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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.

R.W. Lancaster “Baetis” ~ 6’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.5 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ As New ~ Serial No.442UTJB ~ This rod from the bench of PA’s, Bob Lancaster has an attractive Young-like appearance and features attractive lightly-flamed cane with golden nodes, translucent light brown silks tipped black, TiCh striper, bronze snakes and tip tops. Smooth and tight fitting Super-Swiss oxidized N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable light wells grip, nicely figured walnut seat with black D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a HK loop. The rod comes with original flannel bag with maker’s name stitched into the top of the hood and green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast action is reminiscent of a PHY Midge and would make a good dry fly rod at close-in distances, yet has some reserve power to reach out when called upon. I liked the feel of this rod best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This nicely constructed rod has seen limited use and remains new in appearance. $695 FALL SALE $525

SALE PENDING W.V. Cooper ~ 6.5’ ~ One Piece ~ 1 3/4oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial Number 12090 ~ EXC ~ This one piece classic from the bench of Wes’ former Fremont, Michigan shop was built in 1990, his 120th overall and features attractive blonde cane, burgundy silks, carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes and tip-top, comfortable cigar grip, polished black walnut seat with D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The rod comes with a thin PVC tube. The brisk medium-fast action throws a sweet loop with Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. Proudly made in Michigan! $495 FALL SALE $350

Orvis Rocky Mountain Fly and Spin ~ 6.5’ ~ 3/1 ~ 2 3/4 oz. / 1/8 to ¼ oz. lures ~ H.D.G. (6) ~ Serial No. 51385 ~ EXC ~ This sweet little Rocky Mountain Fly/Spin rod built in 1968 during the Bill Young/Dale Brown era and features richly impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis spin/fly furnishings and smooth fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The elongated straight grip is fitted with dual aluminum slide bands. The rod comes with a grey bag and leather tube. Although rated by Orvis for WF-6, the brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. This dual-use small stream classic is a nice find for the Orvis and/or fly/spin enthusiast. $495

Orvis Rocky Mountain Fly/Spin Presentation Set ~ 6.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 3 1/8 oz. ~ H.D.G. (6) ~ Serial No. 72381 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This mahogany boxed presentation set features the hard to find Rocky Mountain Fly/Spin rod built in 1974 by one of Orvis’ most popular builders, Mr. Ron White. The rod appears to have been previously enjoyed on an occasional basis and features richly impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis spin/fly furnishings and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. One tip is not perfectly straight. The elongated straight grip is fitted with dual aluminum slide bands. The rod comes stored in the upper compartment of the mahogany presentation case with grooved and felt-covered cut outs for each section. Although rated by Orvis for 6, the brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. The case is also packed with original furnishings that are protected by a clear polyurethane hinged cover including the early 1970s Orvis CFO III reel with dual pawl drag that is loaded with backing and set up for LHW, the hard to find Orvis 50-A spinning reel with extra spool, Mepps, Lil Devil, and swiss Kneubuhler spinning lures in an Orvis plastic box, silver Orvis magnetic fly box with 5 original flies, original Orvis fly line cleaner, micro split shot, original Orvis labeled leader wallet, and fly retriever. The hinged accessory compartment also has removable mahogany compartment covers. This fine presentation set would make a wonderful gift for Orvis and/or fly/spin enthusiast. $995

W.V. Cooper ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/8oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial Number 17396 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This sweet-casting little wand from the bench of Wes’ former Fremont, Michigan shop was built in 1996, his 173rd overall. It features attractive blonde cane, translucent tan silks tipped in light brown, carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The off-set ferrule design (tips are shorter than the butt) results in an assembled length just shy of 7’1”. The butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, polished birds-eye maple seat with D/L'ing cap and ring “wedding band” hardware. The rod comes with a custom-made fly print rod bag (crafted by Mrs. Cooper) and black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast action is designed for dry fly work and throws a tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 or DT-4. Proudly made in Michigan! $495 FALL SALE $395

Jenkins GA70-68 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the cane rod community as some of the best-made on the market. This well-cared for and sweet casting rod features oven-tempered and light flamed blonde cane with golden nodes, matched tips, translucent honey-brown silks, quality hardware consists of chrome guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized Swiss-style ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and an unparalleled varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. “The Jenkins Rod” is neatly engraved in script on the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag and C.W. Jenkins Fly Rod labeled aluminum tube. This rod is a joy to cast and effortlessly lays out a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4/DT-4. The retail for these premium classics was north of $1,700. Catch this one while it lasts for… $1,250

