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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. These rods may have a flaw or two such as a glue line seam that are cosmetic in nature. 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.

Orvis Battenkill ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 2 5/8oz. ~ H.D.G. (6) ~ Serial No. 49463 ~ EXC+ ~ This sweet casting light-line Orvis classic was built in late 1967/early 1968 during the W. Jordan/B. Young/C. Skinner era and features richly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis guided and furnishings, and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable Superfine grip, D/Ling screw and slide hood seat with walnut spacer, and wound over WC. The rod comes with the original gray bag and labeled aluminum tube. The delightful medium to medium-fast action is perfect for close-in dry fly work on small streams and ‘cricks’ and although this model was rated by Orvis as a WF-6 (it isn’t!), I really liked it best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This rod is in super condition and could possibly have been restored, though there is no obvious visual indication of it, and is a nice find for the Orvis and/or small stream enthusiast. $695

SOLD Shakespeare ~ 6.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC+ / As New ~ This light line wand from the Kalamazoo, Michigan tackle giant appears to be in near new condition and could have been restored. It features attractive light browntone cane, olive silks tipped red, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, black tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting silver ferrules with rolled welt give a sweet pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a comfortable perfection grip (looks new), railed metal seat with D/L’ing slide band, and exposed funnel-shaped silver WC. The Shakespeare Honor Built ~ Honor Sold green acetate label is 99% intact. The rod comes with a tan bag and aluminum tube with attached plastic cap. The pleasant medium-fast action handles a DT-3 and WF-4 with ease and would be just right for use in your favorite small stream.

D.G. Schroeder ~ 6’ 8” ~ 2/2 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 4 wt. Serial No. 6891 ~ EXC+ ~ This early Janesville, WI classic was built by Don in 1991 (his 68th overall). Don has built a sterling worldwide reputation as one of the premiere builders of heirloom-quality bamboo fly rods on the planet. This rod has been diligently cared for and features richly-hued cane with golden nodes wrapped in translucent brown silks accented with dark wine tipping all protected by a nicely-executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a black nickel stripper, black snakes, and tip tops, and blued N/S ferrules (with ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, highly figured mortised walnut burl seat with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware, petite exposed blued N/S WC and a neat movable HK ring installed at the nose of the grip. The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original soft cloth tan bag with stiffener and black aluminum tube with maker label. This sweet casting light line rod with a brisk medium action is perfect for the small stream enthusiast. Don really found the perfect blend of control and delicacy with this taper. For me, it performs flawlessly when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Superb! $1,495

H.L. Leonard Model 48 ~ 7' ~ 3/2 ~ 2.8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ This pre-fire classic, was restored at some point in the past (not sure who did it) and a replacement tip was reported to have been made by Jay Edwards. It is an enigma in that the rod is sans the typical 3x3 node pattern found on most Leonard rods and features attractive honey-toned cane with swelled butt, old gold silks tipped black, agate stripper, reverse twist English snakes, N/S Leonard step-own ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely executed-varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a petite cigar grip that shows some light ridging, spiced butternut seat with D/L’ing N/S cap & ring hardware, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The side of butt cap carries The Leonard Rod HL Leonard Rod CO Makers die stamp on one side. The other side of the butt cap is stamped Tournament and Reg U.S. Pat. Off. The butt ferrule carries the dual patent stamps. The rod comes with a Leonard-issue tan bag san hang tag, and brass-capped Leonard-issue aluminum tube. The brisk medium-fast dry fly action is capable of pinpoint deliveries close-in. Although the Model 48 is widely presumed to be a 4, I really liked this rod with a SA Mastery buckskin DT-3. Because of the ambiguous status of the cane, this rod is being offered at… $995 SUMMER SALE $795

SOLD L.C. Parks ‘Hollowbuilt’ ~ 7' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 3/4 wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This quality hollowbuilt rod from the bench of Owendale, Michigan’s Lew Parks is based in part on a Dickerson 7012 taper that was modified into a 3/2 format. It features richly-hued cane with golden nodes, forest green silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in an oxidized nickel frame, black light wire snakes and tip-tops, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured walnut burl mortised seat with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC, and folding ring HK. There is some light bluing wear on the D/L’ing ring. The makers name is engraved into the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original tan soft cloth bag and black aluminum tube with water-tite cap. This rod has an extremely light in the hand feel and a pleasant medium to medium-fast action that exhibits a nice blend of power and delicacy, that performed best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Short, light-line rods in a hollow-built 3/2 format are hard to come by. This one should garner heavy consideration if you’re looking to fill that void.

