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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.

Stony Creek Rods ~ 5’10” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 64-01 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ Check out this neat little light line offering from author and painter Tom Whittle of West Boothbay Harbor, ME. It featuring attractive blonde cane with lightly swelled butt, understated tan silks and a nicely executed varnish finish. Quality furnishings include bright guides and tips tops, and N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. A faint ferrule click can be felt with Tip #1 in use. The other tip is fine. The business end of the butt section is completed with a comfortable cigar grip, beautifully figured tiger maple seat with U/L’ing silver slide band hardware and a petite N/S WC. The rod comes with quality made bag with stiffener and beautiful hardwood (maple?) hexagonal tube. The rod has a brisk, fast action with a “convex” design concept based in part on the theories proposed by Vincent Marinaro that is aimed at creating a rod that can be used by anglers who can appreciate the delicate presentation of bamboo and yet are accustomed to the reserve power of modern day composites. A perfect rod for small streams and tight quarters. $695 SUMMER SALE $525

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.5 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 his guide. This rod features attractive medium blonde cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade cigar grip, light curly maple seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes as is, sans bag or tube. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395 SUMMER SALE $250

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.5 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 his guide. This rod features attractive medium blonde cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade cigar grip, olive wood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes as is, sans bag or tube. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395 SUMMER SALE $295

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' ~ 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 features attractive honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules do not give an auditory pop. I also noted that tips will spin slightly while seated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured snakewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and will also easily handle a 4 if desired. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395 SUMMER SALE $250

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' 3 1/2” ~ 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 features attractive honey-toned cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, blued N/S ferrules and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra flora grade grip, nicely figured snakewood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395 SUMMER SALE $250

Pennington Pine River ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 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 small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. The 6.5'er features blonde cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting Bailey Woods nickel-silver ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with silver U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and hardwood WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 6.5’ #4. Comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. Some also have 'NC' (New Century) inked on the butt section as shown in the stock photo, some don't. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for finessing dries, nymphs, and small terrestrials under overhangs and beneath undercut banks. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small streams and ‘cricks. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. Steve is discontinuing this model and only a limited stock remains. $495 CLOSEOUT SALE $395 (3 Left)

Pennington Pine River ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 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 small stream rod was based in part on an experimental taper which Steve developed to fight larger than average trout on the small tight streams of northern Iowa. As shown in the stock picture, the 6.5'er 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. Comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with silver D/L’ing cap and ring hardware and hardwood WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is Pine River Trout Rod 6.5’ #4. Comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The brisk medium-fast action is perfect for finessing dries, nymphs, and small terrestrials under overhangs and beneath undercut banks. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small streams and ‘cricks. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. Steve is discontinuing this model and only a limited stock remains. $425 CLOSEOUT SALE $295 - Last One!

SALE PENDING Aroner Hunt Pattern ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. 4wt. ~ New ~ Marc Aroner (Spinoza Rod Company) is one of today’s premiere bamboo rod makers. The influence from his time spent with Tom Maxwell duing his apprenticeship at the famed Greenfield, MA shop of Thomas & Thomas and later at the Central Valley, NY shop of H.L. Leonard are immediately evident as soon as you remove the rod from its tube. It features attractive richly-hued and flame-tempered cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, May Rose silks, black mildurm style stripper, antique steel guides, black oxidized hardware, and an expertly executed glass-smooth varnish finish. Smooth & tight fitting truncated N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautiful polished dark cherry root burl seat with D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware, petite WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with the original tan bag and Leonard-like heavy gauge brass capped metal tube. The maker's name and model and the former owner's name are inked on the rod. From Mr. Aroner’s website: “All two-piece rods from 6'6" #3 to 7'6" #4 feature steeper tips married to flatter butts to deliver a lighter, more delicate action while preserving accuracy and fly delivery”...what he said! This heirloom piece from a maker with a unique and historically significant pedigree is sure to please the most discriminating angler. Superb! $2,995

Cortland 444 LTD ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2 1/4oz. ~ #5. ~ VG+ ~ This nicely crafted wand features carmel-colored impregnated cane, burgundy silk "whippings", chrome stripper, reversed twist guides and smooth, easy working blued English ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a petite cigar grip that continues down to form a cork seat dual slide ring hardware, wound-over WC, and 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 will handle a 5), 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. DeFrance or were one of Cliff Constable’s creations. This rod is a super find and an excellent value for the savvy angler looking for a well-made 2/2 rod at a price that won’t break the bank. $295

