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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J. H. Becker Model 664 ~ 6.5' ~ 3/2

J. H. Becker Model 664 ~ 6.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2.9 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 92 ~ As New ~ This one-owner quality-constructed light line classic was built in 2008 by Vermont’s Jim Becker and has never been fished. It remains in new condition but has admittedly (by its only owner) has been lawn casted. The taper is based on a “modern” version of the Orvis Rocky Mountain and features attractive blonde cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks (olive green at the HK, tip-tops, and ferrule stations), and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The rod is nicely appointed with a carboloy stripper, silver fine-wire snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting truncated N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully-figured spalted maple seat fitted with D/L'ing silver cap and ring hardware and rear grip check, wound over front WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a quality tan bag with grommeted leather hang tab and green pebble-finish aluminum tube brass cap, collar and end. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work close in but also has some punch to deliver the oft needed longer cast. It throws a nice loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and will also easily handle a 5. New rods from Mr. Becker are now priced into 4-figures. You can add this superb rod to your quiver for…$950

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

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

R.J. Barch “Kestrel” 7' ~ 2/2

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

Payne Model 98 ~ 7' ~ 2/2

Payne Model 98 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.9 oz ~ 3/4wt ~ This light line classic was beautifully restored (not sure by who) using what appears to original hardware.  If features attractive light carmel colored cane with golden nodes, brown silks tipped yellow, red agate stripper hosed in a blued nickel frame, hardened steel snakes and tip tips, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section has a petite cigar grip, walnut seat with D/L’ng blued C&R hardware, blued WC and folding ring HK. The side of the  butt cap carries the Sold By Clapp & Treat Hartford and Payne die stamps.  The rod comes with a light olive bag (repaired at the bottom) sans hag tag and brass capped aluminum tube sans label.  Payne 98 is stamped into the top of the tube cap The brisk medium to medium-fast action is perfect for close in dry fly work on small to medium -size streams.  Truly a nicely find for the classic cane enthusiast. $2,495 $2,195

**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

 

Peter Phelps Model DF7521 “The Bedford Sportsman” ~ 7’ ~ 2/1

Peter Phelps Model DF7521 “The Bedford Sportsman” ~ 7’ ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 782 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ The Phelps brothers (Charles and Peter) are probably better known for the design and manufacture of the Xuron Vise which they made and sold through the early 1980s. Peter was eventually given the rights to the vise and when on to start Phelps Flies Company. The Phelps Flies Company merged with the Bedford Sportsman out of Bedford Hills, NY in the 1983. Peter Phelps, a member of the Croton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited and by all accounts was an accomplished angler, built a limited number of bamboo rods annually from the Bedford Hills shop until his untimely death in 1990. He was a one-time student of Hoagy Carmichael and Per Brandin reportedly learned the craft of building bamboo rods in part, from Peter Phelps. This rod was built in 1982 and features a light shade of honey-tone cane (the tip section is a shade or two darker tan the butt) with 3 around nodes, old gold silks tipped burgundy (on the butt section) and red (on the tip section), mildrum style stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip top, east working bronze ferrules that give a solid pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip, Orvis-like D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat with a figured cedar barrel spacer, wound-over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a chocolate brown 2-compartment bag and a Leonard-like aluminum tube with brass end, collar and cap. The comfortable medium-fast action throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5 that is perfect for dry fly work. This rod has an interesting pedigree and plenty of good JuJu. $395 **Sale Pending**

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

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

Lou Burhart ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2

Lou Burhart ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 60743 ~ As New ~ This quality-constructed wand from the late Lou Burhart is based on a Garrison 209 taper. Mr. Burhart was an Engineer for Chrysler that began building rods in the late 1990s under the part time tutelage of Casnovia, Michigan’s Wayne Cattanach. He continued to build rods in his Monroe, Michigan shop under the name Brack Hill Tackle into the 2010s and sadly passed away in 2015. The rod features attractive flamed cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, burgundy silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a bronze frame, bronze H&H snakes, oxidized tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable modified wells grip and beautifully figured curly maple seat fitted with D/L'ing oxidized cap and ring hardware. The company initials are stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with a quality cream colored bag with maker’s name and company logo stitched into the top and black pebble-finish aluminum tube with silver collar and cap. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out for the oft needed casts that call for a bit more distance. It has a light in the hand feel and throws a smooth and tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. This finely-tuned wand would make a welcome addition to your arsenal. $795 $695 **Sale Pending**