SOLD H.L. Leonard Duracane ~ 7' ~ 2/1 ~ 2.6 oz. ~ 3wt. ~ Serial No. 1122 ~ EXC ~ This early green wrap Duracane features richly-hued impregnated shafts with golden nodes, forest green silks, black Mildrum stripper, black snakes and tip-top, and tight-fitting Leonard N/S step-down ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a petite cigar grip, butternut seat with D/L'ing N/S cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the H. L. Leonard Rod Co Makers die stamp. The following is neatly inked on the rod in black script: 7 Duracane 1122 on two consecutive flats. The serial number is also inked on tip section proximal to the ferrule station. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original light gray 3-compartment bag with stiffener that has the late Martin Keane’s ink stamp at the top and original aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar, sans label. The light medium to medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and throws tight loops with a SA Mastery Series buckskin DT-3 and will also handle a WF-4. Short Duracane rods have developed quite a following and deservedly so. This little gem of a rod, is ready for your favorite small stream.

SALE PENDING Orvis 99 ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/2oz. ~ 4 wt. Serial No. 19193 ~ VG+/EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ Although the majority of the writing on the butt section below the grip has worn off and the tube label is missing, serial number information provided by Greg Reynold's on his fine Orvis Database confirms that this vintage classic is an Orvis 99. The “99” was made to commemorate Orvis’ 99th year of operation. This one was made in 1956 by two of Orvis’ best, Calvin Skinner & George Reid and features richly-hued impregnated cane, red silks, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw D/L'ing seat with walnut spacer, blued WC and HK loop. Some of the bluing has worn off. The tips have a light sets that does not affect line flow or rod performance and a snake guide on one of the tips and on one half of a snake guide on the butt have been re-wrapped in amateurish fashion, but are sound and serviceable. The rod could also use a thorough cleaning. The rod comes with the original bluish-green bag and Orvis aluminum tube sans label. The sweet medium-fast action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. If you've been looking for an affordable, quality-made stick, here's one, with an excellent pedigree that won’t break the bank. $395

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. $295

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 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. $425

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. $495

SOLD D.G. Schroeder ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 3 wt. Serial No. 18797 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This rod was built by Don in 1997 (his 187th overall). This beautiful offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder was built in 1997 and his 187th rod. Don is widely regarding as one of today’s premiere builders of split bamboo fly rods and his fine lineup of quality rods is unsurpassed in quality. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. It features richly flamed cane with golden nodes, matched tips, translucent brown silks accented with dark wine tipping all protected by a beautifully executed varnish finish. Quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, highly figured walnut seat with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware, petite blued N/S WC and movable HK ring at the nose of the grip. The tips have light sets that do not affect performance. The rod comes with the original quality-made bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon and supple tips to protect fine tippets. My test casting included a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and DT-4 as well as a Cortland Clear Creek WF-4. I liked the WF-4. This is a another in a long line of superb Schroeder rods! Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods link or click here D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker.

Hardy “The Palakona” ~ 7'2" ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC ~ English classics from across the pond have long been under-rated in the States. This one features blonde cane, black “whippings” tipped green, quality furnishings including a clear agate stripper, chrome reverse twist snakes, chrome and tip-top, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules (with N/S ferrule plug) that give a resounding pop when separated, and a glass-smooth varnish finish. The tip sections are about an inch shorter than the butt section (made that way). The business end of the butt secretin has a cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with Hardy’s patented D/L'ing slide ring and cap registered universal reel holder properly stamped with Hardy's logo, exposed N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original Hardy labeled soft cloth bag with hang tag and aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The hang tag is separated from the bag and has been covered with clear tape for protection. The crisp, medium-fast fast dry fly action throws a silky smooth loop and roll-cast and will perform well close, yet has plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. I found it well-suited to a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4/WF-5. This sweet little wand would be perfect for your favorite small to medium size stream. $695