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 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 30 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 ~ 2.9oz. ~ 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 attractive flamed cane, 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 crisp and progressive medium-fast action throws tight loops on-demand…for me, best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-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. $1,295 SUMMER SALE $1,095

Lacey Royal ~ 7’3” ~ 3/2 ~ 3.1oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+ ~ This quality crafted rod from the Georgia Maker features richly-hued cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, bronze silks tipped ruby red elegantly followed by three turns of bronze, red agate stripper housed in a fancy knurled nickel frame, bronze light wire snakes, smooth and tight fitting blued and truncated N/S ferrules with fancy knurled ferrule plugs that give a solid pop when separated, and an expertly-applied varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured and polished burl hardwood seat fitted with fancy knurled D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, butt cap and WC with folding ring HK built into the WC ‘ala FET. The makers name is engraved into the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with a light brown bag and green wrinkle-finish aluminum tube. The pleasant medium-fast action throws a sweet and tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Gary’s Royal series were made to individually-provided specs and started at $2,900. Get this one with low mileage for…$1,495

J. H. Becker Model 764 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.2 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 130 ~ As New ~ This quality-constructed wand from the bench of Vermont’s Jim Becker appears in As New condition, but has admittedly (by its current owner) been fished…twice. It features attractive blonde cane with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks (forest green at the HK, tip-tops, and ferrule stations), and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The rod is nicely appointed with a carboloy stripper, silver fine-wire snakes and tip-tops and tight-fitting oxidized and truncated N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business area of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip and beautifully-figured Vermont dark maple seat fitted with D/L'ing silver cap and ring hardware, petite silver grip checks and a HK loop. The rod comes with a quality tan bag with leather hang tab and green pebble-finish aluminum tube brass cap, collar and end. The tube is covered with a new rod sock, compliments of Table Rock Angler. The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and has plenty of reserve power to reach out for the oft needed casts that call for a bit more distance. It throws a silky-smooth loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 (it will also handle a 5). New rods from Mr. Becker are now priced into 4-figures. You can add this superb rod one to your quiver for… $795

G.H. Howells ~ 7.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/8 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 4334 ~ 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 Richmond, CA classic was the 34th rod built in 1976 and features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane with 3x3 nodes, matched tips, brown silks tipped gold and a superbly executed varnish finish. Fine furnishings include bronze guides and smooth-fitting silicone bronze ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. 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, cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, exposed petite N/S WC and bronze folding ring HK. The rod comes with original red bag and labeled aluminum tube that includes maker/rod information and the original owners name. The smooth medium action behaves in manner that is well-suited to the dry fly enthusiast and throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. Howells’ rods remain in high demand and for good reason. This one, meticulously cared-for, is fine example of his work. $2,795

Jenkins GA756-31 ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.7oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC+/As New ~ Rods from this well-respected Rocky Mountain maker are well-known throughout the cane rod community as being among the best on the market. This beautifully crafted rod features attractive oven-tempered and lightly flamed cane with 3x3 golden nodes, translucent tan silks (brown at the ferrule stations), and an unparalleled glass-smooth varnish finish. Hardware consists of high quality chrome guides and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting Swiss-style N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, comfortable cigar grip, mortised Cherry reel seat with formed D/L’ing N/S cap and tapered ring, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original quality-made tan bag with leather hang tab and green powder-coated aluminum tube with water-tite brass cap, collar and end. The knurled edges of the tube cap and color have some scratches. This rod is a joy to cast and lays out effortless loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and/or WF-5. The current retail is just north of $1,700. Get this one, with virtually no use and near new in appearance for… $1,295

