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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.

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 FALL 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 FALL 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 FALL SALE $250

SALE PENDING H.L. Leonard 36 ~ 6’ ~ 2/2 ~ 1.8oz. ~ 2wt. ~ Serial No. 1723 ~ EXC ~ This diminutive post-fire wisp of a wand is rarely seen and features light honey-toned cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, Chinese red silks, bronze snakes, smooth and tight fitting petite N/S Leonard step-down ferrules that give sweet pop when separated and a glass-smooth varnish finish, possibly over-coated. The remainder of the furnishings include a petite cigar grip with tapered nose, butternut seat with Catskill-style D/L’ing N/S slide band hardware. The butt cap carries the post fire HL Leonard Rod Co. makers die stamp. The rod comes with a light yellow bag and heavy-gauge Leonard-issue aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end cap. The slow to medium-slow action handles the Orvis WF-2 line and would is heralded by many as “THEE” rod for small wild brook trout in their habitat. $1,495

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 - 1 LEFT! $395

SOLD OUT 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.

D.J. Duck Model 201E ~ 7' ~ 2/2. 3.3 oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No. 2120 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ Douglas Duck was a talented maker from Texas who sadly passed away in 2001. He had acquired a well-earned reputation for building fine-quality rods based on a variety of classic tapers. From the late Dick Spurr’s "Classic Bamboo Rodmakers, past and present" Each rod is meticulously handcrafted from the finest extra select pre and post-embargo cane". The cane Mr. Duck used was oven tempered in the culm, hand split, hand straightened (to eliminate cross graining) and hand planed to exacting tolerances. Interestingly, the spiral node pattern was configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine, so that no section of a rod has nodes appearing on more than one flat, and as far away from each other on adjacent flats. This rod is built on one of the best tapers available, the Garrison 201E, and features an attractive shade of light carmel-colored cane, translucent tan silks (brown at the tip-tops, ferrule stations and grip check). Quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The ferrule wrap on Tip #2 was redone by Don Recker (excellent match). The comfortable straight cork grip (lightly tapered at the nose) has a wound-over WC and followed by a conveniently-located HK. The D/L’ing cap and ring seat with nicely figured birds-eye maple spacer compliment the rod nicely. The rod comes with a tan bag, and brass-capped black aluminum tube. This rod has a sweet medium-fast action throws a tight accurate loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT 4. Superbly made in the USA. $1,095

Heddon Drueding Special ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 0 1/2F ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This rarely Heddon classic 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. It is believed to be a Featherlite made circa 1930s for Murta-Appleton, a Philadelphia-based sporting goods store. Featherlites were available from Heddon in the early 1930s and were typically built from mid and tip section blanks. These were among the very few Heddon models in existence with no swell in the butt section and to accommodate, a specially designed cone-shaped winding check was installed and represents a good rod model indicator. This rod has a swelled butt and is not marked as a featherlite but, is believed to be one nonetheless. It appears to be all original and features browntone cane with swelled butt, orange/black Jasper silks, bronze stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, smooth working blued N/S ferrules give a soft pop when separated, and a sound varnish finish that has a few nicks, chips and bag marks that could easily be buffed out. The rod may have had some wrap maintenance and/or an overcoat performed. One tip has a distinct set. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, brown tenite seat with D/L’ing black screw and slide hood hardware, pyralin butt cap end, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with what is likely the Heddon-labeled bag with stitched in hang tag and Heddon-labeled aluminum tube that is too long for the rod. This sweet casting Heddon classic has a medium-fast action that throws nice loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and would also accommodate Sylk/Silk lines nicely. A capable and patient caster may also find a Cortland 444 DT-3 to their liking. This rarely seen Heddon will certainly make a fine companion for an avid small stream enthusiast. $550

Heddon 21 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 0 3/4F ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Based on the information presented in Michael Sinclair’s fine books, the Model 21 and 31 Featherlites were available from Heddon in the early 1930s and were built from mid and tip section blanks. These were among the very few Heddon models in existence with no swell in the butt section and to accommodate, a specially designed cone-shaped winding check was installed and represents a good rod model indicator. This one has a swelled butt and is not marked as a featherlite. It appears to have received a light varnish overcoat, one tip is 1 1/2” short. The full length tip has a light set. The rod features browntone cane, burgundy silks tipped gold, amber agate stripper housed in a bronze frame, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, and smooth working blued N/S ferrules give a soft pop when separated. Th business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, brown tenite seat with D/L’ing black screw and slide hood hardware, pyralin butt cap end, black exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with an unlabeled tan bag and unlabeled aluminum tube, neither of which is believed to be original. This sweet casting Heddon classic has a medium-fast action that throws nice loops with a Cortland Sylk WF/DT-4. A capable and patient caster may also find a Cortland 444 DT-3 to their liking. This rarely seen Heddon may not fall into the heirloom category, but it will certainly make a fine companion for an avid small stream enthusiast. $495

