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HUGE SALE ON ALL REMAINING TACKLE FROM THE WEISENBERGER ESTATE!!! DO NOT MISS OUT AND SEE THE LISTINGS Here. PRICES SLASHED!!!!
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. (Pair this rod with the Baby Bogdan below and own an unsurpassable outfit!)
Orvis Flea 6 ½', 2p., 2 t. 2 oz. for DT3 line, medium action. Orvis impregnated cane, original chocolate translucent wraps, knurled dual aluminum slide bands with cork spacer, 5 superfine grip, serial number 73238.
A very nice impregnated rod, straight and tight with gorgeous dark cane, overall very good condition showing only slightest sign of use, grip soiling and slight ridging. Writing and bluing in very good shape. Original bag and case with labeled cap. An incredible value in cane rods and a super example in excellent condition, take this baby fishing! Great, delicate action would be perfect for small spring creek fishing. $975
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
A.J. Thramer Dickerson 6611, 2p, 2t 6'6" for DT3/4 line, #4251. Oxidized D/L NS cap and ring w/nicely figured mortised spacer, chestnut wraps, oxidized Super-Z NS ferrules, slight swelled butt above grip, richly flamed cane w/ 3x3 node spacing and mirror-matched tips. A wonderful rod in VG condition showing only the slightest signs of use. Bluing on cap and ring worn, but ferrule bluing is perfect and ferrule fit snug. Varnish very good, one tip with the slightest fishing set.
I've long been a fan of AJ's work as he produces a very clean rod at an amazingly modest price, and that wont last forever as AJ has announced his retirement this coming August. With original bag and labeled case. New runs $900, this one $785.
Pezon et Michel Ritz Super-Parabolic PPP Fario Club 8'6 2p. 2t. 5 3/16 oz, serial number 510. Blond cane, 8 full Wells grip, u/l anodized screw lock. Reverse twist bronze guides double wrapped in green color preserved silk tipped red. Condition is virtually immaculate excepting the smallest amount of edge wear on the butt cap and seat. Staggered ferrule design with original bamboo ferrule plug, blued ferrules with witness marks and numbered tips.
Made famous by their association w/Charles Ritz, the P&M parabolic rods are casting machines. A DT6 or WF7 really makes it sing.
Forget about all the crap you've read about parabolic rods. The stuff about requiring 'pinpoint timing', etc that was written more to stroke the egos of the writers then anything. Without fail, if I'm at a show and put a parabolic into the hands of a person who doesn't know it's a parabolic, they love the rod and are quite shocked to learn that they are easily able to cast these 'difficult' rods.
A great rod for big water fishing. With the tips being relatively heavy, perfect for streamer, small poppers and large hair bugs, weighted flies, as well as normal dry fly work. Original bag and case covered in labeled canvas over plastic with drawstring closure. (No top). Monster rod in rarely seen condition. $1,295
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. $7,500. REDUCED!!! $5,000
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. REDUCED $8,000!!
Payne Model 98 7', 2p, 2t 2.9 oz. Old restoration. Oxidized NS impressed "EF Payne Rod, EF Payne Rod Co, Makers". D/L C&R seat over cedar spacer, brown C/P wraps tipped yellow, with red and yellow tipping at hook keeper and ferrules, cleaned 4 3/4" cigar grip with some ridging. Typical wear on C/R bluing of a rod this age, ferrule bluing 95%. Silky smooth ferrule fit, both tips slight sets. Classic taper! Old bag and tube. $3,700
Thomas and Thomas Sans Pareil 6 1-piece for DT5 Serial number 4175. An extremely rare rod from T&T, 6 one-piece construction w/medium tempered cane, 3x3 node spacing, translucent wraps with cinnamon tipping, with black accent at hook keeper, oxidized winding check and reel seat hardware, 5 cigar grip, gorgeous claro walnut seat. Rod possesses a very delicate yet unified demeanor.
A very rare and desirable rod with the following exceptions noted: tip down ¾ with tip top reset, sets in rod which dont affect action but could be removed, some bluing worn on reel seat hardware, varnish fair. This rod was obviously loved, and used, by the owner and didnt sit in a closet. One could use it as is-or send it to T&T to be restored to its original glory. But one would probably just soon make it unmint as the action just begs this rod to be used. $2,150
H.L. Leonard Model 66 8' 2p, 3t for DT5-6 line. Leonard blond cane, 3x3 node spacing, Chinese red C/P wraps, Perfection snakes and Mildrum stripper, 6" cigar grip terminating in an aluminum and NS screw lock seat with butternut spacer. Ferrules size 13.
This rod is a bit of an enigma. The bag, which appears to be original(sans hang tag), has pockets for the butt and 3 tips. Two tips are full length, with one tip having a short(1/2) overwrap apx 22 from the tip end. The third tip is down about 4 ¼. All three male ferrules have some minute dents in the slides but all seat nicely. All sections straight and in good restored condition. $1,200
Kiri Model 6612 6'6" 2p 2t for DT3/4. Richly flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing, glasslike varnish, chrome snakes and black titanium stripper wrapped in CP forest green silk tipped orange, 6" Western grip w/ D/L cap and ring seat w/stabilized maple burl spacer. Oxidized Super Z style NS ferrules. Turned bamboo ferrule plug.
A very nice, lightly used rod from this talented Ohio rodmaker, almost new, excepting a slight amount of bluing wear at ferrules. Has a very nice feel in hand that bends down into the butt. $750
Kiri Model 7213 72" 2p 2t for DT4/5. Richly flamed cane, 2x2 node spacing, mirror matched tips, glasslike varnish, chrome snakes and black titanium stripper wrapped in light olive green silk tipped claret, 4 ½" cigar grip terminating in D/L NS screw lock seat w/stabilized amboena burl spacer. Oxidized Super Z style NS ferrules.
A lightly used rod from this talented Ohio rodmaker, almost new, excepting a slight amount of bluing wear at ferrules and reel seat hardware. Powerful and crisp dry fly action owing to a nicely swelled butt and fine tips. $750
Tom Ciemiega 79 2p 2t for DT5. Lightly flamed cane w/golden nodes, 2x2 node spacing, black snakes and black titanium stripper wrapped in translucent orange silks, bright agate stripper , 6 ½ cigar grip terminating in D/L NS screw lock seat w/stabilized maple burl spacer. Oxidized Super Z style NS ferrules w/knurled welt and ferrule plug. Medium fast action w/fine tips and plenty of meat in the butt.
A lightly used rod from the late Michigan rodmaker, some scratches on the butt cap but otherwise good. Powerful and crisp dry fly action owing to a nicely swelled butt and fine tips. $450
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 Virginia City Special 6 3p 2t for DT4 line. Richly flamed cane w/3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, black snakes and oxidized hardware wrapped in a deep C/P claret thread and double tipped in gold and black and variegated thread w/ full intermediates, agate stripper, 5 cigar grip oxidized D/L NS cap and ring seat w/gorgeously figured and stained curly maple spacer. Original bag and labeled Downes tube.
A gorgeous little rod with both delicacy and power and named for the small streams with big trout near Virginia City, MT., a summer haunt of Jims. In 3p design a great rod for travel with the ability to fish both small streams and larger water. Minor grip soiling, otherwise excellent. Lists at $1,795, offered at $1,695
L.J. Downes Rod Company Model 7012 7 2p, 2t for DT3/4 line. Richly flamed cane w/3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, swelled butt, black snakes and oxidized hardware wrapped in copper color C/P thread tipped black w/variegated yellow and black accents, agate stripper, 5 1/2 cigar grip, oxidized D/L NS cap and ring seat w/cherry spacer. Original bag and labeled Downes tube.
