14. Leonard 61. The 8 1/2', 2/2, 8wt from Ted Simroe's Mirimachi series of rods. I used it with an Orvis 8 WF line and it was fabulous. Also used a Bogdan 0 that balanced perfectly with it. From my own collection and used only twice on the Cascapedia. Red wraps, fixed fighting butt, reverse half wells grip perfectly sized for the rod and comfortable. A casting machine in spite of its light weight in the hand. Even put it into the hands of guides at the lodge who ordinarily disdain bamboo; they thought it was amazing and were duly surprised. Excellent condition in original bag and labeled tube. Decided that I cannot in good conscious let this great but perhaps little known rod go for its earlier pricing. Its perfect companion reel, the Hardy St. John, appears as item #108 in the reel section. $1550.
15. Sweetgrass Pent. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5wt. Medium fast dry fly action, mild full wells grip, down locking anodized antique grey hardware over very dark highly figured hardwood, burgundy silks (hallmark of the Pent) and perfect fitting ferrules. Dead straight, perfect varnish. Believe the nicest piece of production I've seen from the Boo Boys. Am told that Glenn is back at work and likely accounts for the high quality of workmanship and attention to detail. Just a beautiful rod for appearance and behaviour. Mint unused. $1450. Sold
39. Don Schroeder. 7'9", 2/2. One of Don's dark hexes. A slam dunk moderate dry fly 5wt. Serial number 17397. 6 1/2" reverse half wells grip ( a la Payne), uplocking screw seat over morticed and figured walnut, and translucent tan wraps tipped auburn, characteristic of his dark rods; Don's die stamp properly in place on the turnbuckle and machined knurled ferrule plug still here. Don's work is above reproach for structure and cosmetics; he machines all of his own hardware save the ferrules and guides and his workmanship and attention to detail has been consistent throughout his long career -- Perfect. Slight soiling of the grip otherwise excellent plus. Sadly, for his history and workmanship highly underappreciated. Clearly his values should be in the realm of the best rod makers in the country today. $1450.
44. Sam Carlson "Housatonic". 8', 2/2, 5/6 Quadrate. Dark evenly straw colored cane, brown silks, bright perfect fitting ferrules, reverse 6 1/4" half wells grip giving way to an all cork reel seat with blued cap and ring and his signature black bakelite inserts beneath the end cap, as a seat check and of course winding check. The script on the blank reads Carlson "Four" Housatonic. Made by CW "Sam" Carlson and numbered 757-482. So made in 1975, quadrate, 8' 2 piece. This is a stunning rod with very little use to it. Only the slightest soiling to the grip, almost not worth mentioning. Dead straight, fine ferrule fit and a great casting rod with a 5DT; stupendous with a 6. A classic Carlson in wonderful condition. Pics will sell the rod. A phone call would be welcomed. $3700. Sold
45. Payne 96. 6', 2/2, 2/3 wt with the "Sold by" die stamp predating the introduction of the 95 whereupon the 96 became the 6 1/2' model. Fully legible perfect condition hang tag reads 1 3/4 oz and upon weighiing the rod it is indeed 1 3/4 oz. The tag carries the Abercrombie inventory number, the model number and a never before seen 3 digit number above the rectangle labeling. My 1931 Payne catologue shows the 96 as the 6 footer; the 1951 catologue shows the introduction of the 96 as a 6 1/2' rod and retains the 6' rod labeled as a model 95. I cannot say with certainty in what year the change took place but I am guessing this rod to be made ca. 1940's. The delicate cigar grip measures 4 1/8" (some soiling to the cork but smooth and whole) there is no winding check, the cap and ring are in perfect order over lovely uncompromised, and unmarred walnut insert. Bluing absent from the ring but butt cap retains about 100% bluing. Ferrule fit is absolutely perfect. No ferrule plug but considering the length of the bag and fit in the tube, was made without one. The rod sports the traditional Payne color evenly toned straw blanks and brown silks tipped gold accented by a delicate stripper guide. Aside from soiling of the cork handle, this rod is the most perfect, all original Payne 96 this enthusiast/dealer has ever seen. All original and spectacular. $4700. Sold.
