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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.

Caudle & Rivaz Ltd. ~ 6’11” ~ 2/1 ~ 4.2 oz.~ 6wt. ~ EXC RF ~ C & R rods were assembled in the UK by Owen and Julian Caudle and Maurice Rivaz on blanks provide by Partridge of Redditch and were primarily marketed in the U.S. in the 1980s and 90s. This one features an attractive light carmel-colored cane, brown wraps and a nicely executed spar varnish finish. The original guides were replaced with larger diameter chrome guides. The smooth and tight fitting N/S ferules give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with walnut spacer and wound over WC. It comes with a 3 compartment green bag and replacement antique bronze tube (that is a bit too long for the rod) with brass cap, collar and end. The rod has a comfortable feel and fast action that throws tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. These classics from across the pond have long been under-rated in the States and represent a great value for the budget-minded angler. $295

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

SOLD OUT Pennington Pine River "Canadian" ~ 7’ ~ 2/1 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. The Canadian model is the 1 tip version. Steve's 7' light line wand is based on the popular Garrison 201 taper which I think is his finest taper. As shown in the stock picture, it features blonde cane, red silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a soft pop when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and nicely-figured walnut seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching walnut WC. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The medium to medium-fast action has some reserve power to punch out longer casts into the wind when called upon and will protect fine tippets. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams. This is a solid and affordable trout rod in a 1-tip format, proudly made in the USA. Limited quantity avaiable.

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. Steve's 7' light line wand is based on the popular Garrison 201 taper which I think is his finest taper. As shown in the stock picture, it features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a soft pop when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 7’ #4. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The medium to medium-fast action has some reserve power to punch out longer casts into the wind when called upon and will protect fine tippets. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $425

SOLD OUT Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. Steve's 7' light line wand is based on the popular Garrison 201 taper which I think is his finest taper. As shown in the stock picture, it features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting Bailey Woods N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. It has a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 7’ #4. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The medium to medium-fast action has some reserve power to punch out longer casts into the wind when called upon and will protect fine tippets. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA.

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

WM Granger Victory Model GV7030 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This extremely popular rocky mountain classic features wonderful carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, B/O japser silks, bronze stripper, hardened steel snakes, standard WM-issue N/S ferrules and a nice varnish finish that may have received an overcoat. One tip has been scarfed and has a new tip-top guide. The ferrules do not seat 100 % and the make ferrule on the non-scarfed tip has a faint click. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable Wells grip, patented internal screw U/L’ing seat with proper WM stampings and exposed WC. The rod comes with the original tan bag and black fiber tube with label 99% intact and legible. The majority of the tube has been secured with duct tape and while rod storage in fine, rod extraction is affected and not as smooth as it should be. The rod has a sweet medium-fast action and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. 7030’s are becoming harder to find (those who own them, tend to keep them). Because of the exceptions noted… $425

Wagner Patriot ~ 7' 3" ~ 2/2 ~ 3.1 oz. ~ 4/5 wt. EXC+/As New ~ This quality rod from Parma Ohio’s Jeff Wagner is from his Patriot series of fine rods and features nicely flamed cane with golden nodes forest green silks, black nickel stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, blued N/S ferules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely done hand rubbed polymer finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with the original tan bag with leather grommeted hang tab and labeled black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. The Patriot series of rods are known for their crisp, responsive, dry fly action. I liked this one best with a Cortland Peach T-4 and WF-5. A new 2-tip Patriot retails for $1,245. Get this one, as new, for… $895

SALE PENDING Hardy “The Palakona” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6oz. ~ #6 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ These quality-made classics from across the pond have long been under-rated in the States. The Palakona was one of the most popular models and features blonde cane, black “whippings” tipped green, quality furnishings including a clear agate stripper, chrome reverse twist snakes, chrome and tip-top, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The tip sections are about a quarter- inch shorter than the butt section (made that way). The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with Hardy’s patented D/L'ing slide ring and cap registered universal reel holder properly stamped with Hardy's logo, exposed N/S WC, and folding ring HK. There are two light areas of depression on the cork where a casting aid was reportedly attached. These area do affect grip comfort or performance. The rod comes with the original Hardy labeled soft cloth bag with hang tag and a black aluminum tube. The hang tag is separated from the bag and is stored in a zip lock bag for protection. The crisp, medium-fast action is perfect for dry fly work delivering a silky smooth loop and roll-cast with plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. I found it well-suited to a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, despite it’s labeling as a #6. This rod would be perfect for your favorite small to medium size stream. $625

