite cap. This is a finely-tuned graphite rod that is destined to become a collectible $425

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