47. Leonard 39H. 5 1/2" cigar grip, with unusual factory created (doubtless) thumb rest a la Paul Young, down locking seat over butternut, straw colored cane, expected red wraps for the period (serial number 2807), black guides, bright ferrules and correct die stamp in place to the ns cap. Excellent condition. Unusual for the model, its tube label reads 3 3/5th oz not the usual 3 7/8 oz rendering a marginally lighter rod -- perhaps a diminished weight for the thumb depression?? The rod is near perfect with slight soiling of the grip, fully legible tube label and dead straight with a fine ferrule fit. I've always claimed this the rod to own if you're only going to own one rod -- not a likely scenario for for any of us it seems!! $1350.
51. Jim Downes. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 wt. 6" flor quality cigar grip, cap and ring seat (die stamped with maker's mark) over tiger maple insert, blonde cane beautifully wrapped with avocado silks smartly and delicately tipped in a dark auburn, cocoa colored agate stripping guide; blued ferrules and reel seat hardware. The rod enjoys a fabulous dry fly habit and may be the finest piece yet recieved from Jim for performance and finish. The rod is perfect in every way -- dead straight (of course), perfect ferrule fit, flawless varnish and ever so beautiful wraps. Working with Walt Carpenter in his early days, I believe Jim is among the most talented builders of our time. $1350.
52. Hardy Palakona. 6'8", 2/2, 4/5 wt. Near mint. All cork grip and seat with the patented Hardy hood and ring. Hardy die stamp in place to both the applied pocket and cap, grip approx. 6", black silks smartly tipped Kelly Green, milky agate stripper guide, machined ferrule plug to the female, perfect ferrule fit and original bag and tube compliments yours truly. Hardy and most other British makers were not in the habit of supplying tubes except by special request -- so original tailored bag with hanging loop to its end (since you are expected to hang your rod in the rod room for adequate drying!) The rod enjoys a brisk dry fly action with lots of gumption. This is a very late model vintage piece made just before the shut down of their manufacture -- not one of the later reissued rods produced about 10-15 years ago at the heady price point of $2000+. So a vintage Hardy in as new condition. From its ever so slight soiling of the grip, hardly worth mentioning, believe the rod to have been lawn cast only. $775. Reduced
53. Orvis Battenkill. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 7/8 oz. Serial number 83431 (1980). 6 1/2" cigar grip, straw colored impregnated cane, brown silks, down locking walnut seat with independent ring protocol, about 100% bluing to the perfect fitting ferrules and dead straight. Put up in its original bag and hex cap tube with complete and fully legible label. Just a super all around rod for 5/6 wt lines. And the only rod you'll ever need if you only had one to own!! Medium fast dry fly action -- and somewhat semi parabolic as Orvis rods tend to be. So just a great all around rod for dries, streamers and can tolerate the seldom use of weighted "lures". Very good/excellent condition. $725. Sold
55. Sweetgrass. From the Boo Boys, a lovely 7'9", 2/2, 3 5/8 oz. 4/ 5 wt hollow built hex. Serial number 2259. 5 3/4" modified reverse half wells grip, down locking antiqued screw lock seat over what I can best describe as a bird's eye walnut insert. Lovely deep colored straw cane, tasteful agate stripper guide, transparent tan silks delicately tagged auburn at the winding check/signature wraps. Built in 2019 with a dedication for the first and only previous owner above the grip. Rod enjoys a medium/light dry fly action suitable for both dries and sensitive enough for the occasional wet fly or nymph. Mint condition. 1450. Sold
57. Jim Downes Quad. 8', 3/2, 5/6wt. Previously sold rod back to me in a welcome trade is this stunning rod from Jim Downes. 6" cigar grip, nickel silver cap and ring over figured rather dark maple, Jim's die stamp in place on the lovely machined end cap, blonde cane, pale red agate stripper guide, forged winding check, and an absolutely beautiful finish a la Tom Maxwell -- transparent tan silks neatly tipped crimson. Rod has a brisk full bodied medium dry fly action. This rod is truly a work of art for appearance; a casting machine for performance. Jim is quickly being considered one of the pre-eminent builders of our time having worked closely with both Walt Carpenter and George Maurer gleaning the best of their design and cosmetic offerings for his own work. His attention to detail above reproach. Mint unused condition. $1450.