Jenkins GA70L-63 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ 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 beautifully crafted rod has seen light use and remains in wonderful condition. This features oven-tempered and light flamed cane with golden nodes and matched tips, translucent honey-brown silks and an unparalleled varnish finish. Quality hardware consists of chrome guides, smooth and tight fitting oxidized Swiss-style ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a smooth and comfortable bullet-shaped grip, nicely figured mortised walnut reel seat with formed nickel-silver cap and tapered ring, petite oxidized N/S WC and folding ring HK. 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 as it lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3/WF-4 (I preferred the 3). The currently retail for these premium classics is now north of $1,700. Superb! $1,250 SUMMER SALE $1,095

SALE PENDING Orvis Deluxe ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 2 5/8oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 31600 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This highly-sought Orvis classic was made in 1962 likely by two of Orvis’ best, Cal Skinner and George Reid. The rod was reported to be original, but could potentially have been restored at some point in the past. It features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, Orvis brown silks, oxidized stripper, snakes and tip-tops, and smooth & tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Superfine grip, cork seat with dual aluminum slide band hardware, wound over WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a scotch plaid bag and unlabeled but Orvis-issue aluminum tube with green plastic cap. The crisp medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work close-in on small to mid-sized streams but also offers a nice reserve punch when called upon. It throws an effortless loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 or DT-4. Bamboo rods from the 50s/60s-era represent some of the best that were produced by the famed VT maker and are becoming harder to obtain. This one is stream-ready for future generations to enjoy. $675

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 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 over 20 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

J.W. Haynie “Nodeless” ~ 7'1” ~ 3/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ 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 neat little nodeless features an attractive shade of light browntone cane with lightly swelled butt, variegated green/black silks, carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes and tip tops, nickel-plated brass ferrules and marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. The ferrule fit is designed to be on the loose side and 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 a comfortable extra flora grade grip, beautifully figured stabilized black ash burl seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a black bag and aluminum tube with a White River Fly Shop logo. The rod has a fast action and for me, throws a tight loop at short to mid-range distances with Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. The overall taper is a bit stiffer than the norm and would be right at home tossing larger dries and terrestrials in smaller creeks with larger than average quarry. $395 SUMMER SALE $250

Heddon #117 Extra Lite ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 1/2F ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This ultra rare (first one I've seen!) light line rod from Heddon’s Classic era comes from the collection of Mr. Ed Collins, one of the most prominent collector of Heddon rods in the country (see Page 5 of Mr. Michael Sinclair’s fine book HEDDON: The Rod With The FIGHTING HEART for more info. The 100-Series or Extra Lite Series as it was also known,(7’, 7.5 & 8’er) were made from 1930 to 1937 after which they pretty much disappeared and simply became the 7’, 7 1/2' & 8' versions of the standard two-digit rod models and carried the standard model numbers and markings. The rod looks like it remains in original condition, though may have had some varnish and wrap maintenance done to it. It features browntone cane with swelled butt, jet black wraps tipped orange, red agate stripper housed in a black frame, black snakes and tip-tops, black ferrules that give a soft pop when separated and a sound and serviceable varnish finish that has some chips, nicks and bag marks and may have been touch up at some point in the past. Both tip ferrules will spin when fully seated and could use an adjustment. There is a 2” repair wrap on tip #1 and a 1” repair wrap on tip #2. The business end of the butt section has reversed half wells grips that shows some light ridging, tenite seat with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, black wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes in a green unlabeled bag with no evidence of a former stitched in hang tag and what is believed to be the original labeled aluminum tube and “Heddon” nicely struck into the tube cap. The rod has a delightful and very delicate medium-fast dry fly action that really likes a WF-4 and DT-4. This one is as rare as they come and a super find for the Heddon enthusiast. $625 SUMMER SALE $575

