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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. $395 WINTER SALE $250

J.W. Haynie ~ 6' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ New ~ Jim Haynie is a retired gunsmith who spent nearly a quarter of a century specializing in stocking and engraving double barrel shot guns and sporting rifles. He proudly served his country (2 tours in Vietnam) and is also a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army. Once retired, he building bamboo fly rods, using George Maurer’s fine book as his guide. This rod features attractive medium blonde cane, red silks tipped black, agate stripper housed in a silver frame, chrome snakes and tip tops, N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated and a marine grade urethane spar varnish finish. 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, olive wood seat with machined aluminum D/L’ing cap and ring hardware, WC and HK loop. The rod comes as is, sans bag or tube. The pleasant medium-fast action will throw a tight loop, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-3 and WF-4. This is a nicely appointed rod, made in the USA that is priced to sell. $395 WINTER SALE $295

Sweetgrass Midge ~ 6’3" ~ 2/2 ~ 2 5/8 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC+/As New ~ According to the fine folks at Sweetgrass, their quality lineup of bamboo fly rods is based on Glenn Brackett and Jerry Kustich designed tapers and are furnished with NS ferrules, agate stripper, snake-brand snakes, and a unique bamboo WC. This sweet little penta features a beautiful shade of medium-blonde cane, elegant garnet silks with black accent wraps at the WC, signature wraps, tip-tops and ferrule stations, smooth and tight N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when they are separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. Full garnet 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 and cork seat with D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. The rod comes in soft cloth SG 3-compartment bag with company initials embroidered into the hood, labeled aluminum tube with sterling silver cap with company logo stamped into the top, and a custom-made Arne Mason-crafted leather tube with company logo embossed into the top and rod model stamped into side below the buckle. The progressive fast action throws a tight loop that worked best for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF or DT-4 and is well-suited for close-in dry fly. The penta design also provides some reserve power when called upon for those oft needed longer casts. This superb model, hand-crafted in Twin Bridges, retails for $2,000. Get this one in meticulously cared-for condition with a $500 Arne Mason leather case that will surely please the most discriminating angler for… $1,995

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

Edwards “Quadrate” ~ Reg. ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 2.8oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This classic quad in the rarely seen 7’ format was restored by Steve Blake and features attractive medium honey-toned cane, clear silks, ruby-red agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, black snakes and tip-tops, tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a beautifully executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable straight cork grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with D/L’ing slide band hardware, resin-style WC, and bronze HK loop. The rod comes with a chocolate brown bag and leather tube. 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”. This stream-ready Edwards classic throws a superb line, best for me when paired with a SA Ultra Buckskin DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. This rod would also be a perfect candidate for your favorite silk/Sylk lines. $1,495

SALE PENDING Heddon 21 ~ 7' ~ 2/2 ~ 0 3/4F ~ 3.5 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ EXC (exceptions noted) ~ Based on the information presented in Michael Sinclair’s fine books, the Model 21 and 31 Featherlites were available from Heddon in the early 1930s and were built from mid and tip section blanks. These were among the very few Heddon models in existence with no swell in the butt section and to accommodate, a specially designed cone-shaped winding check was installed and represents a good rod model indicator. This one has a swelled butt and is not marked as a featherlite. It appears to have received a light varnish overcoat, one tip is 1 1/2” short. The full length tip has a light set. The rod features browntone cane, burgundy silks tipped gold, amber agate stripper housed in a bronze frame, hardened steel snakes and tip tops, and smooth working blued N/S ferrules give a soft pop when separated. Th business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, brown tenite seat with D/L’ing black screw and slide hood hardware, pyralin butt cap end, black exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with an unlabeled tan bag and unlabeled aluminum tube, neither of which is believed to be original. This sweet casting Heddon classic has a medium-fast action that throws nice loops with a Cortland Sylk WF/DT-4. A capable and patient caster may also find a Cortland 444 DT-3 to their liking. This rarely seen Heddon may not fall into the heirloom category, but it will certainly make a fine companion for an avid small stream enthusiast. $495 WINTER SALE $425

