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Orvis Battenkill 7', 2p., 2 t. 3 3/8 oz. for HGD (WF6) line, fast to medium-fast action. Orvis impregnated cane w/3 x 3 node spacing, chocolate translucent wraps over chrome guides, polished d/l aluminum screw lock with walnut spacer, 6 ½ cigar grip, serial number 59267.
Original bag and case, although the bag has shrunk(?) a bit and doesnt cover full length of rod(about 1 short). Cane excellent as is the writing, grip soiling, some scratches on end cap, bluing and ferrule fit excellent, straight and tight. Overall excellent and lightly fished and well cared for. This rod feels quite tippy and I think would be well-suited to a DT5 or even DT4 line. Fantastic value! $795
Orvis Battenkill 8', 2p., 2 t. 4 3/8 oz. for GBF8 (WF8) line, medium action. Orvis impregnated cane w/3 x 3 node spacing, chocolate translucent wraps over chrome guides, polished d/l aluminum screw lock with walnut spacer, 6 ½ cigar grip, serial number 67419(1972). MINT, UNUSED. Original bag and case with engraved hexagonal cap. A great large water, large fish rod, a nice relaxed casting style will cast line a country mile with little effort. An incredible value in cane rods, take this baby fishing! $1095
J.D. Wagner Custom Signature Series 86" 3p. 2t. for DT5 This rod was made as a sort of blend between our Classic and Signature Series lines, so its a one-of-a-kind build. This rod features hollow-built, lightly flamed cane, mirror matched tips, oxidized ferrules wrapped black, bronze snakes and agate stripper wrapped a light golden brown tipped claret, 6 full Wells grip, terminating in a NS D/L cap and ring of my own making, stamped with our name, with a harmonizing figured olive burl spacer.
A medium action rod that feels light in the hand. Unfortunately, health issues precluded the owner from ever fishing this rod, so it has been lawn cast only, and is in its as-delivered state. $2,550
Walton Powell 7 2p 2t. for Dt4-5 line. Tempered and oiled cane w/2x2 node spacing, red-brown CP silks sealed with varnish over chrome guides and ceramic stripper. NS step down ferrules w/witness marks, w/decorative wraps between tip guides and on butt section, 6 cigar grip with wire hook keeper, anodized aluminum U/L screw lock seat with curly maple spacer, butt signed a Walton Powell rod.
In very good used condition, this rod has a crisp and delicate action. With labeled bag and tube. $850
Walton Powell 76 2p 2t. for Dt4-5 line. Tempered and oiled cane w/2x2 node spacing, red-brown CP silks sealed with varnish over chrome guides and ceramic stripper. NS step down ferrules w/witness marks, w/decorative wraps between tip guides and on butt section, 6 full Wells grips with wire hook keeper, anodized aluminum U/L screw lock seat with rosewood spacer, butt signed a Walton Powell rod, serial number 12-2-87.
In immaculate condition, straight and tight, this rod has a crisp and delicate action. With unlabeled bag and tube. $1,050
H.L. Leonard Model 38L Baby Catskill 7' 2p, 2t for DT2 line. 2.3 oz. Leonard blond cane, 3x3 node spacing, Chinese red C/P wraps, black snakes and Mildrum-style stripper, 4 1/2" cigar grip terminating in a finely-knurled downlocking NS C/R seat with mortised butternut spacer. Cap impressed H.L. Leonard Rod Co. Makers, Size 9 step down ferrules with witness marks.
The consigner of this rod purchased it from the late(and very wonderful) Joe Garman in 1988, who recommended to him some touch up work by rodmaker Brad Stevens. An invoice for this work is taped to the original case documenting the work(signing the rod with the owners name, re-varnishing the butt section, polishing the guides, etc).
Overall condition is very good, ferrule fit excellent, slight fishing sets as could be expected in a rod of this vintage with such fine and delicate tips. The feel of this rod in hand is indescribably delicate and fine!!! Poplin bag w/stiffener sans hang tag, case and cap. Small label inside cap reads Hap Mills Made This Rod. $1950.
Stevens Model 706 Proto: 7 2p 2t for 6 wt line. Serial number 85021 on all sections. Flamed cane, spiral node arrangement, bronze C/P silks tipped black over dark Perfection guides and Mildrum stripper, oxidized step down ferrules, 5 Powell type grip terminating in an aluminum C/R seat with figured walnut spacer, novelly-made so end of spacer is visible.
This is the first rod Ive ever seen by Connecticut builder Brad Stevens, the owner of which acquired from the late Joe Garman. Although the rod and case indicate use with a 6 line, I can only assume that is a WF designation and would be fine with a DT5. Nice overall workmanship in VG+ condition with some minor grip soiling and varnish loss/digs on the reel seat spacer. Feels nice in hand and is an interesting and very rare example of this makers work, with a nice clean overall look reminiscent of the great Jon Parker. (Until I saw this rod I never heard of this builder and could find little on the internet about him!)
Original bag and labeled tube: $1,050
Payne Model 102 8', 2p, 2t for DT5/6 line, 4.2 oz. Old restoration. Oxidized NS impressed "Payne, Reg. US Pat Off" and SOLD BY ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH CO NEW YORK. C&R seat over dark cedar spacer, brown C/P wraps tipped yellow, with red and yellow tipping at hook keeper and ferrules, cleaned 5 ½" cigar grip from 3/8 wide rings with some ridging. Typical wear/dings on C/R seat and spacer, ferrule bluing intact. Smooth ferrule fit with a nice pop, both tips slight sets but amazingly straight overall given age. One tip down 3/8. Classic taper! Old bag sans hang tag and unlabeled tube. $1,950
L.J. Downes Rod Company: I was sad to hear my good friend L.J. (Jim) Downes is closing his production rod shop to spend more time with his wife, kids and grandkids .and, to do a little more fishin and less workin! Jim still plans to make a limited number of rods for good friends and best customers as time and inclination permits, which is fortunate for his many fans in the bamboo rod community.