Hardy Hollokona "The Hollolight" ~ 7.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. SN H53357 ~ EXC+ ~ This light line classic was built in c. 1963 and features medium blonde cane with gold silk "whippings" tipped black, gold intermediates, milky white agate stripper, silver reverse-twist snakes, silver tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The tips are approximately 1 inch shorter than the butt and mid (made that way). The business end of the butt section has a petite cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The maker’s logo and serial number are stamped into the side of the butt cap and slide band, respectively. The rod comes with the original Hardy labeled zippered bag with snap closures and original tube with remnants of the Hardy label still intact. The wonderfully smooth medium-slow action really sang for me when paired with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-4. I’m guessing an authentic silk line would only add to the casting pleasure. This rod has seen limited use and is priced for immediate sale. $795

G.H. Howells ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 4334 ~ 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 the 34th rod built in 1976 and features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3x3 nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped gold and a superbly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include bronze guides and smooth-fitting silicone bronze ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. 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, cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, exposed petite N/S WC and bronze folding ring HK. The rod comes with original red 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 DT-4 and WF-5. Howells’ rods remain in high demand and for good reason. This one, meticulously cared-for, is fine example of his work. $2,795 FALL SALE $2,495

SOLD H.L. Leonard Duracane Model 750-2 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2190 ~ EXC ~ This early green wrap Duracane features an attractive impregnated finish, forest green silks, black Mildrum stripper, black snakes and tip-top, and smooth and tight-fitting Leonard N/S step-down ferrules (with ferrule plug) give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, butternut seat with screw D/L'ing hardware, petite N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the H. L. Leonard Rod Co Makers die stamp. The following is neatly inked on the rod in black script: 7 ½’ Duracane 2190 on two consecutive flats. The serial number is also inked on each tip section proximal to the ferrule station. The rod comes with the original yellow bag with stiffener and original aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar, and green/silver Midland Park era label 100% intact. The brisk medium to medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. Green wrap Duracane’s have a devoted following…and for good reason. This one is ready for many years of faithful service.

Phillipson Peerless "63" ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 ~3 ¾ oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC ~ This Rocky Mountain classic is the quintessential utilitarian dry fly rod! It features honey-toned impregnated cane with resorcinol glue lines wrapped in brown silks with yellow open spiral tipping at each guide, ferrule station, and HK, chrome stripper, snakes and tip top, and smooth fitting N/S ferrules give a light pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a torpedo grip, bronze aluminum D/L'ing screw and slide hood "no-rock" seat, hallmark matching bronze WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with a replacement bag and aluminum tube with a few dents that do not affect storage. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and throws tight accurate loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 or DT-5. A super find Granger/Phillipson enthusiasts. $495

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

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…

D.G. Schroeder Quad ~ 7'9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4 oz. ~ 5wt. Serial #47408~ EXC+ ~ A beautiful offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder. Don is widely recognized as one of today’s premiere cane rods builders and his fine lineup of quality cane rods is unsurpassed in quality and performance. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. This rod was built in 2008 and is his 474th overall. It features richly lightly flamed cane with matched tips, golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped dark wine with dark wine silk wraps at the ferrule stations. The perfectly executed varnish finish, black stripper, snakes, and tip tops are the perfect compliment to rods beauty. Oxidized N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a resounding ‘pop’ when separated. Cigar grip and D/L’ing oxidized cap & ring seat with beautiful highly figured burl walnut spacer. Exposed oxidized WC. Oxidized folding ring HK. Neatly inked on the rod in black script is #47408 D.G. Schroeder 7’9” - 5. Comes with the original high quality chocolate brown bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube. This easy wonderful casting wand could just be the perfect all-around fishing tool. I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This superb rod was proudly crafted in the USA. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take the D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods link or click here D.G. Schroeder Bamboo Rods for more information on this fine maker. $1,395 FALL SALE $1,295

SALE PENDING Sweetgrass Quad ~ 7’9" ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2177 ~ As New ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, their quality-built bamboo fly rods in the Sweetgrass Series are based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and are fitted with NS ferrules, agate stripper, snake-brand snakes, unique bamboo WC, and sterling silver HK. This finely-tuned wand features a beautiful shade of medium-blonde cane with 2 around spiral node pattern, light copper-tan silks with burgundy accent wraps at the WC, HK, signature wraps, tip-tops and ferrule stations, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when they are separated, and an expertly-executed varnish finish. Full silk wraps adorn the female ferrule and male ferrule housings, much in the Brackett/Kustich tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light-wells grip, N/S D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a beautifully figured birds-eye maple pacer. The rod comes in a burgundy soft cloth bag and aluminum tube with company logo and water-tite silver cap, collar, and end cap. The wonderfully smooth medium to medium-fast action and light-in-the-hand feel combine for a remarkable blend of power and delicacy and is perfect for dry fly work when paired with a 4 or 5 weight Cortland 444 Peach in WF or DT. This superb Montana-made classic retails north of $2,100. Proudly offered now, in as new condition at… $1,595

