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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.

SALE PENDING Orvis Deluxe ~ 6.5’ ~ 2.2 ~ 2 1/4 oz. ~4wt. ~ Serial No. 29485 ~ EXC ~ This sweet casting light line classic was built in the famous VT shop in 1961 by the magical hands of two of Orvis’ best, Cal Skinner and George Reid. It features richly hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, including a mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting Orvis-issue blued ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a petite Superfine, full cork seat with knurled dual slide band hardware, wound over WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original tartan plaid bag and original gold aluminum tube with green plastic cap that is sans label. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for dry-fly work close-in and sings, for me, with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. May reverently refer to this model as THE perfect small stream rod. Orvis rods from this era are highly sought after and for good reason. This one is sweet find for the Orvis enthusiast. $695

SOLD Orvis Flea ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 2oz HFG (WF-4) ~ Serial No. 67590 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ Simply a wonderful little wand from the famous Manchester, VT. maker, this light line classic was made in 1972 (Ron White era) and features Orvis brown silks over richly impregnated cane, replacement stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, and smooth fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop. One tip appears to be an Orvis replacement. The business end of the butt section has the Orvis Superfine cork grip, cork seat with thinly knurled dual slide bands, and wound over WC. The rod comes with the original green Orvis bag and labeled Orvis aluminum tube with rod info engraved into the tube cap. The crisp medium-fast action is well suited for dry fly work at close range but the rod also has some reserve power to reach out when called upon. I really liked it with a SA Ultra buckskin DT-3 and a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. A super small stream rod in great shape, being offered at a 1-tip price Hurry!

SALE PENDING Orvis Rocky Mountain Fly ~ 6.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 3 1/4 oz. ~ HDG (6) ~ Serial No.33601 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ The Rocky Mountain Fly is not often seen for sale on dealer lists and is simply one of the best small stream rods made. This one was built in 1962 by two of Orvis’ best, Calvin Skinner & George Reid and features an attractive shade of impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis oxidized furnishings, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Superfine grip that shows some light ridging, walnut seat with D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and HK loop. It comes with the original gray Orvis bag(small tape-covered hole in the bottom), Orvis owner’s manual booklet, and labeled aluminum tube. The crisp medium-fast action throws nice loops. The rod rated was rated by Orvis for a WF-6 and, is oft the case with Orvis bamboo rods, is a line weight or two off. I found that it really sings when paired with a Cortland Peach WF/DT-4. Hurry, it won’t last long!$695

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 SPRING SALE $1,195

SALE PENDING Orvis Pace Changer ~ 7’ / 7’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/2 oz. ~ HDG (6) ~ SN 63317 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This hard to find light line wand from Orvis was made in 1971. With the shorter tip, the rod measures 7’ 1 ¾”. With the longer tip, the rod measure 7’ 3 ½”. It features richly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides 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 cigar grip, D/L'ing screw & slide hood seat with a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The wraps on the shorter tip section are a shade lighter than the other two sections and were likely redone. The rod comes with the original gray Orvis bag and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube. The taper with either tip offers a brisk medium action perfect for small to medium –sized streams. I noted that the rod’s action speeds up a just a bit when fitted with shorter tip. As with many Orvis rods, their line designations are a weight or two too heavy and this one is no different. I liked it equally with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4 and it will also easily handle a 5. Another great value for those seeking a light line Orvis classic. $595

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. $295

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

Bellinger Classic ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5 wt. SN 572 ~ EXC ~ The Bellinger name has long been synonymous with high quality when it comes to bamboo rod furnishings. Chet Croco has continued this tradition of quality and innovation with an impressive lineup of fine, heirloom quality, bamboo fly rods. Each rod is crafted using the finest materials and is impeccable finished at the highest degree. The blanks are flame tempered to an eye-appealing light carmel color, hand varnished, wrapped and tipped in silk, and appointed with quality N/S fittings, agate stripping guides, extra flora grade cork and a hallmark Bellinger reel seat. This neat little wand was features 3 around spiral nodes, book-matched tips, and antique gold silks (appear almost clear) tipped in gossamer cardinal all protected by an expertly executed glass-like varnish finish. The tips are differentiated by one or two accent wraps proximal to the tip top guide. Quality furnishings include a jewel-like smoke bronze housed milky white/amber striped agate stripper, bronze Snake brand snakes and tip-tops. Blued N/S ferrules comes with an ivory capped ferrule plug and fit smooth and tight with a solid and satisfying ‘pop’ when separated. Comfortable Western cigar grip with lightly flared palm and a beautiful circassian walnut seat with N/S U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware. The maker’s name and the rods serial number are elegantly stamped into the side of the slide hood. Petite blued WC. No HK. Comes in a quality constructed soft cloth bag with leather hang tab and an elegantly labeled heavy-walled and brass capped aluminum tube of the highest quality. The crisp medium-fast action throws tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5 The quality and mature hand used to construct this rod, from the cane to the furnishings to the finish to the bag and tube are immediately evident upon inspection. This rod currently retails for just under $2K. Available now for… $1,095