The swelled butt gives this rod plenty of reserve power and can throw a DT3 or 4 a country mile, yet the fine tips allow the rod to load very nicely up close. Minor grip soiling, otherwise excellent w/minor thread cracking at ferrules. Original bag and labeled Downes tube. Lists at $1,595, offered at $1,395
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.
Sweetgrass Mantra Series Pent 79 2p, 1t for DT5 line. Caramel tempered cane, paprika color wraps over black Snake brand guides, titanium stripper, fully wrapped NS ferrules, fancy winding check and hook keeper, 6 full Wells grip terminating in Bellinger black oxidized D/L screw lock seat over figured curly maple spacer.
A penta rod by the great folks at Sweetgrass, the Mantra Series is designed to get people into a fine rod at reasonable cost. This Penta I would characterize as medium fast progressive with a distinctly sweet and effortless feel for DT5 line. These rods are $995 new, this one mint, unused with only detraction a small amount of case scuffing, offered at $895.
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
Thomas and Thomas Salmon, 8 1/2' 2p, 2t. 4 7/8 oz for 8 wt line, serial number 4380(1987). Gorgeously mottled flamed cane, U/L NS screw lock w/figured and varnished claro walnut spacer, reverse half Wells, short detachable fighting butt w/protective end cap when not in use, fighting butt cleverely stored in distal end of rod tube, clear wraps tipped cinnamon over chrome guides. Although this rod has clearly been used it remains straight and tight and in VGC overall. Has a very strong, progressive taper making it suitable for steelhead and salmon. Gorgeous, as usual, from T&T. Original labeled bag and brass capped tube. New from T&T salmon rods run $3,850. This one, $2,425.
J. D. Wagner Model 250BC Light Baitcasting Rod: Custom made for the owner of the rod above to fish for crappies and small bass. This 5', 2p, 2t. light action rod features all the bells and whistles of our Signature Series rods plus more: mirror matched tips, richly flamed cane, wraps delicately tipped in black, agate tip tops, black titanium guides, downlocking nickel silver Venerri reel seat witha mind blowing burl wood impregnated spacer terminating in the retaining hood under the 5" grip, 'onion foregrip', nickel silver end plate on grip, oxidized super Z ferrules, bamboo ferrule plug., hexagonal curly cherry rod case with contrasting maple end caps. Rod and case evidences no signs of use and are in absolutely pristine condition. Over the years we've made less than 5 baitcasting rods, including one I made for my dad's retirement gift which remains in our family. I love making baitcasters and spinning rods for folks, but there's actually more work in one than a fly rod, hence if we quoted this rod today it would run $2,395. This one, in as-new condition, $1,595.
H.L Leonard Model 50DF Tournament 8' 3p 3t for Dt5 line. 3.7 oz. Original unrestored condition, size 15/10 ferrules, 3 tips, reverse twist snakes wrapped in tan silks tipped red at ferrules, agate stripper, all sections full length but two tips w/overwraps, bluing(or later applied black paint?) extensively worn , one ferrule not blued at all , varnish original but good w/typical wear of age, grip soiling and condition appropriate for age. Original case, bag with faded hang tag. $1,100
Wright and McGill era Granger Favorite, 8'6" 3p, 2t for DT5-6 line. Pumpkin color cane, 3x3 node spacing, variegated black and white CP wraps tipped yellow, full yellow intermediates, patented U/L full NS screw lock seat, man-sized half-Wells grip, NS ferrules w/witness marks, original bag and case.
Original pumpkin varnish is in VGC and is not soft, no bag marks. On tip down 1 3/4" and the second tip, while full length, needs the ferrule re-set. Grip soiling, but sections are quite straight for age and fit nicely. $645
Tim Zeitak Para 15 8 2p, 2t for 5/6 line: Made in the original Young style w/mottled cane w/2x2 node spacing, resorcinol glue, oxidized Super Z ferrules, black guides wrapped in translucent cinnamon, wet and dry tips for versatility, 6 grip, d/L screw lock seat over cork spacer.
A used rod as evidenced by grip soiling, but still straight and tight and in VG+ condition. Very good varnish and workmanship by this noted PA builder. $995
Ben Turpin 7 2p 2t for DT4: Richly flamed cane, spiral node spacing, bright NS ferrules, mirror matched tips, chrome guides and agate stripper wrapped with cinnamon thread, fancy signature wrap, 6 ¾ Western grip, bright D/L cap and ring NS slide band seat w/figured wood spacer.
An unused rod from noted PA guide and rodmaker Ben Turpin, this rod features a fine fast tip action and plenty of reserve power in the butt. Marked 98, probably a nod to a Payne 98 taper. $895
Ben Turpin 8 2p 2t for DT5: Richly flamed cane, 3x3 node spacing w/mirror matched tips, bright NS ferrules, chrome guides and agate stripper wrapped with cinnamon thread, fancy signature wrap, 6 ¾ Western grip, bright D/L cap and ring NS slide band seat w/rosewood spacer.
An unused rod from noted PA guide and rodmaker Ben Turpin, this rod features is a fast powerhouse. $895
Ben Turpin 8 3p 2t for DT5: Richly flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing, bright NS truncated ferrules, chrome guides and agate stripper wrapped with cinnamon thread, fancy signature wrap, 6 ¾ Western grip, bright D/L cap and ring NS slide band seat w/figured walnut spacer.
An unused rod from noted PA guide and rodmaker Ben Turpin, this rod features a fine fast tip action and plenty of reserve power in the butt. $995
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
J.D. Wagner Patriot Series Custom, 6'6" 2p. 2t for DT 1-2 line: Once in a great while, we'll make up a custom Patriot Series rod for a special customer. This is one such rod. The action of this rod is similar to a Leonard Catskill Fairy, extremely light, delicate and slow, for an expert caster looking for the ultimate casting kick. In very good overall condition, slight amount of honest grip soiling and the slightest of sets in the extremely fine tips, bluing wear on the slide band. $850
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 '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
Leonard 38H, 2p 2t. for DT3/4 line, size 11 ferrule. Leonard blond cane w/3 x 3 node spacing, red wraps tipped gold at ferrules and strap and ring hook keeper, terminating in diminutive 5" cigar grip, w/ varnished butternut mortised spacer, d/l NS cap and ring stamped "HL Leonard Rod Company, Makers". One tip down 1/2" with 3" long clear overwrap starting just below the tip top and a minor fishig set. The purpose of the overwrap is unclear as I see nothing untoward with the cane under magnification. The second tip is 2 3/4" short with a minor fishing set and an oversized tip top mounted. Rod has been given a varnish overcoat, original bag and tube sans cap. $1,295 SALE $995!!!!!
Thomas and Thomas Midge 7' 2p 2t for DT4 line, serial number 3713(1981). Medium flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, cute abruptly swelled butt- a T&T trademark, Perfection guides and Mildrum stripper wrapped in off white translucent silk tipped cinnamon, dark brown silks at ferrules, 5" cigar grip, D/L cap and ring with varnished walnut spacer, oxidized NS ferrules and reel seat hardware.
I can't hide my admiration for T&T rods. Every detail is attended to, right down to the classic, flowing script; female ferrule embossed with the T&T logo with witness marks on ferrules, flawless varnish rubbed down to an understated satin, tips marked 1 and 2, swelled butt speeding up the rod action and adding some power. Rod is in very good shape, excepting some bluing loss on the metalwork. The long list of master craftsmen that have worked under Tom Dorsey- Marc Aroner, Bob Taylor, Tom Moran, Troy Jacques, et al- attests to T&T's preeminence in the world of bamboo rodmaking. $2,450 SALE 1,950!!!
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 SALE $995!!!!
