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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

SOLD 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!

SOLD Baginski ‘Westwind’ ~ 6.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ SN 1490 ~ EXC+ ~ This beautifully-crafted wand from the bench of Germany’s Rolf Baginski features richly flamed shafts with golden nodes elegantly wrapped in Pearsall’s 6/0 white silks which turn clear and give the guides the appearance that they are floating on top of the varnish, a turn of black silk accents the ferrule stations and tip-top guides, and a beautifully-executed varnish finish. Quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, chrome guides and tip tops, and truncated N/S swiss ferrules with hand-crafted ebony ferrule plugs that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip was fashioned from 1/4” diameter rings, beautiful black walnut burl seat fitted with D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware, and petite WC. The rod comes in a quality bag with makers label stitched into the top and aluminum tube. The rod has a fast action that was best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, and its stout taper would be particularly useful for keeping larger than average trout from escaping into undercut banks and brush

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

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

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 3wt. ~ As New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 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 small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. It features blonde cane, red silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The comfortable dry fly grip and nicely figured walnut seat is fitted with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and has a wound over WC. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The tube has a tiny dent in the side that does not affect rod storage. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for finessing dries, nymphs, and small terrestrials under overhangs and beneath undercut banks. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. This rod, which is no longer offered by Steve, retailed for $495. Get this one, As New for $425

SOLD 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.

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

Fultz Rod Co. Model 704 ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ As New ~ This neat little wand from the bench of Denver's Jeff Fultz The rod features attractive flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, forest green silks tipped black, black guides, black N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice 'pop' when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured custom-made hardwood seat with dual black slide bands, and wound over WC. The rod comes in a soft felt bag and high quality aluminum tube with makers label. The rod has a crisp dry fly action that is designed for small streams and "cricks" and performs nicely when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. This rod is a sweet little stick and a great value. $595

Heddon Featherlite ~ 7' ~ 2/1 ~ 0 1/2F ~ 3oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ Based on the Heddon die stamp on the bottom of the butt cap and information presented in Michael Sinclair’s fine books, this rod could quite possibly be a 1st Era (1924-29) Model 21 Featherlite. The Model #21 first appeared in Heddon catalogs in the early 1930s as a lower grade version of the Heddon #51 Princess, which began its run in the late 1920s. The Model 21 and 31 Featherlites were built from mid and tip section blanks and were among the very few Heddon models in existence with no swell in the butt section. To accommodate this, a specially designed cone-shaped winding check was installed on which also represents a good rod model identifier. This rod features browntone cane, ripe avocado silk tipped in antique gold, red agate stripper hardened steel snakes and tip–top. A wrap was missing on one foot of stripping guide which has been accurately replaced. The varnish remains sound and serviceable and could possibly have been over-coated at some point. The N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight. The light cigar grip shows some minor ridging. The full metal seat is fitted with a D/L'ing cap and ring. The rod has the aforementioned exposed black cone-shaped WC and a folding ring HK. Comes with an olive brown velvet bag with stitched in Heddon label (no hang tag) and a replacement CW Jenkins aluminum rod tube. This sweet casting light-line wand has a brisk medium-fast action that throws a tight loop with a SA Ultra Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. This rarely seen model will certainly make a fine companion for an avid small stream enthusiast. $395

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

SALE PENDING 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

Jim Royston 204e ~ 7'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ SN 21612 17 ~ As New ~ This finely tuned wand from the bench of Plano, Texas’ Jim Royston is based on the Garrison 204e and features light honey-tined cane, clear silks (black at the WC, tip-top guides, and ferrule stations), carbaloy stripper, black snakes and tip–tops, tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed glass-like varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip and a two-toned (snakewood?) seat with D/L’ing N/S cap and “wedding band” hardware. The rod comes with a soft cloth bag and aluminum tube with water-tite cap. The forgiving medium to medium-fast action throws a sweet loop, perfect for dry fly work, and would be right at home on small to medium-size streams that a call for the occasional longer cast. I really enjoyed it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This quality-crafted rod will make someone a very happy camper! $595