Cunningham 101 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

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

G.H. Howells ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

G.H. Howells ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/8 oz. ~ #6 Line. ~ Serial No. 4608 ~ As New ~ In the late 1940s, a teenaged Gary Howells hand-planed his first bamboo fly.  He continued honing his skills and eventually found work with the R.L. Winston Rod Company, ultimately becoming their chief bamboo rod maker.  In 1970, after more than a decade at Winston, he began his own business, opening a one-man shop north of San Francisco.  This Richmond, CA classic was built in 1981 for Mr. Charles Brady and remains unfished.  It was acquired by Mr. Brady’s close friend who is offering it in hopes that it will someday see the water in a way it was intended.  It features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped gold, Howells-issue guides, silicone bronze ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated and a beautifully-executed varnish finish.  Matching silk wraps adorn the male and female ferrule housings, much in the Winston tradition.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western grip, a beautifully figured black walnut seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with original red bag and labeled aluminum tube, personalized for whom it was made.  The silky-smooth medium-fast action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and really came to life for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5.  The rod’s power that can be felt throughout into butt section and the action perfect for small or larger dries.  Howells’ rods remain in high demand and this one is one of the nicer example of his work that I’ve seen. Superb! $2,895

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

R.W. Summers Model 275 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 532009 ~ New! ~ Mr. Summers’ distinguished career at the Paul Young Company and as owner of the R.W. Summers Company needs little introduction to those who own, collect, and fish quality bamboo fly rods.  He is widely regarded as one of the premier makers on the planet.  This 1-owner Traverse City, Michigan classic features beautifully attractive flamed cane with golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped black, quality Summers guides and furnishings, smooth and tight-fitting oxidized N/S ferrules with ferrule plug  that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a perfectly executed glass-smooth varnish finish.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, cork seat, dual slide rings, walnut butt cap and grip check, and a HK attached at the front of the grip.  The rod comes in its original chocolate brown bag with makers label stitched into the top, heavy gauge aluminum tube with brass end and cap, and original shipping tube.  The maker’s name is engraved into the top of the tube cap.  The pleasant light parabolic dry fly action is reminiscent of a PHY Perfectionist that was formerly in my quiver and delivers a smooth and tight loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4.  The rod was made for the current owner who only endeavored to lawn cast it.  It has never seen the water. Superb! $3,995

Sweetgrass ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2

Sweetgrass ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ Serial No. 1227 ~ EXC+ ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, their classic bamboo fly rods are based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and are fitted with N/S ferrules, agate stripper, snake-brand snakes, unique bamboo WC, and sterling silver HK. This quality-made wand features attractive light carmel-colored cane with 2 around spiral nodes, old gold silks with burgundy accent wraps at the WC, HK, signature wraps, tip-tops and ferrule stations, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when they are separated. Silk wraps adorn the female ferrule, much in the Brackett/Kustich tradition. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable light-wells grip with tapered nose, N/S screw U/L’ing seat with a figured olive wood spacer N/S rear grip check, bamboo WC and a rope-style sterling silver HK. The rod comes in soft cloth SG 3-compartment bag and aluminum tube with company logo and sterling silver end, collar and cap with company logo stamped into the top of the cap. The progressive medium to medium-fast action and light-in-the-hand feel combine for a remarkable blend of power and delicacy and tosses a sweet loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4/WF-5. This is a superb rod proudly hand-crafted in Twin Bridges, MT. $1,495