Heddon #14 Featherweight Thorobred ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 0 3/4F ~ 3 1/4 oz. (on hang tag) ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This post-classic era Heddon Featherweight (1949-1956) in the 0 3/4F format have been in high demand and for good reason. The rod was beautifully restored at some point int he past (do not know who did the work) and features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, red silks, Heddon-issue furnishings include a black mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes & tip-tops, easy working blued N/S ferrules and new varnish finish that was nicely executed. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip with original patina, black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a coral tenite spacer, wound-over WC and folding ring HK. The original straight line Heddon writing is present on the butt section. The rod comes with the original Heddon-labeled black bag with stitched in hang tag and Heddon-labeled (label is mostly illegible) aluminum tube with a couple of tiny dents. The bottom of the bag has been taped. Light line Heddon Featherweights are sweet casting rods that throw a tight, accurate loop while being very mindful of fine tippets. I really liked this one with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-4. Featherweights are becoming increasingly harder to find. If you’ve been waiting for one to show up, this rod should get some heavy consideration. $595

Kusse Quad “Catskill” ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 2 3/4oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2107 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality crafted quad from the former Vice President of H.L. Leonard Rod Company features richly-hued cane with 2x2 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent lemon silks tipped garnet, black nickel stripper, black snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated, and a perfectly-executed glass-like varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured polished curly maple seat fitted with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and folding ring HK. The maker’s logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with a dark gray bag with hang tag and aluminum tube with brass end, cap and collar. The rod has a wonderfully crisp and pleasant medium-fast action and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5/DT-5. Don’t miss out on this unique and finely-tuned wand, not often seen on dealer lists. $1,495 FALL SALE $1,395

SALE PENDING Orvis Madison ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 5/8 oz. ~ HEG (WF-5) ~ Serial No. 63693 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This 1971 offering from Orvis was built during the Ron White era and features light shade of impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat with nicely figured polished walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. Some of the writing on the butt section has been lost and the writing style of the serial number on the butt section appears to have been done by a different hand as compared to the writing style of the serial numbers on the two tip sections. The rod comes with the original gray bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube. The taper is just a touch on the slow side of medium and throws a nice loop when in the hands of a patient caster. I liked it equally when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. The Orvis Madison often left the famous Vermont shop as a 1 tip rod and remains one of the best values out there for a quality-built, nice casting bamboo fly rod… This one, with 2 tips, is availablefor immediate sale. $595 FALL SALE $450

Phillipson Peerless ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~3 1/4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ RF (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic is the quintessential utilitarian dry fly rod! This one appears to have been refinished and features honey-colored cane with dark resorcinol glue lines, translucent tan silks, carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a smooth finish that has been buffed to fine luster. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip with tapered nose, replacement screw U/L’ing seat with nicely-figured hardwood spacer, hallmark over-sized bronze WC and folding ring HK. There is a serial number inked on each tip section proximal to the ferrule station which is a departure from the norm. The butt section is also ¼” longer than the tips, likely a result of the new seat. The rod comes with a replacement bag and replacement aluminum tube with water-tite cap. This stream-ready rod is straight and tight with a comfortable action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium It tosses a tight and accurate loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and is nice find for the Granger/Phillipson enthusiast. $495

SOLD Doug Daniel “Coldwater Special” ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Introducing the “Coldwater Special”, a sweet-looking quality-made quad handcrafted exclusively for Coldwater Collectibles as only Doug can do. Doug is a semi-retired contractor from the coastal foothills of SoCal. He started building bamboo rods in 2002, as he puts it, “mainly out of curiosity and without ego.” Doug’s rods are hand planed and star-hollowed on a Morgan handmill. He turns his own real seats and grips and machines his own cap and ring seat hardware, winding checks, and N/S ferrules. This hollow built quad features wonder shade of medium-flamed cane acquired from Royer in 2002 and was planed to exacting tolerances. It has 2 x 2 golden nodes, bronze-housed amber-flame agate stripper, black light wire PacBay guides and tip-tops, honey brown silk windings (dark brown at the ferrule stations) and is protected with a beautifully executed Gunstocks varnish finish. Doug’s handmade square-broached oxidized ferrules fit smooth and tight. Extra-flora grade cork was used to form a comfortable modified perfection grip. The beautifully figured mortised Cherry burl seat is fitted with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. The set comes with a natural linen and a jet black aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast action is a joy to cast and has a real affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. This rod, quality-crafted in the USA, is unlikely to last long and is being offered at a special introductory price of…