Goodwin Granger Special Model GS8040 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ This highly popular Rocky Mountain classic was nicely restored by someone with a mature hand (not sure who did the work). It features rich carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, granger green wraps (looks almost tan), WM furnishings, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish that just glistens. The writing on the butt section is no longer present and the tips have slight sets that do affect line flow or performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-Wells grip, patented internal screw U/L'ing metal seat with nicely struck Goodwin stampings, and exposed WC. The rod comes with the original olive canvas bag ( a bit too short, as was so often the case) and original, brown aluminum tube with label 98% intact. This rod has a wonderful light medium action and throws tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5 (I prefer the 4). The 8040 is thought to be “THEE Rod” by many bamboo rod enthusiasts. Once you own and fish one, you’ll know why. $695 FALL SALE $595

Hardy Palakona DeLuxe ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This wand rod from across the pond features honey-toned cane rich burgundy silk wraps with full intermediates, milky white agate stripper, very cool mini mildrum-style snakes and bridged agate tip tops (on tip top was replaced with a standard tip top guide), tight fitting ferules (faint ferrule click can be felt) and a softening varnish finish that is still sound and serviceable. The writing on the bitt section is faint and barely legible. The modified wells grip is soiled from use. A small gap is present exposing the reel sear station between the hardy logo’d screw U/L’ing hardware and black spacer. A large WC completes the grip area. The rod comes with the original Hardy labeled bag and original Hardy labeled tube. The rod has a medium-fast action and throws tight accurate loops when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. This high quality rod that has plenty of life left in it but is in need of some TLC. $395 FALL SALE $195

H.L. Leonard Model 50 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 1809 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality-made post-fire Leonard classic features attractive blonde with swelled butt, ruby red silks with a turn of green silk accenting the HK and ferrule stations, black Mildrum stripper, black snakes and tip-top, smooth and tight-fitting Leonard N/S step-down ferrules (with ferrule plugs) give a satisfying pop when separated, and a glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, dark butternut seat with screw D/L'ing hardware, petite N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the H. L. Leonard Rod Co Makers 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 95% 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-5. This rod was presented to me as being all original, though I noted that the HK ring was filled with a light coat of varnish, possibly from the HK guide wrap being overcoated, or possibly from the rod receiving a light overcoat. Nonetheless, the rod is a real head-turner and would be right at home out 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. $1,295

Orvis Special ~ 8’ ~ 2/1 ~ 4 ¼ oz. ~ HCH (DT-7) ~ Serial No. 27503 ~ VG+/EXC– (exception noted) ~ This vintage classic rod was made in 1960 by two of Orvis’ best, Calvin Skinner & George Reid. It features richly-hued impregnated cane, red silks, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip top, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a sweet pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, metal seat with black D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, blued WC and HK loop. The rod, especially the tip top guide, could use a thorough cleaning. The rod comes with the original 3-compartment gray bag and labeled Orvis aluminum tube with paper label 98% intact. Although rated by Orvis for DT-7, I really liked the medium action with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-6. If you've been looking for an affordable, quality-made stick, here's one, with an excellent pedigree that won’t break the bank. $325

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. I also have a limited quantity of Shop/Demo rods in this model that may have a glue line or other minor cosmetic imperfection in as new condition. Shop/Demo - $350 / New - $425

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. $495

J.W. Pope ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 80467 ~ NEW ~ Brand new from the bench of Spokane’s Jeff Pope comes this sweet offering based on a Dickerson 8012. It features attractive blonde cane, 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks (black at the ferrule stations and tip tops, oxidized mildrum-style stripper, bronze snakes, black tip–tops, tight fitting blued duronze ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a slender Western grip, birds eye maple seat with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, and HK loop. The rod comes in a new bag and black aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The comfortable medium action throws a tight and accurate loop and has the delicacy to protect the finest of tippets. I really liked it with Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. You just don’t see many 8’er in the 4 weight format and this one should get some heavy consideration. $695 FALL SALE $525

