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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**SOLD** Metal Tip Tube

33 1/2" ~ EXC- ~ This brass capped metal tip tube with greeen 2-compartment bag is likely from a Leonard rod and is perfect to store two tips from an 8'~ 3/2 rod. SOLD

 

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

**SOLD** Arnie Mason Leather Rod Case

~ 38 3/8" x 2" ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This high quality rod case made in Ashland, OR features a brass tube pre-fit with leather and trimmed side seam providing the slimmest possible profile, solid brass buckle with two layers of top grain leather for maximum strength, and hand sewn "French edge" stitched top and bottom that provide and all but invisible seam. Heddon M.H.6’0” is embossed into the top of the cap and the makers name is on the bottom. The top portion of the brass tube and inside of the cap could use some cleaning, otherwise Superb!  SOLD

 

Farlow’s Lee Wulff Midge ~ 6’ 2” ~ 2/1

2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC- (exception noted)This wand was built by Farlow’s in Aberdeen Scotland and was imported by Norm Thompson Outfitters in the 60s and 70s. It features an attractive shade of light carmel impregnated cane, blue silks, chrome reverse twist guides, and smooth fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a petite light cigar grip, black seat with D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. There is a 3.5” long clear repair wrap on the tip section between the first and second guides that was nicely done. The rod comes with the original labeled bag and an unlabeled aluminum tube that is too long. I found the brisk medium-fast and stout action to be a fine match to a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and it will also handle a 6. Although most rods from “across the pond” not named Phantom, CC DeFrance, or Marvel, never really took a foot hold in the States, these were a departure from the norm, and were very popular at the time. $225 **Sale Pending**

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

Hardy Palakona ~ 7' ~ 2/1

3.2oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC RS ~ English classics from across the pond have long been under-rated in the States. This early classic features attractive blonde cane, old gold “whippings” and intermediates, quality furnishings including a mildrum stripper, hardened steel clear agate tip-top, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S spiked ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely executed new varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with blued cap and ring hardware (bluing is worn) with the serial number stamped in the butt cap. The rod comes with the original early “To The King” “Gold Medal Brand” Hardy labeled bag and aluminum tube with “To the Late King George V. Prince of Wales 1931-1936” label. The rod has a wonderful medium action and throws a silky smooth loop and will perform well close, yet has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. I found it well-suited to a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. I’m guessin it would also excel with a silk line. This sweet little wand would be perfect for your favorite small to medium size stream. Enjoy! $395

**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. **NOTE** All rods left in stock have walnut reels seats. 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

60/40 Split/Cane Hollowbuilt ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ As New ~ John Clancy has been handcrafting split cane fly rods in his Durango, Colorado shop at the rate of about three per month and has since moved his shop to Twin Bridges, MT. John offers a wide selection of tapers and is currently developing a line of proprietary tapers that will surely please. This light line wand is his rendition of the PHY Perfectionist and features attractive light honey-toned cane with golden nodes with upward alternating flat pattern, matched tips, translucent tan silks tipped black at the WC, HK, tip-top guides and ferrule stations (an extra turn of tipping at the tip top differentiates the two tips), quality black Mildrum stripper, light wire snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a beautifully-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured exotic hardwood seat with silver D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite exposed N/S WC and black folding ring HK. The rod comes with a new bag and new aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap, and key ring with company logo and small piece of bamboo with serial number (A 7642/2). The company logo is stamped into the bottom of the butt cap and top of the tube cap. The medium-fast action throws a sweet loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4, and is a joy to cast. It is very capable close in, and roll casts like a dream yet, has no trouble reaching out for those often-needed longer casts when called upon. Those not from the Rocky Mountain region may not have heard about 60/40 Split/Cane, but I suspect that will change soon. Superbly crafted in the USA. $850 SALE $775

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. $425 SALE $375

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

**SOLD** Orvis Midge ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 (made that way)

3 5/8 oz. ~ H.E.G. (5) ~ Serial No. 83270 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This Orvis wand was built in 1979 and was one of the most popular of its time. It featured attractive impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides and blued N/S ferrules that give a soft pop when separated. The ferrule fit is a bit loose and should be addressed. The business ned of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight cigar grip, screw D/L'ing and slide hood seat with walnut spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The butt cap is loose and needs to be reset and the bottom cap is missing. The rod comes with the original tan 2-compartment bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube. The rod has a sweet medium-slow to medium that will excel in the hands of a patient caster. Although rated by Orvis for a WF-5 line, I liked it equally with a Cortland 44 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. It will also handle a 5 but I really think it does its best work with a 4. This model is not oft seen. Priced to allow for reel seat and ferrule work.  SOLD