Jims company motto is Cane Rods That Work and he should know: an expert and elegant caster and angler on the stream, Jim knows exactly what makes a rod work, and Ive never cast one of his rods I didnt fall in love with. Jim modestly claims he doesnt make art and focuses on how his rods perform, but I would disagree, feeling these are all quite handsome with an eye for a sort of peppy harmony. We are fortunate to have on offer several of Jims rods, all unused shop rods and/or near mint. Some have been lawn cast only, but none have been fished, and all of them- as his motto claims- work very well indeed!
L.J. Downes Rod Company 73- 15-10 Hollow Prototype 73, 3p, 2t for DT5 line. Flamed cane in a light caramel ala Jim Payne w/3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, chrome snakes and bright hardware wrapped in CP copper thread tipped black w/light yellow accents, agate stripper, 6 cigar grip, oxidized D/L NS cap and ring seat w/light colored wood spacer to match cane, bright NS Super Z ferrules. Original bag and labeled Downes tube.
Weighing in at 3.8 oz. this rod has a delightful and very crisp, fast DF action! Mint, as new. Offered at $1,595
L.J. Downes Rod Company Heddon Featherweight 8, 2p, 2t for DT4 line. Richly flamed cane w/3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, black snakes and oxidized hardware wrapped in CP chocolate wraps tipped black, agate stripper, 6 cigar grip, oxidized D/L NS cap and ring seat w/highly figured and stained curly maple spacer. Original bag and labeled Downes tube.
This rod has a sweet, medium and progressive dry fly action modeled on the rare Heddon Featherweight series. Mint, as new. Original bag and labeled Downes tube. Offered at $1,495.
L.J. Downes Rod Company Sloans Parabolic 710, 2p, 2t for DT5/WF6 line. Flamed cane in a light caramel ala Jim Payne w/3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, swelled butt, black snakes and oxidized hardware wrapped in translucent orange thread, agate stripper, 6 cigar grip, oxidized D/L NS cap and ring seat w/figured walnut spacer. Original bag and labeled Downes tube.
The swelled butt gives a lucky owner the best of all worlds: a powerhouse parabolic in nature with a s. 14 ferrule, but with a swelled butt doesnt suffer as some pure parabolics by a lack of lift when getting large fish near at hand. Mint, as new. Original bag and labeled Downes tube. Lists at $1,595, offered at $1,495.
Schliske The Big T 76 2p, 2t for DT4: Medium flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing, bronze C/P wraps over bronze snakes, 3 signature/measuring wraps at 16, 18 and 20, 6 ½ grip terminating in a D/L cap and ring with spalted maple spacer.
A used rod by this Ft. Collins, CO builder, has grip soiling and both tips have significant sets which could be removed to bring her up to like-new spec. Rod feels very light in the hand(hollow built?) with a tippy yet progressive character. $745
Edwards 'Bristol' Bristol Built f1318-8 1/2' 3p 2t for 7/8 6.0 0z.: D/L screw lock over threaded bakelight spacer w/hooded NS band and end cap, 6 1/2" Western grip, bakelight winding check, NS strap and ring keeper, model signed in white ink w/"Bristol Built' decal. Maroon CP wraps tipped gold at all ferrules, guides and tip tops, all sections appear to have been revarnished save the butt section, butt ferrule needs to be reset, one tip down 3/8", grip soiling, otherwise VG with a powerful action. $350 bag and tube.
Edwards 'Quadrate' No. 36, 9' 3p 2t for 6/7 6.5 0z.: U/L screw lock over threaded bakelight spacer w/hood under 6 1/2" Western grip, bakelight winding check, bent wire loop hook keeper, model signed in faded white ink "Edwards Quadrate #36". Brown CP wraps tipped gold at all ferrules, guides and tip tops, Size 18 and 13 bright squared step down ferrules, all sections in original varnish and wraps, varnish good but a little soft. No grip soiling, appears immaculate and never fished with a powerful action. Section vary slightly in length, as built. Original bag and tube w/remnants of label. $995
Hardy Perfect 3 3/8 8.7 oz w/backing, RHW, capacity for DT5 up to WF7. Anodized aluminum w/smooth aluminum foot, adjustable duplicated check, milky agate line guard, ebonite handle.
In near-mint condition with only the slightest signs of use, this set has a spare spool, the original box, zippered case and pamphlet. Reels of this era sometimes have some slop, but this is a fantastic example with no play or wobble. Just a lovely reel perfect for cane or graphite, in pristine condition. $675
Orvis CFO I Disc: 2 ¾ diameter, 4.3 oz with a Sylk WF5 line and backing, set up for LHW but reversible, attractive bronze anodizing w/Orvis soft pouch. Flawless condition! $395
Scientific Anglers System 6: 3 ¼, 4.2 oz. RHW, anodized aluminum. Mint, unused, with original zippered case and box. Made in England by Hardy Brothers. $250
Scientific Anglers System 7: 3 1/2, 5.9oz with line and backing. RHW, anodized aluminum. Very fine with the slightest signs of use on the foot with original zippered case and box. Made in England by Hardy Brothers. $250
Orvis Battenkill V: 3 13/16, 9.2 oz with a WF6 line and backing. LHW. Some edge rash to the frame, very smooth drag and quiet click. Made in England with an Orvis labeled pouch. $250
Islander No. 3: 3 7/8, 15.4 oz with WF12 line and backing, LHW, but reversible, massive cork disc drag, gold color anodizing, smooth as silk. Used, but pristine with original pouch. $425
Ross Gunnison G-1 and Extra Spool 2 7/8 6.7 oz. w/backing, for line weights 3-5. Black anodized aluminum, smooth adjustable and wide-ranging drag, quick change spool, pleasing click, set up for LHW. In good condition with some wear to the anodizing on the foot along with some edge rash. A great utilitarian reel. Soft pouches for reel and spool. $195
Hardy Angel 4/5 3 ½ 7.7 oz w/backing and WF-6 line, LHW. Anodized aluminum, fine and smooth adjustable drag with great range, quiet check, rims and faces unmarred, foot has the slightest signs of mounting, otherwise in extremely good condition. Original neoprene pouch. $349
Abel Pt. 5 2 ¾ 6.9 oz. Gorgeous deep black anodized aluminum finish, extremely smooth and wide-ranging drag. Some minute rash on edges, back and foot, but functionally excellent, a good user. Original pouch. $325
Pflueger Medalist #1498: 4 overall diameter, 10.8 oz. w/line and backing, RHW, adjustable drag, diamolite line guard, holds a WF10 line and 200 yards of backing. Some edge and face rash and faint scratches and minor corrosion on foot, but overall good. Would make a great salmon/grilse/bass/steelhead reel. Could use a good clean and lube to bring it its smoothest running condition. $49
Hardy Golden Prince 9/10: 3 ¾ Overall diameter, 10.2 oz with backing, RHW(but easily reversable), adjustable drag, reversable line guard, First Edition Serial number 44. Exceptional overall condition, with no rash/chips/scratches in the anodizing. Foot could use a polish.
