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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 Rocky Mountain Fly/Spin Presentation Set ~ 6.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 3 1/8 oz. ~ H.D.G. (6) ~ Serial No. 68133 ~ EXC- ~ This mahogany boxed presentation set features the hard to find Rocky Mountain Fly/Spin rod built in 1973 by one of Orvis’ most popular builders, Mr. Ron White. The rod appears to have been previously enjoyed and features richly impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis spin/fly furnishings and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated. Both tips have sets, one more pronounced than the other. The rod could also use a thorough cleaning. The elongated straight grip is fitted with dual aluminum slide bands. The rod comes stored in the upper compartment of the mahogany presentation case with grooved and felt-covered cut outs for each section. Although rated by Orvis for 6, the brisk medium-fast action throws a smooth and tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. The case is also packed with original furnishings that are protected by a clear polyurethane hinged cover including the early 1970s Orvis CFO III reel with dual pawl drag that is loaded with backing and set up for LHW, the hard to find Orvis 50-A spinning reel with 2 extra spools, a few spinning lures, 2 small silver Orvis fly boxes and few other accoutrements. The hinged accessory compartment also has removable mahogany compartment covers. This is a nice find for the Orvis enthusiast. $695

Pennington "Pine River" ~ 6.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+/As New ~ Steve Pennington is a forester from Des Moines, Iowa with over 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 currently offers 7’ers and 8’ers only and he is no longer making 6.5’ers and 7.5’ers. 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 and western Wisconsin. 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. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable dry fly grip and beautifully figured tiger stripe maple burl seat with lightweight titanium finish U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. The rod comes with a 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 is a well-built trout rod, proudly made in the USA with in like new condition. $395

Edwards “Quadrate” #425 ~ 6’8'/7’2” ~ 2/2 ~ 4 oz./4.2 oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ This custom quad was modified and refinished in New York by the late Mike Longwell and features richly-hued cane, red silk tipped black, red agate stripper and bronze snakes, chrome tip-tops, tight-fitting blued N/S off-set ferrules (with a very cool 9.5” long ferruled bamboo extension plug) that give a nice pop when separated, and a smooth and shiny executed varnish finish. The ferrule on the shorter tip section does not seat 100% and the tip sections have light sets. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable modified cigar grip, new D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat with walnut spacer, squared black WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a tan bag, custom-made to fit each section, and aluminum tube with restorer’s name on the side in black ink. 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”. The medium-fast action throws a nice loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4. Mike had a penchant for restoring classic rods and making concept rods and this one brought an immediate smile to my face as soon as I took it out of the bag. Enjoy! $550

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

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

J.S. Sharpe LTD “The Scottie” ~ 7’ ~ 2/1 ~ 3.2oz. ~ 4wt. Serial No. 8 3 189 ~ EXC- ~ J.S. Sharpe LTD was founded over 70 years ago by John Shepherd Sharpe of Aberdeen, Scotland. The "Scottie" rod was first acclaimed at the Milan Exhibition of 1933 where Sharpe was awarded the Gold medal and Diploma. The "Scottie" trademark is still internationally recognized for top quality impregnated Bamboo rods. Sharpe pioneered the process for impregnating the fibers of the built cane blank to repel water using procedures followed to impregnate the airframe of early aircraft. These techniques were further improved upon by Harold Sharpe, when he took over the business in 1946. Today, the company’s unique impregnation process involves the immersion of the blank in a bath of specially prepared resins for a period of weeks until the fibers are properly saturated. The impregnated blank is then "cured" by baking the blank in an oven at a controlled temperature which fixes the resins in the cane fibers making them waterproof. This rod features impregnated cane, lemon silks tipped red, carbaloy stripper, chrome snakes and tip-tip blued English ferrules (with wood ferrule plug) fit smooth and tight and give a nice pop when separated. In typical English tradition, the tip section is about an inch shorter than the butt (made that way). The cigar grip continues down into the cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The serial number is stamped into the bottom of the butt cap. The rod comes with the original bag with stitched in label and an aluminum tube. The wonderful action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium and would be well suited to dry fly work at close range but also has plenty of reserve to punch out casts as needed. It really sang for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. Rods from “across the pond” not named Phantom, CC DeFrance, or Marvel, never really took a foot hold in the States. Nonetheless, this one will find its way to river soon. Enjoy! $395

