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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 BAMBOO BARGAINS

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.

SOLD J.W. Haynie ~ 6.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as a his guide. This rod (actually measures 6’ 6 ½” when assembled) features attractive light honey-toned cane with lightly swelled butt, rose silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. These rods may have a flaw or two such as a glue line seam that are cosmetic in nature. The ferrules do not give an auditory pop. I also noted that tip #2 will spin while seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an attractive wicker grip with turned spruce or cedar undercore, nicely figured marblewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod is sans bag or tube. The medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and will also easily handle a 3 if desired. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell.

Shakespeare #1312T ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.5 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This circa mid-1930s classic from the Kalamazoo, Michigan tackle giant was known as the Supreme. The ”T” designation indicates that it is a trout rod. It features browntone cane, dark blue wraps tipped white (the aging process makes them appear black tipped gold), agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, rolled welt N/S ferrules that give a soft pop when separated, and a softening varnish finish that is crazed in some areas has some bag marks. The tip ferrules will rotate while seated and should be addressed. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a half Wells grip, black metal seat with screw U/L'ing hardware, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. It comes with what is thought to be the original tan bag and aluminum tube. The rod has a pleasant medium action that has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. It will also throw a tight loop with a DT-5. This Bargain Bamboo classic could be brought back into service with some TLC and is also a wonderful candidate for a redo. $150

South Bend No. 346 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 5wt. ~ VG+/EXC- RS (exceptions noted) ~ This 1940s (post WW-II) classic features attractive lightly flamed cane, orange/black Jasper wraps, mildrum stripper, smooth-working SB plated ferrules, and a nicely-executed new varnish finish. New Snake-brand guides were installed and one of the tip guides was replaced. The butt section is 2.5” short and one tip has a set. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comficient grip, sans the gold foil label in the thumb depression, with OBSOLETE stamped into the side, red U/L’ing "Lite-Lock" seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a green canvas bag with stitched in SB label and SB-issue, unlabeled red fiber which may or may not be original. The rod has a pleasant medium-fast action designed for trout fishing (as indicated by the 3-digit model designation) and has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. South Bend enthusiasts know the 346 for its easy throwing dry fly action. If you’re looking for a stream-ready bargain bamboo classic, this one should get some heavy consideration. $150

Heddon #20 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.8oz ~ 7wt. ~ VG- (exceptions note) ~ This Dowagiac, Michigan-made rod is from Heddon’s Neo-Classic era (1939 – 1948), which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era of rod production. The #20 was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker. The only exceptions to this were the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen, and of course the two models made exclusively for Sears (#115 and #125). This rod features browntone cane with swelled butt, deep burgundy silks, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules, and a varnish finish. A second stripping guide was added to the butt section and is poorly wrapped in different color thread. Two snake guides on the mid have been re-wrapped in different color thread and one snake guide on the mid is missing. One tip has a light set. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, D/L'ing screw and sliding seat over a brown tenite spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The bottom of the butt cap is missing. The rod comes with the original bag and dented aluminum tube. The smooth medium-slow to medium action throws a nice loop and ample amounts of Cortland 444 Peach WF-7 line. With a little TLC< this rod is fishable as is, and is also a prime candidate for a winter restoration project. $125

SOLD H.L. Leonard Catskill ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This 1930s H.L. Leonard classic is believe to be a Catskill model and features light honey-toned cane with swelled butt, red silks, agate stripper, reverse twist snakes, tight fitting Leonard step-down ferrules that give a loud pop when separated and a solid varnish finish that may have been over-coated at some point in the past. One tip is 8.5’ short. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a petite cigar grip, butternut seat with N/S D/Ling cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The side of the butt cap carries the “ he H.L. Leonard Rod Co. Makers Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.” die stamp, though it is faint. The rod comes with the original olive canvas bag san hang tag and original brass capped heavy gauge Leonard metal tube. A former Detroit owners name and 1936 is inked on the butt section. The classic wet fly action with delicately responsive tips is a wonderful link to the past and a true piece of Americana. This bargain bamboo classic is being offered at a 1-tip price.

Montague Fishkill ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.5 oz. 7/8 wt. ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ The Fishkill was one of Montague’s most popular rods and for good reason. The label on this classic production rod indicates that it was built between 1939 and 1949. It features flamed cane, olive green wraps tipped gold with an extra green accent wraps at 1” intervals before and after each guide. The rod is believed to remain in original condition. Furnishings include, a red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, red agate tip tops, tight fitting black N/S ferrules give a resounding pop when separated and a solid varnish finish that would buff out to a near new appearance. The water plug is missing on the bottom of the male slide of one of the tip ferrules. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable half wells grip, cedar seat with black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood hardware, exposed black WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original olive canvas bag and labeled aluminum tube. This cannon of a rod has a medium to medium-fast action and will carry a ton of DT-7/WF-8 line of your choosing. It would be well-suited for bass, pike, and trout. This a quality production rod that, for those in the know, is a fine fishing instrument and a great value for the budget-minded angler. $325 FALL SALE $225