**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…

F.D. Kretchman Classic ~ 7'9” ~ 2/2

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

Classicane ~ 8’ ~ 3/2

Classicane ~ 8’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5wt ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This rod is believed to have been built by Fred DeBell for Creative Sports of Walnut Creek, CA. DeBell began assembling bamboo rods in 1937 in the Denver, Colorado area and continued through the mid-1970s.  In his later years he acquired blanks from Phillipson and Wright & McGill and set out to put together a quality rod at an affordable price that was targeted at the everyday fisherman. The resorcinol glue lines indicate that the cane used for this rod likely came from the Phillipson stock.  The rod features attractive honey-toned cane with swelled butt, bronze “turf tan” silks, chrome mildrum-stye stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops, easy working N/S ferrules and a shiny varnish that appears to have received an overcoat.  One tip is 4” short and the ferrule does not fit into the mid.  The other tip has a light set.  The business end of the butt section has a light reversed half wells grip, bronze D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, exposed WC and HK loop.  The rod comes with a turquoise poplin bag and unlabeled Phillipson-issue gold aluminum tube, both likely original.  The pleasant medium-fast action throws a nice loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and/or DT-5 that is ideal for dry fly work. This stream-ready stick is priced as a one tip rod and well below a comparable length Phillipson or W&M. $350 $275

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

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

G.H. Howells ~ 8’ ~ 2/2

3 3/4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 4626 ~ EXC ~ In the late 1940s, a teenaged Gary Howells hand-planed his first bamboo fly. He continued honing his skills and eventually found work with the R.L. Winston Rod Company, ultimately becoming their chief bamboo rod maker. In 1970, after more than a decade at Winston, he began his own business, opening a one-man shop north of San Francisco. This Richmond, CA classic was built in 1979 and features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3x3 nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped gold, fine furnishings include bronze guides, smooth and tight fitting silicone bronze ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a superbly executed varnish finish. Silk wraps adorn the male and female ferrule housings, much in the Winston tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western grip, beautifully figured hardwood seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with original burgundy bag and labeled aluminum tube that includes maker/rod information and the original owners name. The smooth medium action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Howells’ rods remain in high demand and this one is fine example of his work. Superb! $3,195 $2,895

Payne Model 202 ~ 8' ~ 3/2

Payne Model 202 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This split cane classic could also possibly be a 201H, 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 202.  It features an attractive shade of honey-tone cane java silks tipped black with a turn of gold and burgundy at the HK, male ferrule stations and tip tops, red agate stripper housed in a blued mildrum frame, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, easy-working blued N/S ferrules that give a nice when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish.  A faint ferrule click can be felt at the butt/mid juncture and one tip is a ½” short, which to me, does not affect line flow or casting at all.  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.  PAYNE Reg U.S. Pat. Off. and Sold By Abercrombie & Fitch Co. New York are stamped into the side of the screw hood. It comes with a light brown bag sans hang tag and aluminum tube with brass end, collar and cap, sans label.  The sweet medium-fast action is perfect for dry fly work and/or for most trout fishing situations.  This ever-so-capable-rod is a nice find for the classic cane enthusiast. $1,995 $1,795

**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

 

Art Weiler “Payne 202H” ~ 8' ~ 3/2

Art Weiler “Payne 202H” ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 ¾oz.~ 6wt. Serial No. 1 ~ As New ~ This sweet rendition of the famous Payne 202H from Mr. Weiler’s Kunkletown, PA shop features an attractive shade of blonde cane, and brown silks tipped yellow, translucent lemon silks (with a turn of red added at the HK and ferrule stations, much in the Payne tradition), quality furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The tip sections can be differentiated by a turn of red silk at one tip top guide and yellow silk at the other. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reversed half wells grip with flared palm and tapered nose, Payne style screw and slide hood U/L’ing seat with cedar spacer, petite blued N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original tan bag and labeled black finish aluminum tube with gold end cap and collar. The comfortable medium to medium-fast action is perfect for dry fly work and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF/DT-6 (I prefer the DT-5). These quality-made classics do not often appear in the 3-piece format and retail for $1,200. Get this one, as new and proudly made in the USA, for… $795 $725 **Sale Pending**