58. Payne 98. 7', 2/2, 2 3/4oz., "Sold By" rod. 5" soiled but smooth cigar grip, blued cap and ring (some absence of bluing) over Spanish cedar, red agate stripper guide, customary brown silks tipped gold, insert stepped up and routed to the cork sans later knurled cork check -- very pretty effect. Medium straw colored cane, perfect ferrule fit, dead straight and still carries its fully legible hang tag in its original tube and original bag. The rod is near perfect aside from only recently noticed tiny isolated spots of varnish surface activity on the tips that can no doubt be rubbed out. Aside from that the rod is in really super condition. To make it perfect, think I'd send it to Steve Blake to remove those very minor compromises to the surface or if ambitious enough, do it yourself. These marks completely alluded me when concluding a multi rod purchase and only became apparent while making this entry. Just a fabulous dry fly 4 wt rod and all structurally perfect; cosmetically very good. $3500.
59. Mills Standard (Leonard). 7 1/2', 3/2, 4 oz., 5 wt. As a Leonard model 49 but carries the Mills die stamp to its end cap designating ownership of the Leonard Company and desire to produce from Leonard a more affordable model 49. 6" cigar grip giving way to an all cork seat with a coin edged ring to logoed cap, rather light cane and yellow wraps with red and black tagging at the hook keeper and male ferrules, hallmark of the marque. The rod has a lovely semi-parabolic dry fly action and is just a sweet casting 5DT rod. Cork shows soiling: reel seat shows some discoloration from its aluminum sliding band, otherwise the rod is near perfect with its original Peerless tube, bag and fully legible hang tag. This size is rarely seen in the Standard line up and consider myself lucky to have found one in such nice condition. 1150.
60. Another stunning example from the bench of Jim Downes. 8', 3/2, rendition of a Payne 201. Perhaps the best casting rod from the entire Payne lineup in that line weight is the 201. Sensational medium fast dry fly 5 wt made up in my favorite Downes colors -- deep avocado green smartly tipped black. Lighter cane is a spectacular back drop for the green silks; the 6" flor grade cork grip, elegant and exotic wood (Jim calls it burled red maple) spacer and agate stripper guide complete the cosmetic package. Just a glorious rod and a 5 wt casting machine. New from Jim and for your consideration at $1450. Sold
61. Mt. Carmel era Edwards Deluxe. 8', 3/2, 5wt. 5" cigar grip, bakelite windiing check, butternut seat under lovely nickel silver cap and ring sporting 4 concentric machined circles to its circumference, red silks tipped yellow fore and aft, red stripper guide, proper original script in place and all perfectly refinished by Don Schroeder. Likely better than its original finish. All sections absolutely original -- no replacement parts save for the snake guides that for lack of wear likely replaced. Indeed one of the best restorations I've seen from Don or for that matter from anyone. Its lovely perfect condition butternut spacer is routed and stepped up to the cork handle sans metal check. Perhaps one of the most elegant Edwards rod yet seen notwithstanding Don's handiwork. Just learned from a loyal customer that his astute research leads me to believe that one tip was made by Don during the restoration. Having said that, both tips are perfect and identical for color, node placement and taper! The rod has a modern dry fly action sporting the finest tips ever. Put up in a perfectly fitting Thomas and Thomas bag (with stiffener) and tube . Now, still a great buy at $675. Sold
62. Coming soon. Phillipson Peerless. 8', 3/2, 5 wt. Excellent condition. Neighborhood, 650-675. Priced upon review. $725. Recieved and as expected, the rod is perfect. One of the most desired production rods on the market for both cosmetics and for its medium dry fly action. Sold
63. Orvis Light Salmon. 8 1/2", 2/2 , 6 1/8oz., 8wt., serial number 41334. 6 1/2" cigar grip (with very minor ridging from age rather than use), aluminum down locking seat, removable 2" fighting butt, brown silks as expected, bright perfect (tight) ferrules. Full working rod that is destined to meet with an Atlantic Salmon in the near future. Just a beautiful rod in its original bag and tube with good label intact. In the previous owner's hand reads made by Wes Jordan but cannot guarantee that but for its 1965 vintage. Just a glorious salmon or big water rod in excellent plus condition. $475. Sensible offers entertained.
64. Tufts and Batson. 8', 2/2, 5 wt. Model 1510. This is a crisp very dry fly rod with all the trappings that Amelia and Gabe are best known -- 6" cigar grip (very slight soiling), jewel-like nickel silver down locking seat over blackwood, black silks ever so delicately tipped orange, agate stripper guide, machined ferrule plug, and evenly straw toned cane with a perfect varnish finish. T and B die stamp in place on the end cap and finished with a 3 tiered nickel silver winding check. The rod is stunning with just a great, crisp dry fly habit. Just the perfect dry fly rod. $1350.