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

Roger Hammock ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5oz. ~ 5wt. Serial/Model No. 210 ~ EXC+ ~ This finely-tuned wand was reportedly handcrafted in Utah and features richly-hued flamed cane wrapped in translucent reddish-brown silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a smoked nickel frame, light wire snakes and tips tops, Super-Z- style blued N/S ferrules 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, nicely figured dark hardwood seat with blued N/S D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a soft cloth bag and heavy gauge aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast action throws an exceptional line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This superb wand is perfect for dry fly work on small and medium sized streams and surely will not disappoint! $895

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

H.L. Leonard Model 39M-6 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 247 ~ EXC++ ~ This Maxwell Leonard classic is superb in every way! It features attractive blonde cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, translucent tan silks with brown accent wraps at the HK, ferrule stations, at tip-tops, chrome mildrum-style steel snakes, blued tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S step-down ferrules give a resounding pop when separated, and a beautifully-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable grip with tapered nose, screw U/L'ing seat with butternut spacer, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The makers die stamp is nicely struck into the side of the screw. The rod comes with the original nutmeg bag with stiffener and leather hang tab and original brass capped, heavy-gauge aluminum tube. This rod has a silky-smooth medium-fast dry fly action that delivers a short, medium and long line with a nice combinations of accuracy and stealth. The responsive action was best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. If you’ve been looking for a Maxwell Leonard, this sweet-casting rod is in superb condition should get some heavy consideration. $2,195

H.L. Leonard Model 39H ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 1147 ~ EXC++ ~ This post-fire Leonard classic features attractive blonde cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, matched tips, ruby red silks tipped black at the HK and male ferrule stations, black stripper, snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S step-down ferrules give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, screw D/L'ing seat with spanish cedar spacer, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the makers die stamp, nicely struck. the rod comes with the original yellow bag with stiffener and hang tag and original brass capped, heavy-gauge aluminum tube. This rod has a smooth medium-fast dry fly action capable of delivering pinpoint casts and soft presentations. Although marked on the hang tag as a 6, I found the rod much more responsive when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5/DT-5. This sweet-casting rod is in superb condition. $1,495

SOLD Orvis Superfine ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/4 oz. HDG (WF-6) ~ Serial No. 47837 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This highly sought after model from the famous New England maker was built in 1967 (George Reid/Bill Young era) and features richly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks fine Orvis-issue guides, and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a Superfine grip that shows some ridging, cork seat fitted with finely-knurled dual-ring hardware, and wound over WC. The rod comes with a non-original red hooded bag with brown trim and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube. The rod tube has a few dents that do not affect rod storage or removal. The crisp medium action is well-suited for dry fly work and effortless roll casting and will reach out when called upon. Although rated by Orvis as a WF-6, for me, a preferable line would be a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. 1960s-era Superfine’s are held in high regard by Orvis aficionados and once you own and cast one, you’ll understand why.

SALE PENDING 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 $1,295

G.G. Williams Model ACS763F ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 3wt. ~ As New ~ Check out this neat little wand from the bench of Tennessee’s Gary Williams. Gary has been building custom hand split and planed cane fly rods for nearly 30 years. This one features attractive lightly flamed cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, bronze guides and tip-tops, Super -Z- style N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, maple seat with N/S D/L’ing cap and “wedding band” hardware, and petite N/S WC. The rod comes in a new hooded bag black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with makers label. The rod has a crisp fast dry fly taper and performs nicely when paired with a SA Buckskin DT-3. Get this superb rod, as new and without the wait, for... $995

SOLD J.W. Pope ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 76568 ~ NEW ~ Brand new from the bench of Spokane’s Jeff Pope comes this sweet offering based on a Garrison 209 taper. It features richly-hued flamed cane, 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, black silks (orange at the HK) black stripper, bronze snakes, black tip–tops, tight fitting blued N/S 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 light wells grip, birds eye maple seat with black D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, and HK loop. The rod comes with a light gray bag and black aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The medium to medium-fast dry fly action throws a sweet loop that I really liked with Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. Jeff’s rods, when you can get them, usually go fast!