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

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

Eduardo Scapin “New Zealand” ~ 8’3” ~ 3/2

Eduardo Scapin “New Zealand” ~ 8’3” ~ 3/2 ~ 5.3oz. ~ 6wt. ~ NEW ~ Eduardo Scapin has been hand crafting bamboo rods since 1992. This wonderful offering from the San Giorgio delle Pertiche region is based on a proprietary taper and features attractive flamed cane with swelled butt and golden 3 x3 nodes, matched tips, dark brown silks accented with a turn of white, ivory stripper housed in a smoked nickel frame, black snakes and tip tops, tight fitting blued truncated N/S ferrules (with figured walnut ferrule plugs) that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a reversed half-wells grip (with plastic still present), beautifully figured black walnut seat with D/L’ing black cap & ring hardware. The rod comes a sturdy cotton-blend bag and custom-crafted soft leather tube. The medium to medium-fast action will punch out long effortless casts with a nice blend of power and accuracy and would be well-suited for use on the Big Horn, Missouri and or Henrys Fork River. The rod metrics indicate it was designed for a 6wt line, which it handles effortlessly. However, I found a Cortland 444 Peach WF-7 to my liking as well. The reported retail for this custom-made rod in the 3/2 format is $2,500. Get this one, wait-free for…$1,950

Roger Hammock ~ 8.5 ~ 3/2

Roger Hammock ~ 8.5 ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 1010 ~ EXC+ ~ This finely-tuned wand from the bench of Roger Hammock (LKA was in Utah, formerly from Georgia) features attractive honey-toned flamed cane with golden nodes, deep burgundy silks, tipped black, stripped agate stripper housed in a bronze nickel frame, black light wire snakes and tips tops, blued Super-Z- style N/S truncated ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. I noted a few errant air bubbles in the varnish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra-flora grade grip with tapered nose, nicely figured dark curly maple seat with blued N/S D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a burgundy velvet bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast throws an exceptional line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, but will also easily handle a 6. This is an attractive, quality-made rod that would be right at home on the Delaware, Henry’s Fork, Missouri, Big Horn or Yellowstone, just to mention a few. $795

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

Heddon #17 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 4.95oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC+ RF (exceptions noted) ~ This popular rod from Dowagiac, MI was the workhorse of the Heddon lineup and was built during Heddon’s neo-classic era (1939 – 1948) which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era. It has been nicely refinished (not sure by who) It features attractive browntone cane, jet black silks tipped orange, agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black snakes and tip-tops, new blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated and a nicely exectued varnish finish. The original diagonal Heddon writing remains on the butt section, but the rod info has been re-inked. Both tips have sets, one more pronounced than the other. The business end of the butt section has the original reversed half-wells grip, black pyaralin seat with screw D/L’ing and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and a new HK. The rod comes with the original Heddon bag sans the stitched in hang tag and Heddon aluminum tube with remnants of the original label still intact. The comfortable medium action throws nice loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5/WF-6 (I prefer the 5). While maybe not as collectible as an all original version, it is certainly fishable and I doubt the fish will care! $350

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

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

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

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

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

Heddon #20 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5.1 oz ~ 6 wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This neo-classic era rod from the famous Dowagiac, Michigan maker which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era of rod production.  The #20 was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker.  The only exception to this was the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen and the #115 and #125 which were trade rods built for Sears, Roebuck & Co.).  It comes in the popular 2F (trout) format and features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, maroon silks, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, black ferrules (ferrule click can be felt) and a solid varnish finish that has a few area of softening that should respond well to a buff out. There is a nicely done 3/8” repair wrap on one tip at 3rd guide station and both tips have sets.  The cane beneath the repair wrap appears sound.  The business end of the butt section has a reversed half wells grip, brown coral tenite seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. Spiral Heddon writing and straight line rod info are present on the butt. The rod comes with a Heddon labeled bag with stitched in tag & original Heddon labeled tube with a replacement pressure fit cap.  The rod has a delightful medium action that tosses a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-6.  With room for some TLC and ferrule work. $295 $225

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

Heddon #20 Bill Stanley's Favorite ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5oz. ~ 6 wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This c. 1950 Post classic era rod from the famous Dowagiac, Michigan maker was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker.  The only exception to this was the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen and the #115 and #125 which were trade rods built for Sears, Roebuck & Co.).  It comes in the popular 2F (trout) format and features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, maroon silks, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, tight fitting black ferrules (faint ferrule click can be felt) and a solid varnish finish that has a few area of softening that should respond well to a buff out. There is a nicely done 3” repair wrap on one tip just below the tip top guide and both tips have sets.  The cane beneath the repair wrap appears sound. The tip top guide on the other tip is a bit loose and should be reset.  The business end of the butt section has a reversed half wells grip, brown coral tenite seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. Original straight line Heddon writing is present on the butt. The rod comes with a Heddon labeled bag (for a #125) & original Heddon labeled tube with pressure fit cap.  The rod has a delightful medium action that tosses a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-6.  With room for some TLC $295 $225

