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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. $650

Midnight Sun ~ 6’4” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 3wt. Serial No. 33 ~ As New ~ This finely-tuned wand was handcrafted in Anchorage by the late Jerry Williams. Mr. Williams learned his trade, in part, during time spent with Daryll Whitehead in his Oregon shop and he built rods specifically designed for the Alaska fly fisher. This one features blonde cane wrapped in translucent tan silks tipped red, reddish tan agate stripper housed in a smoked nickel frame, light wire snakes and tips tops, Super-Z- style N/S ferrules (with ivory ferrule plug) that ft smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated, and an expertly-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra-flora grade grip with tapered nose, a beautiful mortised curly maple seat with N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and petite N/S WC. The makers name and serial number are stamped into the butt cap. the rod comes with a soft mustard colored bag and heavy gauge aluminum tube with makers label and rod info. This rod throws an exceptional line, for me best with a SA Buckskin WF-3, with its brisk medium-fast action that is reminiscent of an Orvis Flea I once owned. This superb wand is perfect for small stream dry fly work and surely will not disappoint! $795 SPRING SALE $695

60/40 Split/Cane Hollowbuilt ~ 7’ ~ 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. From the maker: “Making 2-3 rods per month allows me to maintain very high quality standards. 60/40 Split/Cane is dedicated to making the finest bamboo rods. Here at 60/40 we are not just making bamboo rods, we are creating a fly fishing experience to last a lifetime plus. There are no compromises in our product. If the rod does not meet our exacting standards at any time during construction it is scrapped. The rods we make are created with the fly fisherman in mind because that's what we are, unapologetically hooked. Any rod purchased from 60/40 comes with our lifetime quality guarantee against any craftsmanship defects.” 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 based on the popular Cattanach Sir D taper and features attractive light honey-toned cane with alternating golden nodes, matched tips, translucent rust silks tipped bronze at the WC, HK, tip-top guides and ferrule stations, quality black Meldrum stripper, light wire snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable rattan on cork grip with bronzed inlaid silk, unique bamboo seat with silver D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite exposed WC and HK loop. The diameter of the grip was oversized to accommodate larger hands. The rod comes with a new bag and new aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap. The company logo is stamped into the bottom of the butt cap and top of the tube cap. The medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-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. This superbly crafted wand has been lawn cast and used a time or two, but remains in like new condition. $695

C.W. Jenkins GA-70-10 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the bamboo rod community as being among the best on the market. This one, crafted by Charlie, is his “light” model and features an attractive shade of light brown tone cane with 3 x 3 nodes, root beer brown silks tipped maize and a nicely-executed varnish finish that has a few smudges from what appears to be light use. Fine furnishings consist of a mildrum stripper hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with lightly tapered nose, walnut seat with aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with sturdy cream-colored bag and original aluminum tube with maker’s label and rod info. This light line rod is a joy to cast as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This superbly crafted rod will cover most small-stream trout fishing situations. C.W. Jenkins rods have always been in high demand and are becoming much harder to find. So if you’ve been searching, this one should grab your immediate attention! $1,295

Jette Parabolic ~ 7’~ 2/2 ~ 4.2oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 09.01 ~ As New ~ This unique parabolic from Albuquerque maker William Jette, will surely turn a few heads. It features attractive medium blonde cane with 2x2 nodes, translucent tan silks, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a smoked-nickel mildrum-style stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, and Super-Z- style N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a unique and very comfortable coke-bottle style grip, distinctive walnut seat platform with U/L’ing walnut butt cap screw, matching walnut and N/S WC. The set comes with soft gray bag and, uniquely designed hexagonal hardwood tube with removable cap secured by a brass screw with walnut end. The hoop onf one of the tip top guides has a larger diameter which may indicate the tip was designed for a different line wt./type. The convex parabolic taper has a fast dry fly action that delivers a tight loop with minimal effort, that for me, was best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5). This is a one-of-kind rod with superb craftsmanship. $595 SPRING SALE $495

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

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. $1,295

SALE PENDING WM Granger Victory Model GV7030 ~ 7' ~ 2/1 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This popular rocky mountain classic features attractive ammonia-treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, B/O jasper silks, typical WM-issue guides, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a soft pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified Wells grip, patented internal screw U/L’ing seat with proper WM stampings that is cosmetically and mechanically excellent, and exposed WC. The tip has a light set that does not affect line flow or performance. The rod comes with the original tan bag (for a 2/2 rod, don’t know what happened to the other tip) and a non-original aluminum tube). This light line rod throws a sweet loops that I really liked when I paired it with a Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. Would also easily handle a 3 if desired. The 7030 model are hard to find (those who own them, tend to keep them). Get this one in a 2/1 format. $525 SPRING SALE $450

SOLD Pickard 725 P.E. ~ 7'2” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.1 oz. ~ 4/5wt ~ As New ~ This neat little rendition of the famous PHY Driggs River Special, so named for the river found in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, remains in like new condition. It features flamed pre-embargo cane, matched tips, brown silks a glass-smooth varnish finish. Quality hardware includes an oxidized stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat with black D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and HK loop. The rod comes with John’s hallmark hooded khaki bag and brass-capped aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 or WF-5. The quality-made rod has been test-casted and possibly used a time or two, and surely will not disappoint.