SALE PENDING J.W. Symons ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This nicely-constructed J.W. Symons classic features attractive honey=toned cane with swelled butt, red silks tipped black, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, tight-fitting Super -Z- style N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish that has a few tiny bag marks that would easily buff out. The tips have light sets that does not affect line flow or performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable wells grip, cork seat with screw D/L'ing hardware, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a chocolate brown bag and heavy gauge black metal tube with brass cap, collar and end. The sweet medium-fast action throws a smooth line that is well-suited to dry fly work that for me, was best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 or WF-5. Budget-minded anglers should take note! $425

R.L. Winston ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/4 oz ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 9483 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This stunning San Francisco Winston features hollow-flute construction, attractive medium-blonde cane, putty wraps, mildrum stripper, chrome snakes and tip-tops, 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 modified Wells grip that continues down to form the cork seat (very light ridging) with D/L’ing slide band hardware, black exposed WC, and folding ring HK. R.L. Winston 7 ½’ – 3 1/4 oz #7343, the hollow-flute patent number, and former owners name are inked on the rod. It comes with the original red San Fran Winston labeled bag and original aluminum tube with label 75% intact. The strong, medium-fast action rod will unleash long and and accurate cast, best for me with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This rod would be perfect for drawing large browns out from their woody hiding places on Michigan’s Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers. $1,595

Andrew Yerry ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No. 122 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This neat little wand from the bench of Andrew Yerry is a finely crafted casting tool that looks as good as it casts. If features blonde cane wrapped in translucent tan silks tipped black (red accent wrap at the stripper, HK, mid ferrule station guide, and red/black Jasper at the ferrule stations brown at the guides and brown and red at the HK and ferrule stations), chrome guides, smooth-working and tight-fitting N/S ferrules (the ferrules were reset) that give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified cigar/half-wells grip, N/S U/L'ing -figures screw and slide hood seat, beautifully curly maple spacer petite WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a soft bag and cordura covered tube. The medium-fast action throws an exceptional line that is reminiscent of a Leonard 49DF that I once owned. $695

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 SPRING SALE $595

SOLD MV Brooks Payne 100 3x ~ 7'7” ~ 3/2 ~ 3.8oz. ~ 4wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ Mike Brooks is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow. The taper for this custom-made wand was based on the popular Payne 100 that was modified for a 3/2 format. It features light browntone cane with golden nodes, java silks tipped gold, matched tips, black nickel-housed agate stripper, black snakes and & tip tops, smooth fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed glass smooth varnish finish, The mid-section is about 1/8” longer than the butt (reportedly made that way). The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured walnut seat with blued N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, blued N/S WC and HK loop. The rod comes with vantage bag and green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. This light line wand flexes well into butt and has a medium-slow action that will excel in the hands of a patient caster. For me, it performed best with a Cortland 44 Peach WF-4.

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…

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

Goodwn Granger Aristocrat Model GA8040 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) Just the mere mention of an 8040 is enough to really get the juices flowin’ for those in know. This Rocky Mountain classic features carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, light brown silks tipped dark brown, Granger-issue guides, smooth fitting N/S ferrules, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The butt/mid ferrule fit is a bit worn and could use some attention, but no click can be heard. The tips have light sets that does not affect line flow or performance. I also noted that the cane color of one of the tips is a shage darker. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Western-style Wells grip with tapered nose, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with nicely struck factory stampings and exposed WC. The rod comes with a tan bag and replacement aluminum tube. The patient and competent caster will find the sweet medium action throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. This 8040 would make a welcome addition to anyones arsenal. $695 SPRING 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 SPRING SALE $295

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

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

SOLD Phillipson Peerless 63 "Hanger" ~ 8’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4 ¼ oz. 5wt ~ EXC+/As New ~ This 3M-era Rocky Mountain classic was the highest priced rod in the Phillipson arsenal ($80.00 in 1964). It features attractive light honey-toned impregnated cane, swelled butt, forest green wraps with elegant open spiral accent wraps, Phillipson-issue chrome guides, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid 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 aluminum tube. The sweet medium-fast action throws tight loops with pinpoint accuracy. I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT 5 best. This is one of the nicer examples of this model that I’ve seen and super find for the Phillipson enthusiast.

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

Redwing Fly Rods “Drifter” ~ 8’1” ~ 3/2 ~ 3.3oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ NEW ~ This sweet little light line para from Joe Balestrieri is not often seen in this length/line weight format. It features attractive flamed cane with golden nodes, deep rust silks, black stripper, light wire guides and tip tops, easy-working blued Super -Z- style N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is completed with an especially extra flora grade cork grip, exquisite skeletal burl seat with thin dual slide bands. The rod comes with a new green bag and cordura-covered zippered tube. The rod has an extremely light-in-the-hand feel and a very pleasing brisk, light parabolic action designed for venues that call for a long stealthy presentations. For me, it delivers a tight loop when paired with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-3. This is another in a long line of quality-crafted and affordable rods from this respected Wisconsin maker. $650

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.

