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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!!!!
Thomas and Thomas Classic 8' 2p 1t for DT6 line, serial number 2362. Varnished! Medium flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing. Perfection guides and Mildrum stripper wrapped in tan color-preserved silk tipped yellow/black/maroon at hook keeper and ferrules. 6" cigar grip terminating in superfine-type profile w/hook keeper above, D/L aluminum cap and ring with varnished cedar spacer, bright NS ferrules.
Without the usual swelled butt, this early T&T Classic bends down into the grip. Marked for a 6 line, this would work as a long 5. Rod is unusual for a Classic in that its varnished! Varnish/wraps in very good shape, grip and reel seat spacer show use/soiling, but ferrules pop very nicely, tip has a slight fishing set, but overall Vg condition. Original bag and labeled case. A one-owner rod in original condition and a steal at $795!
Orvis 150th Anniversary Special Limited Edition Fly Rod: In 2006, Orvis commemorated their 150th year by making a very special Limited Edition Presentation-grade model, built on original Wes Jordan blanks. These rods were made by Ron 'Whitey' White, who shortly thereafter retired from Orvis with 38 years of rodmaking experience.
This is rod #41 of 49 publicly available of the series, which quickly sold out. It is in original, unfished, pristine condition, including the cardboard box, leather, brass, fabric and felt Presentation/travel case, letter of provenance signed by Perk Perkins, CFO of Orvis in custom leather wallet, Presentation plate with rod number, and warrantee card.
7'6" 2p 2t 4 5/8 oz. for WF5 line, medium fast. Orvis Impregnated cane, 3x3 node spacing w/ mirror matched tips, maroon transparent wraps tipped black, oxidized snakes with agate stripper, fully-engraved and oxidized ferrules, 6' 1/2" cigar grip with strap and ring hooker proceeding, terminating in an oxidized downlocking screw lock seat with stabilized highly figured amboena spacer, with engraved locking bands and end cap as shown. All sections have inked serial numbers, signed ahead of the grip thusly: "Orvis~Impregnated, 150th Anniversary Rod, 7 1/2'- 4 5/8 oz. , HEG(5). Pristine, Mint, As-delivered, $4,800.
Mr. Pennington is a long-time builder from Iowa who recently retired from making rods and is known for making a fine casting tool at a very, very reasonable price. Both rods would be ideal for a person looking into getting into fishing bamboo without breaking the bank. Fantastic value to performance ratio!
Steve Pennington Pine River Trout Rod 7 2p 2t for DT4 line. Blond cane w/spiral node spacing, Perfection bright guides and stripper, and bright drawn and rolled NS ferrules wrapped in a C/P light chocolate thread, 6 cigar grip with turned maple winding check, D/L aluminum cap and ring seat w/gorgeously figured and stained curly maple spacer. Bag and nicely handcrafted hexagonal wood tube. Nice crisp action for DT4, perfect, as-new condition. $395
Steve Pennington Pine River Trout Rod 8 2p 2t for DT5-6 line. Blond cane w/spiral node spacing, Perfection bright guides and stripper, and bright Super-Z style NS ferrules wrapped in a C/P light chocolate thread, 7 Western grip terminating in a D/L NS cap and ring seat w/gorgeously figured and stained curly maple spacer. Bag and aluminum tube. Powerful rod with a nice crisp action ideal for bigger water and fish. Perfect, as-new condition. $475
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 Deluxe 7 ½', 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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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!!!!
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
Set of Godfrey Custom Paradigm Trout Reels: Teds finest reels, these feature his incredible drum brake system, far-ranging and fine tunable, impregnated gunstock quality claro walnut sideplates. Perhaps his best work ever, these currently list for about $2,600 and up for each size!
This set can be broken up but for the best deal can be bought as a set. These are from the original owner, used but not abused and all function perfectly with minor cosmetic issues and come with soft leather pouches. There are 4 models, all set for RHW. They are:
2.5 for up to DT3 line, 4.9 oz.
2.75 for up WF4 and 25 yds backing, 4.9 oz. (Penns Creek Model)
2.96 for WF 6 and backing, 5.6 oz.