This reel features a unique vertical pawl design that allowed the spool to be an incredible width along with a very thin and light back plate. The drag doesnt have the widest range, but Ive read online the spring can be tuned to an owners taste. With an old(but not original) Hardy soft case. $299
Thomas and Thomas Classic (TM) reel by Ross Reels. Black anodized w/engraved T&T logo on spool plate, backplate with aluminum drag cover w/T&T's famous angler in a top hat logo, LHW, wide ranging and smooth drag w/subtle click. Fair/Good overall condition with edge and foot wear to anodizing. Lined with backing. Suede pouches. $195
Thomas and Thomas Tournament reel by Regal: Black anodized aluminum, original T&T labeled soft case. This 3/12" LHW reel for 6-8 wt lines has a line and backing on it, but that's the only sign of it ever being used. Not even a mar on the reel foot. Excellent +, c.mid-1980's. $395
Plastic Rods and Miscellaneous
Thomas and Thomas Graphite XL968T 4p for #8 line. Serial number 14-351. Fast. Charcoal grey blank, chrome snakes with ceramic ring stripper, 7 ½ full Wells terminating in anodized U/L screw lock over cocobolo spacer with fighting butt. Some grip soiling but overall GC, with original labeled cordura tube and bag with stiffener. Would make a great steelhead/grilse/bass/pike/carp rod. $195
Hardy Accessories BLOWOUT!
Leather Single Fly Patch: $24.95 SALE $9.95
Leather Fly Dryer: $24.95 SALE $9.95
Leather Double Fly Patch: $24.95 SOLD OUT!
Leather Gink Holder: $19.95 OUT OF STOCK!
Leather Fly Wallet: $69.00 OUT OF STOCK!
Combination Tool(stainless steel nipper, hook hone, hook eye cleaner and knot tyer): $18.95 OUT OF STOCK!
Closeout! Flip Focals: Great solution for old eyes! 2.5 power! $7.99
Trout Music CD's: Great music for home/shop/fishing trips. $5 each.
The Lovely Reed, Jack Howell: NIB, $45 SOLD!
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean: First edition, 3rd printing, vg-fine w/DJ. Acquired from the author's son John Maclean and includes a signed letter about this book from him. $195 SOLD!
Fly Rods Galore by George Barnes: Signed, mint. $60
8 by Hoagy B. Charmichael, Signed $100, Mint. $95
Bogdan by Graydon Hilyard, VG $25
Forgotton Flies by Schmookler and Sills: Mint in original plastic bag, never opened $275 REDUCED! $250! SOLD!
Books for Sale! The shop has gotten so crowded with machines and tooling it's reached a point where we can barely walk. Likewise, our bookshelves are overloaded and there's no room for new acquisitions, so I've decided to move some books from our library.
If you have an interest in these titles I can send a full description:
SALE: 20% OFF PRICES LISTED!
Forgotten Flies $350 SOLD!
Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials, Vol. 1 $600
Game Fishes of the Unites States $300 SOLD!
Split and Glued $250
The Lovely Reed $400
Fishing Bamboo $225
Offers considered for one or all!
Finally, I have for sale 39 issues/CD's of the Powerfibers magazine, all save one unopened and just as received in our mailbox. Obviously mint, unused. $125
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Everette Garrison 206 7 1/2' 2p 2t for DT4 line, serial number E-79-3 (1935): Pumpkin color cane/varnish w/typical Garrison spiral node spacing pattern w/mirror matched tips, Halstead size 13 step down ferrules, Perfection stripper, guides and tip tops, transluscent silk at guides w/chocolate brown at ferrules. Expertly refinished, retaining all appropriate markings. Bag is a replacement, but tube and cap are original. One tip has a very short (1/2") clear overwrap just below the tip top wrap), otherwise sections are full length and straight, 6 1/2" Garrison grip exhibits ridging typical of a rod of this vintage, d/L NS pocketed butt cap and slide band.
What can be said of a Garrison that hasn't already been said thousands of times before? Simply the most desireable rodmaker in history and with a limited production of about 650 rods, this is one of a relative few extant in an extremely desireable length and line weight. Built only two years into his vocation as a rodmaker, this is also a very early example, and demonstrates his almost immediate mastery of the art. $11,000. SOLD!
New Listings: Four Peerless Reels by Bob Corsetti! No longer made, these are classic designs, made in the USA, perfect for cane or graphite!
Peerless Model 7: Good condition with minute edge rash on foot, back rim and plate. This is an extremely rare Peerless model, with only 150 ever made. Case is very good. $795 SOLD!
Abel Number 2 3 ¼ lined with WF8 line and backing. Gorgeous deep black anodized aluminum finish, extremely smooth and wide-ranging drag, a couple very minute marks on edges and foot, otherwise VGC. Original pouch. $395 SOLD!