Kiri 6'6" 2p 2t for DT3/4. Richly flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing, glasslike varnish, chrome snakes and black titanium stripper wrapped in CP forest green silk tipped orange, 6" cigar grip w/ D/L cap and ring seat w/stabilized amboena burl spacer. Oxidized super Z style NS ferrules and oxidized NS reel seat hardware. Aluminum ferrule plug. A very nice, lightly used rod from this talented Ohio rodmaker, almost new, excepting a slight amount of bluing wear at ferrules and reel seat hardware. Has a very nice feel in hand that bends down into the butt. $850 SALE $650!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Bogdan Baby Trout Wide w/Rare Palming Plate :2 3/4" diameter, 7/8" width spool, for 3 or 4 wt. line. LHW but can be converted to RHW, 4.2 oz, fixed click, drag smooth as silk, w/very rare palming plate. Pristine with no edge rash or mars to the foot from mounting on a rod, with original pouch . $2,800
Bogdan Steelhead W/Rare Palming Plate : 3 1/4" diameter, 1" width spool, for up to DT8 or WF9 wt. line and backing. LHW but can be converted to RHW, 6.3 oz, fixed click, drag smooth as silk, w/very rare palming plate. Pristine with no edge rash or mars to the foot from mounting on a rod, with original pouch and hang tag in Stans hand.. $2,950
Orvis CFO IV Reel 3 3/16" for DT4 thru DT6 line: 4 0z. Two screw spool latch, nickel silver reversible line guard, adjustable click and pawl drag, smooth aluminum foot. A very nice CFO IV made in England, with a very smooth drag and no spool play/wobble, near mint with zippered leather and sheepskin lined soft case. A great vintage reel for cane or graphite, easily reversible for left or right hand wind. $245.
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
Orvis CFO V Reel 3 7/16" for DT5 or DT8 line: 4.2 oz. Two screw spool latch, adjustable click and pawl drag, smooth ventilated aluminum foot. A very nice CFO V made in England, with a very smooth drag and no spool play/wobble, near mint with original zippered leather and sheepskin lined soft case. A great vintage reel for cane or graphite, easily reversible for left or right hand wind. Some edge, foot and back plate rash $195.
Matched Serial Number Set of Hardy Cascapedia Reels, both Mint, new in box, with all proper paperwork/boxes/gloves. The set, $3,500 :
Hardy Brunswick Cascapedia 1/0 Trout Reel RHW #72/500, Made by John Shiel. A masterpiece of the reelmaker's art. Never used, original leather case, paperwork, white gloves, box and box slipcase.
Hardy Brunswick 4/0 Salmon Reel RHW #72/500, Made by John Shiel. A masterpiece of the reelmaker's art. Never used, original leather case, paperwork, white gloves, box and box slipcase.
Three Mint Condition Megoff Titanium Fly Reels:
Megoff VR Series Titanium 23 Trout : Super high quality titanium reel, extremely smooth and almost silent click and pawl drag for LH or RH wind, 2.5 in diameter, 3.3 oz, Capacity WF3 and 50 yds backing. Mint. $625.
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
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
Fenwick World Class 4 Reel 3 3/8" dia. and 7/8" spool width, 7 1/4oz. Matte gold and black finish, adjustable drag from very light to very heavy. Good overall with some light scratches with original zippered case. $125
Thomas and Thomas Classic (TM) reel and extra spool 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, extra spool unlined. Suede pouches. $295
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
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
Charlton Model 8450C Configurable Reel with 3 Spools, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8., 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, unused set comes in their original boxes with original reel and spool pouches as shown, along with original care letter signed by Jack Charlton. $5,800
REDUCED!!!! Hardy St. George Jr. : Introduced by Hardy in 1910, the St. George became an immediate classic. This St. George Jr. features a 3-screw spool release, ribbed aluminum foot, duplicated check, smokey agate line guard and RHW, owner's initials engraved on backplate "FJH".
Very smooth and pleasing adustable click, this reel has lost most of its leaded finish, but to my eye, has a wonderful patina evidencing decades of joyous use. Would look and feel oh so sweet on a 3 wt cane rod. Needs a good cleaning, and there is a minute inclusion in the agate. I honestly can not tell if it's a crack or a natural inclusion. I took pics with a macro lens and blew them up, felt it with my finger, etc but can not tell for certain and priced accordingly at $795. REDUCED 20% to $635!!!!
REDUCED !!!! Hardy Lightweight Type 3: First introduced in 1936, the Hardy Lightweight has become a mainstay of the Hardy line. Early versions went thru various styles before the final form was settled, and this is one of the rare early types known as the Type 3.
Unlike the final version, this reel features a solid spool plate, smooth aluminum foot, 4 pillars without line guard, non-adjustable hairspring click check, straight line writing: "The Lightweight" and "Made By Hardy Bros. LTD. England". This one retains a very nice leaded finish, with the usual dings from use, and could use a good cleaning. The drag is very smooth and sweet, though, the spool has very little play, and at just under 3 1/4" in diameter would make a great reel to use for DT4 or 5 line. A nice addition to a Hardy afficianado's collection. $295 REDUCED 20% to $235!!!!
Sage/Loop Model 705 Reel: Very slick and novel patented roller system for Sage by Loop of Sweden. Black anodized aluminum, fair condition with some minute dings in the anodizing on foot and rims. Fixed tension, but can be easily palmed for additional pressure. Original pouch. Weight: 3 3/4 oz.; Dia.: 3 1/4 in.; Capacity: WF-4-F 200 yds.; DT-5-F 75 yds.; WF-6-F 100 yds. $175
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
Hardy Angel #3/4 Featherweight: 3" in diameter and only 3.9 oz in weight, super high quality futuristic and reversable anodized aluminum large arbor reel with adustable click and pawl drag, silky smooth. Capacity is DT3 and 50 yds backing, and made in England in 2008 prior to Hardy outsourcing reels. Mint, unsued, with original box showing some wear, paperwork and soft pouch. $695 REDUCED $495!!!!!!!!!!!
Thomas and Thomas Classic Reel by Ross: 3", Black anodized lightweight reel with disc drag, quiet click. Small amount of edge wear, with extra spool, backing and soft learher zippered cases. $345
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 (See http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/6315126)
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
Plastic Rods and Miscellaneous
RL Winston BL5/Bauer M4 Reel Outfit: 9 5p. 4 ¼ oz. for 8 wt line. Serial number 58836. Gorgeous trademark Winston green blank, U/L anodized aluminum screw lock seat, terminating in 1 ½ rubber-tipped fighting butt, 7 full Wells grip. Slight grip soiling and other signs of light use, case shows travel wear.
Bauer M4 reel: Large arbor 3 7/8 reversible salt water reel, black and gold anodized, amazing adjustable disc drag. Lined with WF 8 line. W/pouch, original box and paperwork. VGC with just a couple small dings.
Rod/reel outfit: $495
RL Winston BL5/ Bauer MX5 Reel Outfit: 9 5p. 4 3/4 oz. for 10 wt line. Serial number 76619. Gorgeous trademark Winston green blank, U/L anodized aluminum screw lock seat, terminating in 1 ½ rubber-tipped fighting butt. Slight grip soiling and other signs of light use, case shows travel wear.
Bauer MX5 reel: Large arbor 4 1/8 reversible salt water reel, black and grey anodized, amazing adjustable disc drag. Lined with WF 10 line. W/pouch, original box and paperwork. VGC with just a couple small dings. Rod/reel outfit: $495
Thomas and Thomas Model 567 86 4p for 5/6/7 line, 3 1/8 oz, serial number 1525. U/L aluminum screw lock over zebrawood(?). 6 cigar with slight soiling, strap and ring hook keeper, white inking on blank 100%, ceramic stripper, brown wraps tipped yellow. GC. Original bag and labeled case. $250
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
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
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 SALE $9.95
Leather Gink Holder: $19.95 SALE $6.95
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!