 

Another Orvis Midge ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 (made that way)

3 5/8 oz. ~ H.E.G (5) ~ Serial No.58345 ~ EXC ~ This rarely seen Orvis classic was built in 1970 by Ron White and was among the most popular model of its time. The richly impregnated shafts are wrapped in Orvis brown silks and are fitted with fine Orvis furnishings including chrome guides blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop upon separation (some of the bluing is worn on the female ferrule). The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip. D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat with walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original Orvis-issue bag and labeled aluminum tube with rod info. The former owner’s name is inked on the butt. The brisk medium-slow to medium action is a touch quicker than Midge tapers from the late 1970s. It is a wonderful casting instrument that will excel in the hands of a patient caster. Although rated as a 5wt. rod by Orvis, I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. A sweet find for the Orvis aficionado. $525

Phillipson Peerless ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

3 1/4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ RF (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic is the quintessential utilitarian dry fly rod! This one appears to have been refinished and features honey-colored cane with dark resorcinol glue lines, translucent tan silks, carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a smooth finish that has been buffed to fine luster. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip with tapered nose, replacement screw U/L’ing seat with nicely-figured hardwood spacer, hallmark over-sized bronze WC and folding ring HK. There is a serial number inked on each tip section proximal to the ferrule station which is a departure from the norm. The butt section is also ¼” longer than the tips, likely a result of the new seat. The rod comes with a replacement bag and replacement aluminum tube with water-tite cap. This stream-ready rod is straight and tight with a comfortable action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium It tosses a tight and accurate loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and is nice find for the Granger/Phillipson enthusiast. $495

A. J. Thramer Dx ~ 7.5’~ 2/1

3 3/8oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 4006 ~ EXC+/s New (exception noted) ~ The proprietary taper for this sweet little wand comes from Mr. Thramer’s Dx Taper Series of fine rods. It features honey colored cane with golden 3x3 spiral nodes, translucent brown silks tipped green, gun metal gray mildrum-style stripper, black guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely done hand-rubbed varnish finish. I noted a faint ferule click while test casting. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable dry fly modified cigar grip, with a light flared in the palm and a venerri-style walnut U/L’ing S/B seat. The rod comes with the original tan bag and labeled aluminum tube. The rod appears to have been used only a handful of times and is basically new. It throws nice loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF and/or DT-4 and would be perfect for dry fly work on small to medium size streams. Because of the faint ferrule click… $425 SALE $395 **Sale Pending**

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

**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

J. H. Becker #805 ~ 8’ ~ 3/2

4.2 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 96 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality-constructed wand from the bench of Vermont’s Jim Becker features an attractive blonde cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, translucent gold silks (black at the WC signature wrap, tip-top guides and ferrule stations), book-matched tips and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The rod is well-appointed with an agate stripper hosed in a silver frame, bronze light wire snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting oxidized N/S truncated ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable Western grip, handcrafted walnut seat fitted with U/L'ing anodized sliding wedding band hardware and a petite oxidized WC. The rod comes with a quality bag with leather and bras grommeted hang tab and black aluminum tube with brass end, cap and collar. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. It throws a silky smooth loop that I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 or DT-5. What a nice rod to add to your quiver! $825 SALE $750 **Sale Pending**

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** Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/2

4 3/8 oz. ~ G.B.F (8) ~ Serial No. 48051 ~ EXC ~ Many Orvis enthusiasts believe that the best Orvis rods were produced during the 1950s and 60s. This 1967 offering features richly-hued impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks, 3 x 3 nodes, and fine Orvis furnishings including chrome guides and smooth working blued N/S ferrules that give a soft pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat with a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original tan bag and Orvis blue/silver labeled aluminum tube. Although rated by Orvis as a WF-8, the accommodating medium action really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6/DT-6. A quality-made, multi-purpose wand that would be right at home for nymphing, dry fly work, dry/dropper rigs and/or tossing hoppers, streamers, and buggers. SOLD

 

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. $425 (2 Left)