Andy Shin “Black Bear Trout Raptor” ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.7 oz. ~ 2wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ This light line wand from South Korean maker Andy Shin features richly flamed cane with a dramatically swelled butt, golden nodes, red silks tipped gold, chrome stripper, snakes and tip-tops, N/S ferrules that give a light pop when separated, and a shiny varnish finish. The ferrules do not seat 100%. The business end of the butt section is fitted with comfortable straight grip that continues down to form the cork seat that has D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, wound over WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with a tan bag and aluminum tube. The super-light action would be fun to use while fiddling with small brookies. If you’ve been looking for a 2 wt. (may even throw a 1 wt.)….here ya go $295

WM Granger Victory Model GV7030 ~ 7' ~ 2/1 ~ 3.8 oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ This popular rocky mountain classic features attractive ammonia-treated carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 nodes, B/O jasper silks, typical WM-issue guides, smooth and tight fitting N/S ferrules that give a soft pop when separated and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified Wells grip, patented internal screw U/L’ing seat with proper WM stampings that is cosmetically and mechanically excellent, and exposed WC. The tip has a light set that does not affect line flow or performance. The rod comes with the original tan bag (for a 2/2 rod, don’t know what happened to the other tip) and a non-original aluminum tube). This light line rod throws a sweet loops that I really liked when I paired it with a Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4. Would also easily handle a 3 if desired. The 7030 model are hard to find (those who own them, tend to keep them). Get this one in a 2/1 format for... $525

SOLD 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…

Pennington "Pine River" 30th Yr Model ~ 7’ 3" ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 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 one as built to commemorate his 30th year of rod building and is based on a proprietary taper and 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 N/S U/L’ing screw and slide hood hardware and matching tiger stripe maple WC. No HK. Inked on the rod in black script is 7’3" Pine River 5wt. 30th Year Model along with Steve’s signature. The rod comes with a new soft cloth rod bag and green aluminum tube with a water-tight anodized brass cap. The comfortable medium-fast action and stout butt section affords plenty of fighting power for large spring creek trout. It delivers a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. The Pennington Pine River is a solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $450

Aroner Hunt Pattern ~ 7.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4 oz. 5wt. ~ As New ~ Marc Aroner (Spinoza Rod Company) is one of today’s premiere bamboo rod makers. The influence from his time spent with Tom Maxwell during his apprenticeship at the famed Greenfield, MA shop of Thomas & Thomas and later at the Central Valley, NY shop of H.L. Leonard are immediately evident as soon as you remove the rod from its tube. It features attractive richly-hued and flame-tempered cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 golden nodes, matched tips, May Rose silks, black mildurm style stripper, antique steel guides, black oxidized hardware, Smooth & tight fitting truncated N/S ferrules with brass ferrule plugs give a satisfying pop when separated, and an expertly-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, beautiful polished dark cherry root burl seat with blued D/L’ing N/S cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and HK ring. The set comes with the original tan bag and Leonard-like heavy gauge brass capped metal tube. From Mr. Aroner’s website: “Like the workhorse #4 but with a bit more power; great when you need to reach out a little further or throw larger flies”...what he said! This heirloom piece from a maker with a unique and historically significant pedigree is sure to please the most discriminating angler. Superb! POR

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

Dave Collyer “The River Keeper” ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.5oz. ~ 5/wt. ~ Serial No. 4705 ~ As New ~ This quality-constructed hollow built from Denver Dave was based on the PHY Martha Marie taper that was modified for the three-piece format, and appears unfished.  It features attractive cane with a dramatically swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, translucent light honey silks with burgundy accent wraps, milky white agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting truncated N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish.  The business area of the butt section was completed with a beautifully-figured inlaid mortised grip and matching hardwood seat, fitted with U/L'ing silver cap and ring hardware. The rod comes with a quality-crafted bag and black wrinkle-finish aluminum tube brass cap, collar and end that is labeled as only Dave can do.  The rod tube also comes with its own tube sock for added protection.  The medium-fast action is well-suited for dry fly work and rod possess the requisite reserve power to reach out for the oft needed longer casts required to fool large sipping trout.  It throws a tight loop that for me, was best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5.  This heirloom quality wand would make a perfect retirement gift. Superb! $1,650

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

SALE PENDING 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

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

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 SUMMER SALE $550

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! $1,595 SUMMER SALE $1,295

SOLD 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.

SOLD 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.

