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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.

SOLD D.G. Schroeder ~ 6'~ 2/2 ~ 2.4oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ Serial No. 17797 ~ EXC+ ~ 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 1997 and is his 177th overall. It features richly-hued flamed cane 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent light forest-green silks tipped black and a perfectly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a silver-housed agate stripper, chrome and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The business end of butt section is completed with a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with D/L’ing blued N/S cap & ring hardware, and a black exposed WC. The rod comes with the original high quality bag with stiffener and a first-class Arne Mason leather tube. The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight and accurate loop that is very effective close in. I liked it when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. Superbly made in the USA!

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

Edwards ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.1 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ E.W. Edwards & Sons was considered one of America's finest and most honorable rod building firms. This Bristol-era classic features carmel colored cane, 2x2 golden nodes, matched tips, red silks with alternating red and green intermediates, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting Edwards N/S ferrule that give a sound pop when separated and a varnish finish that appears to have been over-coated at some point in the past. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured walnut seat with D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite silver WC and folding ring HK. the butt cap carries the “E.W. Edwards Sons Makers Bristol, Conn” die stamp. The rod comes with a dark blue felt bag (taped at the bottom) and unlabeled aluminum tube. This sweet little stick is incredibly lightweight and throws tight loops with pinpoint accuracy when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Stream ready and priced to sell at… $595

SOLD 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…

SOLD H.L. Leonard Duracane ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.9oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 139 ~ EXC+ ~ This sweet little Maxwell-era classic features attractive light carmel-colored impregnated cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks tippd black at the HK, tip-top guides and ferrule stations, quality furnishings, and smooth and tight-fitting blued Leonard N/S step-down ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, spiced butternut seat with D/L'ing blued N/S “wedding band” cap and ring hardware, petite blued N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the “The Leonard Rod H. L. Leonard Rod Co Makers “die stamp. The rod comes with the original dark tan 3-compartment bag with stiffener and leather hang tab and original heavy gauge aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar, sans label. The responsive medium to medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and although marked for a #5 line, throws tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4. Short Duracane rods have developed quite a following and deservedly so. This little gem of a rod, is ready for your favorite small to mid-size stream.

SALE PENDING Orvis Battenkill ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/8 oz. HDG (6) Serial No. 66312 ~ EXC ~ This 1972 Ron White era offering from Orvis features honey colored impregnated cane accented with Orvis brown silk, fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop upon separation. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, aluminum D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat with a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original tan bag and original gray Orvis labeled tube with hex cap that has the rod stats engraved into it. The sweet action is just a touch on the fat side of medium and is well-suited for dry fly work on small streams and ‘cricks. Although marked by Orvis as a WF-6, this rod comes alive when paired with a Cortland Peach 444 DT-4 and will also handle a WF-5. Classic Orvis rods from this era are very popular and represent one of the best bangs for your buck in bamboo. $625

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 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

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.

Thramer Signature Hollowbuilt ~ 7’~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. S1111 ~ As New ~ This high quality rod is from Mr. Thramer’s Signature Hollowbuilt Series and features richly flamed cane with 3 x 3 golden nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped red, quality furnishings include a black nickel-housed agate stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated and a glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified reversed Wells grip, cork seat with black screw D/L’ing hardware and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original bag, hang tag and labeled aluminum tube bearing the maker’s name, logo and rod stats. The medium to medium-fast action has a nice blend of power and delicacy and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. The rod was likely lawn cast and/or possibly fished a time or two, but appears in near new condition. Superb! $825

SOLD R.L. Winston ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2 5/8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 2600 ~ EXC+ ~ This sweet little wand crafted by Glenn Brackett, et al. in Twin Bridges, MT features attractive light honey-toned 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 and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include chrome guides and smooth and 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 cigar grip, teak seat with D/L’ing N/S “wedding band” cap and ring hardware, a petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a Winston labeled bag and leather tube. The original owners name is inked on the rod along with the rod info. The brisk medium-fast action is a joy to cast and handles beautifully when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. The taper is well-suited for close-in dry fly work but has plenty of reserve power to punch out longer casts when called upon to do so. This Brackett-era Winny is just another in a long line of superb offerings from this fine company.

SOLD WM Granger Aristocrat Model GA7030 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC ~ This popular rocky mountain classic features ammonia-treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3x3 nodes, light brown silks tipped dark brown protected by a varnish finish that appears to have received a light overcoat at some point in the past. There are a few areas of excess varnish present on each section. Typical WM furnishings include a mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and chrome tip tops. Smooth and easy working N/S ferrules give a soft pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is completed with the highly sought after elliptical “hammer handle” grip, smooth working patented internal screw U/L’ing seat with clearly struck WM stampings and exposed WC. A previous owner engraved his mane into the reel seat below the stampings. The writing on the rod is faint and the model name is no longer legible. The rod comes with the original tan bag and original aluminum tube with approximately 90 percent of the label still intact. This sweet little rod has a medium action that throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. The 7030s are hard to find (those who own them, tend to keep them) and are even scarcer in the Aristocrat grade.