Bernard Hills Custom 1979 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5oz ~ 5wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This ultra-rare classic comes from the bench of Heddon’s Bernard Hills after his retirement from the famed Dowagiac, Michigan fishing tackle giant. Mr. Hills was Heddon’s chief rod department foreman and oversaw Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. It features attractive light carmel color cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 nodes that was believed to have been acquired by Mr. Hills from France, dark brown silks tipped light brown, quality furnishings including mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, black N/S ferrules that give a nice pop and a perfectly-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section features a comfortable cigar grip with a checkered circassian walnut nose (‘ala the Heddon Model 60), D/L’ing black screw and slide hood seat with circassian walnut spacer black pyralin WC and folding ring HK. The set comes with a tan bag and labeled aluminum. The rod is straight, tight and shows very little use, though I did note signs of aging on the reel seat hardware. It has a wonderful medium-fast action and throws a tight and accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This quality-crated rod with an interesting and historically significant pedigree would be a welcome addition to any collection and is an exceptionally nice find for Heddon enthusiast. $1,295 SUMMER SALE $995

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…

Cortland 444 LTD ~ 8' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4.4oz. ~ 8wt. ~ EXC- ~ Rods from across the pond found little fan-fare in the USA unless of course they were named, Marvel, or C.C. DeFrance or were one of Cliff Constable’s creations. This nicely crafted wand features light honey brown impregnated cane buffed to a nice sheen, 3 x 3 nodes, burgundy silk "whippings", chrome guides and smooth, easy working blued English brass ferrules (some bluing has worn off) that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, champagne-colored screw D/L’ing seat with cork spacer, exposed champagne-colored WC and a HK loop. The set comes with a blue Scientific Anglers System 5 Bag and a Cortland labeled tube for an 8.5’ rod sans cap. Although marked for a # 8 line, I found this rod’s delightful medium to medium-fast taper throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. This is a really nice find for the savvy buyer looking for a well-made rod at a bargain price. $295

Klausmeyer ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2595 ~ EXC+ ~ From the bench of Maine's Dave Klausmeyer comes this quality crafted wand in the highly sought after 3/2 format. Mr. Klausmeyer is the editor/photographer for Fly Tyer magazine, and group editor of American Angler and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. You’ll see his columns and articles in the Maine Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, and American Fly Fisher. He is also the author of “Tying Contemporary Saltwater Flies”, “Trout Streams of Northern New England” and “Guide Flies and Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers. He also offers a lineup of fine trout rods! This 1995 classic features beautifully flamed cane with golden nodes, avocado silks with gold accent wraps at the HK, signature wraps, and ferrule stations, chrome stripper, snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip, beautifully figured walnut burl seat with silver D/L'ing cap and ring hardware(ring was installed knurled side down, reportedly for a tighter fit), and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality fly-print bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The tips have a very light set that do not affect performance. The rod has a medium action that throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and should have no trouble covering most trout fishing situations. $895 SUMMER SALE $695

McKellip Brothers M84 Deluxe ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 4wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s McKellip Brothers and is based on a proprietary taper. For those who have never seen or owned a McKellip rod, you’re in for a real treat! One immediately notices the attention to detail soon as the rod in removed from its handsome antique olive tube. It features select heat-treated tonkin cane with an attractive carmel hue, 2 x 2 golden nodes, matched tips, java silks tipped black at the WC and beautifully-executed and glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a smoke black stripper, black snakes and tip tops, and smooth and tight fitting blued NS ferrules (with black ferrule plug) give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an exquisite perfection grip and married reel seat combo fashioned from beautifully figured and extremely rare Afzelia Xylocarpa, N/S D/L’ing cap ring hardware. Afzelia Xylocarpa (a.k.a. Xylay Burl) is limited to a small strip of deciduous forests located within Cambodia and Laos and is one of the most coveted woods on the market. The side of the butt cap is tastefully engraved with the maker’s logo. A petite blued WC completes the handsome grip area. The rod is sans HK or writing as is the norm for a McKellip Brothers rod. This set comes with a high quality soft suede leather labeled bag befitting of its contents and antique olive labeled tube with the maker’s logo also engraved into the top of the heavy gauge brass tube cap. The brisk medium-fast action would be well-suited to dry fly work when paired with a Cortland Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. This is a superb rod in every way and would make a wonderful retirement, graduation or other gift. $1,195 SUMMER SALE $995