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! $1,295

SOLD Payne Model 97 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ The complete details on the redo of this E.F. Payne classic are a bit vague. It features a light shade of brown-tone cane, root beer brown silks, black mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, black tip tops, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated and a shiny varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, Spanish cedar seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and HK loop. The butt cap carries the E.F. Payne Rod, E.F. Payne Rod Co, Makers die stamp. The rod bag is a replacement. The brass-capped aluminum tube looks original. When fully assembled, it measures 83 ¼” with Tip 1 and 83 ¾” with Tip#2. The rod has a comfortable medium-fast action that effortlessly lays out a DT-3 or WF-4 line and would be right at home tossing dry flies on smaller streams.

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

SALE PENDING Pickard 704 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt ~ EXC+/As New ~ This quality offering made in Hillsdale, Michigan is based on the Paul Young Princess taper. You’ll immediately notice John’s attention to detail and mature hand when you first take the rod out of the bag. This one features beautiful flamed cane with 3 around nodes, brownish-bronze silk wraps, quality hardware includes oxidized stripper, snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting oxidized N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that continues down to form the cork seat that is fitted with oxidized D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. A HK loop is present at the cork/cane interface. The rod is simply marked Pickard 704 and comes with a quality hooded khaki bag and brass-capped aluminum tube. The rod has a crisp and progressive medium-fast action that throws tight loops on-demand…for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and DT-4. This is a wonderful light line rod perfect for small to mid-size streams where an accurate and delicate presentation is paramount to success. $1,195

SALE PENDING Tom Maxwell ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This rarely seen Maxwell classic is believed to have been built after his departure from H.L. Leonard and features attractive honey-toned cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 golden nodes, book-matched tips, ruby-red silks, ruby-red agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S step-down ferules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed mirror-like varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured walnut seat with blued D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The man in the top hat logo found on early Thomas & Thomas rods and rod info are neatly inked on the butt section above the grip along and the initials TLM are also inked on the butt section beneath the HK wrap. The rod comes with an olive-green bag and black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. The medium-fast action throws a lovely line, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4, and is well-suited for delicate close-in presentations in tight quarters but will surprise you with its ability to reach out. This karma-laden rod with a very interesting pedigree will be right at home on your favorite small-stream. $1,695

Tufts & Batson ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 oz. ~ 4 wt. ~ Serial No. 1504 ~ EXC++/As New ~ From the formidable duo of Amelia Tufts and Gabe Batson comes this wonderfully crafted bamboo rod featuring blonde cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, elegant black silks tipped orange, agate stripper housed in an oxidized N/S frame, oxidized guides, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules, with N/S ferrule plug, that give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra-flora grade grip with tapered nose, unique African Blackwood seat with D/L’ing N/S/ cap and ring hardware, and unique wedding cake style N/S WC. The makers logo and the serial number are engraved in to the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original black bag and aluminum tube with brass end, collar, and cap that also bears the makers label on the tube and the makers name and rod info on the top of the cap. The rod has a progressive medium-fast action and exhibits effortless line loading and smooth transference through the guides. This barely used little wand is capable of covering most small stream dry fly fishing situations and would be right at home on a variety of waters from the Oconaluftee in the Smoky’s to Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone. Superb! $1,395

R.W. Hoffhines No. 301 ~ 7’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1 oz. ~ 4/4 wt. ~ EXC+ ~ If you’re looking for a nicely crafted wand, you should give serious consideration to this one from the bench of mid-western rod builder Rob Hoffhines. It features a beautiful shade of light brown cane, 3 x3 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent root beer brown tipped crimson and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a milky white agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip-tops and tight fitting blued Super –Z- style N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured mortised maple seat with N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and HK. The rod comes with a sturdy hooded tan bag and aluminum tube with maker’s label. The rod was recently cleaned and polished and the ferrule pinned by Mr. Hoffhines. This has a light in the hand feel and throws a sweet loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. New rods from Mr. Hoffhines are priced well into 4-figures. Get this one, finely tuned, for… $795

