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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 FALL 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 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

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 FALL 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 - 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.

60/40 Split/Cane Hollowbuilt ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ NEW ~ John Clancy has been handcrafting split cane fly rods in his Durango, Colorado shop at the rate of about three per month. From the maker: “Making 2-3 rods per month allows me to maintain very high quality standards. 60/40 Split/Cane is dedicated to making the finest bamboo rods. Here at 60/40 we are not just making bamboo rods, we are creating a fly fishing experience to last a lifetime plus. There are no compromises in our product. If the rod does not meet our exacting standards at any time during construction it is scrapped. The rods we make are created with the fly fisherman in mind because that's what we are, unapologetically hooked. Any rod purchased from 60/40 comes with our lifetime quality guarantee against any craftsmanship defects.” John offers a wide selection of tapers and is currently developing a line of proprietary tapers that will surely please. This light line wand is based on the popular Cattanach Sir D taper and features attractive light honey-toned cane with alternating golden nodes, matched tips, translucent rust silks tipped bronze at the WC, HK, tip-top guides and ferrule stations, quality black mildrum stripper, light wire snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules 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 rattan on cork grip with bronzed inlaid silk, unique bamboo seat with silver D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and new aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap. The company logo is stamped into the bottom of the butt cap and top of the tube cap. The medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and is a joy to cast. It is very capable close in, and roll casts like a dream yet, has no trouble reaching out for those often-needed longer casts when called upon. Those not from the Rocky Mountain region may not have heard about 60/40 Split/Cane, but I suspect that will change soon. Superbly crafted in the USA. $750

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 FALL SALE $1,095

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. $1,595

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

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

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 FALL SALE $995

SALE PENDING Orvis Wes Jordan ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3 7/8 oz. ~ HDG (WF-6) ~ Serial No. 70142 ~ EXC ~ This top grade Orvis classic is a wonderful casting tool and was built in 1973 during the Ron White era. It features richly-hued impregnated cane wrapped in Orvis brown silks and fine Orvis furnishings including tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with cigar grip with the hallmark palm and thumb depressions (designed for a right-handed caster), D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat, walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The option to have Orvis ink the owners name on the rod and stamp it into the butt cap was also requested. The rod comes with the original bag and Orvis-issue leather tube. The comfortable medium action lays out a tight, accurate loop, for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. It’ll also toss a DT-4 on-demand if called upon to do so. Shorter length Wes Jordan's just don’t come floatin’ down the river that often, no doubt a testament to their popularity, and this one is an excellent example of this timeless classic. $725

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. $295

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 FALL 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 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 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. One ferrule is sans water plug. 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

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 FALL SALE $1,095

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

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 FALL SALE $450

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

SOLD 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.

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

SOLD 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.

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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