J. H. Becker Model 764 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 130 ~ As New ~ This quality-constructed wand from the bench of Vermont’s Jim Becker appears in As New condition, but has admittedly (by its current owner) been fished…twice. It features attractive blonde cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks (forest green at the HK, tip-tops, and ferrule stations), and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The rod is nicely appointed with a carboloy stripper, silver fine-wire snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting oxidized and truncated N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip and beautifully-figured Vermont dark maple seat fitted with D/L'ing silver cap and ring hardware, petite silver grip checks and a HK loop. The rod comes with a quality tan bag with leather hang tab and green pebble-finish aluminum tube brass cap, collar and end. The tube is covered with a new rod sock, compliments of Table Rock Angler. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out for the oft needed casts that call for a bit more distance. It throws a silky-smooth loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 (it will also handle a 5). New rods from Mr. Becker are now priced into 4-figures. You can add this superb rod one to your quiver for… $895 SPRING SALE $745

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

D.G. Schroeder ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 11095 ~ EXC ~ This beautiful offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder was built in 1995 and his 110th 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 chestnut silks tipped with dark wine accents and an expertly-executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a black guides, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip highly polished and beautifully figured mortised walnut seat with D/L’ing blued N/S cap & ring hardware, a blued petite N/S WC and blued movable folding ring HK. The butt cap band was elegantly left open at the bottom exposing the finished walnut. The rod comes with sturdy quality-made bag with stiffener and a labeled black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass cap and collar. The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight loop with a nice blend of distance and delicacy, perfect for dry fly work. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-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. $1,295

Walton Powell Companion Rod ~ 7.5’ / 8.5’ ~ 2/2/2 ~ 4.3oz. / 5oz. ~ 4/5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 96-10-92 ~ As New ~ This unique Chico, CA classic with two butt sections and two tip sections and designed to be used with either butt section and can be set up as two separate rods. It appears unfished and features head-turning richly-hued cane, elegant burgundy silks, matched tips with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, quality chrome furnishings, smooth and tight fitting N/S Super -Z- style ferrules that give a resounding pop upon separation, and an expertly-executed glass smooth finish. The business end of each butt section is fitted with a comfortable full Wells grip, U/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a nicely figured hardwood spacer and HK loop. The rod comes with a quality tan bag and exquisite patent leather tube with brass clasps. This rod is a fine casting instrument whether set up and used as a 7.5’er or 8.5’er exhibits a wonderful medium action and throws a tight and accurate loop with a remarkable degree of power and delicacy. When set up in the 7.5’ format, I liked it best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. When set up in the 8.5’ format, I liked it best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. A 5 (WF or DT) can also be used with either format. Powell rods are superbly crafted and well-known as being some of the best casting rods available. This set can handle a multitude of fishing situations and is a wonderful find for the Powell enthusiast. Superb! $1,595 SPRING SALE $1,495

T.L. Zietak “Matha Marie” ~ 7.5'~ 2/2 ~ 4.2oz ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 5/12 ~ EXC ~ This custom made rendition of the popular PHY Martha Marie features attractive honey-toned cane with 2x2 golden nodes, matched tips, brown silks, dark guides, black tip-tops, tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated, and a nice varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified light wells grip and cork seat with black screw D/L’ing hardware and blued butt cap. The rod comes with a quality-made tan bag with leather hang tab and original bag brass capped aluminum tube bearing the makers label and rod info. The rod is a bit stouter and exhibits a faster action than the original PHY Martha Marie models I’ve owned and casted. It performed best for me with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and would do well in locales where the wind blows hard and often. $695