Heddon #17 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 0 3/4F ~ 4oz. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This neo-classic era (1939 – 1948) Heddon classic was beautifully restored and comes in the hard to find 0 ¾ ferrule format. It features an attractive shade of light browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black silk tipped orange, dark guides, smooth and tight fitting black jappened ferrules, and an expertly executed varnish finish obvious applied by a mature hand. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, brown marbleized tenite spacer with black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. Original spiral Heddon writing with straight line model name and rod stats are inked on the butt. The rod comes with a green bag with Heddon label stitched into the top (no hang tag) and original Heddon-labeled brown fiber tube. This light line wand has a wonderful medium-fast action and throws a sweet loop with a nice blend of power and delicacy. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4/DT-4. The #17 was extremely popular before and after WW-II and was known as the workhorse of the Heddon lineup. This one is superb! $695

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. $1,395

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, Spring is a comin! $595

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, Spring is a comin! $695

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

Orvis Special ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ Serial No. 15240 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This early Orvis classic was built in 1953 by two of Orvis’ best, Mrsr. Skinner and Reid and comes in the highly sought after 3/2 format. It features richly impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, hallmark red silks, quality furnishings include mildrum-style stripper and hardened steel snakes & tip tops and newly installed N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The rod received new cork and ferrules (all work and furnishings provided by Orvis) One tip is down 2 5/8” but still performs admirably. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a new and comfortable cigar grip, screw D/L’ing seat with walnut spacer, wound over WC, and HK loop. The rod come with the original Orvis bluish- green bag and original aluminum tube with a new Orvis label. The sweet and brisk medium-fast action throws a nice, tight loop and really has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. The popularity of these early 3/2 Orvis classics has skyrocketed and they are becoming increasingly hard to come by. While it maybe not be as high up the collectable column, it is a certainly a super find for the Orvis enthusiast. $625

SOLD Orvis Wes Jordan ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 7/8 oz. ~ HDG (WF-6) ~ Serial No. 81270 ~ EXC+ ~ This top grade Orvis classic is a wonderful casting tool and was built in 1977 during the Ron White era. It features an attractive shade of impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks and fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with cigar grip with the hallmark palm and thumb depressions (designed for a right-handed caster), D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, walnut spacer, exposed WC and folding ring HK loop. The option to have Orvis ink the owners name on the rod and stamp it into the butt cap was not requested. The rod comes with the original green bag and Orvis-issue leather tube. The comfortable medium to medium-fast action lays out a tight, accurate loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. It’ll also toss a DT-4 on-demand if called upon to do so. Shorter length Wes Jordan's just don’t come floatin’ down the river that often, no doubt a testament to their popularity, and this one is an excellent example of this timeless classic.

Phillipson Peerless "63" ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 ~3 ¾ oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC ~ This Rocky Mountain classic is the quintessential utilitarian dry fly rod! It features honey-toned impregnated cane with resorcinol glue lines wrapped in brown silks with yellow open spiral tipping at each guide, ferrule station, and HK, chrome stripper, snakes and tip top, and smooth fitting N/S ferrules give a light pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a torpedo grip, bronze aluminum D/L'ing screw and slide hood "no-rock" seat, hallmark matching bronze WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with a replacement bag and aluminum tube with a few dents that do not affect storage. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and throws tight accurate loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 or DT-5. A super find Granger/Phillipson enthusiasts. $495