Orvis Battenkill ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 7wt. ~ Serial No. 21721 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This 1957 Cal Skinner/George Reid era classic features impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, standard -issue Orvis guides, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. There is one snake guide missing on one of the tip sections and a faint ferule click can be felt at the butt/mid connection. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, full metal screw D/L’ing seat, blued WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with a tan bag, believe to be original and is sans tube. The wonderful medium action is a joy to cast and will respond favorably when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-7. It’s a nice find for the budget-minded Orvis enthusiast. $295

Shakespeare A13057-9 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.8 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ VG (exceptions noted) ~ This post WW-II rod from the Kalamazoo, Michigan tackle giant was known as the Triumph and was one of their higher grade rods. It features flamed cane that was most likely supplied by South Bend, green wraps tipped white (aging has changed their appearance), chrome mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, chrome-plated N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated and a solid varnish finish that has some nicks and dings The butt section is fitted with a half-Wells cork grip, green “snaplock” seat, exposed WC and folding ring HK. A green and gold Shakespeare Honor Built Honor Sold Made in the U.S.A. acetate label is 100% intact on the butt which further dates the rod to a post WW-II date of manufacture. It comes with a green bag with 27332 stamped in black ink and an illegible partial label and an era-correct aluminum tube. The rod has a very pleasant medium action that has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. This would be a good candidate for an off-season restoration. At a minimum, the tips need to be straightened, the reel seat needs to be re-glued on its station, and 2 snake guides need to be replaced on the mid-section. Priced accordingly. $99

South Bend 359 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.5 oz. ~ 6 wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ The 359 was widely regarded as one of South Bend’s best dry fly tapers. This 1940's (post WW-II) classic features lightly flamed cane, root beer silks, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes & tip-tops, typical SB plated ferrules and a solid varnish finish. The female ferrule on the mid-section is loose and needs to be reset. The tips have sets and one of the tip-tip guides needs to be replaced. The business end of the butt section is fitted with the ventilated comficient grip (with gold foil label 100% intact), bronze U/L'ing butt cap screw seat, exposed WC, and folding-ring HK. The set comes with the original labeled bag and is sans tube. The comfortable medium action tosses a fine loop and the rod would cover most trout fishing situations. This is a solid rod in need of minor attention and a super find for a handyman or novice restorationist. $99

South Bend 59 Bass Action ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9 oz. ~ 7 wt. ~ EXC RF ~ This 1940's (post WW-II) classic was rfinished and features attractive lightly flamed cane, yellow silks tipped black, red agate stripper, new snakes, typical SB plated ferrules and a nicely-executed new varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with the ventilated comficient grip (with partial foil label in thumb indent), U/L'ing butt cap screw seat, exposed WC, and folding-ring HK. The wriiting on the butt section was re-inked. The rod comes with an era-correct bag and aluminum tube. The bottom of the rod bag has tape-covered holes. The comfortable medium action tosses a fine loop and is pefect for tubin' for bass, crappie and 'gills and could also be used for nymphin, streamers, and lager dry fly work. This is a solid multi-use rod for the budget-minded angler. $125

Montague Trail ~ 9.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.2 oz. 6/7 wt. ~ EXC- (exception noted)~ The Trail was one of Montague’s highest grade rods, behind the Manitou and Red Wing. The label on this classic production rod indicates that it was built between 1939 and 1949. It features flamed cane, old gold wraps tipped red, with full intermediates and is believed to remain in original condition. Furnishings include, a red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, one hardened steel tip top and one agate tip top (made that way), tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a solid varnish finish that is beginning to soften. A snake guide wrap on one of the feet is missing on the mid-section. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable wells grip, full metal seat with D/L'ing cap and ring, exposed black WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original tan canvas bag and an aluminum tube sans label. The deliberate medium-slow action will throw a lot of line in the hands of the patience caster with an affinity for a Cortland Sylk DT-7. This a quality production rod from the famous East coast maker and a great value for the budget-minded angler. $295 FALL SALE $195

WALL HANGER SPECIALS

These karma-laden historic split cane rods are perfect decorations for your office or trout room. They would also make good "practice rods" for the hobbyist and novice restorationist. They may be missing a few guides or wraps, but you won't find them for less at your local "Anitque & Junque" shop. Past rods have included rods from Shakespeare, South Bend, Horrocks Ibbotson, Montague, Milwards and others. Prices generally range from $25 to $50. There are currently several in stock. Availabilty varies and they usually sell fast so inquire quickly. Please don't hesitate to call (616) 884-5626 or email CWcollecti@aol.com for more information.

SOLD Horrocks Ibbotson "Lucky Ace" ~ 8' ~ 3/1 ~ Will look good on the wall of your cabin, trout room or man cave and will also make a nice practice rod candidate for the hobbyist/restorer.

SOLD Shakespeare Model 1300 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/1

SOLD South Bend Model 24 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/1 ~ Will look good on the wall of your cabin, trout room or man cave and will also make a nice practice rod candidate for the hobbyist/restorer.

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