Walton Powell ~ 8’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.7 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+/SN New ~ This Chico, CA classic shows virtually no use and is in wonderful shape. It features blonde cane, forest green silks, 2x2 spiral node pattern, quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop upon separation and nicely executed finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light Wells grip, and U/L’ing screw and slide hood metal seat. The rod is simply marked “The Walton Powell rod in black script and comes with a tan hooded bag and Chico, CA labeled brown aluminum tube. The rod is a fine casting instrument and throws a tight and accurate loops when paired with a Cortland 444Peach WF/DT-5. W. Powell rods are well-known as being some of the best casting rods available and this one certainly confirms that assertion. $795

R.L. Winston ~ 8'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 41/4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ SN 8884 ~ EXC+ ~ This classic hollow-fluted Winston features blonde cane, tans silks, black mildrum stripping guides on the butt section chrome snakes and tip-tops on the tips sections, hallmark wound-over duronze ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated and a perfectly-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight grip, black bakelite seat with screw D/L’ing hardware, black bakelite WC, and folding ring HK. The rod info, hollow-flute patent number, and former owners name are a inked on the butt. The rod comes with a red SF Winston labeled bag wuth snap closure and an unlabeled aluminum tube. This sweet casting medium-fast action wand throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 or DT-5 and is well-suited for dry fly work and long stealthy casts. This is a wonderful example of a Classic Winston. Superb! $1,995

LL Bean “Bean’s LL” ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5/6wt. ~ 5.2 oz. ~ EXC+ (RF?) ~ This rarely seen classic was likely built by Phillipson for the famous purveyor of outdoor gear right around the start of WW-II. It appears to have been refinished using modern guides and features a richly-hued shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, jet black silks, new guides, what appear to be original tip-tops, tight fitting N/S ferrules give a solid pop when ish separated and a shiny varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified wells grip full metal D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat and exposed WC. The rod is simply marked “Bean’s LL” in black script on the butt section and comes with a new hooded bag and a black aluminum tube. The medium action throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, WF-6 or DT-6. Karma included! $495 SPRING SALE $425

Carlin Quad ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 5.4oz.~ 6wt. ~ New ~ This finely tuned wand from the Alaska shop of Far North Rodsmith’s Chris Carlin features attractive blonde cane with 2x2 golden nodes, matched tips, old gold silks, agate stripper housed in a nickel frame, chrome snakes and tip–tops tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated and a perfectly executed glass-like varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified perfection grip, maple seat with N/S D/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a custom-made bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end that is too long for the rod. This rod has a strong, fast action designed for long casts and large quarry. For me, it handled best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7. $995 SPRING SALE $895

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 are seldom seen in this condition. This one will not disappoint! $3,495 SPRING SALE $2,995

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

Roger Hammock ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 6.5oz. ~ 5wt. Serial/Model No. 911 ~ As New ~ This finely-tuned wand was reportedly handcrafted in Utah and features light-honey-toned flamed cane wrapped in translucent red silks, agate stripper housed in a nickel frame, light wire snakes and tips tops, Super-Z- style N/S truncated ferrules that ft smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra-flora grade grip with tapered nose, nicely figured dark hardwood seat with N/S D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a soft cloth bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. This rod is not for the meek and it medium-fast action throws a long line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6, but will also handle a DT-5 and WF-6. This is an attractive, quality-made rod was designed for big water, big quarry and/or wherever the wind blows hard and often. $650

LL Bean “Bean’s Double L” ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6/7wt. ~ 5.4 oz. ~ EXC- ~ This rarely seen New England classic features browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silks tipped gold, black guides, smooth-working N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated and a sound varnish finish with a few nicks and bag marks. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable wells grip, screw D/L'ing seat with black metal spacer black pyralin WC and folding ring HK. The rod is simply marked “Bean’s Double L” in white script on the butt section and comes with its original olive bag with dual compartment wood tip form and original leather tube with Beans tag sewn in. The medium action throws a a large volume of line when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7 and would be tight at home for the nymphing enthusiast, dry/dropper rigs, pullin’ streamers and tossin’ larger flies. Karma included! $295

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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