67. Orvis Battenkill. 7 1/2', 2/2, serial number 31115 (1961), 3 3/4oz. 5 wt. This rod designated 1/8oz lighter than its later cousin, the 3 7/8oz rod is somewhat lighter in feel and 5DT line able. It has a lovely dry fly action and for that a departure from the usual fuller bodied medium action rod. Dead straight, 6" cigar grip, down locking seat over patinated walnut with independent ring. Enjoys nice dark cane, the usual brown wraps and perfectly fitting blued ferrules; original khaki colored bag and blue labeled tube that is fully legible for all details. $650.
68. Orvis Battenkill. 7', 2/1, serial number 69029 (1973), 3 3/8oz. 5 wt. Hex capped original gray tube, fully legible labeled as a two tip rod; original green bag. Sadly, the second tip lost along the way. 6" cigar grip, down locking seat with independent ring and unmarred varnished walnut filler. And for its period unusually dark cane. Rod has a very likeable brisk dry fly action with enough backbone to handle formidable prey in small water; tight venues. With exception noted, an excellent condition rod at a reasonable $450.
69. Scott SC 653. Made by Bernard Ramanouskas of Eden Cane reputation. 6' 5", 2/2, dry fly 3 wt. Serial number 0087. Perhaps one of the most elegant rods ever made while Scott contracted Bernard to build. 5 1/4" tapered cigar grip appointed with 1/4" burled(?) cork at the hook keeper and as a final cosmetic finish to the grip, dark cane, ever so delicate agate stripper guide and clear silks wrapped with a single strip of auburn in the middle of each station, light weight cap and ring over highly figured walnut Truncated perfectly fitting ferrules, and blued hardware throughout. Just an elegant beautiful casting instrument. This one new unused with the plastic shrink wrap still to the grip and Scott paperwork. I believe currently sold by Scott at $3250. Photos still abound on the internet but will send if required. $2100.
Coming soon, another Scott SC -- 6114. Purported to be in near mint condition. Likely $2100
70. Orvis Deluxe. 6 1/2', 2/2, Serial number 35698 (1963), 5/6 wt. 4" Superfine grip giving way to an all cork seat with dual rings and the usual aluminum button to the flared seat terminus. A great little small stream rod capable of throwing small to medium size dries, nymphs and can tolerate weighted wets as well. A small rod with lots of backbone that I would describe as medium dry fly and somewhat parabolic in habit. Dark cane, brown silks, perfect fitting ferrules with about 90% blueing and original bag and tube with fully legible blue label. Aside from very minor ridging of the cork; no reel seat impressions to the seat in fine condition. This rod often sold as a 4/5 wt in the interest of marketing, really sings with a 6 wt liine. While the tendency for both dealers and enthusiasts to envision a 6 1/2 footer as a 4 or 5 wt is ubiquitous. Respect it as a 6 wt. and it will be a casting epiphany. Just a great rod if properly used. For its ever so slight ridging of the cork grip, $575.
71. Eden Cane. 8', 2/2, 8014. dry fly 5/6 wt. Built by Bernard Ramanouskas under his own banner one of the most remarkable rods for construction, performance and appearance ever seen. 6 1/4" modified reverse half wells grip, morticed birds eye maple seat with up sliding ring, birds eye maple as a seat to cork check, perfectly varnished blond cane ever so delicately tipped cinnamon, and of course nodeless construction for which Bernard achieved kudos throughout the bamboo rodmaking/enthusiast community. Put up in his partitioned beige colored Eden Cane labeled case. Last new rod price for his work was 3995! Here in remarkable condition -- about mint-- $1800.
72. Sewall Dunton rod. 7', 2/1 (made as such), Angler's Choice model. Just a neat 7' dry fly rod made in Greenfield, MA. Believe that Thomas and Thomas at some point bought the company; used their cane for some time and in the early 70's Orvis offered them in their catologue of fine rods at about $100. Don't now know if that offering predated the T and T ownership. In any case, a fine little brisk dry fly rod with handsome dark cane, dark aquamarine silks, a couple showing a bit of age but no need to address them. Has a very comfortable half wells grip, down locking aluminum hardware over black bakelite, a hallmark of the Angler's Choice range, great fitting better quality (according to Campbell) extruded ferrules and the identifying script present and complete above the winding check. Reads "#156 - 7ft"; its maker's decal present and in perfect fettle. Just a great little rod at a very reasonable price point with some significant history attached. See page 164, AJ Campbell for a comprehensive discussion of the brand. With exception noted, very nice condition and only very slight soiling of the cork. A pretty neat little rod that will make for a super dry fly rod for 4 or 5 wt lines. Comes to me in original bag but without a tube. $225.