Munsey Wheby “The Mossy Creek” ~ 8’~ 2/2

3.6oz. ~ 4wt. ~ 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 proprietary taper and features richly-hued flamed cane with golden nodes, brown silks with black accents at the HK, signature wrap, one tip-top, and ferrule stations, quality 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 wells grip, beautifully figured walnut seat with D/L’ing silver cap and ring hardware, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a new bag and hexagonal clear-finish pine tube. The medium-slow to medium action flexes into the butt and throws a tight loop that offers a delicate presentation when in the hands of a patient fly caster. For me, the rod performed best when paired with a SA Ultra Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. 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. $895 SALE $750 Sale Pending

Wojnicki Model 245F5 ~ 8.1' ~ 2/2

3.5oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 1411 ~ EXC+/As New ~ This high-quality Richmond, California offering 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 honey-tone cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent warm-butter colored silks tipped black above the grip and at the tip-top guides, and black silks at the ferrule stations, fine furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, silver guides, oxidized Super-Z- style truncated N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and an impeccable glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade modified wells grip, beautifully figured hardwood seat with unique cork and resin butt cap, oxidized dual wedding band hardware and unique matching resin rear grip check. The rod comes with a soft khaki bag and heavy gauge aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar. The model number is stamped into the top of the cap. The makers name is engraved into the side of the collar. The rod has an extremely light-in-the-hand feel and the smooth medium-fast action has a quick recovery and delivers a tight loop (I enjoyed it equally with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5) with a nice blend of power and delicacy. This superb rod was made for the Henry’s Fork, Big Horn or Missouri. Retail is $3,550. Get this one, As New, and with no wait for…$2,995 **Sale Pending**

**SOLD** Orvis "99" ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/1 (made that way)

5oz. ~ HCH ~ Serial No. 25539 ~ EXC ~ The model “99” was made to commemorate Orvis’ 99th year of operation. This one was built in 1959, most likely by Calvin Skinner & George Reid, two of Orvis’ best, and features richly hued impregnated cane, red silks, quality Orvis-issue guides, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware with walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with what the original green bag and Orvis labeled aluminum tube. The comfortable medium to medium fast action is reminiscent of the Orvis Limestone Special and tosses a sweet and powerful loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. If you've been looking for an affordable, quality-made, stream-ready stick for your larger than average trout or bass, here's one that won’t break the bank. Enjoy! SOLD

 

**SOLD** Another Orvis "99" ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/1 (made that way)

5 1/8oz. ~ HCH (7) ~ Serial No. 40959 ~ EXC ~ The model “99” was made to commemorate Orvis’ 99th year of operation. This one was built in 1965, most likely by Calvin Skinner & George Reed, two of Orvis’ best. It features rich impregnated cane, red silks, standard-issue Orvis guides, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat with cedar spacer, exposed blued WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original gray bag and Orvis aluminum tube with blue/white paper label. The comfortable medium to medium-fast action tosses a long and sweet loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. If you've been looking for an affordable, quality-made, stream-ready stick for your larger than average trout or bass, here's one, quality -made by Orvis. SOLD

 

**SOLD** Orvis Battenkill ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/2

5 1/8 oz. ~ G.A.F (9) ~ Serial No. 73110 ~ EXC+ ~ This 1974 Ron White-era classic features honey-hued impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks, 3 x 3 nodes, and fine Orvis furnishings including oversized stripper, chrome guides and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat with a walnut spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original forest green bag and Orvis green/silver labeled aluminum tube with hexagonal cap bearing rod info. Although rated by Orvis as a WF-9, the strong medium-fast action really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7/WF-8. A quality-made, multi-purpose wand that would perfect for bass and trout alike on larger rivers and lakes and/or where the wind blows hard and often. SOLD

 

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

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**SOLD** Devine ~ 9.5' ~ 3/2