3.135 for up to DT6 and backing, 6.8 oz
Each reel priced at $1,850 each or $6,400 for the set of four. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to get a set of 4 usable Godfrey reels without paying a premium for new or mint, unused examples, including the 2.5 size, which isnt even catalogued any longer! Take them fishing and enjoy!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Hardy Perfection Glass 66 3p 1t for DT3. Gorgeous black blank wrapped red, 5 Superfine-type grip terminating in cork skeleton seat w/ Hardy patented D/L hood and ring in aluminum, ferrule plugs, original bag and labeled tube, along with the original papers and warrantee card. In VGC, this rod possesses an amazing, soft and delicate medium to slow action- a dream to cast. The best in glass and very highly regarded, Made in England! Grip has some slight soiling and superficial scratches in end cap. $395
Orvis T3 MidFlex 8.0 9, 4p, 1t for DT8 Line. Deep blue-green blank w/double ceramic stripping guides, titanium carbide snakes, 7 full Wells grip, U/L anodized and Teflon-coated screw locking seat w/foam-tipped integral fighting butt. In mint, unused condition, this rod possesses a strong action despite the mid-Flex designation. Would be a great rod for steelhead, bass, pike, grilse, carp you name it, any strong species that can be fished with an 8 wt line!! $295
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
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! Gorgeous LDH Brook trout Net: Fantastic LDH net in the versatile Brook Trout size. Curly ash with walnut inset hoop lamination. $140
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
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
.............................................................................. Everything below this line has recently been SOLD!If you would like to see older sold items please visit our Vintage Tackle Museum..............................................................................................
Two Terenzio Silk Lines(One shown): Both NIB. The first is a WF6 natural silk line(SOLD!), the second an Arrow Taper 6 SOLD! . New price is $183, these $160 each plus shipping!
Wright and McGill era Granger Waterseal FB-85, 8'6" 3p, 2t for DT5-6 line. Dark and rich impregnated cane, 3x3 node spacing, yellow CP wraps tipped maroon, patented U/L full NS screw lock seat, 6 ½ full-Wells grip with plastic cover intact, NS ferrules w/witness marks, original bag and labeled case.
Mint, never fished, the nicest example Ive seen. Ferrules separate with a nice pop! Very modern fast, tippy action for DT6 or a long DT5 on big water. Although being mint might mean this would be a rod suitable to stay that way for a collection, it just begs to be fished! $695 SOLD!
Phillipson Pacemaker 86 3p 2t for DT5/6. Varnished dark cane, 3 x3 node spacing, resorcinol glue, bright drawn NS ferrules w/witness marks, wraps CP light green tipped yellow. Restored/replaced full Wells grip terminating in a d/L NS cap and ring with dark spacer. Rod in overall good condition, ferrules snug, slight fishing sets on both tips. Pleasing and powerful medium fast action, original bag and tube w/applied Phillipson sticker. $245 SOLD!
Granger Denver Special, 8'6" 3p, 2t for DT5-6 line. Pumpkin color cane, 3x3 node spacing, red CP silk wraps and full intermediates, nice signature wrap in red and olive green silk. Diminutive snakes. D/L full NS seat with slide band and pocket stamped Denver Special and Made by Goodwin Granger and Co. Denver, 5 ½ coke bottle grip, machined NS ferrules w/witness marks, original bag and case.
Original pumpkin varnish is in VGC and is not soft, no bag marks, with the only flaw in the varnish being one tip needs some touch ups near the tip top as shown in the pictures. Grip has some ridging as befits its age, but sections are full-length and dead straight and fit with a fine pop. Some slight channeling to the snakes, stripper guide is a snake, as original. Given the age of this rod(1920-30), you couldnt ask for a better all-original example! $895 SOLD!
Hardy Golden Flyweight First Edition: Limited production run, this is reel #23. Reversible click and pawl, smooth brass foot, attractive and understated brown anodizing. Hardy soft zippered pouch. In very good condition with slight edge wear and minute dings to edges. $295 SOLD!
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!!!!!!!!!!! SOLD!
Orvis Battenkill 8' 2p, 1 t. for GBF (WF8) line, 4 3/8 oz. Richly flamed Orvis impregnated cane, D/L aluminum screw lock seat with walnut spacer, bright guides, oxidized step down ferrules, with tapered 6 ½ cigar grip w/slight soiling, original translucent brown silk wraps, serial number 70601(1973).
Rod is in very good condition, impregnated shafts buffed to high luster, straight and tight, bluing and writing very good! Marked for a WF8, it feels(as typical for Orvis rods) to be over-rated and would be much faster and comfortable with a DT5 or DT6 line or a WF6. A very soothing, full-flexing action, rod does all the work for the caster and would be at home on any moderate to large size water, using dries or nymphs and streamers! Original well-traveled labeled case with replacement bag. $475. SOLD!
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 SOLD!
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 SOLD!
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 SOLD!
Wagner Hexagonal Rod Case: Whenever I see one of these it brings a smile, as our company all began about 25 years ago making wood rod cases, nets and flyboxes.....before I ever made my first cane rod. This one is made from nicely-figured walnut. It will fit any 3-piece rod up to 86. Leather strap and brass snaps, very good condition. $95 SOLD!
Closeout! Two Tmar Figured Wood Presentation Fly Boxes: Gorgeous, $34 each. SOLD!
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!!!!!!!!!!! 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!
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!!!!! 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!
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 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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