22. Orvis CFO III. 3" 4/5 wt capacity. "H" line guard, two rivets showing to the verso and domed back boss. Edge wear but quite good in a later Orvis pouch with spare spool and papers. $225.
31. Hardy Princess and spare spool. Minor edge wear but altogether very good condition. $225.
42. Hardy Princess with 2 screw heavy nickel silver line guard. Some edge wear but in generally good/very good condition with spare spool put up in piggyback suede case. Nice 6 wt reel. $250.
65. Orvis Odyssey II. 3 1/8" 5/6 wt reel. As the previous reel with larger capacity. Mint unused with unknown as new line and original neoprene pouch and box. $200.
83. Saracione Mark I model 3 (so 3" diam) 4/5 wt reel. RHW at the moment but can be changed to LHW with a brief visit to Joe Saracione and for a nominal charge. The reel is in mint unused condition, although it holds a Mastery Series GPX WF5F line. In its original bag and box with warrantee papers filled out by the original owner in 2001 and recorded as a gift but never sent back to Joe. The Mark I is almost never seen any more and my understanding is that very few were made. $675. Sold
89. Horton Meek 55. 3 1/8", 5/6 wt reel. An early blued reel sans line guide. Retrieve is smooth and strong; fixed drag is still quite strong even after all the years that this reel has seen. The latch operation is perfect and the foot is full length. Bluing is about 85% on both the reel and its foot. Black bakelite bezeled handle is tight as the day it was made as is the spool and all else. Structurally perfect; cosmetically very good/excellent. Put up in a suede case compliments yours truly. 225. Sold
93. Hardy Uniqua. 2 7/8", telephone latch, about 80% bluing, ribbed brass foot, original well labeled card box and paperwork!! Minor spool wobble and insignificant but noticeable line groove otherwise very good condition. For the line groove, $200. Reduced
94, Hardy Uniqua. 2 7/8". Most blueing replaced by a golden patina, ribbed brass foot, some spool wobble, and minor line grooves. Put up in a Pflueger Medalist Akron Ohio box factory marked "Repaired" compliments yours truly. $200. Reduced
95. Hardy Uniqua. 2 7/8". This one comes to me with a "spitfire" spool and blued frame (about 50% intact). Telephone latch spring needs fooling with or can be left alone to operate manually. Ribbed brass foot, black bezelled handle and a very cool plaque to the interior reading "Made for Folsom Arms Co., New York". Dual pawl drag that works nicely. Minor spool wobble that can be remedied by Bill Archuleta of Grants Pass, OR. Spoke to him about it; a simple matter. Packed in an old pig skin pouch and a Hardy Hydra box. $200.
96. Bauer MX4 LA reel in about mint condition. 4" diam. 8wt reel. This is the earlier very desirable model with the star drag conveniently mounted to the verso rather than the rather uncomfortable front mounted drag knob. You can easily adjust the drag while fish is on. Anodized glossy black finish, rosewood handle and one of the smoothest reels ever developed. Silent retrieve; lovely sounding click outgoing. ,Of course salt water able. Mint or near mint with original neoprene case. Just a well engineered reel with performance standards that we've come to expect from Bauer. $325. Sold
101. Sage 504L. At 3" a nice 4/5 wt reel. LH/RH retrieve, now set for LHW. Some edge wear from use otherwise good/very good condition. In its original Sage logoed suede case. $275.
103. Orvis CFO III. 3" 4/5 wt reel. LH/RH wind (now set for right hand retrieve) No exposed rivets to the verso, "H" shaped line guard, easy adjust full range drag knob to the back in perfect order, and domed center boss to the back plate. Made in England by Hardy or British Reel Works. Nice tight reel with minor edge wear and generally very good in its original Orvis marked suede case. $225.