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.2oz. ~6wt ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic appears to be all original and features light honey-tone cane with swelled butt and resorcinol glue lines, yellow silks tipped black, typical Phillipson-issue furnishings include bronze mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, and chrome tip tops, N/S ferrules and a solid varnish finish.  The ferrule fit on both tips is a bit worn and the ferrules will rotate while seated.  I also noted some roughness on the stripping guide wraps.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a full wells grip, butterscotch screw D/L'ing “no-rock” seat, and exposed WC.  The rod comes with a brown bag and aluminum tube sans label, both of which are likely original.  The sweet medium action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6.  This is a real point & shoot wand that allows for long casts and easy line pick-ups and could easily become a “go to” rod for medium and larger sized rivers.  With room to spare to address the ferrules. $295 $225

Heddon #17 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2F

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

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 9’ ~ 3/2

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 6.2oz. ~7wt ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic appears to be all original and features rich honey-tone cane with swelled butt, yellow silks tipped black, typical Phillipson-issue furnishings include bronze mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, and chrome tip tops, smooth working N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a solid varnish finish.  A ferrule click can be felt at the butt/mid connection.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a full wells grip, bronze screw and slide hood D/L'ing “no-rock” seat, and exposed WC.  The rod comes with a brown bag and aluminum tube sans label, both of which are likely original.  The sweet medium to medium fast action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7 and could also handle an 8. With a little TLC, this rod could be a regular in your quiver for bigger than average quarry found in medium to larger rivers and lakes.  With room to spare to address the ferrules. $295 $225

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

South Bend No. 346 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.7oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ EXC+/As New ~ This 1940s (post WW-II) classic is all original and may not yet have seen the water!  It features factory straight sections (SB rods were not arrows!), attractive lightly flamed cane with golden nodes, orange/black Jasper wraps, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, typical SB-issue plated ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated and sound varnish finish that shows virtually no use. The business end of the butt section has a comficient grip with gold foil label in the thumb depression, red U/L’ing "Lite-Lock" seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with the original green canvas bag with red trim and stitched in label and the original black fiber tube with SB label.  The rod has a pleasant medium to medium-fast action that was designed by SB for trout fishing (as indicated by the 3-digit model number) and has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 / DT-6 line.  What a super find for the SB enthusiast! $295 $195

Uslan Penta ~ 9’ ~ 2/2

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

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

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

FE Thomas Dirigo ~ 9’2”/9’5” ~ 3/2/2

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

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

Heddon #17 ~ 9.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3F ~ 6.7oz. ~ 8/9wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) ~ This classic-era (1933-38) rod from the famous Dowagiac, Michigan maker was restored (looks like the original wraps were left in place) and features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silks tipped orange, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, tight-fitting black ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a solid varnish finish.  There is a ferrule click at the butt/mid connections and both tips have light sets. There are two small black over wraps on the one tip proximal to the last snake guide, the purpose of which is unknown.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, brown pyaralin seat with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a replacement black bag and unlabeled Heddon-issue aluminum tube that is most likely orignial.  This stout rod is not for the meek and is perfect for tossin’ streamers and buggers in waters that hold larger than average quarry.  The #17 was Heddon’s “workhorse” and best-selling rod and is still one of the best values you’ll find on a dealer’s list.  With room to address the ferrules. $195 $150

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.

Banty – Unknown Maker ~ 6’ ~ 2/2

Banty – Unknown Maker ~ 6’ ~ 2/2 ~ 2.3oz. ~ 1/2wt. EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This light line little banty of unknown make features light-carmel tone cane, red wraps tipped yellow, red/cream agate stripper housed in a silver frame, black light wire snakes and tip-top, easy working blued N/S ferrules that give a soft pop when separated and an adequate varnish finish. The tips have light sets but are reasonably straight and I also noted several glue line inconsistencies in all sections. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, walnut seat fitted with black D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, blued WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a sturdy green bag and aluminum tube. The rod has a brisk action that flexes well into the butt and not much backbone. It could be fun for small wild brookies and/or ‘gills. $150