Peerless Model 2: 3 ¼ x 7/8 5.4 oz for 5/6 lines, plus backing. Very sweet sounding click. Slight rash on foot and rims as shown, faint scratches on front and rear plates. Case good, $795. SOLD!
Fenwick Boron X 9 2p 1t for 5 weight line. Black boron blank, black wraps tipped gold over chrome guides, 7 ½ grip terminating in a D/L anodized seat over wood spacer. Overall good used condition, bag and original tube. $149 SOLD!
Orvis Madison 7 ½', 2p., 2 t. 3 5/8 oz. for HEG line(WF5) line, fast action. Orvis impregnated cane, chocolate wraps, knurled aluminum D/L screw lock with walnut spacer, 6 superfine grip, serial number 54123(1969).
In fair condition, this rod has a delightful medium action that I would fish with a DT3 or DT4 line. All sections full length, however one male ferrule is missing its moisture plug and the second male is an old non-Orvis replacement. Ferrules fit well enough to fish the rod but would recommend mounting a new set of original Orvis ferrules(I can provide a set for $40.) and would be happy to recommend a good restorer to do the work at reasonable cost. Bluing worn on male and female ferrules and no bluing on replacement ferrule, grip has been cleaned, and numerous wraps have been replaced and/or touched up, reel seat end cap scuffed from use. Writing in poor shape, cane in pretty condition, could use a polish. Gray poplin bag with hang loop, and well-traveled original case with label. A very nice rod to just take fishing worry-free. $495 SOLD!
Abel Super 10 Big Game Reel: Super 10. Listing for $820 , this black anodized large arbor reel weighs in at 8.7 oz., is 3.900" in diameter, and can hold a 10 wt line and 220 yards 30# backing. As typical of Abel's the drag is silky smooth and ranges from very light to 'stop a truck'. Mint, unused, with soft pouch. $599 SOLD!
J.D. Wagner Patriot Series 7'3" 4-5 wt, 2p, 1t. This our best-selling taper, and I think if one word could describe it, it would be smooth. We find about half of the owners fish it with a DT4, half with a DT5, depending on ones casting style. With deeply flamed cane, forest green color CP silk over black guides, oxidized Super Z ferrules and nickel silver pocketed butt cap and ring....all the bells and whistles of our very popular Patriot Series rods, which run $845 new.
This rod is in good condition, with some slight loss of bluing on the oxidized C&R seat and a small indent in the cork where the slip ring contacts the reel foot, and some minor grip soiling. Tip has a very slight fishing set about 5 from the tip top. Ferrules seat smoothly and completely and separate with a nice pop and the wraps are still fresh and in great shape. Put a reel on it and go fishing! With original bag and labeled tube in good order. $645 SOLD!
Peerless Model 5: 3 1/4" x 1 3/4", 8 oz. rated for WF7 and 180 yards of backing. LHW. Fantastic steelhead or light salmon reel. Peerless Salmon models feature the same drag system as employed in the Edward Vom Hofe salmon reels- an oil impregnated leather pad that applies pressure to the running spool. In addition to this drag, there's a click and pawl system so there's no possibility of free spooling.
This one is near mint with a very minute amount of edge rash as shown in the picture and very faint scratches on faces. Could use some cleaning on the faces. Comes with original box not shown in pictures and lined with an unidentified line in good condition. $850. SOLD!
Fabulous Boxed Orvis Rocky Mountain Cane Rod Set: Consists of two rods cased in a green felt lined Mahogany case with brass hinges and hasps, as reportedly packaged by Abercrombie and Fitch. Rods are:
6 ½ 3p., 2 t. 3 1/4 oz. Rocky Mountain for DT5 line, medium action. Orvis impregnated cane, original chocolate translucent wraps, aluminum/L screw lock seat over walnut spacer, 5 1/2 grip, serial number 82879.
A very nice impregnated rod, straight and tight with gorgeous dark cane, overall very good condition showing only slightest sign of use with minor grip soiling. Writing and bluing 100%. Also comes with an original bag and aluminum case with labeled cap.
6 ½ 3p., 1 t. 3 5/8 oz. Rocky Mountain Spinning Rod: Orvis impregnated cane, original chocolate translucent wraps, aluminum double ring seat 10 spinning grip, serial number 56953.
A very nice impregnated rod, straight and tight with gorgeous dark cane, immaculate condition, doubt it was ever fished. Writing 100%. The boxed set: $1,695 SOLD!
Peerless Model 2A: 3 1/4" x 1 5/32, 5.3 oz. For up to DT6 plus backing. Serpentine handle, adjustable click drag. Minute edge rash on foot, back rim. Case good. Comes with original box not shown in pictures and is lined with a very good SA Ultra 3 DT5. Set for LHW. $725 SOLD!
Pflueger Medalist 1494 : 3 1/4 overall diameter, 5.6 oz. , RHW, adjustable drag, diamolite line guard, for line weights up to DT6. Mint, unused, with original box and paperwork. $170 SOLD!
Pflueger Medalist #1495DA and Extra Spool: 3 5/8 overall diameter, 7.6 oz. w/line and backing, RHW, adjustable drag, diamolite line guard, for line weights 5-8. Some edge and face rash and faint scratches and minor corrosion on foot, but overall good. Line info painted on front faces. Great general use reel. Both reel and spools have lines and backing. Could use a good clean and lube to bring it its smoothest running condition. $75 SOLD!
Pflueger Medalist #1495 1/2DA : 3 5/8 overall diameter, 8.2 oz. w/line and backing, RHW, adjustable drag, diamolite line guard, for line weights 6-8. Some edge and face rash and scratches on rear plate as shown in photo but overall good. Great general use reel. Could use a good clean and lube to bring it its smoothest running condition. $35 SOLD!