SOLD McKellip Brothers Deluxe ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ This elegant presentation grade rod from the bench of Michigan’s McKellip Brothers is unfished. One immediately notices the attention to detail soon as the rod in removed from its handsome antique olive tube. It features select heat-treated tonkin cane with an attractive carmel hue, matched tips, 2 x 2 nodes, java silks tipped black at the WC and nicely-executed glass smooth varnish finish. The quality furnishings include a smoke black stripper, black snakes and tip tops and smooth and tight fitting blued NS ferrules (with black ferrule plug) give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an exquisite torpedo grip and married reel seat combo fashioned from beautifully figured black walnut burl that also features gun stock grade checkering and blued N/S D/L’ing cap ring hardware. The side of the butt cap is tastefully engraved with the maker’s logo. A petite blued WC completes the handsome grip area. The rod is sans HK or writing. This set comes with a high quality soft suede leather labeled bag befitting of its contents and antique olive labeled tube with the makers logo also engraved into the top of the heavy gauge brass tube cap. The brisk medium-fast action would be well-suited to dry fly work when paired with a Cortland Peach DT-5 and will also handle a 6 with ease. This superb rod would make a wonderful retirement or other gift.

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 12361 ~ VG+/EXC- ~ Many Orvis enthusiasts believe that the best Orvis rods were produced during the 1950s and 60s. This 1952 offering was built by two of Orvis’ best, (Calvin Skinner and George Reid) and features dark impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, standard-issue Orvis guides, 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 cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat over a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original olive bag and unlabeled Orvis-issue aluminum tube. Although this model is typically rated by Orvis as a HCH (7), the accommodating medium action really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This quality-made wand would be right at home for nymphing or dry fly work and could become your “go to” rod. Judging by the patina on the cork grip, previous owners thought so too. $495

Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 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

Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 20 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. $495

SALE PENDING R.W. Summers Model 856 ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ SN 6192 ~ EXC+/As New ~ Mr. Summers’ distinguished career at the Paul Young Company and as owner of the R.W. Summers Company needs little introduction to those who own, collect, and fish quality bamboo fly rods. He is widely regarded as one of the premier makers on the planet. This quality-built Traverse City, Michigan classic features beautifully flamed cane with golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped black, quality mildrum-style bronze stripper, snakes and tip tops, and an expertly-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. Tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give that solid pop one would expect from a rod of this caliber. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured mortised walnut burl seat with D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware with makers die stamp present on the side of the butt cap. A HK is attached at the front of the grip. The rod comes in its original bag with stitched in makers tag, attached ferrule plug and heavy-duty aluminum tube with brass bottom and cap featuring the makers name on the top of the cap. The taper for this classic rod was patterned after the famous PHY Para 15. It throws a smooth and tight loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and/or WF-6. Superb! $2,595 SUMMER SALE $2,295

SOLD Thomas & Thomas Montana ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 3877 ~ EXC+ ~ This exceptional all-around rod from one of my favorite makers was built circa 1982 and is best described by these passages found in the 1982 T&T catalog: "Ae have often remarked that if were forced to own but one rod to do all our fishing for trout, bass, and panfish, it would be a Montana. These rods can throw a long line under the worst of conditions but never cease to amaze the caster with their in-close fishability. The Montana has proved to be the first choice of many for both dry and sub-surface fishing using larger dries, wets, streamers and bugs. It is a moderately fast action rod which gives distance when asked. This rod is the best choice for the one-rod fisherman.” This finely-tuned wand features a stunning shade of light honey-toned cane with a dramatically swelled butt, T&T's hallmark translucent lemon silk wraps (look almost clear on the rod) tipped cinnamon, quality T&T guides and furnishings smooth & tight fitting blued Swiss N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated and a glass smooth and industry-best varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, beautifully figured polished walnut burl mortised seat with N/S U/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware (the slide hood has the T&T company logo stamped into the side), and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original T&T labeled tan bag with stiffener and brass capped and fully labeled aluminum tube. I found that the comfortable medium-fast to fast action throws an effortless yet powerful loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 and/or DT-6. This is a wonderful example of this model from what many believe is T&T’s best era of production and would certainly make a nice addition to any arsenal.