Phillipson Powr Pakt ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4 1/4oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This sweet little Rocky Mountain classic may have received a varnish over coat and features attractive light honey-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, yellow silks tipped black, quality Phillipson furnishings including bronze stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip–tops, smooth working N/S ferrules that give nice pop when separated and a shiny varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a full Wells grip, champagne screw D/L'ing “no-rock” seat, and exposed WC. The rod comes with the original tan bag and unlabeled aluminum tube sans cap. I noted a light set in the tips that does not affect performance. The medium action throws a nice loop that allow for stealthy presentations and easy line pick-ups. I liked it best with a SA Ultra Buckskin DT-3. This is a nice example of this model not oft seen in the 7.5’ ~ 2/2 format that easily rivals its Granger and WM cousins. $695

Walton Powell Companion Rod ~ 7.5’ / 8.5’ ~ 2/2/2 ~ 4.3oz. / 5oz. ~ 4/5/6wt. ~ Serial No. 96-10-92 ~ As New ~ This unique Chico, CA classic with two butt sections and two tip sections and designed to be used with either butt section and can be set up as two separate rods. It appears unfished and features head-turning richly-hued cane, elegant burgundy silks, matched tips with 2 x 2 spiral nodes, quality chrome furnishings, smooth and tight fitting N/S Super -Z- style ferrules that give a resounding pop upon separation, and an expertly-executed glass smooth finish. The business end of each butt section is fitted with a comfortable full Wells grip, U/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a nicely figured hardwood spacer and HK loop. The rod comes with a quality tan bag and exquisite patent leather tube with brass clasps. This rod is a fine casting instrument whether set up and used as a 7.5’er or 8.5’er exhibits a wonderful medium action and throws a tight and accurate loop with a remarkable degree of power and delicacy. When set up in the 7.5’ format, I liked it best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. When set up in the 8.5’ format, I liked it best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. A 5 (WF or DT) can also be used with either format. Powell rods are superbly crafted and well-known as being some of the best casting rods available. This set can handle a multitude of fishing situations and is a wonderful find for the Powell enthusiast. Superb! $1,495

Sweetgrass Mantra ~ 7.5' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 3 oz. ~ 3/4wt. Serial No 09-019 ~ EXC+ ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, The Mantra Series of fine bamboo fly rods are based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and may have minor cosmetic imperfections. All Mantra Rods come with 1 tip only and are fitted NS ferrules, carboloy stripper, snake-brand snakes, marbleized resin WC, and black steel HK. This rod is presumably the 19th overall, made in 2009 and features an attractive shade of light carmel-colored cane, translucent copper-brown silks with black accent wraps at the WC, HK, signature wrap tip-top and ferrule stations. Smooth and tight-fitting ferrules give a nice pop when they are separated. Full silk wraps adorn the female ferrule, much in the Brackett/Kustich tradition. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, black D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with a lightly figured maple spacer. The rod comes in the original soft cloth 2-compartment bag and aluminum tube with company logo. The progressive medium action throws a tight, accurate loop with an extremely light in the hand feel. I really liked it when paired with a SA Mastery Series Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. This quality-crafted rod, proudly made in the USA, appears to have seen limited use and remains near new in appearance. $695 SUMMER SALE $595

FE Thomas Special~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. A 524 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ The F. E. Thomas Rod Company began circa 1902 and lasted until circa 1958. Production ceased in part due to the embargo on Chinese cane and the emergence of the “new” fiberglass technology. The letter and digit serial number stamped into the bottom of the butt cap of this classic indicates that it was made after 1937 and most likely after 1940. The rod is reportedly all original, but I suspect it may have received a varnish overcoat at some point in the past. It features an attractive light shade of browntone cane with dramatically swelled butt, brown silks, mildrum-style stripper, reverse twist snakes, blued tip-tops (most of the bluing has worn off), and original N/S FET ferrules that the fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. There is a small (3mm) hook dig on one tip between the last snake guide and tip top guide that could easily receive protective wrap. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, screw D/L’ing seat with cedar barrel spacer, and the original N/S WC equipped with a folding ring HK. The proper company info and serial number are nicely struck into the side and bottom of the butt cap, respectively. The rod comes with its original olive green canvas bag and original labeled aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The wonderful medium-fast action casts effortlessly, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4, and has a nice blend of power to reach out and delicacy for stealth presentations. Two piece FET rods in this length are highly sought after and are becoming harder to find. This one is ready for many more years of faithful service. $995