Dreamcatcher Fly Rods “The Jezebelle” 2004 Premier Edition ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ One tip on this custom-made wand from the Dietrich Brothers was broken at the tip top and a new tip was made by Wyatt Dietrich. The rod features richly flamed cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 golden nodes, brown silk wraps, black nickel housed agate stripper, black nickel snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting blued 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 modified Well grip with tapered nose, custom crafted and nicely figured hardwood seat with N/S U/L’ing sliding “wedding band” hardware and petite blued WC. The rod comes with original green soft cloth bag with makers logo embroidered into the top and brass capped aluminum tube with makers label. The sweet medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and the rod has has plenty of reserve power for those longer than normal distance casts. I liked the feel of this rod best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5/DT-5. This rod retailed for $1,650. Offered for immediate sale with the hope that it will find its way back streamside. $795

Hidy Model r22931H-3 ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2.9oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This high-quality offering from the West coast shop of Jim Hidy will surely please the most discriminating angler. He plied his craft, in part, under the tutelage of Jim Schaaf and Mario Wojnicki and has built a sterling reputation as one of the best contemporary rod makers around. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice the maker’s attention to detail and mature hand. It features attractive lightly mottled carmel-colored cane, translucent olive silks tipped crimson (black silk was used at the ferrule stations), fine furnishings include an agate stripper housed in a smoked nickel frame, smoked nickel guides, blued Super-Z- style truncated N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and an expertly executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade light wells grip, beautifully figured tiger maple seat with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and wedding band hardware, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a sturdy khaki-green bag and high-quality aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar. The rod is extremely light in the hand and will deliver a silky smooth loop when in the hand of a patient cater. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This superb rod would be right at would be right on your favorite spring creek on any beat that require stealth and delicacy. Current retail on this rod is north of $4K. Get this one, with very low mileage for… $2,995

Kusse Quad “Catskill” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 2 3/4oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2107 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality crafted quad from the former Vice President of H.L. Leonard Rod Company features richly-hued cane with 2x2 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent lemon silks tipped garnet, black nickel stripper, black snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules 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 polished curly maple seat fitted with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and folding ring HK. The maker’s logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with a dark gray bag with hang tag and aluminum tube with brass end, cap and collar. The rod has a wonderfully crisp and pleasant medium-fast action and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5/DT-5. Don’t miss out on this unique and finely-tuned wand, not often seen on dealer lists. $1,495

Orvis Battenkill ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ H.C.F. (7) ~ Serial No. 59012 ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This classic wand from the famous Manchester, VT. maker was made during the Ron White era in 1970 and features richly-hued impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including chrome guides and smooth-fitting blued N/S ferrules which give a satisfying pop when separated. The stripping guide is a bit loose under its wraps and this should be addressed before the upcoming season. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip with some minor micro-ridging, D/L’ing screw & slide hood seat with walnut spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod is marked Orvis. The rod comes with the original grey Orvis bag and original Orvis aluminum tube with blue/silver label. The wonderfully smooth action is just a touch on the fast side of medium. Although rated by Orvis as a WF-7, I really like this one with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. This popular model was Orvis’ workhorse and well known for their consistent build and excellent performance. Hurry, SUMMER is a comin! $595

Orvis Madison ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 5/8 oz. ~ HEG (WF-5) ~ Serial No. 63693 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This 1971 offering from Orvis was built during the Ron White era and features light shade of impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides and 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, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat with nicely figured polished walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. Some of the writing on the butt section has been lost and the writing style of the serial number on the butt section appears to have been done by a different hand as compared to the writing style of the serial numbers on the two tip sections. The rod comes with the original gray bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube. The taper is just a touch on the slow side of medium and throws a nice loop when in the hands of a patient caster. I liked it equally when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. The Orvis Madison often left the famous Vermont shop as a 1 tip rod and remains one of the best values out there for a quality-built, nice casting bamboo fly rod… This one, with 2 tips, is availablefor immediate sale. $595 FALL SALE $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…

