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Mike Brooks is an accomplished fly tier who worked for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company in the 1970s. He has won international fly tying contests and some of his flies grace museums worldwide. The attention to detail Mike learned from his early fly tying days at the H.L. Rod Company has carried over to form the base for the design principles he applies to handcarfting bamboo fly rods. From his own "Permacane" impregnation process and inovative tapers to the authentic Leonard Chinese Red silk wraps, Mike produces quality rods that looks as good as they cast. Mike's line-up of fine bamboo fly rods covers the gamet, whether your forte' is tossing large buggers and bass flies or size 22 Trico's. Order one today or select from the arsenal of rods listed below. You won't be disappointed!

RODS BY M.V. BROOKS

2 PIECE RODS ~ $995

McKenzie Midge ~ 6'2" ~ 2/2 ~ 3wt ~- this sweet casting midge wand will roll cast on demand and reaches out with backbone when needed

Payne 97 ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4wt – classic fast-action dry fly rod perfect for small to medium size streams. A favorite among bamboo aficionados

Payne 100 ~ 7’6” ~ 2/2 ~ 4wt ~- medium-action taper that is well suited for precision light line dry fly work where there is an occasional need to punch out casts

Payne 100H ~ 7’6”~ 2/2 ~ 5wt ~ as described above but a line weight heavier and a bit bolder than its cousins

McKenzie NW ~ 8' ~ 2/2 5wt ~ a perfect combination of delicacy and power. A great all round 5 wt

3 PIECE RODS ~ $1,095

Payne 195 ~ 7’ ~ 3/2 ~4 wt. ~- medium-fast action small stream rod perfect for those fall BWO hatches!

Payne 197 ~ 7'6" ~ 3/2 4wt ~ - medium-fast action multi-use trout rod that is good close in but will also lay out a ton off line if called upon

McKenzie NW ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 wt. a perfect combination of delicacy and power in a portable 3 pc configuration. A great all round 5 wt

THE MCKENZIE SS

The McKenzie SS is a powerful 8'6" ~ 2/2 ~ 7/8 wt designed for salmon & steelhead but feels right whether your chasing 40 pound salmon or 2 pound rainbows. This is Mike's "signature" rod and is hollow built and impregnated and weighs in at a svelte 5 ounces.

8'6" - 2/2 - 7/8 wt.
$1,295
8'6" - 3/2 - 7/8 wt.
$1,495

THE LEONARD SERIES
The H.L. Leonard Company influence is very evident in each reproduction rod that Mike hand crafts. The blanks are prepared and cured just as they were in the old, late 60's/early 70's shop. They feature that elusive golden yellow color with either original Leonard pale olive or Chinese red silk wraps. The olive wraps are tipped Hunt throughout, while red wrapped rods are tipped black at the ferrule stations. Mike I uses Leonard ferrules and Leonard reproduction reel seats with butternut inserts from Bellinger. Mike’s favorite taper, the 3734, was designed by Hap Mills in the 1960s. The “H” model is a modified version that uses a Payne 196 butt and slightly beefed up mid and tip sections.

MODEL 3734
7'- 3/2 - 3wt.
$1,495
MODEL 3734H
7'- 3/2 - 4wt.
$1,495
CATSKILL
7' - 3/2 - 2wt.
$1,495
MODEL 38
7' - 2/2 - 4wt.
$1,295
MODEL 40
8' - 2/2 - 5wt.
$1,295

IN STOCK NOW!
The following MV Brooks rods are currently available. Please feel free to check with us regarding availability if no stock rods are listed.

SOLD MV Brooks “McKenzie Midge” ~ 6' 3” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.4 oz. ~ 3wt.~ EXC ~ This offering from the bench of Oregon's Mike Brooks was one of his signature tapers and features richly-hued Permacane shafts buffed to a fie luster and wrapped in deep burgundy silks with black tipping, oxidized stripper, black guides and tip tops. The smooth and tight fitting truncated ferrules give a nice pop when separated. A modified torpedo grip, and a nicely-figured walnut burl seat with oxidized D/L'ing wedding band cap and ring hardware, petite oxidized WC and folding ring HK completed the business send of the butt section. The oxidation has faded leaving a very nice patina. The set comes with a green cotton bag and brass capped green tube. The brisk medium-fast action throws a tight, accurate loop and is a very good roll-caster at short distances. I liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3. This rod is one of the nicer casting 3 weight rods I’ve handled I in quite some time. Mike’s rods were well-received at $1,000, with a few selling north of that.