Hardy Caps BLOWOUT
Classic $19.95 SORRY, OUT OF STOCK!
Waxed $34.95 SALE! $19.95 Brown only!
Closeout! Two Tmar Figured Wood Presentation Fly Boxes: Gorgeous, $34 each.
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.
Two Terenzio Silk Lines(One shown): Both NIB. The first is a WF6 natural silk line(SOLD!), the second an Arrow Taper 6. New price is $183, these $160 each plus shipping!
The Lovely Reed, Jack Howell: NIB, $45
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
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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R.L. Winston 9' 5 oz. 2p 1t for WF7 line. Serial number 7135. A beautiful 50s vintage powerhouse made during the San Francisco era at Winston. D/L screw lock seat in aluminum and bakelight, typical Winston NCP re-enforced wraps of the period, Duronze ferrules, Bakelight winding check, 4 small Mildrum strippers. VGC. Original labeled bag and case with remnants of label.
I lined this rod with a WF7 line and cast it into the next county! Amazingly smooth action that rewards a relaxed and easy stroke without very little effort on behalf of the angler. I almost wet myself! Could be used all day without fatigue for an amazing array of fishing, from large trout to bass and pike to steelhead to salmon. $1,300 SOLD!
Fenwick World Class 2: 6.4 oz with line. 3 3/8" diameter. Gold and black anodized, reversible reel. Dual adjustment allows angler to set tension both incoming and outgoing. VG+++ with just the slightest of edge rash on rim and foot. Published capacity is DT6 plus plenty of backing, with original zippered case. $175 SOLD!
R.L Winston 7' 2p 2t 7' for DT 4 line, 2 5/8 oz. Serial number 7850. A beautiful, short, light line rod with a lovely medium demeanor for DT4 made by Stoner and Merrick during the San Fransisco era at Winston. (3/15/1956). D/L aluminum ring and hooded cap w/mortised cork insert terminating in bakelight cap, typical Winston wraps tipped red, Duronze ferrules, nickel silver winding check, Mildrum stripper. One tip 3" short, second full length, w/slight fishing sets, varnish good but could use a good clean and polish. Original bag and case. $1,425 SALE $1,275! SOLD!
Megoff Special Titanium Edition 57MDS DD LA Ti: Super high quality titanium reel, extremely smooth and almost silent click w/extraordinary disc drag, LHW , 3.5 in diameter, 6.2 oz, Capacity WF7 and 75 yds backing. Mint. $895 SOLD!
Scott (Bernard Ramanauskas) Model SC6114 611 2p 2t for DT3-4, serial number 1007. Richly flamed cane with golden nodes, 3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, glasslike varnish, black Snake Brand snakes and black agate stripper wrapped in translucent silks single mid-tipped in claret ala Tom Moran, 5 3/8 cigar grip w/ D/L cap and ring seat w/stabilized maple burl spacer. Oxidized truncated Super Z style NS ferrules.
A very early and all-original rod from Bernard Ramanauskas tenure at Scott. Rod has some abrasions to the varnish evidencing use, but otherwise VG, excepting a slight amount of bluing wear at ferrules and reel seat hardware, straight and tight. Delicate yet crisp dry fly action owing to a nicely swelled butt and fine tips. $1,750 SOLD!
Payne Model 104? 8.5', 2p, 2t 4.5 oz. Factory Restored. Oxidized NS impressed "Payne, Reg. US Pat. Off." D/L C&R seat over walnut spacer, brown C/P wraps tipped black, with red and yellow tipping at hook keeper and ferrules, cleaned 5 1/2" cigar grip with some ridging, one tip down 4.5" w/overwrap from last guide to tip top. Typical wear on C/R bluing of a rod this age, ferrule bluing 90% thanks to the restoration. Tight and straight.
The consigner has provided records that indicate this rod was sent to Payne in 1976 for restoration that included revarnishing and making a new full-length tip to a heavier specification than the model 104 taper. The rod with the full-length tip casts like a dream with a Grey's DT5 line, working easily from just a couple feet of line and out, and with a gentle single haul launched all the line at my feet yet still retaining plenty of reserve power. The short tip, unexpectedly, also cast the same DT5 quite well. I wouldn't characterize the rod as fast, more of a medium progressive action with a lot of backbone which would be perfect on bigger water with a DT5 or WF6 line. Bag and case replacements. $1,495 SOLD!
Edward von Hofe Model 360 Perfection Size #2: We are extremely pleased to offer this masterpiece of reel design and execution, and unquestionably the most coveted flyreel ever produced. The 360 Celebrated Trout and Black Bass Fly reel was introduced in the late 1890's, and this number #2 was made pre-1908, before serial numbers began to be stamped on the foot. In equisite condition, the backplate retains the faint retailer's stamp of Dame Stoddard, Boston.
Features hard rubber construction, nickel silver safety bands, diminutive arrow-head drag indicator pointer gorgeously knurled drag knob, nickel silver spool sides, on/off click, sliding oil port cover, sepentine handle, along with a leather reel case by Arne Mason, DT4 line and backing. Extremely rare and coveted 2 size, 2 3/4"" in diameter, 1" width. I believe these reels deserve a place in any museum of fine design and transcend utilitarianism into the realm of fine art. The only detraction on this reel is oil port cover could use a little 'stick-um' to keep it from moving and a replacment on/off click button made from brass. It functions perfectly, but is not original. $6,200. SOLD!
Bauer Reel Cases: Lot of 3, used condition with light soiling, but overall in good condition. Each holds up to 10 reels with removable velcrod dividers. Could be used as a camera lens bag, too. These run $65 each new, these $30 each or all 3 for $75. SOLD!
2 5/8" Hardy Perfect Reissue LHW: Gorgeous reel, with original box case and papers, along with extra spool. Perfection for a small trout rod, and also extremely classy on graphite. Both never used, no longer available and MADE IN ENGLAND! List was $1,095, offered at $895 REDUCED! $795! SOLD!
Orvis Arlington 8' 3p 2t for DT5 line: Impregnated cane w/3x3 node spacing. Green CP wraps over bright guides, bright NS size 16/10 step down ferrules , Mildrum stripper, hook keeper above 6" Superfine grip terminating in a D/L aluminum screw lock with walnut spacer.
An extremely rare Orvis model from late 1940's-50's era, fantastic shape evidencing very light use, very nice ferrule fit with a fine pop when seperated, straight and tight. Minor dryness of hook keeper wrap. Bag and case not original. A fine caster with a crisp/fast and responsive action very unlike the typical Orvis rods of the era. $725 SOLD!
Phillipson Peerless 63 8 3p 2t 4 ¼ oz. for DT4-5 line. Impregnated cane, forest green C/P wraps with fancy spirals over chrome guides, Mildrum stripper and hook keeper, drawn bright NS ferrules with witness marks, 6 ½ reverse cigar tapering grip terminating in D/L bronze color anodized screw lock seat, original bag and case, fantastic condition close to appearing mint. Original bag and case. $595 SOLD!
Hardy Salmon Travel Rod: 116 4p for #8 weight line, 7.5 oz. An extremely nice example of a rare Hardy Salmon Travel rod for grilse, large sea trout, steelhead. Grey blank with emerald wraps, dual stripping guides, anodized Dr. Hamish downlocking screw lock seat, two-handed grip for overhead or Spey casting, ferrule plugs. Immaculate, with original hang tags still on the Cordura tube and bag. $625 SOLD!