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. $1,195

Abbey & Imbrie ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ The George Varney influence is evident in the reel seat and when combined with the Chubb-like features, it all adds up to a turn of the century (20th) Chubb-Montague classic. This delicate wand features light browntone cane brown silks and intermediates, replacement chrome guides and tip-tops and original rolled welt N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. 1 tip is down 1/8". The other is down 3/8". The ferrule fit is smooth but a bit worn and all will rotate while 100% seated and there is a distinct click at the butt/mid connection. The varnish has some tiny air pockets but is very sound and should provide apt protection for many more years. I also noted some roughness on a few of the intermediate wrap edges. The petite cigar sheet cork grip, metal D/L’ing slide band seat with railed edges, exposed Montague funnel-style WC are all in great shape. The rod is sans HK. A portion of the original A&I label is still present on the butt section. The rod comes in a replacement bag and quality aluminum tube. The rod is reasonably straight and has a very delicate feel. The slow to medium-slow action can be felt all the way into the grip. With a ferrule reset, this classic rod would be stream-ready and would be a real find for those who enjoy using century-old equipment. $395 SUMMER SALE $175

Edwards Quad “Stoddard Special” ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.5 oz ~ 6wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) ~ This rarely seen Mt Carmel classic was likely built for the famous Boston tackle shop of Dame Stoddard. The rod appears to have been restored or possibly over-coated and one tip is down 2”. It features a wonderful shade of carmel-colored cane, gold silks tipped black, Edwards-issue guides (the tip top guide on the short tip is a replacement) smooth varnish finish, and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a soft pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light half wells grip with flared palm, black seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, hallmark black WC, and folding ring HK. The seat has a light curvature to that may be a difficult fit for certain reels. It comes with what could be the original blue bag and aluminum tube with a remnant of a label (tube has a loose-fitting replacement cap). From the famous writings of the late Martin Keane comes the following passage… “Don’t draw any conclusions about an Edwards Quad rod until you’ve actually fished it under normal conditions – wiggling it around in some dealer’s showroom will tell you absolutely nothing. The Quad is mighty different when working under the weight of a properly fitted line. It is an amazing instrument with great power-and considerably more delicacy- than most anglers imagine.” I really enjoyed casting this fine wand with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. A super find nice find for the Edwards enthusiast. $895 SUMMER SALE $450

Thomas and Thomas Kosmic Commemorative Limited Edition ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 5.9oz. ~ 6wt. ~ Serial No. 13 ~ EXC+ (exceptions noted) ~ This T&T classic was made in 1984 as a tribute to the renowned Kosmic Rods built by Thomas, Edwards and Payne near the end of the 19th century. It features an attractive shade of blonde cane, dramatically swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, red silks wraps tipped black with elegant red intermediates and a perfectly executed glass-smooth varnish finish. I noted that the varnish and/or color preserver on the wrap associated with the last snake guide on one of the tips has chipped away and should be touched up to prevent the exposed silk from fraying. The smooth and tight fitting flared Kosmic-style N/S step-down ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, ivoroid reel seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware including raised rails and elongated butt cap and an cone-shaped N/S WC check. The rod is sans HK. The set comes with the original T&T labeled bag with stiffener and labeled antique brown aluminum tube with bras cap and end. The rod has a comfortable medium to medium fast action and throws a long and tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. This superbly-made rod has seen limited use and would be right at home on larger rivers and/or when the blows hard and often. $2,495

W&M Granger Favorite Model GF8642 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ This highly sought after Rocky Mountain classic was nicely restored (do not know by who) and features attractive carmel colored ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt, B/W jasper silks tipped gold with the hallmark gold intermediates and a nicely executed varnish finish. Furnishings include typical WM issue guides, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give the hallmark Granger pop when separated, comfortable reversed half-wells grip, dent-free internal screw U/L'ing seat, and exposed WC. The rod comes with a tan bag and aluminum tube with partial label still intact, both thought to be original. Both tips have sets and one is a shade lighter and could be a replacement. I also noted a few glue line inconsistencies (no open seams or structural issues) appear to have been addressed during the restoration. The rod has that wonderful medium action Granger is so well known for and throws a silky smooth loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. Priced to sell at...$495

Heddon #17 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5.5 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ EXC- ~ This c. 1940s Heddon classic in the popular 2F format features browntone cane with swelled butt, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops and black ferrules fit snuggly and give that typical soft pop common to the vast majority of Heddon bamboo fly rods, and a sound varnish finish that has a few bag marks that should buff out nicely if desired. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-Wells grip, black D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat over black pyaralin spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The original spiral “Heddon” along with the original straight-line rod stats are inked on the butt. The rod comes with the original bag with stitched in hang tag and original Heddon-labeled aluminum tube. A slight click can be felt at times when casting and the tips have light sets. The rod has a smooth throwing medium action that has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. The #17 was the workhorse of the Heddon lineup and was their best-selling rod. It remains one of the best values you’ll find on a dealer’s list. $250

