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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

Cortland 444 LTD ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2 1/2oz. ~ #5. ~ EXC+ ~ This nicely crafted wand features richly-hued impregnated cane with 3 x 3 golden nodes, burgundy silk "whippings", chrome guides and smooth, easy working blued English ferrules (with ferrule plug) that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form a cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, wound-over WC and a HK loop. The rod comes with the original tan bag with maker’s label stitched into the top and labeled aluminum tube. Although marked for a #5 line (and it handles a 5 perfectly), I found the delightful medium action to my liking when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. Rods from across the pond found little fan-fare in the USA unless of course they were named, Marvel, or C.C. De France or were one of Cliff Constable’s creations and I’m not sure why. This rod is a super find and a great value for the savvy angler looking for a well-made 2/2 rod at a price that won’t break the bank. $425

Jenkins GA70-68 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the cane rod community as some of the best-made on the market. This well-cared for and sweet casting rod features oven-tempered and light flamed blonde cane with golden nodes, matched tips, translucent honey-brown silks, quality hardware consists of chrome guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized Swiss-style ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and an unparalleled varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. “The Jenkins Rod” is neatly engraved in script on the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original high quality tan bag and C.W. Jenkins Fly Rod labeled aluminum tube. This rod is a joy to cast and effortlessly lays out a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4/DT-4. The retail for these premium classics was north of $1,700. Catch this one while it lasts for… $1,295 SUMMER SALE $1,195

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.

WM Granger Aristocrat Model GA7030 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC ~ This popular rocky mountain classic features ammonia-treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3x3 nodes, light brown silks tipped dark brown protected by a varnish finish that appears to have received a light overcoat at some point in the past. There are a few areas of excess varnish present on each section. Typical WM furnishings include a mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and chrome tip tops. Smooth and easy working N/S ferrules give a soft pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is completed with the highly sought after elliptical “hammer handle” grip, smooth working patented internal screw U/L’ing seat with clearly struck WM stampings and exposed WC. A previous owner engraved his mane into the reel seat below the stampings. The writing on the rod is faint and the model name is no longer legible. The rod comes with the original tan bag and original aluminum tube with approximately 90 percent of the label still intact. This sweet little rod has a medium action that throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. The 7030s are hard to find (those who own them, tend to keep them) and are even scarcer in the Aristocrat grade. $795

D.J. Duck Model 206 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 2104 ~ As/New ~ Douglas Duck was a talented maker from Texas who sadly passed away in 2001. He had acquired a well-earned reputation for building fine-quality rods based on a variety of classic tapers. Each rod was meticulously handcrafted from the finest extra select pre and post-embargo cane. The cane was oven tempered in the culm, hand split, hand straightened (to eliminate cross graining) and hand planed to exacting tolerances. Interestingly, the spiral node pattern was configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine, so that no section of a rod has nodes appearing on more than one flat, and as far away from each other on adjacent flats. This rod is built on one of the best tapers available, the Garrison 206, and features an attractive shade of light carmel-colored cane, translucent tan silks (brown at the tip-tops, ferrule stations and grip check), quality furnishings including a mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and an unparalleled varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable torpedo grip, beautifully figured birds-eye maple seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and wound over WC with HK loop. The rod comes with its original tan bag with hang tag and brass-capped aluminum tube. This rod has a light in the had feel and a sweet medium-fast action that throws a tight accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-4 and WF-5 (I prefer the 4). Superbly made in the USA. $1,495

SOLD Granger Special Model GS7633 ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC- RF (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was refinished at some point in the past using incorrect wrap colors and features carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, re-done lavender silks tipped black, what appears to be quality replacement guides, smooth and tight fitting Granger-issue N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a solid new varnish finish that has a few marks and inconsistencies but is very sound and stream ready. One of the tip sections is 2” short with a loose ferrule on its station. The full length tip is most likely non original and has darker cane and a replacement ferrule that appears to be Granger-issue). The business end of the butt section is fitted with what appears to be the original reversed half Wells grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with clearly struck Goodwin Granger stampings and an exposed WC. A HK was also added to the rod. which comes with a nice and new non-original bag and aluminum tube. The brisk medium to medium-fast action throws a tight and accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. The rod exhibits a slight faster action when the short tip is in-use. If you’ve been looking for a sweet-casting 7.5’ Goodwin Granger at an affordable price, this one should get heavy consideration.

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

SOLD Orvis Battenkill ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 7/8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 75409 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This classic wand from the famous Manchester, VT. maker was made by Ron White circa 1975 and features an attractive shade of impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks with fine Orvis furnishings including chrome guides and smooth-fitting blued N/S ferrules which give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, D/L’ing screw & slide hood seat with walnut spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod is marked Orvis Impregnated Battenkill 7 1/2' ~ 3 7/8 oz. and H.D.G. (6), and former owners name are inked on consecutive flats. The serial number is also inked on each section. The rod comes with the original green Orvis bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube with rod info engraved into the tube cap. The wonderful medium action throws a tight loop, and although rated by Orvis as a WF-6, I really like this one with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. Orvis rods from this era are extremely popular and are well known for their quality-build and excellent performance. Hurry, SUMMER is a comin!