105. Heddon 310. This is the Hardy LRH clone. 3 1/4", 4/5 wt reel. Made in Japan assembled in USA and labeled Daisy. Aquamarine finish to the frame; very pale aquamarine finish to the spool. 2 screw nickel silver line guard, rim mounted drag adjust and dust cover latch. A very reasonable way to get into a pretty nice reel at a great price point. Pics if required. $50. Reduced
106. Thompson 100. 3 1/4". RHW. Made in California in the late 1940's/1950's. Very rare reel that for lack of a better description somewhat similar to a Hardy Perfect in its 3 piece design. Spool width about 3/4" so just a perfect 7 wt reel and known to West Coast steelheaders as the ultimate in high performance reels and way ahead of its time for shear engineering qualities. Circular nickel silver line guard, dual drag system mounted to the frame edge, smooth brass foot and almost 100% blueing still here. Serial numbered 2180565. Inscribed Thompson Reel, No. 100, Reels Inc. San Francisco, CA. A very rare find in this superb almost mint condition. Put up in an as new suede case compliments, yours truly. $650.
107. Hardy Cascapedia 8/9. Made in England and the ultimate Spey reel for size, capacity and weight. Now set for RHW is reversible. 21 position full range detente drag system, black sideplates, counterbalnced "S" handle, satin textured aluminum frame and 3 elegant plaques flush mounted to the face plate. I detect one tiny mar to each end of its foot otherwise as new with new backing in its original elegant black leather case and box with all papers including warranty card and directions for retrieve reversal. $425.
108. Hardy St. John. 3 7/8" 8 wt reel. Later enamelled reel and for that reversible as well. The Classic most well loved traditional Salmon reel for enthusiasts across the pond as well as West Coast Steelheaders. Can also serve mightily as a big water trout reel and ideally suited for big browns on the Delaware. Minor mar s to the foot ends from mounting but doubt the reel ever saw water. So near mint in its original blue/white case and labeled box. Apparently had its point of sale originally in France as the box is interestingly labeled Moulinet a Peche, St. John. $325.
109. 3 3/4" Hardy St. George. Early 3 screw latch, Tommy Armstrong's die stamp to the interior, ribbed brass foot (so post 1928), circular nickel silver line guard, rim mounted full range perfect operating drag adjust and almost all blueing still here. A couple of ticks, for lack of a better word, to the line guard surface otherwise excellent in its original red/white case and just a perfect 7/8 wt reel. $375.
110. 3 5/8" Hardy Perfect. Likely a 30's reel, sports a ribbed brass foot, contracted spool, blued finish (now mostly replaced by a patinated in-use gray, Tommy Armstrong's marks to the interior along with seldom seen matching numbers (60) die stamped to all interior surfaces. Minimally raised boss, 3 brass pins within the double concentric circles to the center pins and straight line writing. Front plate is neatly factory inscribed with the first owner's initials -- D.W. Jr. The reel is extraordinarily tight, has a clean interior; retrieve and drag work perfectly. These Perfects just seem to get better with age! An elegant 7 wt reel just perfect for 8 1/2-9' bamboo and big water. Original blue/white case still present. $250.
111. Hardy 3 3/8" Perfect. RHW. Enameled reel, minimally raised center hub, milky agate line guard in perfect condition, rim mounted full range drag adjust, smooth aluminum foot, clean interior and all tight as a drum. Some spotty absence of finish throughout but no gashes, gouges or other structural compromises.
So, a lovey useable reel for 5 or 6 wt lines that functions as well as it did when it left theHardy manufacture. With a suede case to accompany it. $200.
112. Hardy 3" St. George. RHW, uncompromised milky agate line guard, 2 screw latch with dust cover flange, smooth aluminum foot, and rim mounted drag adjust. Some scratches and edge wear with one noticeable scar to the front frame at the 7 o'clock position otherwise a great working 3" St. George with honorable use. A photo of the cosmetic intrusion deserved. Put up in a neoprene Loop case. Really a great useable reel in super mechanical condition. Fairly priced at $275.
113. 3 1/8" Hardy Perfect.RHW and the ultimate 5 wt reel for 7 1/2-8 foot bamboo. Enameled reel, made without line guard, minimally raised center boss, black bezelled handle, ribbed brass foot, rim mounted perfect working drag control with full range resistance defying its age. Mechanically tight and perfect with some honorable use -- minor edge wear. $275
114. Another 3 1/8 Perfect. RHW. This one an earlier vintage with flush face, ribbed brass foot, most blueing absent and curious "ok" die stamped to the interior of two parts. Beautifully smooth with fully working drag. Just a lovely reel but for a hairline crack to the milky agate line guard that unfortunately does rise to the surface and can be felt with a fingernail inspection. Sad really as it is a lovely contracted type. These agates can be replaced but I've now lost track of who does them aside from Hardy. $150. Sold
115. Hardy LRH from the Lightweight series and the classic 5 wt. LH/RH, now set for RHW. Light enough for graphite ; traditional enough for bamboo. Just perfect for 7- 8' 5 wt rods. Has the desirable two screw heavy nickel silver line guard, dust cover latch and full range riim mounted drag adjust. Minor edge wear, and spotty absence of finish to the verso otherwise in nice useable condition and tight a reel as you'd expect from an unabused reel. Put up in a later but original Hardy case. $200.