SOLD MV Brooks “Metolius-Canyon Creek” ~ 6.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Mike Brooks is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums world-wide. This offering from his shop in Oregon is based on a proprietary taper and features light honey-colored cane, burgundy silks tipped black, black guides and & tip tops and a smooth permacane/varnish mix finish. I noted a few uneven glue lines that are cosmetic only. The smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated. One ferrule will spin slightly while seated to the butt. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable torpedo grip, a beautifully-figured curly maple seat, D/L’ing oxidized wedding band cap and ring hardware (oxidation is faded), a petite oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with a soft cotton bag and brass capped black tube. Although marked as a 6.5’er, this rod measures 6’ 3” (made that way) and I found that it throws a sweet accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. Mike’s rods were well-received at $1,000, with a few selling north of that.

SOLD MV Brooks “Green Machine” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.6 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Mike Brooks is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums world-wide. This offering from his shop in Oregon is based on a proprietary taper and features a unique green-tinted finish that is lightly faded, black/green variegated silks tipped black, Snakebrand guides and & tip tops. The smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable torpedo grip fashioned from 3/8” cork rings, a spalted maple seat with unique two-tone ebony D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, much in the Brooks tradition, a petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with a quality green cotton twill bag and brass capped green tube. Although marked as a 7’er, this rod measures 6’ 8½” (made that way). This sweet-casting wand throws a tight, accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 with virtually no line bounce. Mike’s rods were well-received at $1,000, with a few selling north of that.

SOLD MV Brooks Payne 100 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.76oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ Those in the know widely regard Mike’s Payne 100 as his best taper. This one features medium browntone cane with golden 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, java silks with elegant intermediate wraps, a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish, and quality furnishings including a chrome-housed amber agate stripper, bronze snakes and & tip tops and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. Curiously, the rod measures 7’5” and is unmarked, reportedly made that way. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry burl seat with oxidized N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with Mike’s standard sturdy green bag with two sets of dual ties and a brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. This smooth casting wand has a brisk medium-fast action and throws tight loops on-demand with precision and accuracy while exhibiting virtually no line bounce whatsoever. I really enjoyed casting it with a Cortland Peach 444 DT-4, but it can easily handle a 5 if called upon. Mike is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow.

SOLD MV Brooks Payne 102 ~ 8' ~ 2/3 ~ 4.7oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC- ~ Mike Brooks is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. The current owner purchased this rod as a 2/2 with one broken tip and sent the broken tip back to Mike with the intent that he would make a new tip for the rod using the original hardware on the broken tip. Mike ended up scarfing the broken tip and making a new tip using hardware that is very close, but not identical to, the other tips. The owner also had a bag made to accommodate the three tips. The rod features browntone cane with dark glue lines, light brown silks tipped rose, quality bronze guides and tip-tops and nicely executed varnish finish. I noted some marks and smudges from normal use. Smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules give a solid ‘pop’ when separated. Comfortable Wells grip. Black walnut burl seat fitted with oxidized N/S D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware. Petite oxidized N/S WC. Folding ring HK. Comes with a four-compartment bag and brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. This is a very smooth casting rod with a brisk medium to medium-fast action that throws tight loops with a Cortland Peach 444 DT-4 and WF-5. A good buy on a great casting rod.

SOLD MV Brooks Payne 200 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.5oz. ~ 3 /4wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ This hard to acquire wand from Mike in the 3/2 format features medium browntone cane with golden nodes, java silks with elegant intermediate wraps, a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish, and quality furnishings including a black nickel-housed amber agate stripper, black snakes and & tip tops and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. Curiously, the rod measures 7’10 1/2” (reportedly made that way) with a taper that is a departure from any Payne 200 or (200L) that I have owned/cast. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured cherry burl seat with oxidized N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with Mike’s standard sturdy green bag with two sets of dual ties and a brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. This light line wand flexes well into butt and has a slow action that will excel in the hands of a patient caster. For me, it performed best with a Cortland Classic Sylk DT-3/ WF-4. Mike is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow.