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

G.H. Howells ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 3/8 oz. ~ #6 Line. ~ Serial No. 4216 ~ EXC ~ In the late 1940s, a teenaged Gary Howells hand-planed his first bamboo fly. He continued honing his skills and eventually found work with the R.L. Winston Rod Company, ultimately becoming their chief bamboo rod maker. In 1970, after more than a decade at Winston, he began his own business, opening a one-man shop north of San Francisco. This 1-owner Richmond, CA classic was built in 1975 for a Michigan Doctor and features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3 x 3 nodes, brown silks tipped gold, Howells-issue guides, silicone bronze ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. Matching silk wraps adorn the male and female ferrule housings, much in the Winston tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western grip, a beautifully figured black walnut seat with screw U/L’ing hardware, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with original red bag and labeled aluminum tube, personalized to the doctor for whom it was made. The silky-smooth medium-fast action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and really came to life for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. The rod’s power that can be felt throughout the butt section would also easily handle larger dries, nymphs, and hopper/hopper-dropper rigs. Howells’ rods remain in high demand and this one-owner wand is a nice example of his work. $2,495

Thomas & Thomas Classic ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No.3087 ~ EXC+ ~ This early Maxwell-era T&T classic was built circa 1976-77 and features attractive light carmel-colored impregnated cane wrapped in translucent lemon silks tipped brown, quality T&T guides, smooth working and tight fitting blued N/S Super -Z- style ferrules, with bronze ferrule plug, that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured polished walnut seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The company logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The comfortable and accommodating action which I will describe as being just a touch on the fast side of medium, throws a tight loop and would be perfect for dry fly work, and possesses plenty of reserve power to reach out when called upon. This high quality rod from one of the most respected purveyors of fly fishing gear in the world will cover most trout fishing situations on small to medium sized streams and would make a nice addition to your quiver. $1,295

Gus Pernak 5-Strip ~ 7'8” ~ 2/2 ~ 5.1oz. ~ 6wt. EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Augustus “Gus” Pernak was a mater machinist from Detroit who built milling machines for Paul Young using surplus WW-II stock. He was a self-described “silent partner” of Paul Young. He also had association with the Uslan brothers, but it is unknown if he ever made rods or equipment for them. The rod was the last one he built and did so c. 1970s for one of his friends and fishing partner, who now wishes to pass it along for the next generation to enjoy. It features light honey-toned cane, translucent tan silks tipped brown, bronze stripper, chrome snakes and tip-tops, N/S Super -Z- stamped ferrules, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable Western grip, nicely-figured walnut seat with screw U/L'ing hardware, petite N/S WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with a two-compartment bag that is too long for the rod and fiber tube. The stout medium-fast action is much in the Young tradition, being designed for larger than average trout that lurk in the small to mid-sized brushy Michigan streams and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. A rare find to be sure, with quite an interesting pedigree. $495

Per Brandin Quad ~ 7.9' ~ 2/3 (yes, 3 tips!)~ 4.2oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No 754P ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ Rods from Mr. Brandin need little introduction. His fine lineup of high quality rods have been highly sought after for decades and is unsurpassed in quality and performance. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice the attention to detail and the mature hand used to build it. This 1989 offering features rich, heat-treated cane, with golden nodes, deep red silks, agate stripper housed in a bronzed nickel frame, bronze snakes and 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 is fitted with a comfortable wells grip, and a cork seat with D/L’ing N/S cap & ring hardware. The tips are marked A & B. The extra tip is marked B, presumably because the original Tip B has a 3/4" long clear protective wrap on it, proximal to the 4th snake guide. The rod comes with quality-made bag and heavy gauge brass capped aluminum tube with tube cap bearing a former owner’s initials. The sweet medium-fast action throws a tight loop, that for me, performed best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. The rod exhibits a nice blend of distance and delicacy that is perfect for dry fly work. Superb! POR

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…

W.V. Cooper ~ 8’ ~ 2/1 ~ 4.8 oz. ~ D.T.6 ~ Serial No. 8532 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ Probably best known as the master of the scarf, Wes also handcrafts quality rods that can often be seen on several of Michigan’s blue-ribbon trout streams. This early offering was made in 1985 (32nd rod overall) and features beautiful blonde cane wrapped in translucent root beer brown silks, dual carbaloy strippers on the butt, chrome snakes & tip-top, tight-fitting N/S ferules that give a resounding pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a Western-style cork grip, fiddle back maple spacer, screw U/L’ing hardware, exposed WC and folding ring HK. The tip section is an inch shorter than the butt section (made that way) and when assembled, the rod is just a smidgeon (about 1/2") over 8' and a former owners name was inked on the rod at some point afterward. It comes with a red bag and aluminum tube. The slow to medium-slow action just sings in the hands of a patient caster and tosses a sweet loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Scroll to the top or bottom of the page and take the W.V. Cooper Bamboo Rods link or click here Bamboo Rods by W.V. Cooper for more information on this fine maker. $325 FALL SALE $225