Orvis Pace Changer ~ 7’ / 7’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3 1/2 oz. ~ HDG (6) ~ Serial No. 73557 ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This hard to find light line wand from Orvis was made in 1974 during the Ron White era. It features richly hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, fine Orvis furnishings including bright guides and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a cigar grip, aluminum D/L'ing screw & slide hood seat with a cedar barrel spacer, exposed WC, and HK loop. A faint remnant of the original butt section writing is all that remains, though the original serial numbers are present and accounted for. The rod comes with the original green bag and Orvis labeled aluminum tube with rod stats engraved into the cap. The taper with either tip offers a brisk medium action that is well-suited for dry fly work. Although marked by Orvis as a 6 (which in my humble opinion, is simply is too much line for this rod), I found it came to life when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4. A super value for those seeking a light line wand with the added bonus of dual-length format. $595

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

Redwing Fly Rods “Rapid Pendulate Power” ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 3.4oz. ~ 4/5 wt. ~ As New ~ This sweet little light line para from Joe Balestrieri should receive some serious consideration. It features attractive flamed cane with golden nodes, gold silks (brown at the WC and ferrule stations) and a nicely-executed and glass smooth varnish finish. Quality furnishings include a mildrum-style stripper, black light wire snakes and tip-tops and smooth and tight fitting blued N/S ferrules (with walnut ferrule plug) that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is completed with an especially comfortable cigar grip with tapered nose, nicely figured walnut seat with blued cap and ring hardware and a blued petite WC. The rod comes with a sturdy green bag and green wrinlle-finish aluminum tube with brass end cap, collar and cap. The rod has a light-in-the-hand feel and a very pleasing brisk, light parabolic action designed for small to medium-sized venues that will occasionally call for a long stealthy cast. For me, it delivers a tight loop with just the right amount of delicacy when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 or WF-5. $495

R.W. Hoffhines No. 301 ~ 7’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1 oz. ~ 4/4 wt. ~ EXC+ ~ If you’re looking for a nicely crafted wand, you should give serious consideration to this one from the bench of mid-western rod builder Rob Hoffhines. It features a beautiful shade of light brown cane, 3 x3 golden nodes, matched tips, translucent root beer brown tipped crimson and a nicely executed glass smooth varnish finish. Fine furnishings include a milky white agate stripper housed in a black nickel frame, bronze snakes and tip-tops and tight fitting blued Super –Z- style N/S ferrules that give a solid pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured mortised maple seat with N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC and HK. The rod comes with a sturdy hooded tan bag and aluminum tube with maker’s label. The rod was recently cleaned and polished and the ferrule pinned by Mr. Hoffhines. This has a light in the hand feel and throws a sweet loop with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and WF-5. New rods from Mr. Hoffhines are priced well into 4-figures. Get this one, finely tuned, for… $795 WINTER SALE $695

Pennington "Pine River" 30th Yr Model ~ 7’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.7 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 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 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 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 is perfect for dry-fly work and delivery a smooth and soft line, for me best with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. This Pennington Pine River is a nice choice for small to medium-sized streams and is a solid, affordable trout rod, proudly made in the USA. $525

SOLD Heddon #10 ~ 7.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 1/2F ~ 4.35oz. ~ 4/5wt. ~ EXC+ RS (exceptions noted) ~ This Classic Era Heddon (1933-38) from Dowagiac, Michigan is rarely seen in the 7.5’ ~ 3/2 format and features attractive browntone cane with swelled butt, red/black variegated silks, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, smooth working Heddon-issue ferrules, and a nicely-executed new varnish finish. A faint click can be felt at the butt/mid connection and both tips have slight sets that do not affect performance. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a light cigar grip, brown coral tenite seat with D/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, exposed WC, and folding ring HK. The original spiral Heddon writing and the #10 were kept intact during the restoration. The rod comes with a camel-colored bag with stitched in hang tag and Heddon-issue aluminum tube with remnants of the original label partially intact, both of which are likely original. This rod has a lovely medium action that really came alive for me with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-4 and is a wonderful find for the Heddon enthusiast.