R.L. Winston ~ 8' ~ 2/1 ~ 3 7/8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 9133 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This stunning San Francisco Winston was built in the 1960s by Doug Merrick and Gary Howells and comes a photo of Glenn Brackett (from who the rod was purchased) and hand-written provenance. It features hollow-flute construction, attractive medium-blonde cane, NPC putty wraps, mildrum stripper, chrome snakes and tip-top, smooth and tight fitting Winston duronze ferrules 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’ – 3 7/8 oz #9133, the hollow-flute patent number, and former owners name (Merton J. Parks) are inked on the rod. It comes with a gray unlabeled bag and original aluminum tube with label 80% intact. The smooth medium-fast action throws tight and accurate cast loops, best for me with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and has a perfect mix of power and delicacy. This delightful casting wand will surely be a welcome addition to your arsenal. Superb! $895

SOLD Doug Daniel Hollowbuilt Quad ~ 8'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ SN D995-911-H ~ NEW ~ Chances are, you have now heard of the fine lineup of quadrate bamboo fly rods crafted by California’s Doug Daniel. 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 hollowbuilt quad features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane acquired from Royer in 2002 that was planed to exacting tolerances based in part on a lightened and lengthened Dickerson 8013 that Doug modified for a quad format, red silk windings tipped black, 2x2 nodes, matched tips, bronze-housed agate stripper, PacBay snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting square-broached blued ferrules that give a nice pop, and a beautifully executed Man ‘O War spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an extra-flora grade modified wells grip, beautiful spalted maple burl seat with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware, and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with a quality-made soft cloth bag and high quality brown pebble-finish aluminum tube with brass cap and end. The brisk medium-fast action and fine tips make this 8’3”-er a joy to cast. It handles a SA Mastery DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 with equal effectiveness. Doug’s rods are hard to come by thee days and this one, with light mileage, is destined to be a someone’s “go-to” rod for many years to come.

Stewart ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 5.2oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This offering from the Vista, California maker features honey-toned cane, brown silks, agate stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and an average varnish finish. The ferrule fit on one of the tip section is loose and should be addressed before that tip is fished. There are also some glue line irregularities on the butt section and a few bag marks on the rod. The stripping guide and butt ferrule wraps are a darker brown color and likely have been rewrapped. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, a nicely-figured hardwood seat fitted with blued D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and a petite blued N/S WC. The rod comes with a quality tan bag with leather hang tab and brass-capped silver aluminum tube with the maker’s label. The smooth medium to medium-fast action tosses a lovely line, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 This rod has some good bones but needs attention. It is being offered for immediate sale at…$495

SALE PENDING FE Thomas Browntone ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 7/8 oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ Serial No. H-127 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Fred Thomas began the F. E. Thomas Rod Company began circa (c.) 1902. Leon Thomas reportedly took over the company after Fred’s death in the late 1930s and oversaw the crafting of fine-quality rods until the late 1950s. During the early years (c. 1902 to c.1936), each rod was typically given a unique number that was stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The numbering system reportedly started with the number “1” and continued until the end of that calendar year. Circa 1937, symbols (dots, triangles and squares) and numbers were stamped in the bottom of the butt cap. Circa 1940, letters along with numbers were used. This Bangor, ME classic is pictured in Bob Stewart’s FET book and had a 2" long repair wrap approximately 6" above the male ferrule of one of the tips. This repair wrap no longer exists as the tip was scarfed at some point thereafter. The scarf is nearly imperceptible, and the work performed is exemplary. It is possible that the guides wraps were given a light overcast as well. It features browntone cane with swelled butt, brown silks, reverse twist snakes, smooth working blued Thomas ferrules give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip shows that shows some minor ridging, D/L'ing cap and ring seat with walnut spacer, and petite blued N/S WC equipped with the typical FET folding ring HK. The bottom of the butt cap has the concentric circles with serial number stamped into the middle and also carries the F.E. Thomas Special Bangor, ME die stamp on the side. There is some bluing loss on the seat hardware. The rod comes with the original green bag with hang tag and original brass capped aluminum tube sans label. The rod has a stout action and throws a ton of line (I liked with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7). Thomas rods are highly sought quality-made casting tools. This stream-ready classic is a super find for the FET aficionado. $995 FALL SALE $725