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 tips are approximately 3/4" shorter than the butt (made that way). 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 SUMMER SALE $350

60/40 Split/Cane Hollowbuilt ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2 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 hollowbuilt wand is from Johns .45 Series and features attractive blonde cane with alternating golden nodes configured in the firing order of a six cylinder engine, translucent tan silks tipped black 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 cigar grip, unique and beautifully figured hardwood seat with black D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite exposed WC and HK loop. The makers logo is engraved into the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with a new bag and new labeled aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap with maker’s logo engraved into the top. A key chain with six-sided bamboo remnant bearing the rods serial number also comes with the rod. The fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. It is very capable close in yet has no trouble reaching out when called upon for those often-needed longer casts. Those not from the Rocky Mountain region may not have heard about 60/40 Split/Cane, but I suspect that will change soon. The maker also offers a lifetime craftsmanship warranty to the original owner. Superb! $995 SUMMER SALE $895

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…

Ron Kusse ~ 7.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 3 7/8oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 9163 ~ As New ~ This quality crafted rod from the former Vice President of H.L. Leonard Rod Company features attractive light honey-toned cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, translucent chestnut silks, smoke black nickel stripper, black light wire snakes, smooth and tight fitting blued and truncated N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and an expertly-applied varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured and polished tiger maple seat fitted with blued N/S U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware, and a petite blued WC. The makers logo is stamped into the side of the slide hood. The rod comes with a tan bag with hang tag and a very cool solid brass tube with makers logos stamped into the side of the cap. The rod has a crisp and pleasant medium-fast action, reminiscent of a Leonard 49 DF, and throws a tight loop with a nice blend of power and delicacy. I liked it when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5/DT-5. Don’t miss out on this finely-tuned wand, that is not often seen on dealer lists. Superb!$1,595

Goodwin Granger Victory Model GV8040 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.5oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) ~ This Rocky Mountain classic was Granger’s workhorse rod back in the day. It appears to have been restored at some point in the past and features rich carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, B/O jasper wraps double tipped in black, standard Granger-issue guides, N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. A faint clink can be felt at the butt/mid connection and I noted a slight set in one of the tips. The business end of the butt section if fitted with a coke bottle grip, patented internal U/L'ing metal seat with proper Granger stampings in good working condition and dent-free (this reel seat was used on Granger rods built after 1935), and exposed WC. The rod comes with an olive green canvas bag and brown tube labeled for an Aristocrat 8040. This rod has a wonderful medium to medium-fast action and throws tight loops with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. 8040s don’t show up that often, and when they do, they usually don’t last long. Because of the faint click… $595 SUMMER SALE $495

Heddon #125 Expert ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F ~ 5wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This Heddon classic was sold exclusively by Sears, Roebuck & Co. from approximately 1948 to 1952 and was the highest grade they sold. It comes in the desirable but not oft seen 1 3/4F format and appears to be original save for a portion of stripping guide wrap which was redone in matching silk. The rod features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, gold silks tipped black, gold plated stripper, snakes, tip-tops, and reel seat hardware, tight-fitting gold Japanned ferrules, and original varnish with a few bag marks that could by buffed out if desired. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip that has some light pitting, D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a brown tenite spacer, and wound over WC. One tip has a light set that does not affect performance. It comes with the original Heddon labeled bag with stitched in hang tag and what is believed to be the original Heddon-issue aluminum tube sans pressure-fit cap and label (an era-correct replacement cap is included). The pleasant medium to medium-fast action performed nicely when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This Dowagiac, MI-made rod is a nice find for the Heddon and/or dry fly enthusiast. $295