116. Another LRH. this one a Silent Drag type and unlike most, really works quite well. Drag is fully adjustable and resistance is perfect. RHW only with two screw heavy nickel silver line guard and dust cover latch. Very good condition. $200
117. Hardy Princess. LH/RH wind, single screw line guard so rather modern but still made in England by Hardy Bros. Set up for Right hand wind. Every so light varied scuffing to the edges otherwise near perfect condition and contained in a fitting suede case graciously supplied by yours truly. $225.
118. Ross Gunnison G5. 3 7/8" diam., 7/8/9 capacity, narrow spool, black satin finish, LH/RH convertible (now set for RHW), easy spool removal, sensibly rear mounted drag knob, and spare spool with matte finish. Made in the USA, machined with the best tolerances in the industry to date and a remarkable full range smooth as can be drag. For its exposed spool, rim control as well. 3 random spots of finish absence otherwise excellent plus, plus condition in its Ross neoprene case. This is a great reel with a super drag protocol, lifetime guarantee through Ross as well. $225.
119. Ross Cimarron 5. 3 7/8" diam value cousin to the G series. Nice 7/8 wt reel. Super drag system, LH/RH able and in perfect (mint) condition with Ross case. Just a fabulous machined reel at a remarkable price point. $125.
120. Ross Canyon BG-6. 4 1/8", 8/9/10 wt. big game reel. Anodized gold, easy release spool, rear mounted large drag adjust knob, and smooth as can be retrieve and one of the best big game drag systems on the market today. I regularly use the BG-4 for blues and stripers, the BG-6 can handle just about any salt water specie with aplomb. I can't speak more highly of a big game reel inasmuch as performance and structural integrity for price point is unequaled. Almost not worth mentioning edge intrusions and almost invisible mounting mars to the foot ends otherwise excellent plus, plus in its blue neoprene case. $325.
121. Orvis CFO V. Rarely seen but welcome 3 1/2" 6/7 wt reel in the CFO line up. Made in England by Hardy, raised dome to the verso and 4 rivets showing, for those of you who can identify the vintage. The usual lovely gray matte finish and of course easily reversed. Now set for RHW. Minor edge wear to the frame rear but altogether very good condition in later Orvis case with spare spool (with some edge wear). Well priced at $225. Sold
122. Orvis Battenkill IV. 3 3/4", rather wide spool for 8/9/10 lines. Has a super sealed drag system, is machined and a full range drag knob to the verso. Just can't imagine Orvis designing a reel with such capability at the current pricing of, I believe, south of $200. Mint condition in its original case. $125.
123. Gherke Developed by George Gerkhe; later evolved into the Marriot. 3 1/4 +" wide spool reel made in the USA and so inscribed. The USA George Gerkhe model is quite desirable particularly in this size. Anodized gold, quick release spool, continuous drag adjust protocol, just a super silent retrieve, smooth as can be click drag and believe reversible. Mint unused. Minus its original case, I put it up in a good but scribbled on suede pouch. For its design, structural quality and performance, undervalued at $125.
124. Nautilus FW One. 2 7/8" high tech reel. All black anodized finish with a red logo to the latch hub. A super 3/4 wt reel for your 61/2-7 1/2 light weight graphite rods. MSRP on this reel was $230 at the time of manufacture. Still made but on to subsequent generations. Has a great look, a smooth as can be retrieve and a light to train stopping tough drag. For those who know, the serial number on this reel is G6958. New unused in it original box with case and all papers. Presently set for RHW, directions for reversing it included with the paperwork along with the guarantee info. A virtual steal at $125.
125. Another Nautilus FW One. This one a bit later with serial number H9538. All black anodized with red accents and red interior brake coloring marked "disc brake SCF" presumably an indication of a later design development. Again, mint unused with box, case and papers. For its later, perhaps more desirable features, $150.