SOLD 60/40 Split/Cane Hollowbuilt ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ NEW ~ John Clancy has been handcrafting split cane fly rods in his Durango, Colorado shop at the rate of about three per month. From the maker: “Making 2-3 rods per month allows me to maintain very high quality standards. 60/40 Split/Cane is dedicated to making the finest bamboo rods. Here at 60/40 we are not just making bamboo rods, we are creating a fly fishing experience to last a lifetime plus. There are no compromises in our product. If the rod does not meet our exacting standards at any time during construction, it is scrapped. The rods we make are created with the fly fisherman in mind because that's what we are, unapologetically hooked. Any rod purchased from 60/40 comes with our lifetime quality guarantee against any craftsmanship defects.” John offers a wide selection of tapers and is currently developing a line of proprietary tapers that will surely please. This hollowbuilt wand is from Johns .45 Series and features attractive blonde cane with alternating golden nodes configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine, translucent tan silks tipped black at the WC, HK, tip-top guides and ferrule stations, 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 nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, unique and beautifully figured hardwood seat with black D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite exposed WC and HK loop. The makers logo is engraved into the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with a new bag and new labeled aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap with maker’s logo engraved into the top. A key chain with six-sided bamboo remnant bearing the rods serial number also comes with the rod. The fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. It is very capable close in yet has no trouble reaching out when called upon for those often-needed longer casts. Those not from the Rocky Mountain region may not have heard about 60/40 Split/Cane, but I suspect that will change soon. The maker also offers a lifetime craftsmanship warranty to the original owner. Superb!

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…

Cactus Flats Cane “Dickerson 8014” ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.7oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 010 ~ As New ~ This nicely-constructed rod from Carbondale, CO maker Steve Lampman is based on the famous Dickerson 8014 taper and features an attractive shade of blonde cane with 3x3 nodes, translucent tan silks tipped black, striped ebony agate stripper housed in a nickel frame, light wire snakes and tip-tops, smooth, blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable half wells grip with tapered nose, grip, a nicely-figured maple seat fitted with blued D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, a petite blued N/S WC and HK loop. The rod comes nice fly print bag and aluminum tube complete with makers label. The medium-fast action throws tight and accurate loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5/DT-6 with Tip I designed for a WF-6 and Tip II DT-5. $595

Orvis Manchester ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 1/4 oz. ~ 5/6 wt. ~ Serial No. 9593 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This early classic from the famed Vermont maker was built in 1950 by two of Orvis’ best (Cal Skinner and George/Reid). It features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, brown silks, chrome guides, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The serial number inked on each section appears to have different writing styles indicated that the rod may have been restored at some point in the past. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with walnut spacer, exposed WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with the original bag and unlabeled aluminum tube that may or may not be original. The tube cap has a dent in the top. This rod has a comfortable and forgiving medium-fast action that will cover most trout fishing situations and responded best for me, with Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, but will also handle a 6. Try out this early stream-ready Orvis classics. You’ll be glad you did. $595

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 7/8 oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ Serial No. 11588 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This early classic from the famed Vermont maker was built in 1951 by two of Orvis’ best (Cal Skinner and George/Reid). It features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, brown silks, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops (which appear to be replacements), blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight grip with light wells-like beveling toward the nose, screw D/L’ing seat with walnut spacer, petite blued WC, and HK loop. It comes with the original bag and labeled aluminum. This rod has a comfortable action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium and will cover most trout fishing situations. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF/DT-6. Try out this early stream-ready Orvis classics. You’ll be glad you did. $650

SOLD Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/2oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ Serial No. 21527 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This 1957 Skinner and Reid-era offering is in super shape and comes in the highly sought after 3/2 configuration. It appears to have been rewrapped and with new guides on the tips and possibly a replacement guide on the mid. It features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, Orvis brown silks, dark guides, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, walnut seat with screw D/L’ing hardware, exposed blued WC, and HK loop. It comes with a grey bag (taped on the bottom) and labeled aluminum tube. Although rated by Orvis as a DT-6, for me, the sweet action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5, DT-5, and will also handle a 6. This finely-tuned rod from Vermont should handle most trout fishing situations and could be your next go-to rod.

SOLD Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/4oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ Serial No. 21679 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This 1957 Skinner and Reid-era offering is in super shape and comes in the highly sought after 3/2 configuration. It could possibly have been re-wrapped and re-blued and features richly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, dark guides, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, walnut seat with screw D/L’ing hardware, exposed blued WC, and HK loop. It comes with a grey bag (small patch sewn into the bottom) and labeled aluminum tube. Although rated by Orvis as a DT-6, for me, the sweet action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5, DT-5, and will also handle a 6. This finely-tuned rod from Vermont should handle most trout fishing situations and could be your next go-to rod.