6oz. ~ 7wt. ~ Serial No. 0445 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ Fred Divine began making fishing rods circa (c.) 1875 in his hometown of Utica New York and remained a one man rod company until c. 1890 when Frank Wolcott joined him in crafting Lancewood, Greenheart, and Bethabara wood rods. During 1890s into the new century, the business flourished and it was about this timeframe that split bamboo rods made from calcutta cane were introduced. Fred Devine was killed in a freak accident in 1900 and his wife Ada assumed control of the company then sold her controlling interest to her brother, George McDuffie. The Fred D. Devine Company continued to produce fine bamboo fly rods at least until 1930s. This rarely seen classic appears to be original and features rich browntone cane, red silks tipped gold, red intermediates and red signature wraps, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops. The varnish has some nicks and smudges but remains in very good condition for its age and could have possibly received a light overcoat at some point in the past. Some of the guide wraps are a bit dry and could use a touch up. The tight fitting N/S step-down ferrules could use a thorough cleaning and the male ferrule on the mid and one tip have a faint click, indicating they are coming loose on their stations. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, German silver railed seat with D/L’ing slide band, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The makers die stamp and serial number are nicely struck into the top of the seat, between the rails. The rod comes with the original velvet lined form case with Chinese top-hat end (one end is missing) and a heavy-duty bag with maker name and serial number written near the top. The rod has a wonderful medium-slow action and remains remarkably straight (very light overall set) for its age. This rare and historically significant classic is a super find for the Devine aficionado. $395 SOLD

 

Hardy “The Pennell” ~ 14' ~ 3/2

1lb. 8.6oz. ~ Serial No. G 10250 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This classic big water salmon/steelhead offering from across the pond” features attractive light honey-toned cane, burgundy "whippings" and intermediates, milky white agate stripper, reverse twist snakes, milky white agate filled bridged tip tops, tight fitting blued spiked ferrules with lock fast joints and turned wood ferrule plugs give a resounding pop when separated (and could use a thorough cleaning), and a varnish finish that is beginning to craze on the mid and tip sections. The butt section looks to have been restored. The tip sections are approx. 1" shorter (made that way). A snake guide on the mid-section is missing. The business end of the butt section has a long straight cork grip with tapered nose, Hardy stamped hardware including Hardy’s registered Universal reel seat fitting, fighting butt, and exposed German silver WC. The rod comes with the original Hardy labeled bag that has a few holes. The sections of this historically significant rod are remarkably straight and, while it would make a wonderful display piece, it can be stream (or ocean)-ready with a little TLC. It is also a perfect candidate for a complete restoration. $195 SALE $125

**SOLD** J.B. Hunter & Co “The Hunter” ~ 14' ~ 3/2

1 lb. 4.2 oz.~ EXC- ~ The John Bradford Hunter business was a hardware and construction goods store located at 60 Summer Street in Boston around the turn of the 20th Century. They also sold fine fishing tackle from Montague and F.E. Thomas with the FET rods carrying the "JB Hunter" stamp. The business reportedly closed in 1930. This classic big water/big quarry offering is a nice link to the past and is believed to be an FET build. It features honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black with red intermediates, reverse twist snakes, N/S tip tops, tight fitting N/S ferrules with soldered welt and witness marks, give a resounding pop when separated (and could use a thorough cleaning), and a solid varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has dual composite cork grips for two-handed use, railed German silver seat and WC. The rod comes with the original hardwood storage form with leather ends for the mid and tip sections and original 2-compartment dark tan bag that houses the wood form and the butt section. The sections of this historically significant rod are remarkably straight and, while it would make a wonderful display piece, it can be stream (or ocean)-ready with a little TLC. $195 SOLD

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

 

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 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.

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 $99

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 $325

LL Bean “Beans LL” Salmon Rod ~ 9’ ~ 2pc.

5oz. ~ 8/9wt. ~ EXC ~ This powerful glass rod was made by Phillipson in the 1970s and features a light yellowish-brown blank, black wraps chrome guides, smooth fitting black N/S ferrules, comfortable straight cork grip, black D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with detachable fighting butt, black WC and HK loop. It comes with the original bag and tube. This rod is a throwback to yesterday and perfect for bass, salmon, steelies, and larger trout. This one is a nice find for the LL Bean/Phillipson enthusiast. $175 SALE $125 **Sale Pending**

Orvis Frequent Flyer Model 908 ~ 9’

7pc. ~ 8wt. Tip-Flex ~ EXC ~ This convenient little pack rod from the famous purveyor of fine tackle features an attractive deep green sanded blank, spigot ferrules with alignment dots for quick and easy assembly, aluminum oxide stripper, chrome snake guides, hard chrome tip-top, and saltwater-black anodized seat fitted with U/L’ing dual screw and slide hood hardware. The rod comes with the original cordura tube with internal sleeve dividers. $199 SALE $149 **Sale Pending**

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