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

Thomas & Thomas Paradigm ~ 7.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 3.9 oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No.3607 ~ EXC ~ This c. 1979-80 T&T classic features attractive light carmel-colored cane with dramatically swelled butt, translucent lemon silks tipped light brown (dark brown tipped black at the WC and ferrule stations), quality T&T guides, smooth working and tight fitting blued N/S T&T stamped ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated and that unmistakable glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured polished walnut seat with D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite blued WC, and folding ring HK. The company logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The comfortable and accommodating light parabolic action is just a touch on the fast side of medium and would be perfect for dry fly work, while also providing plenty of reserve power to reach out when asked. This high-quality rod from one of the most respected purveyors of fly fishing gear in the world will cover most small to medium sized stream trout fishing situations and would make a nice addition to your quiver. $1,995

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

60/40 Split/Cane Semi-Hollow ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.3 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ 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 wand with semi-hollow butt section is based on the popular PHY Para 14 taper and features attractive light honey-toned cane with alternating golden nodes, matched tips, 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 rattan on cork grip with black inlaid silk, unique and beautifully figured hardwood seat with black D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, petite exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and new aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap bearing the maker’s logo. The medium-fast, light parabolic 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 alot about 60/40 Split/Cane, but I suspect that will change soon. This superbly crafted rod comes with a 2-year warranty from John. $795

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

SOLD Doug Daniel “Coldwater Special” ~ 7’9” ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2oz. ~ 5wt. ~ NEW ~ Introducing the “Coldwater Special”, a sweet-looking quality-made quad handcrafted exclusively for Coldwater Collectibles as only Doug can do. Doug is a semi-retired contractor from the coastal foothills of SoCal. He started building bamboo rods in 2002, as he puts it, “mainly out of curiosity and without ego.” Doug’s rods are hand planed and star-hollowed on a Morgan handmill. He turns his own real seats and grips and machines his own cap and ring seat hardware, winding checks, and N/S ferrules. This hollow built quad features wonder shade of medium-flamed cane acquired from Royer in 2002 and was planed to exacting tolerances. It has 2 x 2 golden nodes, bronze-housed amber-flame agate stripper, black light wire PacBay guides and tip-tops, honey brown silk windings (dark brown at the ferrule stations) and is protected with a beautifully executed Gunstocks varnish finish. Doug’s handmade square-broached oxidized ferrules fit smooth and tight. Extra-flora grade cork was used to form a comfortable modified perfection grip. The beautifully figured mortised Cherry burl seat is fitted with blued D/L’ing cap and ring hardware. The set comes with a natural linen and a jet black aluminum tube with brass cap, collar and end. The brisk medium-fast action is a joy to cast and has a real affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5 and DT-5. This rod, quality-crafted in the USA, is unlikely to last long and is being offered at a special introductory price of…

60/40 Split/Cane Hollowbuilt ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.2 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ 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 is based on the Thramer DX taper and features attractive light honey-toned cane with alternating golden nodes, 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, beautifully-figures unique hardwood seat with dual silver slide band hardware, petite exposed WC and HK loop. The rod comes with a new bag and new aluminum tube with gold end, collar and water-tite cap bearing the maker’s logo. The company logo is also stamped into the bottom of the butt cap and top of the tube cap. The medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach DT-5 and is a joy to cast. It has a nice blend of power and delicacy. Those not from the Rocky Mountain region may not have heard alot about John, but I suspect that will change soon. Superbly crafted in the USA. $795