A.J. Thramer Classic Taper Series F.E. Thomas , 3p, 2t 7'6" for DT3/4 line. D/L bright NS cap and ring w/butternut spacer, brown CP wraps w/ signature wrap, bright NS step down ferrules, cute little swelled butt above grip, 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 SA DT3 and 4 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...a great taper, with some reserve power due to the swelled butt! With original bag, hang tag and labeled case. New runs $1,250, this one $945. SOLD!
Hardy Tackle Bag, Brook Bag: Brand new, retails for $119, Sale $79. SOLD!
L.J. Downes Rod Company Model 7612 76", 2p, 2t for DT4/5 line. Richly flamed cane w/3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, swelled butt, black snakes and oxidized hardware wrapped in Payne chocolate C/P thread tipped yellow w/ black accents at grip, ferrules and tips tops, agate stripper, 6 cigar grip, oxidized D/L NS cap and ring seat w/highly figured spacer. Original bag and labeled Downes tube.
The swelled butt gives this rod plenty of reserve power and can throw a DT4 or 5 a country mile, yet the fine tips allow the rod to load very nicely up close. Mint, as new. Original bag and labeled Downes tube. Lists at $1,595, offered at$1,495 SOLD!
J.D. Wagner Signature Series Quad Custom 7'3" 4-5 wt, 2p, 2t. : D/L NS C&R, figured walnut spacer, 6" cigar grip formed to 4 sides at winding check, oxidized square winding check, deeply flamed cane, bright NS step down ferrules drawn and squared as appropriate for a quad, color preserved red wraps tipped gold.
This rod features a D/L NS cap and ring seat, fully engraved with 8 classic trout flies on the cap and ring and an engraved angler on the butt cap, with the initals of the original owner on a streamside rock. This is a slightly faster taper than our usual 7'3" 4-5 taper, resulting in more backbone for a faster casting stroke and larger fish. New, with engraving apx $2,795. This one, mint unused: $1,950 SOLD!
Bogdan Baby Trout Widespool: 2 3/4" diameter, 7/8" width spool, for 3 or 4 wt. line, LHW, 4.2 oz, fixed click, drag smooth as silk. Original suede leather bag and tag in Stan's hand saying "4WT. L.H." and owner's name.(blocked out in photos). Mint, unused. $2,950. SOLD!
H.L. Leonard Catskill 8' 3p 2t for DT 3/4 line 3.2 oz: D/L nickel silver cap and ring over mortised butternut spacer, cap marked: "The H.L. Leonard Rod/Leonard Mills Co./Makers", terminating in a cleaned 4 1/2" cigar grip formed from 5/16" cork rings, nickel silver winding check and strap and ring hookpeeper, fine and elaborate signature wraps.
An extremely fine light Catskill model rod with size 14/10 ferrules capped with original NS disc ferrule plugs with turned bull's eyes, Leonard blond cane w/3x3 node stagger, reverse twist snakes, very fine early tip tops. Bag sans hang tag and original tube. Excellent condition, all sections full-length, straight and tight, the only detraction from this otherwise fantastic rod is the stripper has been lost and should be restored with a period replacement. $1,950 Sold!
Charlton Signature Series 8550C Offshore Reel with 1 Spool: Configurable Reel with 1 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.
The 8550C came with four spool options: Bonefish/Striper, Tarpon, Offshore and Spey, and featured fins machined into the backplate to dissipate heat from scorching saltwater runs!
This mint, unused reel comes in the original box with original reel pouch as shown. $3,200. SOLD!
Leonard Model 39H: 7 1/2', 2p. 2t. for DT5/DT6 line. This 39H is in near-immaculate condition featuring blond cane w/Leonard 3x3 node spacing, polished aluminum U/L screw lock seat w/varnished mahogany spacer terminating in a 6" reverse half Wells grip, brown wraps tipped gold at ferrules and hook keeper, tan wraps tipped claret at guides, hard chrome guides with aluminum oxide ring stripper in matching brown color, Leonard step down ferrules, size 13, serial number 39H-3755. As near as I can date this rod it appears to have been made c. 1976 and fished extremely sparingly. All sections full-length, ferrules fit with silky smoothness and are easily aligned with the present witness marks, reel seat still retains some overvarnish from the wood spacer, with only the slightest grip soiling- that's how little this rod has been fished! In original yellow poplin bag and brass-capped aluminum tube sans label and hang tag, this rod is has a crisp action fitting either a DT5 or 6 line and plenty of backbone. Straight, tight and classic! $2,550 REDUCED/SALE 2,150! SOLD!
Lampson Lightspeed 1.5: 3 large arbor, attractive gun black anodizing, reversible, very smooth adjustable drag for 1,2,3 lines and up to 75 yds backing. Mint, unused with original box and paperwork. $250 Sold!
Hardy Sirrus 7/8: Mint, unused. Lightweight vented aircraft aluminum reel with quick release spool, smooth adjustable disc drag, very pleasant light click can be turned off, convertible wind, a mere 6.7 oz. Original papers, pouch and box. $345 SOLD!
Orvis Madison Adirondack: 7'6" 2p, 2t. 4 1/8 oz. for 5 line, serial number 90688. Impregnated cane, reverse half Wells grip, uplocking nickel silver slide band seat w/highly figured stabilized and mortised maple spacer revealing cork below, original translucent maroon silks tipped black, bright hardware. Unlike most Orvis rods, this one features a cute little swelled butt that really speeds up the action of this rod....this is a real poker with a lot of backbone. Original bag and case, good overall condition w/some grip soiling, A great little fishing rod. $1,195 SOLD!
Thomas and Thomas Classic 8' 2p 2t for DT5 line, serial number 3994. Impregnated. Medium flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing. Perfection guides and Mildrum stripper wrapped in off white translucent silk tipped cinnamon, dark brown silks at ferrules, 6" Western grip terminating in blued hexagonal winding check w/hook keeper above, U/L NS screw lock with varnished walnut spacer, oxidized NS ferrules. According to T&T, this rod was made by Tom Dorsey and Bob Taylor in July, 1983.
Tight and straight in overall VGC+ this rod has a strong dry-fly action. Orignal labeled bag and case. $1,875 SOLD!
Constable RH Woods 7'6 2p 1t. for DT4-5 line. Staggered ferrule design, caramel colored cane w/ 3 x 3 node spacing, fawn CP wraps, chrome snakes, agate stripper, aluminum winding check terminating in 6" cigar grip, w/ D/L aluminum ring and pocketed butt cap w/all cork spacer, oxidized brass ferrules w/stiffener for butt section. Inked in spiral format. Replacement bag in good condition, aftermarket case. Overall very good condition w/minor grip soiling. Has a very pleasing light action.
This rod features staggered ferrule design as advocated by Charles Ritz, which allows for an uninterrupted flow of energy. This was a common feature on Constables of the era. Constable was a very prominent builder in England. These rods were written very approvingly by Ernest Schwiebert in Trout, pages 1028-1030. $425 SOLD!
Bauer M5 reel and extra spool: Large arbor salt water reel, black anodized, adjustable disc drag. Extra spool lined with Wulff TT 8/9 line. W/pouches, GC with some wear/scratches. $295 SOLD! $245
Grants Pass by Siskiyou Design 3 1/8" Trout Reel for 3 /4 lines, #S0015, LHW: Very rare trout reel w/fantastic machining, in silver and green anodized finish, with w/13 position drag lever and separate internally adjustable drag adjustment for additional drag ranges within the 13 selections. Lined with a DT4 SA Ultra3 line. Very fine, rare, functional, fishable and collectible reel. Original box, pouch, care sheet and in fantastic condition with only two very minute scratches to one end of reel foot evidencing mounting on a rod. $725 SOLD!