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

Kibby C. Gart Perfected ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ EXC ~ Gart Brothers Sporting Goods was a large Denver sporting goods store that handled a wide array of rods, including those made by Bill Phillipson, Fred DeBell, and others using the Kibby C. Gart moniker. This classis is equivalent to Granger Victory or Special 8040 and features attractive browntone cane (apparently from ammonia-treated W&M stock) with swelled butt, 3x3 nodes, W&M-issue guides, W&M-issue ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a sound and still shiny varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable western grip, patented W&M-stamped internal screw U/L'ing metal seat in perfect working condition and an exposed WC. The rod comes with an unlabeled bag similar to those issued by South Bend and a replacement aluminum tube with gold water-tite cap and collar. One tip is not perfectly straight which does not have any noticeable effect on performance. The sweet medium to medium-fast action throws a silky-smooth Cortland 444 Peach DT-4, WF-5 and DT-5. The 8040 is considered to be “THEE Rod” by many bamboo enthusiasts and once you own and fish one, you’ll know why. $495

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 FALL SALE $595

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 FALL 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 Manchester ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 0638 ~ EXC-/VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This early World War II-era varnished classic from the famed Vermont maker comes from Orvis’ Jordan/Gillum/Halstead/Needham era. The rod is part of the Ed Collins collection, who many of you know as 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. It features richly hued cane with golden nodes, burgundy silks, chrome guides, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated and a varnish finish that has a few nicks, chips, and mars but remains sound. Tip #2 is down 3”, has a distinct set, and a replacement tip-top guide. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight grip, screw D/L’ing seat with hardwood spacer, petite blued WC, and folding ring HK. Both the reel seat screw and butt cap carry the rarely seen “Makers Charles F. Orvis Co. Inc. Manchester Vt.” die stamp. The rod comes with an olive canvas bag and replacement aluminum tube with a partial Shakespeare Wonderod label. This rod has a sweet feel and dead-on medium action that will cover most trout fishing situations and responded best for me, with Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Early stream-ready varnished Orvis classics with their outstanding pedigree are scarcely seen. Because of the short tip… $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

D.G. Schroeder Quad ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.3 oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No.48208H ~ EXC+ ~ A beautiful offering from the bench of Janesville, Wisconsin’s Don Schroeder. Don is widely recognized as one of today’s premiere cane rods builders and his fine lineup of quality cane rods is unsurpassed in quality and performance. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice Don’s attention to detail and mature hand. This rod was built in 2008 and is his 482nd overall. It features richly-hued cane with matched tips, golden nodes, translucent brown silks tipped dark wine with dark wine silk wraps at the ferrule stations. The perfectly executed varnish finish, black stripper, snakes, and tip tops are the perfect complement to rods beauty. Oxidized N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, cork seat with D/L’ing oxidized cap & ring hardware, black WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original high quality chocolate brown bag with stiffener and labeled aluminum tube. The rod has a very light in the hand feel and its medium-slow action tosses long, tight loops with a nice blend of distance and delicacy. I liked it best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This rod has not seen much time on the water and is superb in every way. $1,495

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. $1,295

Elder Hollowbuilt ~ 8’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 61875 ~ EXC+/As New ~ This exquisite hollowbuilt from Overland Park’s Curt Elder is from his 50 series of fine bamboo rods and features attractive light honey-toned cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks tipped dark brown, jewel-like agate stripper housed in a bronze nickel frame, quality light wire snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules with attractive maple ferrule plug, that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra-flora grade modified wells grip, beautifully figured mortised birds-eye maple seat with blued N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and petite blued WC. The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with a high quality soft cloth bag with makers name embroidered into the top and brass capped aluminum tube complete with makers label and rod information. There is a tiny dent near the top of the tube. The delightful medium to medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and would be right at home finessing dries to picky trout on the Henry’s Fork, Bighorn, or Missouri, just to name a few. Superbly crafted in the USA. $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 FALL SALE $175

SALE PENDING 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 it 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 FALL SALE $495