Cortland 444 LTD ~ 8' ~ 2/1 (made that way) ~ 4.4oz. ~ 8wt. ~ EXC- ~ Rods from across the pond found little fan-fare in the USA unless of course they were named, Marvel, or C.C. DeFrance or were one of Cliff Constable’s creations. This nicely crafted wand features light honey brown impregnated cane buffed to a nice sheen, 3 x 3 nodes, burgundy silk "whippings", chrome guides and smooth, easy working blued English brass ferrules (some bluing has worn off) that give a nice pop when separated. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, champagne-colored screw D/L’ing seat with cork spacer, exposed champagne-colored WC and a HK loop. The set comes with a blue Scientific Anglers System 5 Bag and a Cortland labeled tube for an 8.5’ rod sans cap. Although marked for a # 8 line, I found this rod’s delightful medium to medium-fast taper throws a tight loop when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. This is a really nice find for the savvy buyer looking for a well-made rod at a bargain price. $325 WINTER SALE $225

Edwards “Quadrate” #34 Special ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 4.9 oz ~ 6/7wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This classic quad was reportedly restored in the New Hampshire shop of Sam Carlson. It features attractive medium honey-toned cane wrapped in red silk, black stripper and snakes, bronze tip-tops, tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated, and a beautifully executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section has a comfortable straight cork grip that continues down to form the cork seat fitted with D/L’ing slide band hardware, black WC, and bronze HK loop. The rod comes with a chocolate brown bag and aluminum tube. 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”. This fine wand with a historically significant pedigree is stream-ready and could be your next go-to rod. $995

Heddon #17 ~ 8' ~ 3/2 ~ 1 3/4F ~ 4.86oz. ~ 5wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This popular rod from Dowagiac, MI was the workhorse of the Heddon lineup and was built during Heddon’s neo-classic era (1939 – 1948) which is widely regarded by many as Heddon’s best era. It appears to have received a light varnish over-coat at some point in the past and I noted a couple of dings in the cane and some light bag marks in the varnish that could buff out if desired. A portion of the wrap at the butt section ferrule station is missing. Both tips have very light sets and one tip is a 1/2” short. It features browntone cane, jet black silks tipped orange, black stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, black ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a nice (for Heddon) pop when separated. A faint click can be felt in the butt/mid connection. The business end of the butt section has a half-wells grip, black pyaralin seat with screw D/L’ing and slide hood hardware, wound over WC and folding ring HK. The rod comes with the original Heddon bag with stitched in hang tag and Heddon labeled aluminum tube (tube label is loose). The comfortable medium action throws nice loops with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-5. Those in the know regard the 8’ ~ 1 3/4F format as among the best casting rods Heddon made and one that will cover most trout fishing situations, coast to coast. $495

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

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

Orvis Manchester ~ 8’ ~ 2/2 ~ 4.1 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No. 0638 ~ EXC-/VG+ (exceptions noted) ~ This early World War II-era varnished classic from the famed Vermont maker comes from Orvis’ Jordan/Gillum/Halstead/Needham era. The rod is part of the Ed Collins collection, who many of you know as one of the most prominent collector of Heddon rods in the country (see Page 5 of Mr. Michael Sinclair’s fine book HEDDON: The Rod With The FIGHTING HEART for more info. It features richly hued cane with golden nodes, burgundy silks, chrome guides, blued N/S ferrules that fit smooth and tight and give a satisfying pop when separated and a varnish finish that has a few nicks, chips, and mars but remains sound. Tip #2 is down 3”, has a distinct set, and a replacement tip-top guide. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable straight grip, screw D/L’ing seat with hardwood spacer, petite blued WC, and folding ring HK. Both the reel seat screw and butt cap carry the rarely seen “Makers Charles F. Orvis Co. Inc. Manchester Vt.” die stamp. The rod comes with an olive canvas bag and replacement aluminum tube with a partial Shakespeare Wonderod label. This rod has a sweet feel and dead-on medium action that will cover most trout fishing situations and responded best for me, with Cortland 444 Peach WF/DT-5. Early stream-ready varnished Orvis classics with their outstanding pedigree are scarcely seen. Because of the short tip… $495 WINTER SALE $425