Orvis "99" ~ 8’ ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4.3oz. ~ HCH (DT-7) ~ SN 41888 ~ EXC – (exceptions noted) ~ The “99” was made to commemorate Orvis’ 99th year of operation. This rod was made in 1962 during the famous Skinner and Reid era and features richly impregnated cane, red silks, dark guides and tip-top, easy working stamped Super -Z- blued N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw D/L'ing seat with a walnut spacer, exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a grey hooded bag and labeled Orvis aluminum tube. There is a clear repair wrap on the tip section between the ferrule station and first snake guide that appears to be protecting a glue line seam. The tip appears sturdy and sound and according to the owner is “stream-tested and stream-ready.” The medium to medium-fast action tosses a long line, best for me with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6/DT-6. If you've been looking for an affordable, quality-made classic, this one should receive some serious consideration. $295

Orvis Battenkill ~ 8' ~ 2/3 ~ 4 3/8oz. ~ HCH (7) ~ Serial No. 43639 ~ EXC+ / As New (exception noted) ~ This 1966 offering from the famous Manchester, VT purveyor of fine gear was either restored by Orvis, or is in near new condition. It features richly-hued impregnated cane buffed to a fine luster, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including dark mildrum-style stripper, snakes, and tip-tops and smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules (with walnut ferrule plug) that give a satisfying pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat accented with a nicely figured walnut spacer, exposed blued WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the original grey Orvis bag and original Orvis blue/white labeled aluminum tube that also looks near new. One of the three tips is down by 5/8”. The third tip was made by Orvis at some point in the past. Although rated by Orvis for a DT-7, the accommodating medium action throws tight loops and really came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 / DT-6 regardless of which of the three tips were in use. The overstatement of line weight is not at all unusual for Orvis bamboo rods. This quality-made multi-use rod would be perfect for dry fly work, nymphing, dry/dropper rigs, and/or tossing hoppers (or buggers). It is one of the nicest Orvis bamboo rods I’ve seen in quite some time and a super find for the Orvis aficionado. Superb! $795 SUMMER SALE $695

Pennington Pine River ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.5 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with 30 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 30 years of rod building experience. Although Steve “officially” retired from rod building in 2008, he still makes rods as time allows. The Pine River series was specifically designed to afford the flycaster an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and unique qualities that split bamboo rods offer.....at an affordable price. This sweet casting 8’er was designed by Steve using a slightly modified Garrison 212 taper. As shown in the stock picture, the 8'er features straw colored cane, chestnut silks, and a glass smooth varnish finish. Hardware includes chrome guides and smooth and tight fitting Bailey Woods N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. Comfortable dry fly grip and nicely figured tiger stripe maple burl seat fitted with U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching maple WC. No HK. The following is inked on the rod in black script: Pine River Trout 8’#5. Comes with a custom fit cloth bag and aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The brisk medium to medium-fast action allows for long casts and delicate presentations. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for medium to large rivers. A solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $495

SALE PENDING Sweet Water “Trout Bum” ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 2001-04 ~ As New ~ From the Pennsylvania bench of the late George Maurer comes this high-quality rod, apparently unfished. The rod features attractive carmel-colored cane with golden 3 x 3 nodes, lightly swelled butt, matched tips, translucent tan silks, chrome guides, smooth and tight-fitting Super -Z- style N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light cigar grip, beautifully figured cherry burl mortised seat with N/S D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, and petite N/S WC. The rod comes with original bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The taper is very responsive and you'll love the easy line pick-up. For me, it throws a tight loop with Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5 and offers a nice blend of power and delicacy. Superb! $1,595

SOLD 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.