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

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

60/40 Split Cane Hollowbuilt ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 002 ~ As New ~ John Clancy began handcrafting split cane fly rods in Durango, Colorado at the rate of about three per month and has since moved his shop to Twin Bridges, MT. From the maker: “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. John offers a wide selection of tapers and is currently developing a line of proprietary tapers that will surely please. This quality-made rod comes from John’s .45 Series and features an attractive shade of light honey cane with alternating golden nodes configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine, translucent brown silks, quality black Mildrum-style stripper, black light wire snakes and tip tops, tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a perfectly-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable grip with tapered nose, beautifully exotic hardwood seat with N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK loop. The makers logo, rod series and serial number are stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with a hooded bag and new labeled aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap with maker’s logo elegantly engraved into the top. The proprietary taper has a stout medium-fast action that would right at home wherever the wind blows hard and often. I found that it throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5/WF-6. Those not from the Rocky Mountain region may not have heard about John’s rods, but I suspect that will change soon. $650

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. $625

60/40 Split Cane Hollowbuilt ~ 8’~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ John Clancy began handcrafting split cane fly rods in Durango, Colorado at the rate of about three per month. This high quality rod comes from his new shop in Twin Bridges, MT shop. From the maker: “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 a lifetime craftsmanship warranty to the original owner.” 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 .50 Series and features attractive blonde cane with alternating golden nodes configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine, translucent attractive brown silks tipped black, quality black Mildrum stripper, black light wire snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a perfectly-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight grip flared at each end, beautifully-figured curly maple seat with black D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and HK loop. The makers logo is engraved into the bottom of the butt cap and the rod series and serial number are stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with a new hooded bag and new labeled aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap with maker’s logo elegantly engraved into the top. The proprietary taper has a progressive medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and will certainly be mindful of fine tippets. Those not from the Rocky Mountain region may not have heard about John’s rods, but I suspect that will change soon. Superb! $795

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

Heddon #20 Bill Stanley’s Favorite ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F ~ 4.6oz ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This wonderful Dowagiac, Michigan-made rod is from Heddon’s Post-Classic era (1949 – 1956) and comes in the hard to find 1 3/4F format. It was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. It is unknown if it was restored but at a minimum, the wraps received a light overcoat. It features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, deep burgundy silks tipped gold, black stripper, snakes and tips-tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a reversed half-wells grip, brown marbleized tenite spacer with black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. Straight line Heddon writing is on three alternating flats. The rod comes with a burgundy Heddon bag with remnants of the stitched in hang tag and burgundy aluminum tube with lock-down screw-tite cap. Although the bag label is no longer legible and the tube is sans label, both are believed to be original. The comfortable medium action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5 line. This well-made classic is a real head-turner and would be a welcome addition to anyone’s arsenal but is an especially nice find for the Heddon enthusiast. $695

SOLD H.L. Leonard Model 50 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 1809 ~ EXC+ ~ This quality-made post-fire Leonard classic features attractive blonde with swelled butt, ruby red silks with a turn of green silk accenting the HK and ferrule stations, black Mildrum stripper, black snakes and tip-top, smooth and tight-fitting Leonard N/S step-down ferrules (with ferrule plugs) give a satisfying pop when separated, and a glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, dark butternut seat with screw D/L'ing hardware, petite N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the H. L. Leonard Rod Co Makers 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 95% 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-5. This rod was presented to me as being all original, though I noted that the HK ring was filled with a light coat of varnish, possibly from the HK guide wrap being overcoated, or possibly from the rod receiving a light overcoat. Nonetheless, the rod is a real head-turner and would be right at home out 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.

Orvis Manchester ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.35 oz. ~ HDH line ~ Serial No. 7651 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This early patent pending classic from the famed Vermont maker was built in 1950 and features richly-hued impregnated cane, dark red silks, oxidized stripper, hardened steel snakes & tip tops, and blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip with some light ridging, screw D/L’ing seat with walnut spacer, exposed WC, and new HK. The spacer has been re-varnished, HK wraps have been replaced and remaining wraps have been lightly overcoated. The butt cap is stamped “Orvis Impregnated Patent Pending.” The rod comes with the original bag (small hole at the bottom) and tube with most of the tube label (protected by saran wrap) still intact (tube cap is split and bottom cap re-glued). This sweet action is just a touch on the fast side of medium and will cover most trout fishing situations, including tossing weighted nymphs, streamers and dries. I likes it best with a Cortland 44 Peach WF-6, but it will also easily handle a 5 if desired. Early Orvis classics are becoming harder to find and usually don’t last long. $595

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! $595

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.