Pflueger Medalist #1495: 3 5/8 overall diameter, 8.2 oz. w/sinking line and backing, RHW, adjustable drag, diamolite line guard, for line weights 5-8. Quite a bit of edge and face rash and paint loss on rear plate as shown in photo. Line info painted on front face. Great general use reel. Could use a good clean and lube to bring it its smoothest running condition. $19 SOLD!
Peerless Model 1 1/2: 3" x 1 5/32, 4.8 oz. For up to DT5 line and backing. Serpentine handle, adjustable click drag. Minute edge rash on foot, back rim and plate. Case good. $795 SOLD!
Charlton Model 8350C Configurable Reel with Extra 1-2 Spool, Set up for LHW : Begun in 1991 by founder Jack Charlton, the Charlton reel quickly became a benchmark of quality and innovation in modern reelmaking. The motto One Lifetime, One Reel indicates the design philosophy of durability and versatility, as the Configurable Series allowed anglers to switch out just the spools to cover a range of fishing conditions and line weights.
This mint set comes in their original boxes with original reel , pouch and 1-2 weight extra spool as shown. Original paperwork. The reel was used once by the owner, but there is no sign of it; the spool, unused. $3,050 PRICE SLASHED! $2,000!! SALE PENDING! SOLD!
Paul Young Midge 63 2p 2t. for DT4 line, Serial number 4314, 1966. Richly flamed mottled cane, brown C/P silks over black Perfection guides and Mildrum stripper, dual oxidized aluminum slide bands and mortised cork spacer w/ 5 ½ cigar grip, oxidized truncated Super Z ferrules, number 4314 intact on all sections.
Rod inked in Bob Summers flowing script and in immaculate condition, ferrules still snug, varnish good, some wraps a little dry, slight cork ridging, rod is straight and tight overall with just the slightest fishing set(?) in one tip. At 1 ¾ oz, an infamous rod model that set the standard for light rod fun! Original nylon bag and tube $3,900. SOLD!
Peerless Model 7: One minute blemish on the crank and foot, otherwise mint. Case is very good. This is an extremely rare Peerless model, with only 150 ever made. $795 SOLD!
Hollander Reels, Phoenix Model P-50 Fly Reel, Serial Number 56 P-50 w/large Arbor and w/Extra Traditional Spool: Black and gold anodized finish for 5-7 wt lines. 5.4 oz w/large arbor spool. Set for LHW but reversible. Very smooth disc drag system with rear adjuster button. Mint unused condition with original factory boxes, pouch, pamphlet and screwdriver. An interesting and innovative fine reel, with an extra spool having a smaller arbor! $995 SOLD!!!
Orvis Battenkill Featherweight 3 4.0 oz. for 3-4 line. A Gorgeous, near mint example of a 70s era Made in England Featherweight. Anodized aluminum, adjustable click regulator, two screw line guard, quick release spool, original care sheet w/original soft zippered case. Set up for LHW, but convertible. The only sign I can see of this reel ever being used is a very minute mark on one upper surface of one end of the foot. $250 SOLD!
Megoff Special Titanium Edition MDS 810 DD LA Ti : Super high quality titanium reel, extremely smooth and almost silent click w/extraordinary disc drag, LHW , 3 7/8 in diameter, 11.9 oz, Capacity WF10 and 200 yds. 30 lb. backing. Mint. $1,075 SOLD!
Sage Model GFL 5100-3 RPL and Sage Model 3300D Reel Outfit: 10 3p for 5 line, 3 3/8 oz, serial number P9903. U/L anodized aluminum screw lock over zebrawood(?). 7 Western grip with slight soiling, fighting butt, wire hook keeper, dark brown blank wrapped brown, ceramic stripper. GC. Original bag and labeled case.
Sage Model 3300D Reel: 3 5/8 diameter large arbor reel, 6 oz, for WF6 line and 100 yds backing. Cool numbered adjustable disc drag, black and silver anodized aluminum, exposed spool rim for palming, made in USA. VGC++ condition, no edge or foot rash. Set up for LHW but can be factory reversed. Original pouch, box and paperwork. Rod/Reel Outfit: $395 SOLD!
Orvis(Pflueger) Madison #9: 3 5/8 overall diameter, 7 oz w/backing, RHW, adjustable drag, holds a WF9 line and 200 yards of backing. Some light edge rash and faint scratches and minor corrosion on foot, but overall very good. Would make a great grilse/bass/steelhead reel. $99 SOLD!
Sage/Loop Model 709 Reel: Very slick and novel patented adjustable roller drag system made for Sage by Loop of Sweden. Can be easily palmed for additional pressure. Black anodized aluminum, 4 ¼, weighs in at 8.6 oz w/line, reversible, vgc+ with some very minute dings in the anodizing on foot. Original pouch, with line and backing. $325 SOLD!
Orvis CFO I Reel w/ 2 extra spools: 2 3/4" for DT1-3 lines, 3.2 oz.: Two screw spool latch, nickel silver reversible line guard, adjustable click and pawl drag, smooth aluminum foot. A very nice CFO I made in England, with a very smooth drag and no spool play/wobble, good condition with minute edge wear with zippered soft case. Spools are mint and appear to have never been lined. A great vintage reel for cane or graphite, easily reversible for left or right hand wind. $445. SOLD!
Orvis Vortex Large Arbor 5/6 Reel w/Extra spool: 3 1/8" diameter, gold anodized aluminum. For heavy trout, steelhead, light salt, hook keeper built into the foot! Used, but VGC+. Extra spool w/line and backing. $295 SOLD!
Orvis CFO III Disc 3 for 4-7 wt lines, 4.5 oz with backing. Bronze anodized aluminum, smooth foot, easy quick-change spool, reversible (set up for LHW), smooth and wide-ranging disc drag, pleasing quiet click. In good condition but with some edge dings as shown and a small amount of wear to the anodizing on the foot. With labeled soft zippered pouch, a great little reel for cane or graphite. $250 SOLD!