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

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

Uslan Penta Model A8500 ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 1/2 oz. ~ 5 wt. Serial No. 3289 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ Shortly after World War II, Nat Uslan began operations in Spring Valley, New York where he produced five-strip fly rods. This 5-stripper features attractive blonde cane, translucent old gold silks, chrome guides, and a nicely executed impregnated finish. The smooth and tight fitting N/S Super –Z- stamped ferrules give a solid pop when separated. The Super –Z- ferrule was designed by Louis Feierabend who spent time on Uslan’s small Spring Valley, NY staff of talented craftsmen. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip with tapered nose and screw D/L’ing seat with cork spacer. The grip shows some ridging and one snake guide proximal to the make ferrule on one tip should be retied. The rod comes with a green hooded bag aluminum tube crafted from excess B-29 aircraft aluminum left over from the war effort. The medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This rod is a nice find for the Uslan and/or penta enthusiast. $595

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.

C.W. Carlson Thomas “Four” ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz.~ 6/7wt. ~ As New ~ C.W. “Sam” Carlson began his noteworthy business operations in the mid to late 1950s. He acquired the Thomas Rod Co. in 1958, at which time one could likely find Carlson rods simply marked Thomas-Carlson. The Thomas “Four” markings emerged circa (c.) 1960 and could be found on Carlson rods until the mid-1970s, after which the more familiar Carlson “Four” marking was used. It’s a good bet that most, if not all, Carlson rods came from the abundance of Pre-embargo cane procured during the Thomas Rod Company acquisition. This superb quad was sent to Steve Blake to have the stripping guide straightened and is immaculate in every way! The hook keeper and stripper guide do not appear to be typical Carlson issue, but are indeed consistent with Thomas rods of the era. This rod is sans serial number, indicating that it was built c. 1958-1960, which coincides with the time frame Mr. Carlson bought the Thomas rod shop. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane, elegant deep burgundy silks tipped black, black nickel stripper, black guides, perfectly mounted blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated, and an impeccable varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw DL’ing FET seat with nicely figured spacer, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The only writing inked on the rod is Thomas “Four”. The rod comes with its original chocolate brown bag and heavy gauge brass capped metal tube, both in the FET tradition. The wonderfully smooth and crisp medium to medium-fast action throws effortless loops on-demand when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and/or WF-7 and is simply a delightful rod to cast. Carslon rods do not show up for sale very often and for good reason. This one will not disappoint! POR/Trades Considered

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.8 oz. ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic appears to be original and features light honey-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, tight resorcinol glue lines, yellow silks tipped black, standard Phillipson-issue guides, tight-fitting N/S ferrules with witness marks give a nice pop when separated, and a shiny varnish finish that has a few nicks and chips. I noted areas on the butt section and mid section that are beginning to delaminate and could be easily addressed. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Wells grip, butterscotch screw D/L'ing “no-rock” seat, and exposed WC. The rod comes with a tan canvas bag and brown aluminum tube with partial label, both of which appear to be original. The comfortable medium action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. This is a real point & shoot wand that allows for long casts and easy line pick-ups. $450

SOLD C.W. Carlson Thomas “Browntone” ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.6oz.~ 6/7wt. Serial No. 6219-93 ~ As New ~ C.W. “Sam” Carlson began his noteworthy business operations in the mid to late 1950s. He acquired the Thomas Rod Co. in 1958, at which time one could likely find Carlson rods simply marked Thomas-Carlson. The Thomas “Four” markings emerged circa (c.) 1960 and could be found on Carlson rods until the mid-1970s, after which the more familiar Carlson “Four” marking was used. It’s a good bet that most, if not all, Carlson rods came from the abundance of Pre-embargo cane procured during the Thomas Rod Company acquisition. The serial number indicates that it was the 19th rod built in 1962 in a 9’ 3 piece format. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane, elegant deep burgundy silks tipped black, bronze stripper and snakes, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated, and an impeccable varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw DL’ing seat with nicely figured walnut spacer, blued and exposed WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with its original light brown bag and is sans tube. The smooth medium action throws a sweet loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and/or WF-7. Carlson rods do not show up for sale very often and for good reason. This as new rod (I don’t think it has ever been used!) is a super find for the Carlson/FET aficionado.

Heddon #20 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.8oz ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions note) ~ This Dowagiac, Michigan-made rod is from Heddon’s Neo-Classic era (1939 – 1948), which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era of rod production. The #20 was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker. The only exceptions to this were the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen, and of course the two models made exclusively for Sears (#115 and #125). This rod features browntone cane with swelled butt, deep burgundy silks tipped gold, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. I noted an approximately 3” varnish delam proximal to last snake guide on mid and attempted to show this in the pictures. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, D/L'ing screw and sliding seat over a brown tenite spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a replacement bag and Heddon-issue tube. This smooth medium-slow to medium action throws a nice loop and ample amounts of Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7 line. This one should make a welcome addition to your large water/large fish arsenal. $295 SPRING SALE $225

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