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

Bamboo Rod (Unknown Maker) ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.3.oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ The maker of this nicely equipped rod is unknown.  It appears to be a rebuilt pr silks production rod and features an attractive shade of honey-tone cane, B/O Jasper silks, agate stripper, silver  snakes and tip-tops, easy working N/S ferrules and a shiny varnish finish.  The stripping guide does not line up with the reel seat hardware (it is 1 flat off).  One or the other will need to be reset.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reverse half wells grip with flared palm and tapered nose, U/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with rosewood spacer, petite exposed WC and folding ring HK.  The rod comes with a blue bag and PVC tube.  The medium-fast action tosses a nice loop, and although identified as a 4wt on the rod, performed much better for me with a Cortland Peach 444 DT-5.  While this one does not fall into the collectable category, it will make a nice fishing rod and is a nice find for the budget-minded angler.  With room to address the seat or stripper. $225 $150

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

Heddon #115 Premier ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 24F ~ 5.2 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This Heddon classic was sold exclusively by Sears, Roebuck & Co. from approximately 1948 to 1952 and features browntone cane with swelled butt, antique gold silks tipped black, bronze stripper, hardened steel snakes, and tip-tops, black N/S ferrules a sound and shiny varnish finish.  The mid section is down 1-inch.  The ferrule fit is a bit worn and a click can be felt.  The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip that appears to have been cleaned, D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a brown coral tenite spacer and an exposed WC.  The rod comes with the original Heddon bag without the stitched in hang tag & and Heddon-issue aluminum tube, also believed to be original.  The medium to medium-fast action throws a nice loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6.  With plenty of room to address the ferrules… $195 $125

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 $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 $40

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 $25

**SOLD** 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.

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

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

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 $45

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

South Bend No. 47 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.3oz. ~ 7wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This early classic from the famed Midwestern tackle giant dates back to the Wes Jordan era (1926 – 1938) and is not often seen.  It features nicely flamed cane with golden nodes factory straight sections (SB rods were not arrows!),red silk tipped gold, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, SB-issue plated ferrules with soldered welt, reverse half wells grip, screw U/L’ing seat with marbleized spacer and exposed WC. The original varnish remains solid and has some surface scratches, dings and bag marks. The ferrules could use a thorough cleaning and the mid male ferrule is loose on its station.  I would recommend having all ferrules reset before use.  The rod comes with an unlabeled SB bag and unlabeled aluminum tube.  The rod has strong medium action that was designed by SB for bass fishing (as indicated by the 2-digit model number).  This blast from the past is can be stream ready with a little TLC and is priced to allow for ferrule resets. $99

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

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

Damon Royal ~ 7.5’ ~ 5pc.

Damon Royal ~ 7.5’ ~ 5pc. ~ 2.7oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC ~ This finely tuned travel rod was custom made in Potsdam, NY and features attractive blue shafts, deep purple (Smooooke on the Waaaater) silks tipped gold chrome guides, comfortable reversed half wells grip with tapered nose and flared palm, and beautifully figured hardwood seat with champagne U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. The rod comes with a burgundy bag and silver aluminum tube.  The rod has an extremely responsive action and exceptionally light in the hand feel and would be perfect for dry fly work on your favorite stream. $275 $150

Livingston Rod Co. (from Blank) ~ 7.5’ ~ 3pc.

Livingston Rod Co. (from Blank) ~ 7.5’ ~ 3pc ~ 3.3oz. ~ 4wt ~ NEW ~ This sweet little glass rod was custom built by Knoxville’s Rich Margiotta on a set of attractive light honey colored E-glass blanks supplied by Dusty Smith of Montana’s Livingston Rod Company. Mr. Smith designs rods specifically for the streams of Western Montana and Yellowstone Park. This one features tan-brown silk wraps tipped olive with black accents at the HK and female ferrule stations, Mildrum carbide stripper and black snakes and top. On the business end of the butt section you’ll find a comfortable cigar grip, custom finished Spanish cedar seat fitted with D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware, petite N/S grip and WC and a folding ring HK. It comes with a new tan twill bag with stiffener and hang tag and a blue coated aluminum tube with water-tite antiqued gray cap and collar. The comfortable, easy throwing medium action performs with a SA Mastery WF or DT-4 line and is in an ideal format for dry fly work. $395

Phillipson EF76 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2pc.