SOLD Sweetgrass ~ 7’9" ~ 2/2 ~ 3 5/8 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ Serial No. 1013 ~ EXC+ ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, their quality lineup of bamboo fly rods is based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and are furnished with NS ferrules, agate stripper, snake-brand snakes, and a unique bamboo WC. This one features attractive medium blonde cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, translucent tan silks tipped in garnet at the HK, Signature wraps, tip-tops and ferrule stations, smooth and tight N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when they are separated, and a perfectly executed varnish finish. Full tan 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, beautifully figures hardwood seat with silver screw D/L’ing, composite WC and rope edged folding ring HK. The rod comes in soft cloth SG 3-compartment bag with company initials embroidered into the hood and labeled aluminum tube with sterling silver end cap and collar. The company logo stamped into the top of the cap. The original owners initial are inked on the rod along with the rod info. The progressive medium-fast to fast action throws a tight loop that worked best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF or DT-4. The rod will also easily handle a 5. This superb model, hand-crafted in Twin Bridges, retails for $2,300. Get this well cared-for classic for…

SOLD W.R. Taylor Hollowbuilt Quad ~ 7' 9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.6oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ As New ~ This stunning hollowbuilt quad from Bill Taylor features attractive blonde cane with matched tips, 2 around spiral nodes, translucent olive silks tipped crimson (double tipped black and crimson at the HK, stripping guide, tip-tops and ferrule stations), quality mildrum-style bronze stripper, light wire black snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated, and an expertly-applied and glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable Western grip with tapered nose, tiger maple seat with U/L’ing N/S screw and slide hood hardware, and petite oxidized N/S WC. The rod comes with the original tan bag and beautiful 4-sided tiger maple and walnut case with leather snap closure. The medium-fast to fast action lays out a ton of line when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, WF/DT-6. Although the sections are not perfectly straight, the stoutly designed taper would be perfect for keeping larger than average trout from disappearing into woodpiles and undercut banks. It comes in a very popular length that will cover most trout fishing situations.

W.R. Taylor No. 79902 ~ 7' 10” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ one Tip #1 on this on this Bill Taylor classic is broken about 2 1/4” down from the tip top. The fracture extends down about 2 ½” below the last snake guide as well. The rod features attractive light honey-toned cane with matched tips, 2 around spiral nodes, translucent brown silks tipped black (double tipped black at the HK, stripping guide, tip-top and ferrule stations), quality mildrum-style red agate stripper, light wire chrome snakes and tip-top, oxidized N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and an expertly-applied glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully-figures dark maple seat with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, hardwood WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original soft cloth bag and a new aluminum tube that is too long. The medium to medium-fast action throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4 and will be very mindful of fine tippets. Prices as a 1 tip rod and ready for your favorite beat. $450

Tom Fulk “Skagit River” ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 5.4 oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ Serial No. 12-1996 ~ EXC+/As New ~ Tome Fulk has been building bamboo fly rods since 1993. He’s originally from Michigan and moved to Washington after retirement in the 1990s. He has published two fine books on rod-making: “Building Your Own Fly Rod” and “Fundamental Concepts of Bamboo Fly Rod Design.” This Anacortes offering was built in 1996 and features attractive blonde cane with cane with alternating nodes in an upward spiral pattern (configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine), elegant old gold silks tipped black, bronze guides, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The rod info and original owners name is neatly inked on the butt section. The tip sections are distinguished from each other by with either one or two turns of silk below each tip-top guide. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and a nicely figured cedar-barrel seat with D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. The rod comes in a brown felt bag and black aluminum tube (too long for the rod) with makers label. A string tag with rod info is also included. The rod has a crisp medium-fast action that performs nicely when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6/WF-7 and would be perfect for dries, nymphing, dual rigs, streamers, terrestrials and/or wherever the wind blows hard and often. This rod retailed for $750, and is available, in like new condition for… $525 FALL SALE $425

Hardy Palakona "The C. C. de France" ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.7 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ Serial No. E 94159 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ The C. C. de France is widely regarded as the finest British rod ever produced. Hardy first introduced The C.C. de France in 1911 and while the popularity of the vast majority of English rods never really caught on in the USA, those named Marvel, Fairy, Deluxe, and the Casting Club de France became highly sought after. This 1954 classic features attractive medium-light cane, dark avocado green whippings and intermediates, white agate stripper, mini-stripping guide style snakes, bridged agate tip-tops, blued N/S ferrules with ferrule plugs that give a resounding pop and varnish finish that was either lightly overcoated or redone at some point in the past. The male ferrule on the mid-section does not seat 100% into the butt section and both tips have light sets. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and exposed N/S WC. The serial number is stamped into the side of the slide band. The rod comes with the original Hardy labeled bag, with internal snap-close ferrule plug pocket and two original hang tags (one is ripped in 2 spots) and is sans tube. The stout action throws a ton of line when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-7 and would likely take to an authentic silk line nicely. This wonderful find for the Hardy enthusiast is offered for immediate sale at...$695

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.