SOLD MV Brooks Payne 204 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.8oz. ~ 6wt. ~ NEW ~ This offering from the bench of Oregon's Mike Brooks is based on the powerful Payne 204 taper, and features Mike’s own Permacane impregnated shafts wrapped in java silks tipped light brown buffed to a nice luster. Matched tips, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, Amber agate stripper housed in bronze, bronze snakes and & tip tops. Smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a resounding ‘pop’ when separated. Comfortable full Wells grip is perfectly proportioned for the rod and is complimented by a mortised walnut burl seat fitted with oxidized N/S D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware. Oxidized N/S WC. HK loop. Comes with Mike’s green bag with two sets of dual ties and a brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. This smooth casting powerhouse of a rod throws a DT-6, WF-7 and DT-7 and exhibits virtually no line bounce whatsoever. Mike is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow.

DEMOS & PROTOTYPES
From time to time, Mike will be offering demo and prototype rods at a substantial savings. Most are new, but may have either been lawn casted or fished a handful of times.

SOLD MV Brooks Payne 96 ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 2 1/2 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ AS NEW ~ This neat little rendition completed by the mature hand of Oregon's Mike Brooks is based on famous Payne 96 taper. The rod features lovely light brown tempered cane with book matched tips, 3 around golden nodes, java silk windings with light brown tipping, an extra java wrap at the WC, stripping guide and ferrule stations, and three light brown signature wraps at the HK complete with a nicely executed varnish finish. Bronze stripper, snakes and & tip tops. Smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a nice ‘pop’ when separated. Comfortable cigar grip continues down to form the cork seat fitted with oxidized N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. Wound over WC. No HK. Comes with a soft linen bag and quality brass capped green pebble-finish tube. I casted this sweet little wand with a Cortland Sylk DT-3, SA Mastery DT-3, and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4 and the brisk, medium-fast action handled them with ease. I settled in on the WF-4 as my favorite. Mike is a talented rod maker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow. The cork has some very minor soiling from rod performance test casting, otherwise, it is virtually brand new.

SOLD MV Brooks Lt. Salmon ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.7 oz. ~ 7 wt. ~ This salmon/steelhead prototype from the bench of Oregon's Mike Brooks is faster version of Mike’s standard SS model. It features a beautiful shade of lightly flamed cane wrapped in dark brown silks tipped light brown and protected by Mike’s Permacane finish. Top shelf furnishings includes H&H bronze snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S CSE ferrules that give a resounding ‘pop’ when separated. Meaty and very comfortable modified cigar grip is perfectly proportioned for the rod and is complimented by a walnut burl seat fitted with oxidized N/S D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware. Oxidized N/S WC. HK ring. Comes with a hand-made green bag with two sets of dual ties and a brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. A smooth casting big water/big fish rod that virtually exhibits no line bounce whatsoever. Mike is a talented rodmaker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow. Mike's very popular 3/2 SS retails for $1,495.

SOLD MV Brooks Lt. Salmon ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.8 oz. ~ 8 wt. ~ This salmon/steelhead prototype from the bench of Oregon's Mike Brooks is a faster version of Mike’s standard SS model. It features blonde shafts wrapped in translucent pumpkin silks tipped crimson and protected by Mike’s Permacane finish. Top shelf furnishings includes H&H bronze snakes, black tip tops, and smooth and tight fitting N/S CSE ferrules that give a resounding ‘pop’ when separated. Meaty and very comfortable cigar grip is perfectly proportioned for the rod and is complimented by a walnut burl seat fitted with N/S D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware. Exposed N/S WC. HK loop. Comes with a hand-made green bag with two sets of dual ties and a brass capped green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. A smooth casting big water/big fish rod that virtually exhibits no line bounce whatsoever. Mike is a talented rodmaker and accomplished fly tier who tied flies for the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and has won a number of International fly tying contests. His flies grace museums all over the world. His rods may soon follow. Mike's very popular 3/2 SS retails for $1,495.

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