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ROD RATING DESIGNATIONS & ABBREVIATIONS

• (M) Mint - Appears to be unused/brand new in original bag and tube
• (NM) Near Mint or As New - As above with minor exceptions which are noted
• (EXC) Excellent - Shows signs of light to medium use
• (VG) Very Good - Shows signs of normal use
• (G) Good - Shows signs of heavy use. 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 SPLIT CANE CLASSICS *****

The following rods are available for purchase (unless noted otherwise in the description). The rods are listed by length first, then alphabetically by 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.

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. $49

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

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! $295 SPRING SALE $195

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

Caudle & Rivaz Ltd. ~ 6’11” ~ 2/1 ~ 4.2 oz.~ 6wt. ~ EXC RF ~ C & R 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

SOLD OUT Pennington Pine River "Canadian" ~ 7’ ~ 2/1 ~ 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. The Canadian model is the 1 tip version. 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, red 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 nicely-figured walnut seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching walnut WC. 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. This is a solid and affordable trout rod in a 1-tip format, proudly made in the USA. Limited quantity avaiable.

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. $425

SOLD OUT Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 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 Bailey Woods N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple 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.

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

Munsey Wheby “The Shoe Creek” ~ 7’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 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 semi-hollowbuilt light line wand is based on a proprietary taper and features attractive blonde cane, clear silks (black with a turn of red at one tip-top, WC and ferrule stations), quality Snake brand guides, smooth and tight-fitting Dickerson-style 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 cigar grip and custom made walnut seat with dual slide band hardware. The unique reel seat and guide-attached male ferule are a homage to Mike Montagne. The rod comes with a new bag and hexagonal walnut finished pine tube. The responsive medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and would be an excellent choice for dry fly work. It is capable close in, and roll casts with ease, and has no trouble reaching out for those often-needed longer casts when called upon. 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 SPRING SALE $750

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

H.L. Leonard Duracane ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 1910 ~ EXC+ ~ This highly popular offering from the H.L. Leonard Rod Company features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, 3 x 3 golden nodes, forest green silks, black mildrum stripper and snakes, bronze tip–top, and smooth and tight fitting N/S step-down ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, butternut seat with D/Ling N/S cap and “wedding band” hardware, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The side of the butt cap carries the H.L. Rod Company Makers die stamp, nicely struck. The rod comes with black and tan bag and new aluminum tube with brass bottom, collar and cap. The comfortably brisk medium to medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and throws a tight loop, for me best with a SA Ultra Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 (I prefer the 3). Light line Duracanes have developed quite a following and deservedly so. As such, they usually do not last long. This fine example of this model is a nice find for the Leonard aficionado and/or any small stream enthusiast. $595

Orvis “99" ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4 oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ Serial No. 21119 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ The model “99” was made to commemorate Orvis’ 99th year of operation. This one was made in 1957 by two of Orvis’ best, Calvin Skinner & George Reid and features red silk wraps over richly impregnated cane, fine Orvis furnishings including a mildrum stripper, bronze snakes and blued tip-top, and newly installed (by Orvis) blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, screw D/L'ing aluminum seat, walnut spacer, blued WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a gray bag and aluminum tube with green top and paper label with legible rod info, both believed to be original. The rod has a medium-fast action that is well-suited for dry fly work, terrestrials, and dry & dropper rigs in small to medium-sized rivers. Although rated by Orvis for a DT-6, I found the rod performed best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This historically significant quality made rod from Orvis, in a very desirable length, is ready for years of use at an attractive price. $425

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. $350

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

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 SPRING 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 Rick Robbins “Selb Favorite” ~ 7’9” ~ 3/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 713 ~ NEW ~ This wonderful offering from the bench of this fine Lexington, VA maker is based on a proprietary taper and planed on vintage 1925 milling machine. Mr. Robbins over four decades of bamboo rod building experience and the influence of his mentor and best friend, Tom Maxwell, is immediately evident when the rod is removed from its tube. This one features attractive heat-treated blonde cane with dramatically swelled butt, 3 x 3 pressed nodes, book-matched tips, translucent old gold silks tipped red, Mildrum stripper, Snakebrand snake guides and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting hand-made N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured tiger maple seat with D/L’ing silver cap & ring hardware, and petite silver WC. The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The reel seat also features a mortice for the reel tang and a decorative nickel silver inlay on the opposing side that facilitates ring slide and helps to keep the ring band from digging into the reel seat wood. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag and labeled heavy gauge aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar. The makers logo is also stamped into the side of collar. The pleasant medium fast action is perfect for dry fly work on the likes of Michigan’s Pere Marquette and Manistee Rivers, Montana’s Big Horn and Missouri Rivers or Idaho’s Henrys Fork River, just to name a few. The rod tube metrics indicates it was designed for a 6wt line, which it handles effortlessly. However, I found a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 to my liking as well. Three piece Robbins rods currently retail for $2,750.