Orvis Impregnated Pat Pend ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 6.8oz. ~ 8/9wt. ~ Serial No. 6373 ~ EXC- ~ This big water Steelhead rod from the famous Manchester, VT purveyor of fine tackle was built in 1948, reportedly by Ed Hemphill and features richly-hued impregnated cane, brown silks, chrome stripper, snakes and tip–tops Orvis-issue N/S step-down ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, screw D/Ling black bakelite seat, exposed WC, and HK loop. Flared cigar grip is soiled but shows no ridging. Screw U/L'ing seat with cedar barrel spacer and end cap. The rod comes with the original chocolate brown bag that has holes in it and what is believed to be the original brass-capped heavy gauge aluminum tube sans label. This early Orvis classic is ready to take to your favorite beat and would be right at home fighting salmon, steelies, reds, and/or bass. $395

Phillipson Pacemaker ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5 5/8oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ As New (exceptions noted) ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic is in as new condition and retains the original Phillipson plastic label in the grip. It features rich ammonia-treated cane with swelled butt and 3 x 3 spiral nodes, beige silks, black guides, smooth and shiny varnish, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a solid pop. There are a few small areas of corrosion on the ferrules and the tip sections are a shade lighter in color than the butt and mid sections. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Wells grip, green no-rock seat with screw D/L'ing hardware, and exposed WC. The rod comes with a bluish-green canvas bag and aluminum tube, both believed to be original. The tube cap has a dent in the top and there are a couple of tiny dents in the body of the tube. The smooth casting medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. Another collectible classic for the Phillipson enthusiast. $450 SUMMER SALE $295

SOLD M.K. Spittler Quad ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No 488 ~ As New ~ Mike Spittler has spent the better part of the last three decades perfecting the quadate construction. He learned his craft directly or indirectly from Sam Carlson, Glenn Brackett and Bob Summers, and later acquired the famed milling machine from Bob Summers that was originally designed and built by Morris Kushner. He builds some of the finest Quads in the world and his rods are becoming very hard to acquire. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice the attention to detail and mature hand. It features richly-hued hollow-fluted cane with golden nodes, matched tips, elegant red silks tipped black, and is protected by an expertly-executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an agate stripper housed in a silver frame, silver snakes and tip tops and blued N/S ferrules (with silver ferrule plugs) 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 modified reversed well grip with flared palm end much in the Carlson tradition, a polished and beautifully figured hardwood seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, a Carlson-like square derlin WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a quality tan bag with ferrule plug storage pouch and makers name stitched into the top and labeled aluminum tube with makers label that include rod stats. The light in the hand feel and comfortable medium-fast action of this rod make it a joy to cast while offering a nice blend of power and tippet protecting delicacy. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. This is a wonderful tool for dry fly work where that little extra distance can make all the difference…. like on Montana’s Big Horn and Missouri Rivers or Idaho’s Henrys Fork River, to name a few. This is a superb rod in every way, proudly crafted in the USA.

M.K. Spittler Quad ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.4 oz. ~ 4/5wt. Serial No 285 ~ EXC+ ~ Mike Spittler has spent the better part of the last three decades perfecting the quadrate construction. He learned his craft directly or indirectly from Sam Carlson, Glenn Brackett and Bob Summers, and later acquired the famed milling machine from Bob Summers that was originally designed and built by Morris Kushner. He builds some of the finest Quads in the world and his rods are becoming very hard to acquire. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice the attention to detail and mature hand. It features richly-hued cane with golden nodes, matched tips, elegant red silks tipped black, and is protected by an expertly-executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include an agate stripper housed in a silver frame, silver snakes and tip tops and blued N/S ferrules 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 modified reversed well grip with flared palm end much in the Carlson tradition, screw U/L’ing seat with a nicely-figured walnut spacer, a Carlson-like square derlin WC, and HK ring. I noted a small nick in the cork proximal to the reel seat. The rod comes with a quality tan bag and aluminum tube with makers label. The light in the hand feel and full-flexing comfortable action that is just a touch on the slow side of medium is a joy to cast and offers a superb blend of power, distance, and tippet protecting delicacy. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4, and WF-5. This multi-use wand can pretty much cover most trout fishing situations on medium/large rivers and lakes and would be right at home for dry fly work, nymphing, tandem rigs, streamers and/or terrestrials… and it was proudly crafted in the USA. $2,495 SUMMER SALE $2,095

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