WM Boss of Waters ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC ~ Based on the limited available data, this interesting and rarely seen model was most likely constructed from Granger/WM furnishings that were left over in shop after WM stopped bamboo rod production. It was thought that WM was trying to put together a sales deal with one of the Denver area retailers (Gart or Cook's) to market this model (along with the King of Waters and Queen of Waters) but the deal never came to fruition. Although the available research gets a bit sketchy, it appears that a few of these rods (apparently most were 8.5’ and 9’ers) and possibly some butt and mid sections may have been completed before the deal was scrapped. This one features rich carmel-colored cane, with swelled butt, 3 X3 spiral nodes), gold/black jasper (typical fading to look white/black) tipped black, W/M-issue guides, WM-issue N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. 1 tip has a slight set. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reversed half Wells grip, patented internal screw U/L'ing metal seat with WM stampings clearly struck opposite the hood, and exposed WC. The rod comes with a tan canvas bag (tape on the bottom covers a loose seam) and WM-issue brown aluminum tube san label. This rod has that classic medium action that is synonymous with so many Granger rods and throws a nice loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5/WF-6. This is most-certainly a super find for the Granger/WM enthusiast. $595 FALL SALE $475

W&M Granger Victory Model GV8642 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/2oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was the workhorse of the W&M/Granger lineup of fine bamboo rods. It features wonderful ammonia treated cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, B/O jasper wraps, W&M issue furnishings include a mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting drawn N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish that just glistens. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half wells grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat in perfect working condition, and exposed WC. The rod comes with the original bluish-gray bag and black fiber tube with paper label 99% intact. The rod has that wonderfully smooth medium action Granger is known for and for me, throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. This is one of the nicer examples of this model that I have seen and is super find for the Granger and WM enthusiast. $595

Granger Aristocrat Model GA9050 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.8oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exception noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was nicely restored and features a beautiful shade of carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, light brown silks tipped dark brown, Granger-issue furnishings, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give that hallmark Granger pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. A faint click can be heard at the butt/mid connection and one tip has a light set. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half Wells grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with nicely-struck stampings and an exposed WC. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original olive bag (tape covered holes on the bottom) and original brown aluminum tube with label approximately 85% intact. This rod is a real powerhouse with an easy-throwing medium action that really sings when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 or WF-7. It would be a good option for large trout, smallies, and/or bucketmouth. $350

Granger Victory Model GV9053 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.2 oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This post WW-II Colorado classic features rich carmel colored ammonia treated cane with a swelled butt, 3 x 3 node pattern, B/O jasper tipped black, fine Granger-issue guides tight-fitting NS ferrules that hallmark Granger pop when separated, and a solid varnish finish that has a few nicks and smudges. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reverse half wells grip and is fitted with the patented internal U/L metal seat with nicely struck Goodwin Granger stampings, and an exposed WC. The uplock mechanism works smooth and easy. The rod comes with the original olive bag and original fiber tube with partial label. The tube ha been shrink-wrapped in clear plastic. The stout medium action throws an effortless loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7 or WF/DT-8 (I prefer the 8). This affordably-priced rod would be right at home for jacks and landlocks and also a good choice for large terrestrials, streamers and dry/dropper fishing and/or where the wind blows and often. $325

SALE PENDING WM Water Seal ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.7 oz. ~ 6/7wt ~ EXC ~ This Colorado classic was first introduced by WM in 1952 in two lengths (8.5’ and 9’). This one features richly-hued densified (impregnated) cane buffed to a fine luster, swelled butt, 3x3 spiral nodes, burgundy silks tipped yellow, standard WM furnishings include chrome stripper, black snakes, chrome tip tops, and smooth & tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a full wells grip, patented internal U/L metal seat with lightly struck WM stampings, and an exposed WC. The acetate label on butt section is fully intact. The rod comes with the original burgundy bag and tube with the tube able 77% intact. The comfortable medium-fast action throws an effortless loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6/WF-7. This is a nice example of this popular Rocky Mountain classic. $425 FALL SALE $295

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