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 SUMMER SALE $525

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 D.G. Schroeder ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.1 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 54112 ~ EXC+/As New ~ This high-quality rod from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder was built in 2012 (his 541st overall). 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. It features richly flamed cane with 2 around golden nodes, matched tips, elegant wine silks, black smoke nickel stripper, snakes and tip tops, blued truncated N/S ferrules (with ferrule plugs) fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated, and an expertly-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured walnut seat with blued D/L’ing N/S cap & ring hardware, petite blued WC and folding ring HK. The makers name is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original chocolate brown bag with stiffener and aluminum tube with makers label. The medium-fast and powerful action throws a sweet loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. This superb rod, in the highly desirable 3/2 format, should get some serious consideration. Proudly made in the USA.

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

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

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

SOLD Hardy Palakona "The Phantom" ~ 8'~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 3 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ EXC ~ The Phantom was one of Hardy’s most prized offerings and one of the best sellers in their stable of fine bamboo fly rods. It features medium blonde cane with black "whippings" tipped red, clear agate stripper, reverse-twist snakes, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) 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 straight cork grip that continues into the cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original Hardy labeled bag with detached hang tag and unlabeled aluminum tube also thought to be original. The rod has a fast action and light in the hand feel and would be right at home for dry fly or nymph work, dry and dropper rigs, and tossing hoppers and terrestrials. This well-made classic from across the pond has seen very light use and is ready for a new home.

F.D. Kretchman Classic ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 14-80-02 ~ As New ~ Fred Kretchman has been hand crafting fine bamboo fly rods for the better part of a quarter century. The attention to detail and mature hand is immediately apparent as soon as remove the rod from its high-quality tube. This finely-tuned wand features richly-hued cane with 3x3 golden nodes, mirrored tips, translucent brown silks, Snakebrand guides, smooth and 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 has a comfortable wells grip, nicely figured hardwood (black walnut?) seat fitted with blued N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and a petite N/S WC. It comes with a soft brushed cotton bag and aluminum tube with maker’s label. The rod has a crisp medium-fast action and throws a tight loop with a pleasant blend of power and delicacy. I liked it when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Current retail on a Kretchman Classic is $1,850. Get this one, as new, without the wait for… $1,095

SOLD Orvis Special ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 0535 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This early varnished Orvis classic is a wonderful casting tool and was built in 1943. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane, olive silks tipped black, black silks at the HK, tip-tops and ferrule stations, bright guides and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated and a smooth a solid varnish finish. The female ferrule on mid-section is starting to loosen on the ferrule station and the mid-section male ferrule will not seat completely (about 1/8” from a complete seating). The business end of the butt section is fitted with a straight grip that is lightly flared at the palm and shows some light ridging, screw U/L'ing seat with the early Charles F. Orvis nomenclature engraved into the side of the screw, hardwood spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK. It appears that the reel seat spacer has been sanded down to bare wood and would benefit from an overcoat of sealant. The rod comes with the original olive canvas bag and replacement aluminum tube. The comfortable medium-slow to medium action will handle a WF/DT-5 with ease, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. Early varnished Orvis rods are few and far between. With a little TLC, this one could be a show stopper!

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.

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.

SALE PENDING Orvis Batenkill Pat Pend ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4 7/8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 5272 ~ EXC+ RS (exception noted) ~ This early impregnated classic from the famed Vermont maker was built in 1948 by George Reid and Ed Hemphill. It was completed restored by Orvis including new guides, ferrules, cork, and tube with black/gold label. Orvis also installed a repair wrap between the first and second snake guide on one of the tips. The rod features richly hued impregnated shafts wrapped in Orvis brown silks, black stripper, snakes and tip tops. Smooth & tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a responding ‘pop’ when separated. Cigar grip and original pat pending stamped screw D/L’ing reel seat with walnut spacer was kept intact. Exposed WC. HK loop. Inked on the rod is Orvis ~ Impregnated Battenkill 8 ½’ – 4 7/8 oz. H.D.G. (6). Comes with a new bag & new Orvis labeled back aluminum tube. This sweet casting powerhouse of a rod has medium action and throws a ton of Cortland Peach DT-5 with point and shoot accuracy. Early 3/2 Orvis’ are in high demand and for good reason. $425

Orvis Equinox ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.5oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 039 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This varnished Orvis classic is a wonderful casting tool reportedly built in 1940. The 039 serial number is among the earliest of the hundreds of serial numbered Orvis’ I’ve seen. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane, olive-gold silks tipped red, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, chrome tip-tops, tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated and a smooth and solid varnish finish. A ferrule on one of the tip sections was starting to loosen on its station and was reset. There was also a glue line delam on the tip section that was able to be addressed sans a repair wrap. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light reversed wells grip, screw D/L'ing metal seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original olive canvas bag and original aluminum tube with early Orvis brown paper label still intact and partially legible. The label has been protected with saran wrap. The rod has a sweet medium action that is smooth and responsive and will handle a WF/DT-6 or WF-7 with ease. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This very early varnished Orvis classic is a super find for the Orvis aficionado and a wonderful link to the past. $495

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

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