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

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

SALE PENDING Thomas & Thomas Paradigm ~ 8' ~ 2/3 ~ 4.4 oz. ~ 5wt. ~ Serial No.2986 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ One tip on this c. 1976-77 T&T classic is down 4” and a new tip was made by T&T in 2005 (receipt included). The rod features attractive light carmel-colored impregnated cane with dramatically swelled butt, translucent lemon silks (dark brown tipped black at the ferrule stations), quality T&T guides, smooth working and tight fitting blued Super -Z- style ferrules that give a satisfying pop when separated (the ferrule on the new tip section does not pop as loud as the others). The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, nicely figured mortised hardwood seat with U/L'ing screw and slide hood hardware, petite blued WC, and folding ring HK. The company logo is stamped into the side of the slide hood. The comfortable and accommodating medium parabolic action is a joy to cast. When used with the short tip, some of the parabolic charm is lost and it becomes a brisk medium-fast action rod that is well-suited to dry fly work. This quality rod from one of the most respected purveyors of fly fishing gear in the world should cover most trout fishing situations and would certainly be a welcomed addition to your arsenal. $1,295

Doug Daniel Hollowbuilt Quad ~ 8'3” ~ 2/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 3/4wt. ~ SN D995-911-H ~ NEW ~ Chances are, you have now heard of the fine lineup of quadrate bamboo fly rods crafted by California’s Doug Daniel. Doug is a semi-retired contractor from the coastal foothills of SoCal. He started building bamboo rods in 2002, as he puts it, “mainly out of curiosity and without ego.” Doug’s rods are hand planed and star-hollowed on a Morgan handmill. He turns his own real seats and grips and machines his own cap and ring seat hardware, winding checks, and N/S ferrules. This hollowbuilt quad features an attractive shade of light honey-toned cane acquired from Royer in 2002 that was planed to exacting tolerances based in part on a lightened and lengthened Dickerson 8013 that Doug modified for a quad format, red silk windings tipped black, 2x2 nodes, matched tips, bronze-housed agate stripper, PacBay snakes and tip-tops, smooth and tight-fitting square-broached blued ferrules that give a nice pop, and a beautifully executed Man ‘O War spar varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with an extra-flora grade modified wells grip, beautiful spalted maple burl seat with D/L’ing blued cap and ring hardware, and a petite blued WC. The rod comes with a quality-made soft cloth bag and high quality brown pebble-finish aluminum tube with brass cap and end. The brisk medium-fast action and fine tips make this 8’3”-er a joy to cast. It handles a SA Mastery DT-3 and Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 with equal effectiveness. Doug’s rods are hard to come by thee days and this one, with light mileage, is destined to be a someone’s “go-to” rod for many years to come. $1,295 WINTER SALE $1,195

SALE PENDING Elder Hollowbuilt ~ 8’3” ~ 2/2 ~ 3.8oz. ~ 4wt. ~ Serial No. 61875 ~ EXC+/As New ~ This exquisite hollowbuilt from Overland Park’s Curt Elder is from his 50 series of fine bamboo rods and features attractive light honey-toned cane with 3 x 3 nodes, matched tips, translucent tan silks tipped dark brown, jewel-like agate stripper housed in a bronze nickel frame, quality light wire snakes and tip tops, smooth and tight-fitting blued N/S ferrules with attractive maple ferrule plug, that give a satisfying pop when separated and a nicely-executed glass-smooth varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable extra-flora grade modified wells grip, beautifully figured mortised birds-eye maple seat with blued N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, and petite blued WC. The makers logo is stamped into the side of the butt cap. The rod comes with a high quality soft cloth bag with makers name embroidered into the top and brass capped aluminum tube complete with makers label and rod information. There is a tiny dent near the top of the tube. The delightful medium to medium-fast action throws a tight loop, for me best when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-4 and would be right at home finessing dries to picky trout on the Henry’s Fork, Bighorn, or Missouri, just to name a few. Superbly crafted in the USA. $1,195