FE Thomas Special ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ Serial No. 8 ~ EXC+/RS (exceptions noted) ~ The F. E. Thomas Rod Company began circa (c.) 1902 and remained in operation until c. 1958. Production ceased in part due to the embargo on Chinese cane and the emergence of the “new” fiberglass technology. The single digit number stamped into the bottom of the butt cap of this rare classic indicates that it was likely made circa 1918. The rod was expertly restored by someone with an extremely mature hand and features a gorgeous light shade of browntone cane wrapped in gold silks tipped light avocado green with full intermediates, original FET-issue agate stripper, hardened steel reverse twist snakes and tip tops, smooth fitting N/S ferrules with give a soft pop when separated, and a perfectly executed glass smooth varnish finish that just glistens. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a new replica cigar grip crafted from top-notch extra flora grade cork which tapers down to form the cork seat with D/L’ing N/S slide band and cap hardware and the original N/S WC with attached folding ring HK. The serial number is stamped into the bottom of the butt cap, centrally located between the concentric “bulls eye.” The F.E. THOMAS SPECIAL BANGOR, ME company die stamp is present on the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with a new bag and unlabeled Thomas-issue aluminum tube. The rod has a wonderful medium-slow action and appears as if it has not seen the water since the restoration. It is very light in the hand and throws a lovely line when in the hands of a patient caster. I liked it with a Cortland Sylk DT-5, but an authentic silk line would really bring this classic to life. FET rods in this length, configuration, and condition are becoming scarce. This one surely will not disappoint. Superb! $1,095

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.

Phillipson Peerless Dry Fly Special ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 1/2 oz. ~ 6 wt. ~ EXC ~ This popular Rocky Mountain classic was the highest priced rod in the Phillipson arsenal ($80.00 in 1964). This 3M-era rod features richly-hued impregnated cane with resorcinol glue lines, swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, “turf tan” (bronze) wraps with elegant open spiral yellow tipping, quality Phillipson furnishings include a perfection chrome stripper, stainless steel snakes, chrome tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section was completed with the hallmark Torpedo grip and large cone-shaped bronze WC, anodized aluminum D/L'ing screw and slide hood "no-rock" seat and a HK loop. The rod comes with the original bag and labeled gold aluminum tube. This is a medium to medium-fast action rod that throws a ton of line a long way! I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7 best. ***BONUS*** The rod comes with a Phillipson issue independent grip that together with the mid and tips make a brisk little 6’3” 2/2 ~ 5wt. This is one of the nicer examples of this model that I’ve seen and sweet find for the Phillipson enthusiast. $695

F.E. Thomas "The Bangor Rod" ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/2oz. ~ 5/6 wt. ~ Serial No. 109 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This classic from the famed New England maker was provided as being original and is wonderful shape. It quite possibly could have been given a light varnish overcoat. It features a beautiful shade of light carmel-colored cane with swelled-butt, red silks and signature wraps, mildrum stripper, hardened steel reverse-twist snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting FET ferrules that give a nice pop and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar that shows some light ridging, cedar seat with D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and petite silver WC. The butt cap is stamped with the serial number and a square. The rod comes with the original chocolate brown bag with hang tag and labeled aluminum tube. The pleasant casting medium action delivers nice loops and soft presentations. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. Thomas rods have been very popular for years and rightly so! Unfortunately, they are also getting harder to come by. This is one of the nicer examples of this model that I’ve seen in quite some time. $695

FE Thomas Special ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.4oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ Fred Thomas began the F. E. Thomas Rod Company 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 was nicely refinished (do not know who did the work and features an attractive shade of light-browntone cane with swelled butt, non-original yellow silks tipped crimson, reverse twist bronze snakes, hardened steel tip tops, smooth working FET step-down ferrules give a nice pop when separated and a nice new varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip with a light thumb imprint, nicely figured spiced butternut seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and petite silver WC complete with the typical FET folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the F.E. Thomas Special Bangor, ME die stamp on the side on the side and the numbers 3 and 14(?) on the bottom. The rod comes with a green bag and a aluminum tube sans FET label, both of which could be original. The rod has the early 20th Century slow to medium slow action that likes a Cortland Classic 44 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. The rod would excel with an authentic silk line. This stream-ready old-world classic is wonderful piece of Americana and a nice find for the FET aficionado. $695

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

Phillipson Paragon ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 5/8oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic features rich ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 spiral nodes, beige silks, black guides, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable wells grip, replacement rosewood seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware and exposed WC. The butt section is 1/8” longer than the mid, no doubt a result of the new seat install. The rod comes with an era-correct replacement hooded bag the root beer brown aluminum tube with illegible label non-original era-correct tube cap. The cap collar has a hairline crack. The smooth casting medium-fast action throws a long and tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This stream-ready rod was a workhorse in the Phillipson lineup. $325 FALL SALE $295

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