Orvis Deluxe 7', 2p., 2 t. 2 5/8 oz. for HDH line(DT6) line, fast action. Orvis impregnated cane, original chocolate translucent wraps, knurled dual aluminum slide bands with cork spacer, dainty 4 ½ superfine grip, serial number 42141(1965).
A nice impregnated rod in a rarer Orvis model, the Deluxe was inspired by Lee Wulff and produced by Orvis only from 1952-1967! Atypical of most Orvis rods, this one has a crisp, dry fly action which I would think best suited for DT4 or 5 line.
In fair condition, this one is fishable as-is, but could use a little help to bring it back to its original glory. One tip down 1 at the butt end, the size 11 ferrule being reset but not blued. This ferrule was rather crudely lapped and clicks due to a too-loose metal to metal fit. The second tip ferrule is also worn loose and clicks. Both male ferrules appear original, however. Bluing worn on male and female ferrules, grip soiling, wraps a bit dry but original writing in good shape, cane in pretty good condition, could use a polish. Gray poplin bag with hang loop, and well-traveled original case with label. $595 SOLD!
Hardy Cascapedia 3 4/5 for 4/5 line, 7.1 oz, LHW. Very sturdy and durable silver and black anodized aluminum construction, smooth adjustable drag with arrowhead indicator, smooth aluminum foot, serpentine handle, pleasing click. Holds a WF5 and 75 yds backing.
In VGC excepting one minute scratched area on the front rim and some corrosion to the foot. Original soft pouch. Made in England. New list price $629, this one: $450 SOLD!
L.J. Downes Rod Company 76-12 76, 2p, 2t for DT5 line. Richly flamed cane w/3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, gently swelled butt, black snakes and oxidized hardware wrapped in CP forest green tipped black thread, agate stripper, 6 cigar grip, oxidized D/L NS cap and ring seat w/highly figured and stained curly maple spacer. Original bag and labeled Downes tube.
The swelled butt provides for a crisp, powerful dry fly action with enough power to handle the largest fish, but the fine tips allow for casting delicacy. Jim told me this is his Signature taper, and once you have it in hand youll know why. Mint, as new. Original bag and labeled Downes tube. Offered at $1,495. SOLD!
Walton Powell Companion Rod 2p 2t. w/two butt sections, one butt making a 76 rod for 4/5 line, and a second butt to make an 86 5-6 rod. Gorgeously tempered and oiled cane w/ 2x2 node spacing and mirror matched tips, brown silks sealed with epoxy over chrome guides and ceramic stripper. NS ferrules w/witness marks w/decorative wraps between tip guides and on butt sections, 6 and 6 ½ full Wells grips with wire hook keepers, gold-color anodized aluminum U/L screw lock seats over colorful laminated wood spacers, butts signed a Walton Powell rod, serial number 1-6-87.
In new condition, both assembled rods have a very smooth and pleasing action, and although they bend into the butt, they feel quite strong in hand. With the two butts provided, it makes for an extremely versatile set of quality fishing tools. Original bag and labeled tube that shows a little wear, but rods do not. Two rods in one! $1,550 SOLD!
Boxed Orvis Rocky Mountain Twin Presentation Cane Rod Set: Consists of two rods cased in a green felt-lined mahogany case with brass hinges and hasps, as reportedly packaged by Abercrombie and Fitch. Both are well-used but not abused and with a little set removal could be brought to like new-condition. Rods are:
6 ½ 3p., 2 t. 3 1/4 oz. Rocky Mountain for DT5 line, medium action. Orvis impregnated cane, original chocolate translucent wraps, aluminum/L screw lock seat over walnut spacer, 5 1/2 grip, serial number 56743.
A very nice impregnated rod with gorgeous dark cane, overall good condition, slight fishing sets in both tips, bluing wear, some grip soiling remaining after cleanup. One tip ferrule missing its moisture plug. Writing 100%, cane and wraps in great shape.
6 ½ 3p., 1 t. 3 5/8 oz. Rocky Mountain Spinning Rod: Orvis impregnated cane, original chocolate translucent wraps, aluminum double ring seat w/ 10 spinning grip, serial number 56945.
A nice impregnated rod with gorgeous dark cane, well-used with fishing sets, bright ferrules fit nicely. Cane, writing and wraps 100%. The boxed set: $1,395 SOLD!
J.D. Wagner Signature Series, Model 380 BP 3p 2t for 5-6 wt. Serial number 304-9: Made in March 2004, with hallmarks typical of the period: medium flamed cane, translucent claret wraps with single wrap black tipping, Venneri U/L NS screw lock with highly figured varnished amboena spacer, agate stripper, chrome guides and tip tops, 6 Western grip, bright NS ferrules. In good shape, mirror matched tips, 3x3 node spacing, hand-crafted rope-knurled sterling silver hook keeper, ferrules still snug. Elegantly signed with varnish and wraps finished to the highest standards of any rod, classic or contemporary. Shows moderate signs of use, one tip with a slight set, some cleaned grip soiling with slight ridging and scratches on end of butt cap and case.
The 380 BP is based on the classic Paul Young Para 15, but in 3-piece design, making it a great rod to travel with. With wet and dry tips, this rod has a heavy tip best suited for DT6 or WF7 line, and a lighter dry fly tip for DT5. I love fishing this rod, particularly with the heavy tip and WF7 with large flies like Hexes, mice and streamers. Medium action that rewards a slower casting stroke, letting the rod do all the work. $1,795 SOLD!
H.L. Leonard Allagash 7' 4p, 2t for DT4 line, serial number 1399. Leonard blond cane, 3x3 node spacing, Chinese red C/P wraps tipped gold at ferrules, Perfection snakes and Mildrum stripper, 5" cigar grip terminating in NS C/R seat with butternut spacer. Ferrules sizes 15, 11, and 8, each section is only 21 1/2" long!