Phillipson EF76 ~ 7.5’ ~ 2pc. ~ 3.7oz. ~ 5wt. EXC ~ This 3M era fiberglass classic comes from the Epoxite series which is well-known for high-density laminates and fine performance. It features a brown blank, brown wraps, chrome guides, spigot ferrules, comfortable cigar grip, bronze D/L’ing screw and slide hood aluminum seat and a HK loop. The rod comes with a light tan 2-compartment bag and Phillipson-labeled aluminum tube. I found the rod has a sweet medium action and an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. This lightly used wand will surely please the Phillipson aficionado and/or any glass rod enthusiast. $250

Tom Morgan Rodsmiths ~ 7’9” ~ 2pc.

Tom Morgan Rodsmiths ~ 7’9” ~ 2pc. ~ 2 1/2oz. ~ 3wt. #02-3-18 ~ EXC+ ~ Not only did Mr. Morgan own the Winston Rod Company for the better part of 2 decades, he was one of the preeminent craftsmen and designer of fly fishing rods in America. Using the finest materials this impeccably crafted graphite rod features deep burgundy blanks elegantly wrapped in burgundy silks with fine gold accents at the WC, signature wraps, ferrule station and tip-top, red agate stripper, chrome snakes and tip-top. The business end of the butt section has a wells grip, beautifully figured Amboina seat, silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware with company logo stamped into the bottom of the cap, petite N/S hexagonal WC and HK loop. The rod stats and original owner’s name are present on the butt section. The rod comes with a beautifully crafted burgundy soft-lined poplin rod bag with designed accented edges and a textured-enamel garnet finish octagonal rod tube with a gloss black cap and minted sterling medallion with company logo on top and a thick black diamond-patterned soft cloth rod tube bag with a quick-close loop that cinches up tightly. The rod has a comfortable medium-fast action with a supple, sensitive tips for fishing small flies and light tippets, but with enough power in the butt for good casting range. As finely-tuned a graphite rod as you will find. Superb! $895 $795

Garcia Conlon S-637 ~ 8’ ~ 2pc.

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

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

Orvis All Rounder TU Commemorative ~ 8’3” ~ 2pc. ~ 2 7/8oz.~ 7wt. ~ Serial No. TU 1981-06 ~ Mint ~ This hard to find classic Trout Unlimited commemorative Orvis graphite is in the same condition it was when first awarded/won. It features a gray unsanded blank, black wraps tipped scarlet, chrome guides, light reversed wells grip with flared palm, beautifully figured commemorative engraved teakwood/aluminum seat with seat with D/L’ing knurled screw hardware. The bottom of the butt cap carries the rod name and info. The rod comes in the original bag and patent leather tube with commemorative brass plate. This is a must have for the Orvis enthusiast. $525 SALE $450 **Sale Pending**

Orvis Boron/Graphite ~ 8’9” ~ 2pc.

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

Damon Royal ~ 9’ ~ 5pc.

Damon Royal ~ 9’ ~ 5pc. ~ 3.2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC ~ This finely tuned travel rod was custom made in Potsdam, NY and features attractive blue shafts, deep purple (Smooooke on the Waaaater) silks tipped gold, chrome guides, comfortable reversed half wells grip with tapered nose and flared palm, and beautifully figured hardwood seat with champagne U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. The rod comes with a tan bag and silver aluminum tube.  The rod has an extremely responsive action and exceptionally light in the hand feel and would be perfect for dry fly work on your favorite stream. $275 $150

Orvis T3 Model 906-4 ~ 9’~ 4pc.

Orvis T3 Model 906-4 ~ 9’~ 4pc. ~ 3 7/8oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 0106 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality made mid flex (7.5) rod was made in January 2006 and features an attractive olive green sanded blank, olive wraps, gold guides, extra flora grade Western grip, N/S U/L’ing seat with an amboina insert, and comes with original bag with stitched in Orvis 25 year guarantee, and original moss colored aluminum tube with Orvis label and rod info on the cap.  Retail price was $575.  Yours, with low mileage for… $295 $225

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. $49 $29

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. $49 $29

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 $20

**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** 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.