C.W. Carlson Thomas “Four” ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5oz.~ 6/7wt. ~ As New ~ C.W. “Sam” Carlson began his noteworthy business operations in the mid to late 1950s. He acquired the Thomas Rod Co. in 1958, at which time one could likely find Carlson rods simply marked Thomas-Carlson. The Thomas “Four” markings emerged circa (c.) 1960 and could be found on Carlson rods until the mid-1970s, after which the more familiar Carlson “Four” marking was used. It’s a good bet that most, if not all, Carlson rods came from the abundance of Pre-embargo cane procured during the Thomas Rod Company acquisition. This superb quad was sent to Steve Blake to have the stripping guide straightened and is immaculate in every way! The hook keeper and stripper guide do not appear to be typical Carlson issue, but are indeed consistent with Thomas rods of the era. This rod is sans serial number, indicating that it was built c. 1958-1960, which coincides with the time frame Mr. Carlson bought the Thomas rod shop. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane, elegant deep burgundy silks tipped black, black nickel stripper, black guides, perfectly mounted blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a solid pop when separated, and an impeccable varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, screw DL’ing FET seat with nicely figured spacer, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The only writing inked on the rod is Thomas “Four”. The rod comes with its original chocolate brown bag and heavy gauge brass capped metal tube, both in the FET tradition. The wonderfully smooth and crisp medium to medium-fast action throws effortless loops on-demand when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and/or WF-7 and is simply a delightful rod to cast. Carslon rods do not show up for sale very often and for good reason. This one will not disappoint! $POR

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 SUMMER SALE $325

W&M Stream & Lake Model SL8642~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.1 oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ This post WW-II Rocky Mountain classic features rich ammonia treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, red silk, replacement stripper (typical W&M furnishings for this model including a red agate stripper), hardened steel snakes, and bronze tip tops, smooth working N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The mid-section is 1 3/4” short and the tips have sets that do not impact casting or line flow. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable reversed half wells grip, smooth-working and dent-free patented internal U/L metal seat with proper W&M stampings and exposed WC. The rod comes with a new tan bag and black aluminum tube with water-tite cap and collar. The Stream & Lake replaced the very popular Granger Champion circa 1947 and became one of W&M's best sellers. It has that smooth medium action Granger rods are well known for and throws a tight loop with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 (will also handle if DT-5 if desired). If you’ve been after an affordable 8.5’ W&M/Granger, this stream-ready rod should fit the bill nicely. $395 SUMMER SALE $250

SOLD Edwards “Quadrate” #56 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.3 oz ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ This classic from the famous Mt Carmel, Connecticut maker was nicely refinished by someone with a mature hand (not sure who did the work). One tip is down by 4” (but still casts remarkably well) and the real seat and hardware appear to have been replaced. It features attractive carmel-colored cane, tan silks double-tipped yellow, agate stripper housed in a blued nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip-tops, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth a tight and give a solid pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight cork grip, screw U/L’ing seat with new hardwood spacer, black square WC, and HK loop. Inked on the rod in white script is Edwards “Quadrate” #56 on 2 consecutive flats. The rod comes with a tan bag and original aluminum tube with most of the label still intact. The full-flexing medium action is a joy to cast and is capable of tossing a long line when in the hands of a competent caster. 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”.

Heddon #14 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ ~ 4.9oz. ~ 2F ~ 6wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) ~ This early 1st generation c. 1920s 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 was nicely restored with original Heddon-issue furnishings except for a replacement stripper and features a beautiful shade of browntone cane wrapped in red silks with alternating red and black silk intermediates, swelled butt, hardened steel snakes replacement carboloy stripper, smooth-fitting N/S ferrules that give a nice pop, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. I noted a few visible glue lines in the swell of the butt and both tips have light sets, one being more pronounced than the other. The butt-mid ferrule connection could also use a light micro-squeeze to tighten the fit. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a very cool cigar grip with 1/8 inch rings and tapered, cedar barrel seat with D/L'ing slide band hardware, and exposed WC. The original acetate label with Heddon printed in red in middle of a bass is extremely hard to find and is fully intact. The rod comes in a Heddon-labeled bag with large diameter dowel stiffener. There is no tube. This historically significant classic handles a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, WF/DT-6 with grace and authority with that classic full-flexing slow action that the patient caster is sure to enjoy. I presume that it would really sing if paired with a silk line in the same category. This early Heddon classic is a super find for those who collect and enjoy fine gear made in Dowagiac, MI. $295