SOLD D.G. Schroeder ~ 7’9” ~ 3/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No. 31602~ EXC+/As New ~ This stunning offering from one of today’s premier cane rods builders was built in 2002 and is his 316th overall. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. It features attractive blonde cane with 2 around golden nodes, matched tips, translucent lemon silks tipped light brown with brown silks at the ferrule stations, agate stripper housed a black nickel frame, black snakes and tip tops, truncated N/S ferrules with ferrule plugs fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured tiger maple seat with D/L’ing silver cap & ring hardware, petite silver WC and folding ring HK. the makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag with stiffener and labeled black-finish aluminum tube. The pleasant medium fast action is perfect for dry fly work and a real joy to cast. I like it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. Don built me a 7’9” ~ 3/2 - 5wt in 2002 that has been my “go to” rod ever since. You will not be disappointed! This rod currently retails for $2,275. Get this one, like new with no wait for..

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

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

G.H. Howells ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 4626 ~ EXC ~ In the late 1940s, a teenaged Gary Howells hand-planed his first bamboo fly. He continued honing his skills and eventually found work with the R.L. Winston Rod Company, ultimately becoming their chief bamboo rod maker. In 1970, after more than a decade at Winston, he began his own business, opening a one-man shop north of San Francisco. This Richmond, CA classic was built in 1979 and features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3x3 nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped gold, fine furnishings include bronze guides, smooth and tight fitting silicone bronze ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a superbly executed varnish finish. Silk wraps adorn the male and female ferrule housings, much in the Winston tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western grip, beautifully figured hardwood seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, N/S WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with original burgundy bag and labeled aluminum tube that includes maker/rod information and the original owners name. The smooth medium action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Howells’ rods remain in high demand and this one is fine example of his work. Superb! $3,195

Jenkins Signature GA803-6 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.2oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the cane rod community as some of the best on the market. This beautifully crafted rod was believed to have been built by Charlie and Steve Jenkins and features oven-tempered and richly-hued cane with 3 x 3 golden nodes, brown silk wraps, black guides and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting truncated Swiss ferrules that are blued and give a resounding pop when separated, and a wonderfully exectued varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable bullet-shaped grip, hallmark Cherry reel seat with blued nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite blued N/S WC and HK loop. There is some bluing loss on the reel seat hardware. The rod comes with the original high quality green soft cloth bag and labeled aluminum tube. This rod has a sweet medium-fast dry fly action and lays out an effortless loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This well-cared for rod in the highly desirable 3 piece format is ready for immediate use on your favorite stream. $1,395

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

Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting 8’er was designed by Steve using a slightly modified Garrison 212 taper. As shown in the stock picture, the 8'er features straw colored cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting nickel-plated brass ferrules that give a soft pop when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and nicely figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching maple WC. No HK. The following is inked on the rod in black script: Pine River Trout 8’#5. Comes with a custom fit cloth bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The brisk medium to medium-fast action allows for long casts and delicate presentations. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for medium to large rivers. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA.$425

SOLD OUT Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting 8’er was designed by Steve using a slightly modified Garrison 212 taper. As shown in the stock picture, the 8'er features straw colored cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting Bailey Woods N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and nicely figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching maple WC. No HK. The following is inked on the rod in black script: Pine River Trout 8’#5. Comes with a custom fit cloth bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The brisk medium to medium-fast action allows for long casts and delicate presentations. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for medium to large rivers. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA.