Vintage Wheatley Fly Boxes: When I was a kid, I used to drool over Wheatley window boxes I'd see in the fly fishing store. Having only enough paper route money for cheap Cortland plastic boxes or small Wheatley magnetic strip boxes, I dreamed I'd own one of these window boxes one day. When we used to do shows we featured Wheatley Boxes, and my dream came true. We did extremely well at shows dealing Wheatley, and this collection brought back some great memories for me. All of these are mint, unused classics, from when they were made in England.
Richard Wheatly Special Orvis presentation Walnut Fly Box : 16 window, foam on one lid, excellent dry and wet fly storage, gorgeous walnut Presentation box w/oil finish and inlaid Orvis logo in brass. Unused mint, old-style craftsmanship. Classic from a bygone era. No box. $145 REDUCED $125 SOLD!
Payne Model 102L 8, 2p, 2t 3.5 oz . Old restoration. Oxidized NS impressed "Payne, Made for Abercrombie & Fitch". D/L C&R seat over cedar spacer, brown C/P wraps tipped yellow, with red and yellow tipping at hook keeper and ferrules, cleaned 6" cigar grip with some ridging. Typical wear on C/R bluing of a rod this age, s. 11 ferrule bluing 95%. Silky smooth ferrule fit, both tips quite straight but one tip down 1. Old bag and tube. A dream with a DT4 line. $2,200 SOLD!
J.D. Wagner Signature Series Model 265C 6'5" 2p. 2t. 3-4 Wt. Serial no. 607-2: Dark flamed cane with golden nodes, standard translucent silk wraps finely tipped black, D/L oxidized C&R NS seat w/a very highly figured varnished amboena burl spacer, cigar grip, oxidized ferrules, agate stripper,winding check and sterling silver hook keeper, black guides.
In near-mint condition, the only sign this rod has ever been fished is slight marring in the bluing of the seat and spacer, otherwise the rod case is still packaged in the original plastic wrap it was shipped in! This version is a longer and lighter version of our 6'3" 3-4 wt, and has an action felt into the butt and fine tips. The 'C' in this taper designation was given after my wife Casimira- short and sweet. $1,650 SOLD!
Bogdan Light Salmon Model 50: 3 1/2" diameter, 1 1/4" width spool between pillars, for up to DT9 wt. line and 125 yds 20 lb backing. LHW, 8.9 oz, adjustable drag smooth as silk. Pristine with no edge rash or mars to the foot from mounting on a rod, suede pouch. $2,495 SOLD!
Hardy Golden JLH Ultralite Model 7: The 'JLH' stands as dedication to James Laughton Hardy and this model was engineered for great strength but light weight. It features a very wide ranging adjustable spring and pawl drag system, reversable for either L or R-hand wind by simply flipping the check and nickel silver line guard, gorgeous bronze anodized aircraft aluminum construction. The 7 model holds up to a DT 7 line and 100 yards backing, yet weighs only 4.4 oz. Would make a great pairing with a Spey or large trout or steelhead rod at a very affordable price. Mint, unused with only some wear to the box from storage, original paperwork and neoprene bag. $345 SOLD!
Sage/Loop Model 1 Reel: Very slick and novel patented adjustable roller drag system made for Sage by Loop of Sweden. Black anodized aluminum, weighs in at just 3.6 oz, reversible, vgc+ with some minute dings in the anodizing on foot and rims. Can be easily palmed for additional pressure. Original pouch. $175 SOLD!
Edward vom Hofe Model 360 Perfection Size #1: We are extremely pleased to offer this masterpiece of reel design and execution, and unquestionably the most coveted flyreel ever produced. The 360 Celebrated Tout and Black Bass Fly reel was introduced in the late 1890's, and this Model number #1 was made pre-1908, before serial numbers began to be stamped on the foot. In exquisite condition, the backplate retains the faint retailer's stamp of Dame Stoddard, Boston.
Features hard rubber construction, nickel silver safety bands, the early and diminutive and finely-formed arrow-head drag indicator pointer, gorgeously knurled drag knob, nickel silver spool sides, on/off click, Fulton Street sliding oil port cover, serpentine handle, along with an E. Vom Hofe stamped leather reel case. At 3" in diameter, 1" width I believe these reels deserve a place in any museum of fine design and transcend utilitarianism into the realm of fine art. X-fine and smooth. $5,200. SOLD!
Wagner Presentation Series 6'6" 3p 2t for Dt3 line: Custom-made in 2000, this rod is notable as being one of less than a handful of rods we've ever built in blond cane. Features full engraving of D/L nickel silver reel seat hardware and ferrules, light color maple spacer to match cane, diminutive 4 3/4" cigar grip, blond cane with 3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips; the butt and mid are also mirror matched evidencing great attention to detail; delicate 3-wrap intermediates and guide wraps in light olive, with guide and hook keeper wraps tipped claret, deep forest green wraps at ferrules. Varnish is immaculate, and this rod possesses a delicate and progressive action.
As was the custom at the time, this rod was furnished with a hexagonal wood case, in this instance of cherry that has aged to a gorgeous deep red with contrasting end caps in maple to match rod and reel seat spacer. Rod has been used sparingly and lovingly and is in overall VGC++ condition, with some very minor grip soiling. This rod with intermediates and engraving would be quoted today at $3,145. Owner must move fast at $1,695! SOLD!
R.K. Bolt 8 2p 2t for DT5, 3 7/8 oz. Caramel color cane, 3 x 3 node spacing, 6 Western grip over U/L aluminum screw lock seat w/varnished zebrawood insert impressed with makers stamp, chocolate CP silks double wrapped and tipped yellow, Mildrum stripper and chrome guides, NS ferrules, winding check and hook keeper.
From noted rodmaker and Gary Howells protégé comes this delightful hollow built 8 5 wt. weighing in at just 3 7/8 oz. Rod has a very soft and easy action, bending well into the butt, and could cast a 4 along with the rated 5. Rod is in as-new condition and appears to have never been fished. Original bag and labeled case, save yourself substantial money and a 2 year wait! As new, $1,800. REDUCED 1,545! SOLD!
JW Young Pridex 3 5/8, LHW (but reversible) w/Wulff TT 8/9 Monoclear line and backing. GC, minor scuffs, and honest soiling, etc. $30
3" Edel Bench-Made Perfection Trout Reel: Made in the sprit of the infamous reels of Edward vom Hofe and Otto Swarg, this fine reel made by the extremely talented David Edel; 3" diam, 1" wide, LHW and weighing in at 8.1 oz for up to 5 wt. line and plenty of backing. Features polished hard rubber sideplates, bronze arbor, stainless steel foot, extremely smooth and far ranging adjustable drag w/detents, on/off click, drag adjustment located on back plate for access when fighting fish. Condition very fine, with all parts moving like a fine watch- watchmaking another of Mr. Edel's amazing talents! In original lined block leather case by A.E. Nelson of Salem, OR. $2,800 SOLD!
Hardy MLA 350 reel and Extra Spool: A slick little reversible wide arbor, grey anodized, English-made reel with a smooth adjustable drag that can be adjusted from feather light to quite heavy. Reel lined with a WF4 line, extra spool. Both appear mint, unused, slight damage to reel box, but all original paperwork and pouches present. $325 SOLD!!!!