Heddon #20 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.8oz ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions note) ~ This Dowagiac, Michigan-made rod is from Heddon’s Neo-Classic era (1939 – 1948), which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era of rod production. The #20 was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rodmaker. The only exceptions to this were the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen, and of course the two models made exclusively for Sears (#115 and #125). This rod features browntone cane with swelled butt, deep burgundy silks tipped gold, agate stripper, hardened steel snakes, tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. I noted an approximately 3” varnish delam proximal to last snake guide on mid and attempted to show this in the pictures. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, D/L'ing screw and sliding seat over a brown tenite spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a replacement bag and Heddon-issue tube. This smooth medium-slow to medium action throws a nice loop and ample amounts of Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7 line. This one should make a welcome addition to your large water/large fish arsenal. $295

Heddon #50 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.7oz. ~ 2F ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC- RS (exceptions noted) ~ This early 1st generation c. late 1920s/early 1930s Heddon classic came from the collection of Mr. Ed Collins, one of the most prominent collector of Heddon rods in the country (see Page 5 of Mr. Michael Sinclair’s fine book HEDDON: The Rod With The FIGHTING HEART for more info. The rod looks like it has had some varnish and wrap maintenance and a section of the butt and both tips were redone at some point in the past. It features browntone cane with swelled butt, agate stripper and hardened steel snakes, with one standard tip top and one agate tip top. The varnish has some nicks, chips and rough spots but is overall sound and serviceable. The N/S ferrules appear to be from the 20s. The mid ferrule is loose on the cane and needs to be reset and a faint click can be felt. The tips have light sets that do not affect performance. The silver-grey silks tipped black (used on the #50 from 1924 to 1929) have aged and appear darker (antique gold-like). The business end of the butt section is fitted with a modified reversed half well grip is often seen on rods from this era (sometimes called perfection grip), Cicassian walnut seat with later (1930s) slide band hardware (the #50 had a NS screwtite seat in the 20s), wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes in a brown Heddon labeled velvet bag that was typical for the #50 during this era and a larger diameter aluminum tube with James Heddon Dowagiac stamped tube cap (also typical of the era). The comfortable full-flexing action really likes WF/DT-6. This historically significant classic has a light in the had feel and came alive for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5, and really rewards the patient caster. I presume that it would really sing if paired with a silk line in the same category. This early Heddon classic is a super find for those who collect and enjoy fine gear made in Dowagiac, MI. $425

Heddon De Luxe President #50 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2 1/2F ~ 5.9oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This high quality Post WW-II classic was Heddon’s second best rod. The #50 was introduced in 1928 and was actually Heddon’s top-of-the-line rod until the #1000 ‘Rod of Rods’ came along in 1939. The #50 was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. The only exceptions to this were the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is hardly ever seen, and of course the two models made exclusively for Sears (#115 and #125). It features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, old gold silks tipped forest green, black mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting black N/S ferrules and an excellent varnish finish save for some softening and a few bag marks on the butt section that should be able to be buffed out with a light touch and some patience. The business end of the butt section is fitted with comfortable cigar grip, D/L’ing silver screw and slide hood seat over pyralin threads, the hallmark circassian walnut spacer, elongated silver butt cap, black pyralin WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original labeled bag with stitched in hang tag and gold Heddon-labeled tube. The rod exhibits a wonderful medium action and throws tight loops with Cortland Peach DT-6 and WF-7. Heddon 50's just don’t show up that often and when they do they usually don’t last long. This quality-made Dowagiac, MI classic would be a welcome addition to any collection, and is an especially nice find for the Heddon enthusiast. $495

SALE PENDING Heddon Expert #125 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 6.1 oz. ~ 2 3/4F ~ 7wt. ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This Heddon classic was sold exclusively by Sears, Roebuck & Co. from approximately 1948 to 1952 and is easily identifiable by the gold plated hardware. It appears to be all original and features an attractive light honey shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, gold silks tipped black, gold stripper snakes, tip-tops, reel seat hardware, and easy-working gold Japanned ferrules. The ferrules were reportedly reset. The varnish remains in good shape and has a few dings and bag marks that could buff out if desired. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a straight grip that has some ridging, D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat over a brown coral tenite spacer, and wound over WC. The rod comes with the original Heddon labeled bag with stitched in hang tag and brown Heddon-labeled aluminum tube with pressure fit cap that is oft seen with this model. The medium action is beast with a WF/DT-7 line and would be a good fit for streamers, dry/dropper rigs, and bass poppers. $195 SUMMER SALE $150