Perhaps the rarest Leonard rod configuration ever made! Only 12 Allagash rods are thought to exist, most of which were made as 8' rods. In extremely fine, original condition w/original bag and labeled tube with HLL engraved brass cap. Rod posseses a very soft and lovely casting demeanor. The ultimate prize for the hard-core Leonard afficianado. REDUCED!!! $5,000 PRICE SLASHED MUST MOVE! $3,500 SOLD!
Mark Ruhe Swift River Fly Fishing 76, 3p, 2t for DT4/5 line, 3 ¾ oz. Richly flamed cane, immaculately pressed nodes arranged in spiral fashion, mirror matched tips designated 1 and 2, oxidized NS Super Z ferrules, black Snake brand guides with agate stripper and hook keeper wrapped in translucent cinnamon tipped black, 5 ½ cigar grip terminating in an oxidized C/R seat with mortised cherry(?) burl spacer. Original bag and tube.
This rod is one of only about a dozen Mr. Ruhe of Spokane made for Swift River around 2000 before he quit building in 2006. All aspects of the rod are very competently executed with an attention to detail: very nice and clean planing, wrapping and varnish work. Despite being fished the rod is quite straight and in overall good condition. Some bluing wear to one male ferrule and the C/R seat, varnish could use a wash and polish to remove watermarks, some grip soiling but is otherwise in good shape. Aluminum ferrule plugs, ferrules fit smooth and snug and separate with a nice pop. A fast and tippy rod owing to a gradual swelled butt, great for flies large and minute and their accurate placement. Marked for a 4 line, I like it better with a DT5 to allow more of the rod to do the work. $945 SOLD!
Edwards 'Bristol' Bristol Built Model f18 8 1/2' 3p 2t for 5/6 5.2 0z.: D/L NS and aluminum screw lock over varnished walnut spacer w/hooded NS band and end cap, 5 7/8" Western grip, bakelight winding check, NS strap and ring keeper, model signed in white ink "Bristol". Maroon CP wraps tipped gold at all ferrules, guides and tip tops, agate stripper, bright NS step down ferrules, all sections in apparent original varnish and wraps. Mid or butt ferrule needs to be reset, slight click. Grip soiling, otherwise VG with a pleasing action. Original bag and labeled tube. $375 SOLD!
Wilson International by Sharpes of Aberdeen, 8'3" 2p 1t for DT5 or 6 line, Serial number 6973. Richly flamed and impregnated cane w/ 3 x 3 node spacing, oxidized brass ferrules w/witness marks, C/P bluish-green silks tipped gold, aluminum winding check, hook keeper, D/L aluminum knurled ring with hooded butt cap and skeleton cork spacer, 6 Powell-type grip, staggered ferrule design with bamboo and brass ferrule plug/stiffener.
Dermont Wilson was a noted authority on fishing the chalk streams of England and published a well-regarded book, Fishing The Dry Fly. He established a mail order tackle business that was later acquired by Orvis. In exceptionally fine condition a very rare Wilson-labeled rod made by Sharpes, the only sign of use being some slight grip soiling and light scratches to the butt cap. Ferrules seat smooth and snug with a nice pop, straight as the day it was made. Has a deep flexing action, would be a great rod for bigger water. Labeled for 5/6, I prefer a DT6 and letting the rod do the work. Original bag and hang tag. PVC case. Excellent+. $525 SOLD!
Hardy Viscount 130: 3 ¼ diameter, ¾ spool width, anodized aluminum reversible for L or R hand wind(set up for LHW), smooth adjustable drag, capacity up to DT6 or WF7 and 75 yards of backing!
A nice all-around reel, 70s vintage, some slight edge marring but very smooth. Original plastic case with care sheet. $95 SOLD!
R.L. Winston 8' 2p 2t for DT 5 line, 3 1/8 oz. Serial number 4204. Winston blond cane, 3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips. U/L NS screw lock over zebrawood(?) insert terminating in a 6" Western grip, typical Winston wraps tipped red at hook keeper and ferrules, overwrapped Duronze ferrules, nickel silver winding check and hook keeper, gorgeous agate stripper, black guides.
Rod has a very smooth medium action in hand. Only the slightest signs of use, grip and reel seat immaculate, ferrules separate with a nice pop. They sure know how to make a nice casting tool at Winston. Original bag and case. $1,850 REDUCED! $1,775 SOLD!
Winston by Don Recker 6, 2p, 2t for DT3 line. Lightly mottled flamed cane, 3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, translucent silk wraps tipped black over chrome snakes and ceramic ring stripper, 5 ½ cigar grip, NS winding check and hook keeper terminating in a D/L NS knurled cap and ring seat w/light color wood spacer.
A beautifully made and finished rod by an Ohio maker who is apparently no longer in production. Very nice cane and finish work apparently utilizing a Winston taper, this rod is crisp and delicate and in near-mint condition. With bag, tube and tube canvas tube cover. $650 SOLD!
Orvis CFO III Reel 3" for DT3 or DT5 line and extra spool: 3.5 oz. Two screw spool latch, nickel silver reversible line guard, adjustable click and pawl drag, smooth aluminum foot. A very nice CFO III made in England, with a very smooth drag and no spool play/wobble, near mint with original zippered leather and sheepskin lined soft case and paperwork. A great vintage reel for cane or graphite, easily reversible for left or right hand wind, with an extra spool! Extra spool has a bit of edge rash. $345 SOLD!
L.J. Downes Rod Company Quad: 76, 3p, 2t for DT4/5 line. Blond cane w/2x2 node spacing, mirror matched tips, nicely squared bright NS ferrules w/chrome snakes and bright NS hardware wrapped in CP tan thread w/variegated tipping accents with red-tipping at guides, agate stripper, 6 cigar grip squared at foregrip, bright D/L NS cap and ring seat w/figured curly maple spacer. Original bag and labeled Downes tube.
A delightful progressive action rod that bends down into the butt, but not overtly so and a quad, to boot! Mint, as new. Original bag and labeled Downes tube. Offered at $1795. SOLD!