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 PENDING H.L. Leonard #50H ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 5/8oz. ~ 7wt. ~ Serial No. 2963 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This quality-made post-fire Midland Park era Leonard features attractive blonde cane with swelled butt, light brown silks tapped dark brown chrome stripper with brown ceramic insert, chrome snakes and tip-top, smooth and tight-fitting Leonard N/S step-down ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. One tip is down ¾” that, IMHO does not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable flared palm cigar grip, butternut seat with screw U/L'ing hardware, petite N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the H. L. Leonard die stamp. The rod comes with the original yellow bag and original aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar, and red/silver Midland Park era label fully intact. The wonderful medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work, dry and dropper rigs, and terrestrials and for me, delivers a sweet loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. It would be right at home in east on the Delaware, in the mid-west on the Manistee and Pere Marquette, and/or out West on the Big-Horn, Henrys Fork or Missouri. Because of the short tip… $1,095 SPRING SALE $895

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

SOLD OUT Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 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 Bailey Woods N/S ferrules that give a nice 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.

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 SPRING SALE $750

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “Yellowstone Special” ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9 oz. 5/6wt. ~ EXC+ ~ After conducting research and seeking opinion from several knowledgeable sources, it appears that the actual maker of this early high-quality Yellowstone Special may remain a matter of speculation. It is not likely Edwards or Phillipson-made but could be Heddon or Thomas-issue. It features a beautiful shade of browntone cane with swelled butt and golden nodes, elegant deep burgundy silks tipped gold, red agate stripper, bronze hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, tight fitting N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated, and a glass smooth varnish finish that retains “that smell”, another indication that it is original. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, full metal seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The set comes in what is believed to be its original green bag and aluminum tube. The comfortable medium action tosses a sweet loop with a nice blend of power and delicacy. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, WF-6 and DT-6. The rod has not seen a lot of use and remains in wonderful original condition. Yellowstone Specials, regardless of maker, are historically significant rods and this one just happens to be a sweet caster and real head-turner. $595

R.L. Winston ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 1/4 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ SN 4175 ~ EXC ~ This stunning one-owner classic was crafted in Twin Bridges, MT in 2011 and features attractive blonde cane with 3 x 3 spiral nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks with burgundy accent wraps at the ferrule stations, tip-tops signature wraps and HK. The glass smooth varnish finish was perfectly executed. Quality furnishings include chrome guides tight fitting Winston Duronze ferrules (wrapped in tan silk) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable Western grip, beautifully figured birds eye maple seat with U/L’ing screw and slide hood U/L’ing hardware, petite silver WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original labeled, brown pebble-finish Winston labeled tube and certificate of ownership card. The medium action is a joy to cast and handles beautifully when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 and DT-6. A superb offering priced for immediate sale. $1,495 SPRING SALE $1,295

Goodwin Granger Champion 9050 ~ 9' ~ 3/3 ~ 5.2 oz. ~ 6 wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was one of Granger’s best selling rods up until circa 1947 when it was replaced by Wright & McGill with the Stream & Lake model. It appears to be all original and features dark honey-toned cane with swelled butt, red silks tipped black, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated and a sound varnish finish with some nicks and bag marks. A faint ferrule click can be felt on one tip, and both tips have sets. The business end of the butt section has a reversed half wells grip, popular Granger D/L'ing slide band metal seat, and exposed WC. The rod comes with a replacement bag and Cortland tube. The wonderful Granger medium action tosses effortlessly with a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This is a nice stick from a quality maker that could use a little TLC, and is priced accordingly. $295 SPRING SALE $195

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 SPRING SALE $295

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

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

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