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…

Jenkins Model GA79-16 ~ 7' 9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC ~ Rods from this well respected Rocky Mountain maker are widely regarded by the bamboo rod community as being among the best on the market. This beautifully crafted wand is believed to be a Charlie and Steve collaborative effort and features an attractive shade of blonde cane with matched tips, 3 x 3 nodes, chestnut brown silks tipped maize and an expertly applied glass smooth varnish finish. The quality hardware consists of bronze mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting Swiss-style blued N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, Cherry wood seat with N/S cap and tapered ring hardware, petite N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with a quality-made twill bag and labeled green powder-coated aluminum tube. The progressive and crisp medium-fast action lays out a tight loop with minimal effort when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 or DT-5. This superbly crafted American-made rod comes in a very popular length that will cover most trout fishing situations and could very well become your ‘go to’ rod. $1,295

D.R. Stone “Cascade” Hollow Built ~ 7'9” ~ 3/2 ~ 4 oz. ~ 5 wt. ~ Serial No. 0914 ~ EXC+/As New ~ This sweet-casting hollow built from Oregon’s Dennis features an attractive shade of blonde cane with 3x3 nodes, matched tips, translucent old gold silks tipped black, reddish-brown striped agate stripper housed in a bronze nickel frame, black snakes and tip-tops, tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a solid spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable cigar grip, a nicely-figured mortised hardwood seat fitted with blued D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, a petite N/S WC and folding ring HK loop. The rod comes with a quality green bag and a beautifully-figured octagon hardwood tube leather carry strap and brass snap closures. The silky smooth action is a joy to cast when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and the medium-fast action should indeed be well-suited for dry fly work and delicate presentations. $695

Redwing Fly Rods Super Parabolic “Concours Distance” ~ 7’11” ~ 2/1 ~ 3.4 oz. ~ 3/4 wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ This sweet-casting light-line rod from Joe Balestrieri features an off-set ferrule design (butt section is shorter than the tip section) and has attractive lightly flamed cane with, aqua silks (black at the ferrule stations), dual chrome strippers, black snakes, chrome tip-top, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S Super -Z- style ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a nicely done hand-rubbed finish. The business end of the butt section is completed with an especially comfortable modified torpedo grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware, black WC, and HK loop. The rod comes with a sturdy new bag and black aluminum tube with silver end cap, collar and cap. When assembled, the rod measures 8’. The rod has an extremely light-in-the-hand feel, and a medium-slow action designed for longer stealthy casts. For me, it delivers a nice loop with just the right amount of delicacy when paired with a Cortland Classic Sylk WF-4, and will also handle a 3 wt. line if desired. This is a sweet stick that won’t break the bank. $325

H.L. Leonard Model 50 DF Tournament ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~. This karma-laden wand from the collection of the late Harvey Eckert and was built in 1973, most likely by Ron White. Mr. Eckert was multi-talented and a world class illustrator, artist and an accomplished guitar player. He illustrated many books and is best known for his work in Caddisflies by the late Gary LaFontaine, and Montana Trout Flies and The Master Fly Weaver by the late George Grant. He also did illustrations for Montana Outdoors, Colorado Streamside, TU, Fly Fisherman, and Fly Rod and Reel. He was an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman and his favorite river was the Madison near his hometown of Ennis. The rod is being offered in hopes that it once again will be enjoyed by someone who loves fly fishing and bamboo rods. It features light honey-toned cane with swelled butt, 3 x 3 spiral nodes, translucent tan silks tipped red at the WC, and male ferrule stations, mildrum style stripper, reverse-twist snakes, perfection tip tops (one tip-top guide was replaced), smooth and tight fitting N/S step-down ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a solid varnish finish that has a few nicks and dings from years of faithful service. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, dark butternut seat with D/L'ing N/S cap and ring hardware, petite N/S WC, and folding ring HK. The butt cap carries the Leonard Rod H.L. Leonard Rod Co Makers and Reg US Pat die stamp on one side and Tournament on the other. The rod comes with a gray bag (sans hang tag) and brass capped and labeled aluminum tube, both of which are thought to be original. The classic action is a touch on the slow side of medium and throws a delicate line that for me, handles a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4, WF-5 and DT-5. The use of a silk/Sylk line would also be in order. This is a sweet wand with an interesting pedigree that would like to find its way back to the stream….soon! $1,095