Heddon #20 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ ~ 4.9oz. ~ 2F ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This early 1st generation c. 1920s Heddon classic is extremely hard to find and 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. Mr. Collins loaned the rod to Mr. Sinclair for research purposes and it can be found pictured on Page 55 and was also the subject of the drawing on Page 100. This rod features attractive light browntone cane with swelled butt, antique gold silks with elegant gold and B/W jasper intermediates, hardened steel guides (the stripper is also a snake guide…made that way), smooth and tight-fitting chrome-plated N/S, rolled welt ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a sound varnish finish that has stood the test of time and has few nicks and bag marks that could be easily buffed out. A few of the guide wraps are a bit dry. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, full metal D/L'ing slide band seat, and exposed WC. The original red and white acetate label is still intact on the cork grip and reads “#20-8 ½ 4.95oz.” The serial number (707), inked in red on the butt section, is still faintly visible. The rod comes with the original bag with early red and white label that has been detached, and Heddon-issue rod tube that is too long for the rod. This historically significant classic has a delightful and delicate medium-fast dry fly action that really sings when paired with Cortland 44 Peach WF/DT-5. I can only presume that it would excel even more if paired with a Sylk/Silk line. This scarcely seen model would make a nice addition to anyones quiver, and is an exceptional find for the Heddon enthusiast. $495

Hidy Hollowbuilt ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9oz. ~ 6wt. Serial No. r25961H?2 ~ As New ~ This high-quality offering from the West coast shop of Jim Hidy will surely please the most discriminating angler. He plied his craft, in part, under the tutelage of Jim Schaaf and Mario Wojnicki and has built a sterling reputation as one of the best contemporary rod makers around. As soon as you remove the rod from the tube, you’ll immediately notice the maker’s attention to detail and mature hand. It features attractive carmel-colored cane with 3x3 nodes, translucent chestnut silks tipped brown on the inner portion of each wrap, fine furnishings include smoked nickel guides, oxidized Super-Z- style N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and an expertly executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable extra flora-grade light wells grip, beautifully figured dark hardwood seat with oxidized N/S D/L’ing cap in wedding band hardware, oxidize rear grip check and folding ring HK. The set comes with a sturdy khaki-green bag and high-quality aluminum tube with brass bottom, cap and collar. The light in the hand feel and silky smooth and powerful medium-fast action delivers a tight loop (I enjoyed it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6). This is a superb rod in every way that would be right at home on the Henry’s Fork, Big Horn or Missouri. $3,100

Orvis ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 023 ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ This World War II-era varnished classic from the Ducky Corkran era is one of the earliest serial numbered Orvis I’ve seen. It 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 and was restored by Orvis in 1978 prior to its purchase from Len Codella in 1995. The rod features attractive light browntone cane with golden nodes, gold silks tipped black, black guides (stripper looks like replacement), blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The mid section is down 1”. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a new Western grip, original olive- bronze screw U/L’ing meal seat, blued WC, and folding ring HK. The reel seat screw carries the rarely seen “Makers Charles F. Orvis Co. Inc. Manchester Vt.” die stamp. The rod comes with an olive unlabeled bag and unlabeled aluminum tube that are typical for the era and could be original. The medium-slow and full-flexing action is a joy to cast and will respond favorably to a patient caster when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5/WF-6. This early stream-ready varnished classic is a real head-turner and a super find for the Orvis enthusiast. Because of the short mid… $495

SALE PENDING Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz. ~ HDH ~ EXC (with exception noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic appears to be all original and features light honey-tone cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, tight resorcinol glue lines, yellow silks tipped black, typical Phillipson-issue furnishings include bronze mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes, and chrome tip tops, smooth fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and shiny varnish finish that may have received a light overcoat. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable full Wells grip, butterscotch screw D/L'ing “no-rock” seat, and exposed WC. The set comes with a tan canvas bag and aluminum tube sans label, both of which are likely original. There is a 1-ich long repair wrap proximal to the last snake guide on one of the tips and that tip also has a set. The sweet medium action throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5-6, and/or WF/DT-6. This is a real point & shoot wand that allows for long casts and easy line pick-ups. This could easily become a “go to” rod for medium and larger sized rivers. $395

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

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

W&M Granger Special Model GS9050 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.7 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This post WW-II Colorado classic features carmel colored cane, swelled butt, 3x3 spiral node pattern, Granger green silks, quality W&M stripper, snakes, and tip tops all in excellent condition, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules give that hallmark Granger pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light reversed half wells grip, internal U/L metal seat with proper WM stampings in perfect working order and exposed WC. The rod comes with a bag and tube, neither of which are original. One tip has a set that does not affect castability. The classic medium action is a joy to cast and will handle a 6 or 7 wt. line with ease. A nice example of a highly-popular model. Proudly made in Denver. $325

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