Abbey & Imbrie ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 4.8oz. ~ 5/6wt. ~ EXC RF (exceptions noted) ~ The George Varney influence is evident in the reel seat and when combined with the Chubb-like features, it all adds up to a turn of the century (20th) Chubb-Montague classic. This delicate wand features light browntone cane brown silks and intermediates, replacement chrome guides and tip-tops and original rolled welt N/S ferrules that give a nice pop when separated. 1 tip is down 1/8". The other is down 3/8". The ferrule fit is smooth but a bit worn and all will rotate while 100% seated and there is a distinct click at the butt/mid connection. The varnish has some tiny air pockets but is very sound and should provide apt protection for many more years. I also noted some roughness on a few of the intermediate wrap edges. The petite cigar sheet cork grip, metal D/L’ing slide band seat with railed edges, exposed Montague funnel-style WC are all in great shape. The rod is sans HK. A portion of the original A&I label is still present on the butt section. The rod comes in a replacement bag and quality aluminum tube. The rod is reasonably straight and has a very delicate feel. The slow to medium-slow action can be felt all the way into the grip. With a ferrule reset, this classic rod would be stream-ready and would be a real find for those who enjoy using century-old equipment. $395 WINTER SALE $150

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 WINTER SALE $395

Heddon De Luxe #35 ~ 8.5' ~ 3/2 ~ 2 F ~ 4.8oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC RS (exceptions noted)~ This c. 1939 classic was one of Heddon’s top rods on par with the #50 and #1000 and along with the #20, was made in Heddon’s “Handmade Rod Department” where all rods (Model 20 and up) were crafted by a single rod maker. It features an attractive shade of browntone cane with swelled butt, brown silks tipped black, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, smooth working Heddon-issue blued ferrules, and a nicely-executed new varnish finish. A faint click can be felt at the butt/mid connection and one tip is 1/8” longer than the other. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable modified wells grip Black D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat with circassian walnut spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The rod comes with a Heddon-issue bag (stitched in label has pulled loose and is not included) and a Heddon-issue aluminum tube with makers name on the cap. The medium action is a joy to cast and came to life for me when paired with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6. High end classic-era Heddons are back on the rise and still affordable. $395

H.L. Leonard Tournament Model 50½ DF ~ 8.5’ ~ 3/2 ~ 4oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This rare pre-fire dry fly classic is a favorite among cane rod aficionados. It likely received light varnish overcoat at some point. One tip was scarfed with the splice joint located between the 4th and 5th snake guide. The scarf, cane and overwrap all look sound and the tip performs as it normally would. The rod features light carmel-colored cane with swelled butt, avocado silks tipped red at the HK, tip-tops and ferrule stations, agate stripper, bronze reverse-twist snakes and bronze tip-top (the tip-top guide on the scarfed tip is a black replacement), smooth and tight-fitting Leonard N/S step-down ferrules give a nice pop upon separation and have the dual patent stamp on the butt ferrule below the welt, and properly positioned witness marks. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, butternut seat with N/S D/L'ing cap and ring hardware, a petite N/S WC and a folding ring HK. The butt cap carries The Leonard Rod HL Leonard Rod CO Makers (on one side) and Tournament (on the other side) die stamps. The initials A.S.L – F.T.M are engraved into in the center of the slide band. The set comes with the original olive bag with hang tag and Leonard-issue brass capped aluminum tube. The smooth-casting action is on the slow side of medium and when in the hands of a patient caster is capable of tossing a long line while being mindful of fine tippets. I liked it with a Cortland 444 Peach WF-6 but it would also be a fine candidate for your favorite silk/Sylk line. A nice find for the Leonard enthusiast looking for a bargain on a hard to find classic... $650

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

Orvis Light Salmon ~ 8.5’ ~ 2/2 ~ 5oz. ~ HCH (DT-7) ~ Serial No. 23033 ~ EXC- ~ This big water rod from Orvis was made in the late 1950s during the Cal Skinner / George Reid era and features rich impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks and furnishings, blued N/S ferrules fit smooth and tight and give a resounding pop when separated, comfortable cigar grip with a nice patina, full metal screw D/L'ing seat with removable butt cap plug and fighting butt, blued WC and HK loop. The rod comes with the tan bag with dedicated fighting butt storage compartment and original Orvis-labeled aluminum tube. This popular model is renowned for its use by Atlantic salmon and steelhead aficionados and is a nice example of Orvis’ craftsmanship from what many believe is their best period of production. $450