Thomas and Thomas Individualist Custom 5'9" 2p 2t for #4 line, serial number 2256: Varnished light colored cane w/full, closely-spaced intermediates in C/P forest green silk, Perfection guides and agate stripper in NS frame, diminutive 5" cigar grip terminating in mortised cork skeleton reel seat with NS C/R, oxidized Super Z style ferrules, diminutive swelled butt.
An extremely rare, early and important custom T&T rod, inked in the precise script of Tom Maxwell, signed 'Limestone Bob' along with initials "TED" and "TLM" (Tom Dorsey and Tom Maxwell). Has a very nice, gentle action reminicient of a Hardy Marvell. Rod is straight and tight, varnish in good condition considering age and early T&T origins. Original bag and case. $3,400 SOLD!
D.G. Schroeder Rod Company 79 3p 2t. for DT 5 line, Serial number 21398. Richly flamed mottled cane with golden nodes arranged 2x2, mirror matched tips, modestly swelled butt, translucent tan silks tipped in claret over bright chrome guides and Mildrum stripper, D/L NS C/R reel seat with gorgeous varnished curly walnut spacer, 6 cigar grip, oxidized and pinned truncated Super Z ferrules, all sections numbered, knurled brass and cork ferrule plugs with tan poplin bag w/stiffener and labeled case.
A gorgeous, near mint example from one of the USAs most established and credible builders. Id characterize this as a fast rod, with plenty of backbone, with a crisp dry-fly demeaner. This rod has been fished very sparingly by its owner and extremely well- tended. Straight and tight as the day it was made. Immaculate workmanship. $1,750 SOLD!
A.J. Thramer Classic Taper Series Leonard 39, 2p, 2t 7'6" for DT4-5 line. D/L bright NS cap and ring w/mortised butternut spacer, Chinese red wraps tipped black at NS strap and ring Hook keeper, bright NS step down ferrules, modest swelled butt above 6 cigar grip terminating in a bright NS hexagonal winding check, blond cane w/ 3x3 node spacing and mirror-matched tips. A wonderful rod in excellent++ condition showing only the slightest signs of use. I've long been a fan of AJ's work as he produces a very clean rod at an amazingly modest price. I lined this up with a Hardy Featherweight and DT4 and 5 lines and it feels wonderfully balanced in the hand and will load enough to cast just the leader and also out to an incredible distance, with some reserve power due to the swelled butt! I preferred the DT5, but others may like it more with a 4. With original bag and labeled case. New runs $1,150, this one $945. SOLD!
Thomas and Thomas Classic 7' 2p 1t for DT5 line, serial number 3101(1978). Impregnated. Medium flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing. Perfection guides and Mildrum stripper wrapped in off yellow translucent silk tipped cinnamon, dark brown silks at ferrules, 5" cigar grip terninating in superfine-type profile w/hook keeper above, D/L aluminum cap and ring with varnished walnut spacer, oxidized NS ferrules.
Without the usual swelled butt, this early T&T Classic bends down into the grip. Marked for a 5 line, this would also feel good with a DT4 and perhaps even a 3. Tip has fishing set, but otherwise in good condition considering its age. Original bag and case. $1,375 SOLD!
J.D. Wagner Patriot Series 7'3" 4-5 wt, 2p, 1t. This rod was custom-made for Fullers North Branch Outing Club and labeled "Fullers North Branch Outing Club, Patriot and is in VG++ condition, with some slight loss of bluing on the oxidized C&R seat and minor grip soiling. This our best-selling taper, and I think if one word could describe it, it would be smooth. We find about half of the owners fish it with a DT4, half with a DT5, depending on ones casting style. With deeply flamed cane, chocolate color CP silk, oxidized Super Z ferrules and nickel silver pocketed butt cap and ring....all the bells and whistles of our very popular Patriot Series rods, which run $845 new. With bag. Case showing some normal wear and still bearing our original Patriot Series label. $599 SOLD!
Hardy 1903 Bougle' Limited Edition Reissue: Hardy reissued its classic Bougle' in limited edition in 1998. This is #026 from the original run of 1,000 reels, with original block leather case, box and attendant paperwork. Reel is virtually mint, unused condition, with only the original paper box showing some wear from storage. Smooth aluminum foot, aluminum and nickel silver construction, RHW(but can be user converted!), and adjustable check- a classic. Weighs 4 7/8 oz and will hold a WF4 line and 65 yards backing. Great classic match for cane rods. $595. SOLD!
H.L. (Homer) Jennings 8 3p 2t. for DT 5 line, Serial number 24-08-10. Caramel cane with 3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, translucent yellow silks tipped in claret over gunmetal gray guides and agate stripper, D/L NS C/R reel seat with highly figured maple(?)spacer, 6 cigar grip, oxidized Super Z ferrules w/bamboo ferrule plugs, all sections numbered, poplin bag and case with brass cap.
A gorgeous, near mint example from one of the USAs most established and credible builders. Id characterize this as a strong, medium fast action rod with sensitive tips. This rod has been fished very sparingly by its owner and extremely well-tended. Straight and tight as the day it was made. Immaculate workmanship, fantastic varnish, wrap and cane work, this rod has only minute amounts of bluing loss on the butt cap. Understated elegance, perfectly executed. A steal at, $1,685. SOLD!
Orvis Battenkill 7'6, 2p., 2 t. 3 7/8 oz. for HGD (WF6) line, fast to medium-fast action. Orvis impregnated cane w/3 x 3 node spacing, chocolate translucent wraps over chrome guides, polished d/l aluminum screw lock with walnut spacer, 6 cigar grip, serial number 65376.
Original bag and case with engraved hexagonal cap. In near-mint condition, the only flaws I can find on this rod is a minute amount of scratching on the butt cap and two letters somehow missing on the Battenkill writing as shown in the picture. This rod possesses a crisp, medium fast action and will delight its new owner! $1,200. SOLD!
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