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’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4 5/8oz. ~ GAF (WF-9) ~ Serial No. 57597 ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This karma-laden wand from the collection of the late Harvey Eckert and was built in 1973, most likely by Ron White. Mr. Eckert was multi-talented and a world class illustrator, artist and an accomplished guitar player. He illustrated many books and is best known for his work in Caddisflies by the late Gary LaFontaine, and Montana Trout Flies and The Master Fly Weaver by the late George Grant. He also did illustrations for Montana Outdoors, Colorado Streamside, TU, Fly Fisherman, and Fly Rod and Reel. He was an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman and his favorite river was the Madison near his hometown of Ennis. The rod is being offered in hopes that it once again will be enjoyed by someone who loves fly fishing and bamboo rods. This 1970 offering, was built by Ron White and features richly-hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks and fine Orvis furnishings, 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 cigar grip equipped with a fighting butt that is permanently attached, D/L’ing aluminum screw and slide hood seat over a walnut spacer, exposed WC, and HK loop. There is a 1¾” repair wrap on one tip proximal to the first snake guide. The rod comes with the original gray bag and original aluminum tube with the correct label and an alternate aluminum tube that accommodates the rod with the attached fighting butt. This big water/big quarry rod is beast and will handle 7 , 8 and 9 wt. lines. Because of the repair wrap... $395

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

R.D. Taylor Model 26-5 ~ 8' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 217 ~ As New ~ Bob Taylor has been involved with bamboo rods for nearly 4 decades dating back to his apprenticeship at the H. L. Leonard Rod Company, his fine work at Thomas & Thomas, and ultimately beginning his own lineup of heirloom quality rods circa 1990. The Leonard and T&T influence is immediately noticed when the rod is taken out of the tube. It features attractive richly-hued cane with swelled butt, golden 2 x 2 nodes, matched tips, translucent light brown silks elegantly tipped in crimson trim, blued mildrum-style stripper, black snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules give a satisfying pop when separated, and a nicely executed mirror-like varnish finish. The comfortable cigar grip and polished burl seat with blued D/L'ing N/S C&R hardware compliment the rod nicely as does the petite blued N/S WC and HK loop. The set comes with tan bag and brass capped aluminum tube. The brisk medium to medium-fast action throws a sweet loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. This quality-built rod from a well-respected maker retails new for $3,650. Get this one, near new, for…. $2,650

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

Heddon De luxe #35 Peerless ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5oz. ~ HDH (DT-6) ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ The #35 is one of Heddon’s highest grade rods and was built in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (# 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. The only exceptions to this are the #22 which was Heddon’s lowest grade rod and is rarely seen, and the two rods Heddon built for Sears, Roebuck & Co. (#115 and #125). This post WW-II classic could use a thorough cleaning and features rich browntone cane with swelled butt, antique gold silks tipped black, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight fitting N/S gun metal ferrules that give a nice pop (unusual for Heddon rods) and a solid varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light reversed half-wells grip, black D/L'ing screw and slide hood seat over a circassian walnut spacer, wound over pyralin WC, and folding ring HK. It comes with a Heddon labeled bag with stitched in hang tang (stitching is torn) and Heddon labeled brown aluminum tube (sans locking pressure fit cap). The tips have sets that do not affect line flow or performance. There is also a small area of dark resin near the palm area of the grip. This high quality medium action Heddon throws a smooth and delicate line that I really liked when paired with a Cortland Classic Sylk WF-6, or a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5. $395

Andy Shin ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.9 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ As New (exception noted) ~ This multi-use rod from South Korean maker Andy Shin features richly flamed cane with golden nodes, red silks tipped gold, chrome-housed agate stripper, chrome snakes and tip-tops, N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated, and a shiny varnish finish. The ferrules do not seat 100%. The business end of the butt section is fitted with comfortable straight grip with light beveling toward the nose, nicely figure hardwood seat that has D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite WC, and folding ring HK. The rod has a smooth medium action that tossed a nice Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 line and would be right at home of on larger rivers and lakes. $295

Steve Campbell FET “Browntone”~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 5 ¼ oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ Serial No. J03 ~ As New ~ This neat rendition of the famous FET classic from Steve Campbell features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, matched tips, brown silks with a turn of red at the HK and male ferrule stations, black guides, blued N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, black screw D/L’ing seat with nicely figured hardwood spacer, petite blued N/S WC equipped with a folding ring HK, much in the FET tradition. The rod comes with a green bag with hang tag and labeled aluminum tube. The rod has a wonderful action that is just a touch on the fast side of medium and casts superbly with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6 and WF-7. This is a really nice stick!....that would be perfect for larger rivers and lakes. $1,195

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

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 SUMMER SALE $250

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 SUMMER SALE $450

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

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