J.D. Wagner Signature Series, Model 373 FS: The date and serial number on this rod bespeaks of the success of our business and also this particular rod model. The 373 FS was the second taper we developed after the 363 M, and was an immediate success. This one was made in 1998 and was already the 16th rod we made in this taper in 3 piece design! Over the years, we've made this in 1, 2 and 3 piece and it's our most popular rod model. We've made it a Signature Series, Patriot Series, Presentation Series and Classic Series rods! A delightful, light action rod, about half of the owners use a DT4, the other half a DT5. This is an early one, obviously, with hallmarks typical of the period: medium flamed cane, clear translucent wraps with black tipping(a tip of my hat to Tom Dorsey... very understated, the guides seem to float on the blank), Bellinger U/L NS screw lock with highly figured stabilized maple burl spacer, agatine stripper, chrome guides and tip tops, western grip. In immaculate condition. $1,599 SOLD!
Grants Pass by Siskiyou Design 3 1/4" Trout Reel for 5 /6 lines, #S0030, LHW: Very rare trout reel w/fantastic machining, in silver and green anodized finish, with w/13 position drag lever and separate internally adjustable drag adjustment for additional drag ranges within the 13 selections. Lined with a WF6 Cortland 444 line. Very fine, rare, functional, fishable and collectible reel. Original box, pouch, care sheet and in fantastic condition with scratches on top of reel foot evidencing mounting on a rod, but no scratches on rims or front and backplates. $725 SOLD!
Gary Lacey Wright and McGill Granger Favorite 8', 3p, 2t for DT5 line: Granger colored cane w/3 x 3 node spacing, d/l full NS slide band and soldered hood impressed with rod company ID, b&w variagated CP jasper wraps tipped gold, full internediates in gold w/gold and jasper signature wraps, NS step down ferrules w/witness marks, 6 1/2" Granger style grip.
Every last detail has been attended to in this tribute to the classic Granger rods of the past, from the use of original taper, cane color and proper silks, right down to the shape of the ferrule welts...not one minute detail has been missed, a tribute tour de force! Rod posseses a crisp dry fly action for DT5 line, and save for some case and label wear appears never fished and in as-new condition. $1,625 SOLD!
Heddon Model 14 86 2F 3p, 2t for DT5/6 line: Expertly refinished by LJ Downes, features caramel cane, red wraps, D/L screw lock seat, full Wells grip, oxidized drawn NS ferrules, complete with replacement bag and tube. Model, line weight and ferrule size writing maintained intact during restoration, and all sections full length.
A fine rod for someone looking to get into cane at reasonable price, which is less than many restorers would charge to do the restoration alone, not to mention the cost of a new bag and tube. $295 Sold!
Grants Pass by Siskiyou Design 3 3/8" Trout Reel for 6/7 lines, #S0071, LHW: Very rare trout reel w/fantastic machining, in silver and green anodized finish, with w/13 position drag lever and separate internally adjustable drag adjustment for additional drag ranges within the 13 selections. Lined with a WF7 line. Very fine, rare, functional, fishable and collectible reel. Original box, pouch, care sheet and in fantastic condition only the faintest hint of the reel ever being mounted on one end of foot. No scratches on rims or front and backplates. Excellent+++. $725 Sold!
Tom Ciemiega Model 634 Midge 63 2p 2t for DT4. Richly flamed cane w/golden nodes, 2x2 node spacing, mirror matched tips, black snakes and black titanium stripper wrapped in translucent silks tipped black, folding black hook keeper, 4 ½ cigar grip w/ D/L cap and ring seat w/stabilized maple burl spacer. Oxidized Super Z style NS ferrules w/knurled welt. Fast action w/fine tips. A lightly used rod from the late Michigan rodmaker, almost new. $450 SOLD!
Bauer M4 w/ Extra Spool: : Large arbor light salt/heavy freshwater reel, black anodized, adjustable disc drag. Extra spool lined with a sinking tip line. W/pouches, GC with some wear/scratches. $295 REDUCED! $245 SOLD!
Wheatley Limited Edition River Runs Through It Flybox: Mint, unused with original box. Foam lined, with passage from the famous book on back. $125 SOLD!
Grants Pass by Siskiyou Design 3 3/4" Trout Reel for 7/8 lines, #S0013, LHW: Very rare trout reel w/fantastic machining, in silver and green anodized finish, with w/13 position drag lever and separate internally adjustable drag adjustment for additional drag ranges within the 13 selections. Very fine, rare, functional, fishable and collectible reel. Original box, pouch, care sheet and in mint, unused condition. $775 SOLD!
Hardy Golden Flyweight First Edition: Limited production run, this is reel #23. Reversible click and pawl, smooth brass foot, attractive and understaned brown anodizing. Hardy soft zippered pouch. In very good condition with slight edge wear and minute dings to edges. $295 Sold!
Orvis BBS II: Made from anodized, machined bar stock aluminum. Reversible, w/adjustable drag. 2.75", 3.6 oz.Capacity: WF3F: 125 WF4F:100 WF5F: 75. Mint, unused w/original box, pouch, paperwork. $85 Sold!
Orvis Battenkill L/A II: 3 5/8" diameter, made of gold anodized aluminum, reversible w/adjustable disc drag, 1 turn of the handle retrieves 7.5" of line! For up to 5 wt line. Barely used, box, pouch, papers! $95 Sold!
Orvis Battenkill L/A 3/4: 3 5/8" diameter, made of black anodized aluminum, reversible w/adjustable disc drag, 1 turn of the handle retrieves 10.5" of line! For up to WF5 wt line and 75 yds backing.. Barely used, box, pouch, papers! $95 Sold!
Misc. Extra Spool and Bag Lot: A variety of 4 extra spools that appear may be Bauers(?), one missing drag pad. Three spools are 3 ½, two have lines/backing. Another is 3 and black anodized. One spool is for a 3 Cortland RimFly(not shown), new in bag. Pouches include Peerless(1), Bellinger-Saracione(2), Sage(2), Bauer(5 neoprene, 1 velvet), 1 unmarked Neoprene. $50. SOLD!
Cortland RimFly: 3 5/8: Fair condition with scuffs etc, with extra spool, lined with two unknown lines and backing apparently in good shape. With one pouch.$29 SALE: $20 SOLD!
Orvis Battenkill 7 ½', 2p., 2 t. 4.1 oz. for 5/6 line, fast. Orvis impregnated cane, original chocolate translucent wraps, polished d/l aluminum screw lock with walnut spacer, cigar grip, serial number 4311(1947!). The reel steat is also impressed, "Orvis Impregnated, Patent Pending"
A very early impregnated rod, but straight and tight with gorgeous dark cane, overall very good condition for age. Writing (Orvis Impregnated, Patent Pend.") and bluing in very good shape, one stripping guide wrap could use a touchup, grip soiling and wear of tip top bluing noted. Bag and case. An incredible value in cane rods and a super example of an early impregnated rod in excellent condition, take this baby fishing! $745. SOLD!
Orvis Battenkill L/A 5/6 : 3 5/8" diameter, made of black anodized aluminum, reversible w/adjustable disc drag, 1 turn of the handle retrieves 10.5" of line! For up to WF7 wt line and 85 yds backing.. Mint, unused, box, pouch, papers! $110 Sold!
Wright and McGill era Granger Special 9050, 9' 3p, 2t for DT6 line. 5 oz. Pumpkin color cane, 3x3 node spacing, CP lime green silk, patented U/L full NS screw lock seat, man-sized half-Wells grip, NS ferrules w/witness marks, original bag and case.
Original pumpkin varnish is in good condition and is not soft, no bag marks. Tips full length, but one with an overwrap 1.5" long centered 2.5" from tip, butt ferrule on mid has been reset and rewrapped with non-matching thread and some bleed thru of CP, butt stripping guide wraps a little dry and could use a touch up. Grip soiling, but sections are quite straight for age and fit nicely. $275 Sold!