SOLD H.L. Leonard Tournament Model 51 ~ 9' ~ 3/2~ 4.9 oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ This pre-fire classic, was beautifully restored (not sure who did it) and features attractive medium-blonde cane with swelled butt, translucent tan silks tipped burgundy, clear agate stripper, reverse twist English snakes, N/S Leonard step-down ferrules (with N/S ferrule plugs) that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely executed-varnish finish. One tip is ½” short (no effect) and the typical 3x3 node pattern found on Leonard rods is present on the butt section and one tip section indicating that the other two sections could potentially be replacements. The business end of the butt section has a perfection Wells grip, spiced butternut seat with D/L’ing N/S cap & ring hardware, over-sized N/S WC and folding ring HK. The side of butt cap carries The Leonard Rod HL Leonard Rod CO Makers die stamp on one side and Tournament on the other. The butt ferrule carries the dual patent stamps. The rod comes with a Leonard-issue olive canvas bag that is a touch too short ans likley not original, and brass-capped Leonard-issue aluminum tube. The wonderful medium action is well-suited to nymphing and terrestrial/dry fly work that, for me, was best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 but will easily handle a 6 if desired. If you’ve been looking for a quality Leonard rod that won’t bust the bank, this one should get some serious consideration.

Mills & Son Standard ~ 9' ~ 3/2~ 5.7 oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This classic from Mills & Son of New York was made by the H.L. Leonard Rod Company. It features light honey-toned cane with swelled butt, old gold silks (red at the HK), red agate stripper, reverse twist English snakes, N/S Leonard step-down ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated, and a nicely executed-varnish finish. One tip is ½” short and both have light sets that does not, in my opinion, affect castability. The business end of the butt section has a cigar grip that shows some ridging, spiced butternut (or possibly cedar) seat with D/L’ing N/S cap & ring hardware, petite N/S WC and folding ring HK. The side of butt cap carries the STANDARD Mills & Son Makers N.Y. die stamp. The rod comes with what is believed to be the original dark greenish-blue bag an aluminum tube. The medium to medium-fast action throws a nice loop with DT-6, EF-7 and /or DT-7 (I prefer the WF-7) and most definitely be a viable candidate for your silk lines. This stream-ready rod would be right at home when stalking larger than average quarry and/or when the wind blows hard and often. $495 SUMMER SALE $395

Orvis Grilse ~ 9’ ~ 2/2 ~ 6.1 oz. ~ 8/9 wt. ~ Serial No. 17300 ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This rarely seen model from the famed Vermont maker was built in 1955 by two of Orvis' best craftsmen, Calvin Skinner & George Reid, and features richly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, chrome guides, and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a responding pop when separated. The water plug at the bottom of one of the tip ferrules is missing and I noted that edges of the butt ferrule wrap is a bit rough. The comfortable cigar grip is fitted with a screw D/L’ing metal seat designed for a detachable fighting butt (not included). The rod comes with a replacement bag and unlabeled tube that is likely original. The stout medium to medium-fast action throws a ton of line and will handle an 8 or 9 in WF and/or DT with ease and will be perfect for your large river/lake, large quarry outings. $295

FE Thomas Special ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.1 oz. ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted) ~ This classic from Bangor, ME was nicely restored (do not know who did the work) and features an attractive shade of light browntone cane wrapped red silk with red intermediates, dark stripper, reverse twist snakes, easy working FET ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The mid-section is 2” short and Tip #1 is 1” short. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip that shows some ridging and has a home-made thumb indent, railed metal seat with D/L' slide band, and petite N/S WC fitted with a folding ring HK as is standard on most FET rods of the era. The bottom of the carries the F.E. Thomas Special Bangor, ME die stamp but is sans serial number or symbol. The rod comes with a green bag and FET-issue, but unlabeled aluminum tube. This rod has a classic medium-slow, full-flexing action that would be delightful best in the hands of a patient and methodical caster. I really liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. A silk/sylk line would likely be an even better match. Priced accordingly, because of the short sections (the fish will never know!)… $295

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