126. Hatch Finatic Plus 2. 3" Large arbor reel suitable for 3/4/5 wt lines. Current production as the Hatch Plus Generation 2. Black anodized very high tech reel with just a super smooth retrieve; fabulous smooth purring full range drag. Now set for RHW can be changed via a brief visit to UTube for guidance. Only requires following directions and a common allen wrench. Original MSRP for this reel is $430. Here mint unused with original case, $250.
127. J. Austin Forbes Ltd. 3" Aerial. Bronze finish, Bickerdyke line guard, rosewood contoured handle, constant perfectly calibrated drag and on/off poachers switch. Made in England, serial number 97, model 5831 with very distinguished paperwork and certificate of authenticity. A lovely lightweight 3/4 wt reel perfect for light graphite rods and classic enough for diminutive bamboo. Mint unused with drawstring Arne Mason leather pouch (alone costing in excess of $75 from Mason I'm certain), spare handle for a color change and an additional foot presumably for a smaller reel seat fit. All in all a very cool package. Original price for this reel believe part of the Millennium Series was (is) $375. This unused package, $200. Sold
128. Ted Juracsik designed Billy Pate Salmon reel. Serial number A112. Direct Drive, 6/7/8 wt., 8 oz. RHW, gold frame with black anodized spool. Just a fabulous standard for light big game, salt water capable with an incredible drag system the envy of every other big game reel to today. Some very insignificant scratches and mars to the foot ends otherwise excellent plus condition in its original neoprene pouch. Last MSRP for this fabulous reel was $560. This one earlier and the more desirable iteration. $300.
129. Billy Pate AR Tarpon. (Ted Juracsik). Serial number S481. RHW. 9-12 wt capable and the standard of big game reels since its initial offering. Legendary. MSRP for this reel is currently $635 everywhere. Some handling/shop marks here and there otherwise virtually perfect in a really cool Simms pouch. $425.
130. Douglas Argus 3". From Douglas Outdoors and perhaps the current most notable high grade reel on the market today. Made in upstate New York, machined bar stock 6061, standard arbor, reversible click check with rim mounted drag adjust with unique, yet simple drag control guts, textured palming rim and elegant machined brass foot. All put up in a lovely Hardy like selvyt bag, no doubt a John Shaner influence. While I am not sure who the principles are, John Shaner of Hardy reputation is instrumental in its design and marketing. John is a well known and respected figure in our world and clearly deserves mention here. This is a beautifully designed reel -- a work of art for its elegance, simplicity and performance. Lovely charcoal gray matte finish, smooth as can be retrieve and incredibly full range drag that defies is click and pawl protocol. Now set for RHW but easily reversible. Unused with box, pouch, and all paperwork. MSRP for this great 4/5 wt reel is $395. Priced at "would love to keep it for myself" $350.
131. Fin Nor No 3 Anti Reverse. 3 3/4", rather wide spool reel for 9-12 weight lines. RHW. Gold anodized, dual handles, front mounted drag control, domed back plate with the "Since 1933" moniker. Just a super salt water big game reel that has stood the test of time and still favored by enthusiasts the world over. A couple of random ticks to the edges otherwise near perfect and ready to do business. This is a great reel and owing to the emergence of high tech reels like Charltons, Ross, Tibors and the like has unnecessarily fallen into disfavor. Still a great reel with all the trappings of the best modern reels and performance records to support it. With its original black case. $300.
132. Tibor Billy Pate Trout. Serial number C119. RHW, 3", anti-reverse small reel from the deft hands of Ted Jurascik. Black anodized spool, gold frame, 5/6 wt capacity. Likely designed for big trout Delaware River- like. Might even take a 7 wt line. A very cool reel but a bit over engineered for anything but the largest trout or fast running shad. Mint unused in case, box with papers and adjusting wrench. Perhaps underestimated at $275.
133. Tibor Light, Spring Creek CL. 3" large arbor reel from Tibor manufacture. Anodized black. LH/RH with conversion directions as well as guarantee papers still here. Just a very cool 3/4/5 wt reel now set for LHW. Mint unused condition with case box and all necessary papers. $275. Sold
134. Tibor Light. Back Country CL Wide. 3 5/8" large arbor reel ideal for 5/6 wt lines and 7 in a pinch. Black anodized, set for RHW, but convertible with directions included. Just one of the best high tech reels on the market today with a super soft click retrieve, fabulous drag system regulated by a rim mounted drag adjust. Amazingly tight operation, a hallmark of the Tibor marque. With backing but appears unused with box, case and papers and presently out of stock on most websites! $300. Sold
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