Four Pristine, Never Used Bogdan Trout Reels. These LHW reels were obtained from Stan around the year 2000. All of them are absolutely unfished, mint, pristine as-new, with the original tags written in Stan's hand with the owner's name inked on each(name obscured for these pictures), with the original plastic bags inside the original pouches. This is an extraordinary opportunity to own a reel from the Master in unused condition, just as it left the shop, with impeccable provenance. No superlative I could offer would suffice.
3 wt. $2,800 SOLD!
4 wt. $2,950 SOLD!
5 wt. $2,950 SOLD!
6 wt. $2,950 SOLD!
Bogdan 3 wt.
Bogdan 4 wt.
Bogdan 5 wt.
Bogdan 6 wt.
Edwards 'Mt. Carmel' f18 8 1/2' 3p 2t for 5/6 5.2 oz.: D/L NS and aluminum screw lock over varnished walnut spacer w/hooded NS band and end cap w/rare impressed stamp " E.W. Edwards Sons/Makers/Bristol , Conn.", 5 1/2" cigar grip, bakelight winding check, NS strap and ring keeper, model signed in white ink "Mt. Carmel". Red CP wraps double tipped yellow at all ferrules, guides and tip tops, agate stripper, bright NS step down ferrules, all sections in apparent original varnish and wraps. Mid female ferrule missing and mid is apx 1 1/2" short. Grip soiling. Original bag and labeled tube. $350/offers. SOLD!
Winston Perfect Boxed Set: In absolutely new, mint, unused condition. This limited edition set was made in 1999 to commemorate Winston's 70th year in business, and this is set #74. The set consists of three reels: 2 7/8" for lines 2,3,4 ; 3 1/8" for 4,5,6 ; 3 3/8" for 6,7. Set is housed in a felt lined curly maple case. PYP. $2,495. REDUCED! $2,195! Sold!
Hardy Ultralight Disc LA 5/6: Gorgeous Hardy Large Arbor model for 5/6 lines, featuring reversable wind with silky smooth and wide-ranging disc drag, very pleasing light click (that can be turned off altogether!)and beautiful silver color anodizing of the aircraft-grade aluminum construction.5.9 oz, with a capacity of DT5/WF6 and 50 yds backing. Mint, unused w/original papers and neoprene pouch. $345 SOLD!
Baginski, Rolf 7 1/2' 2p 2t. 'Harmony' for DT4. D/L NS C/R seat with stabilized burl spacer, 7" superfine-style grip formed old-style from narrow cork rings, durable propritary hand rubbed finish, clear silks delicately single tipped in black, chrome guides and bright NS Super Swiss ferrules meticulously feathered out at the tabs, blond cane, mirror matched tips.
From Germany comes this lovely rod by noted builder, instructor and author Rolf Baginski. Rod features a swelled butt that gives this rod an incredible casting power, with beefy tips that will stand up to heavy use and big fish. I took this rod out with a DT4 Ultra, and by laying back just a bit with my timing, along with a little double haul, was able to cast an incredible distance. Given the incredible attention to detail and very light use, this rod is a steal at $945. SOLD!
Thomas and Thomas Limited Edition Catskill Legends 8' 3p 2t for #5 line, number 6 of 15 made in this Limited Edition. Flamed cane w/3 x 3 node spacing, full intermediates in cinnamon brown, gold C/P wraps tipped cinnamon and light yellow, bright Super Z-style ferrules, 6" cigar grip, NS winding check and hook keeper, Mildrum stripper and snakes, full NS reel seat engraved with names of legendary Catskill innovators and personalities: Rube Cross, George LaBranch, Thaddeus Norris, Art Flick, etc w/ring iscribed "Catskill Legends" and Catskill Fly Fishing Museum logo.
Posessing a strong dry-fly character, rod is in overall VGC with some dryness of a couple wraps, NS could use a polish(which I will do gratis for the lucky owner). Original bag and engraved cap w/CFFM logo for case. $2,500 SOLD!
Baginski, Rolf 7' 3p 2t. 'Westwind' for DT3/4. D/L NS C/R seat with stabilized amboena burl spacer, 7" superfine-style grip, durable proprietary hand rubbed finish, clear silks delicately single tipped in black, chrome guides and bright NS Super Swiss ferrules meticulously feathered out at the tabs, blond cane, mirror matched tips, agate stripper in nickel silver frame.
From Germany comes this lovely rod by noted builder, instructor and author Rolf Baginski. Rod has a very light and delicate action befitting small streams and small flies. The cosmetic detailing is quite astounding, and features Rolf's personally hand-textured and patinized ferrules, reel seat hardware, winding check, ferrule plugs and even the tip tops! Rolf borrowed this decorative technique from his experience as a custom pipemaker, and it recalls the rocky stream bottoms we ply in pursuit of our sport, a very organic visual feel. Rod is as new, the only sign of use is two very light lines on the reel seat spacer evidencing mounting of a reel. Original labeled bag and case. Given the incredible attention to detail and very light use, this rod is a steal at $1,195 SOLD!
Tibor Spring Creek CL: Black anodized aluminum. Reversible.4.5 oz. 3" diam. x 5/8" wide spool" Capacity: 100 yds. with WF4F line. Smooth adjustible drag. For rod weights: 3-4. Near mint, with only the slightest evidence of being mounted on a rod. Original box, pouch, papers.$295. SOLD!
Baginski, Rolf 6'6 3p 2t. 'Westwind' for DT4. D/L NS C/R seat with stabilized amboena burl spacer, 6 1/2" superfine-style grip, durable proprietary hand rubbed finish, clear silks delicately single tipped in black, black guides and bright/oxidized NS Super Swiss ferrules meticulously feathered out at the tabs, blond cane, mirror matched tips, agate stripper in nickel silver frame, ferrule plugs.
From Germany comes this lovely rod by noted builder, instructor and author Rolf Baginski. Rod has an authoritative action, with a gently swelled butt. The metalwork is quite novel, with ferrules, reel seat hardware and even tip tops partially blued to interesting, creative effect! Rod is as new. Original labeled bag and soft case w/carry strap. Would be a great travel/backpacking rod for high mountain streams. $1,045 SOLD!
R.W. Summers Model 735 7'3" 4-5 wt, 2p 2t. : Gorgeously flamed cane, chestnut wraps tipped black, oxidized step down ferrules, D/L NS hooded cap and slide band w/gorgeous dyed figured maple spacer stamped "R.W. Summers Rod Co, Traverse City, MI USA" with Western grip terminating in wire-wound hook keeper, with elegantly penned identifying info above in flowing script, tips wrapped to distinguish between each with black tipping at tip top on one, red on another. Correct labeled bag, case with labeled brass cap with tiny vent hole, correct and original aluminum and cork ferrule plug thoughtfully attached to the hang tag on the sack.
From Michigan rodmaking legend Bob Summers, this magnificent 7'3" 4-5 wt. is- like all of his rods I've had the pleasure to cast- a casting dream. Possesses equal facility with either a DT4 or DT5 line, those with a faster stroke will love it with a 4, but a more patient caster with a slower stroke will be amply rewarded by a trying a 5. I've often advised people new to collecting and fishing cane that the ownership of a Summer's rod is imperative, such is the quality, integrity and desirability of his work- a career dating back to 1956.
This rod was reportedly made in the 90's, and has had two owners, both gentleman who have reported to have cast it but never fished it. In outstanding condition, I'll take them at their word. Condition is excellent, cork has only the most minute soiling, ferrules seat easily, tell-tale minute cracking at the ferrule tabs indicates it has certainly has been lawn cast, and it's a pity and shame it hasn't been used to it's fullest potential on the water. A new owner can rectify that and enjoy a superlative experience as well as a the pride of ownership of a must-have for any serious rod collector. $2,850. Sold!
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