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

D.G. Schroeder ~ 8'3” ~ 3/2 ~ 4.7oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 59419 ~ New (lawn cast only) ~ This beautiful, heirloom quality offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder will surely please the most discriminating angler/collector. 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. This rod was recently complete in 2019 and is his 594th overall. It features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent dark green silks tipped red (deep burgundy at the ferrule stations), fine furnishings include a red agate stripper housed in a smoked nickel frame, smoked light wire snakes and tip tops, blued truncated N/S ferrules (with ferrule plugs) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated and an expertly executed jewel-like varnish finish. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade modified cigar grip, a highly polished and beautifully figured walnut burl seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, a blued N/S WC and blued folding ring HK. The makers name is stamped into the side of the screw. The rod comes with sturdy tan bag with stiffener and quality labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap and brown outer tube cover. The brisk medium-fast action throws a silky smooth loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and would be perfect for dry fly work where that little extra distance can make all the difference… like on the Big Horn, Missouri Rivers and Henry’s Fork.. This is a superb rod in every way, proudly crafted in the USA. $1,850

SALE PENDING South Bend Cross Doublebuilt Model 166 ~ 8 1/2' ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 04721118 (exceptions noted) ~ The Cross Doublebuilt was a popular rod that was constructed by removing the weaker inside part from two strips of cane which, in theory, leaves the outer and denser power fibers. These two strips were then glued together leaving a very strong material. This one features an attractive shade of light browntone cane, jet black silks tipped gold, chrome mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules and a nice varnish finish. One tip is down 1 1/8” and the other tip has a set. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a reverse wells grip, internal U/L black metal seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK. the rod comes with the original SB-issue bag and unlabeled aluminum tube that is also thought to be original. The sweet medium action throws a ton of line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, but it will also handle a 6 nicely. I have not seen many of these rods of late, so hurry if you’ve been after one. $295

F.E. Thomas "The Bangor Rod" ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4 1/2oz. ~ 5/6 wt. ~ Serial No. 109 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This classic from the famed New England maker was provided as being original and is wonderful shape. It quite possibly could have been given a light varnish overcoat. It features a beautiful shade of light carmel-colored cane with swelled-butt, red silks and signature wraps, mildrum stripper, hardened steel reverse-twist snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting FET ferrules that give a nice pop and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar that shows some light ridging, cedar seat with D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and petite silver WC. The butt cap is stamped with the serial number and a square. The rod comes with the original chocolate brown bag with hang tag and labeled aluminum tube. The pleasant casting medium action delivers nice loops and soft presentations. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. Thomas rods have been very popular for years and rightly so! Unfortunately, they are also getting harder to come by. This is one of the nicer examples of this model that I’ve seen in quite some time. $695 FALL SALE $625

FE Thomas Special ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.4oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ Fred Thomas began the F. E. Thomas Rod Company circa (c.) 1902. Leon Thomas reportedly took over the company after Fred’s death in the late 1930s and oversaw the crafting of fine-quality rods until the late 1950s. During the early years (c. 1902 to c.1936), each rod was typically given a unique number that was stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The numbering system reportedly started with the number “1” and continued until the end of that calendar year. Circa 1937, symbols (dots, triangles and squares) and numbers were stamped in the bottom of the butt cap. Circa 1940, letters along with numbers were used. This Bangor, ME classic was nicely refinished (do not know who did the work and features an attractive shade of light-browntone cane with swelled butt, non-original yellow silks tipped crimson, reverse twist bronze snakes, hardened steel tip tops, smooth working FET step-down ferrules give a nice pop when separated and a nice new varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip with a light thumb imprint, nicely figured spiced butternut seat with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and petite silver WC complete with the typical FET folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the F.E. Thomas Special Bangor, ME die stamp on the side on the side and the numbers 3 and 14(?) on the bottom. The rod comes with a green bag and a aluminum tube sans FET label, both of which could be original. The rod has the early 20th Century slow to medium slow action that likes a Cortland Classic 44 Peach DT-5 and WF-6. The rod would excel with an authentic silk line. This stream-ready old-world classic is wonderful piece of Americana and a nice find for the FET aficionado. $695

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

Hardy "The Palakona" ~ 8'9”~ 2/2 ~ 6oz. ~ #7 ~ New (with plastic on grip) ~ New from Hardy, these rods were introduced at $1,500. The Palakona was their most popular model and features blonde cane with black "whippings" tipped green, matched tips, clear agate stripper, muted reverse twist chrome snakes, chrome tip tops, smooth and tight fitting blued ferrules (with metal ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a modified Wells grip still covered with the original factory plastic, screw U/L’ing metal seat carries the Hardy’s die stamp, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original Hardy labeled bag with the top portion of the hang tag and aluminum tube. The rod has a stout medium-fast action and toss a ton of line and will handle a 7 or 8 with ease. A good choice for jacks, Atlantic salmon, bass and larger trout. Priced for immediate sale at… $795

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

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