SALE PENDING Orvis Shooting Star ~ 8.5' ~ 2/2 ~ 5 3/8 oz. ~ GAF (9) ~ Serial No. 54716 ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ This historically significant rod was made for the late Art Neumann, a TU founding father. Art gave the rod to the current owner, a friend of his, when the time came for him to hang up his waders. It was built in 1969 during the Ron White era and features richly hued impregnated cane, Orvis brown silks, chrome guides and tip tops and smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules that give a resounding pop when separated. One of the tip-tip guides is a bit out of round which does not affect line flow. The business end of the butt section is outfitted with a comfortable cigar grip, full metal D/L'ing screw and sliding hood seat with detachable fighting butt, exposed WC, and HK loop. There is a tiny dent in the seat. Also, the plug that goes into the butt cap when the fighting butt is not in use is missing. The rod comes with the original gray bag with separate extension butt storage compartment, and original Orvis labeled aluminum tube. The powerful and easy throwing taper was designed by Wes Jordan. This karma-laden classic is being made available in hopes that it may once again find its way back to a favorite big water/big quarry beat. $525

SALE PENDING Heddon #17 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5oz. ~ 6wt. ~ EXC+ (RS) ~ This highly popular rod from Heddon's Neo-classic era (1939-1948) in the favored 2F format features browntone cane with swelled butt, red agate stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops, black ferrules that fit snuggly and give that typical soft pop common to the vast majority of Heddon bamboo fly rods, and a shiny new varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-wells grip, D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat over black pyaralin spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The original spiral “Heddon” and straight-line rod stats are inked on the butt. The rod comes with the original bag with stitched in hang tag and original Heddon-labeled aluminum tube with label partially intact and legible. The rod has a smooth medium-slow action that seems to prefer a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6, but will also handle a 7 with ease. This was Heddon’s workhorse and best-selling rod and it remains one of the best values you’ll find. $250

Heddon #17 ~ 9’ ~ 3/2 ~ 2F ~ 5.5 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ EXC- ~ This c. 1940s Heddon classic in the popular 2F format features browntone cane with swelled butt, mildrum stripper, hardened steel snakes and tip-tops and black ferrules fit snuggly and give that typical soft pop common to the vast majority of Heddon bamboo fly rods, and a sound varnish finish that has a few bag marks that should buff out nicely if desired. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable reversed half-Wells grip, black D/L’ing screw and slide hood seat over black pyaralin spacer, wound over WC, and folding ring HK. The original spiral “Heddon” along with the original straight-line rod stats are inked on the butt. The rod comes with the original bag with stitched in hang tag and original Heddon-labeled aluminum tube. A slight click can be felt at times when casting and the tips have light sets. The rod has a smooth throwing medium action that has an affinity for a Cortland 444 Peach DT-6. The #17 was the workhorse of the Heddon lineup and was their best-selling rod. It remains one of the best values you’ll find on a dealer’s list. $295 WINTER SALE $195

W&M Granger Special Model GS9050 ~ 9' ~ 3/2 ~ 5.7 oz. ~ 6/7 wt. ~ EXC+ RS ~ This post WW-II Colorado classic features carmel colored cane, swelled butt, 3x3 spiral node pattern, Granger green silks, quality W&M stripper, snakes, and tip tops all in excellent condition, smooth and tight-fitting N/S ferrules give that hallmark Granger pop when separated, and a nicely-executed varnish finish. The business end of the butt section is fitted with a comfortable light reversed half wells grip, internal U/L metal seat with proper WM stampings in perfect working order and exposed WC. The rod comes with a bag and tube, neither of which are original. One tip has a set that does not affect castability. The classic medium action is a joy to cast and will handle a 6 or 7 wt. line with ease. A nice example of a highly-popular model. Proudly made in Denver. $395 WINTER SALE $295

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