Orvis Batenkill Pat Pend ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.7 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 5252 ~ EXC+ ~ This early impregnated classic from the famed Vermont maker was built in 1948 by two of Orvis’ best (Call Skinner & George Reid). It is in near perfect condition and could possibly have been restored. It features richly hued impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks, oxidized mildrum stripper, snakes and tip tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a responding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw D/L’ing reel seat with walnut spacer that has the Orvis Impregnated Patent Pending die stamp on the side of the butt cap, exposed blued WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a light olive bag and unlabeled brass capped aluminum tube. The rod has a wonderful medium action and throws a sweet and effortless loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. Early 3/2 Orvis’ are in high demand and for good reason. This is one of the nicer early Orvis rods I’ve seen in quite some time and a super find for the Orvis enthusiast. $675 SPRING SALE $550

D.G. Schroeder ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 5wt. Serial No 54613 ~ As New ~ 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 built in 2013 and is his 546th overall. It features richly flamed cane with 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, dark wine silks, and an expertly executed jewel-like varnish finish. Fine furnishings include black-nickel smoke stripper, snakes, and tip tops and blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade Wells grip, a highly polished and beautifully figured walnut seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, a blued petite N/S WC and blued folding ring HK. The rod comes with sturdy brown bag with stiffener and quality labeled aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap. The brisk medium-fast action is pure power and throws a long and smooth loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. The rod is perfect for streams where that little extra distance can make all the difference…. like on Montana’s Big Horn and Missouri Rivers. This is a superb rod in every way, proudly crafted in the USA and priced for immediate sale at… $1,295

WM Boss of Waters ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC ~ Based on the limited available data, this interesting and rarely seen model was most likely constructed from Granger/WM furnishings that were left over in shop after WM stopped bamboo rod production. It was thought that WM was trying to put together a sales deal with one of the Denver area retailers (Gart or Cook's) to market this model (along with the King of Waters and Queen of Waters) but the deal never came to fruition. Although the available research gets a bit sketchy, it appears that a few of these rods (apparently most were 8.5’ and 9’ers) and possibly some butt and mid sections may have been completed before the deal was scrapped. This one features rich carmel-colored cane, with swelled butt, 3 X3 spiral nodes), gold/black jasper (typical fading to look white/black) tipped black, W/M-issue guides, WM-issue N/S ferrules give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. 1 tip has a slight set. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reversed half Wells grip, patented internal screw U/L'ing metal seat with WM stampings clearly struck opposite the hood, and exposed WC. The rod comes with a tan canvas bag (tape on the bottom covers a loose seam) and WM-issue brown aluminum tube san label. This rod has that classic medium action that is synonymous with so many Granger rods and throws a nice loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5/WF-6. This is most-certainly a super find for the Granger/WM enthusiast. $595 SPRING SALE $495

Granger Victory Model GV9053 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.2 oz. ~ 7/8wt. ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This post WW-II Colorado classic features rich carmel colored ammonia treated cane with a swelled butt, 3 x 3 node pattern, B/O jasper tipped black, fine Granger-issue guides tight-fitting NS ferrules that hallmark Granger pop when separated, and a solid varnish finish that has a few nicks and smudges. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reverse half wells grip and is fitted with the patented internal U/L metal seat with nicely struck Goodwin Granger stampings, and an exposed WC. The uplock mechanism works smooth and easy. The rod comes with the original olive bag and original fiber tube with partial label. The tube ha been shrink-wrapped in clear plastic. The stout medium action throws an effortless loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-7 or WF/DT-8 (I prefer the 8). This affordably-priced rod would be right at home for jacks and landlocks and also a good choice for large terrestrials, streamers and dry/dropper fishing and/or where the wind blows and often. $395 SPRING SALE $295

Orvis Equinox ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.5oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 039 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This varnished Orvis classic is a wonderful casting tool 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. The ferrule on one of the tip sections is starting to loosen on the ferrule station. 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. $550

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 color="#CC000">SPRING SALE $295

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