51. Jim Downes. 7612, 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. $1450. Sold but I always keep this model in stock; it is that popular.
88. Jim Downes. 7', 2/2, 7011, 4wt. Another great example of of work from Jim Downes. 5 1/2" flor grade cigar grip, blued cap and ring over stabilized maple, elegant as can be lime silks with black tipping -- very tasteful -- red agate stripper guide and light straw colored bamboo blanks. Its perfect varnish finish so compliments the wrap color that it presents as an elegant piece of workmanship. This is a medium/fast dry fly rod quite able with a great range of fly sizes. Absolutely top notch work with a superb casting dry fly habit. New from Jim without the wait at $1450. Sold but another on its way.
139. Bob Taylor 35-5. 7 1/2', 3/2, 5 wt. One of Bob's blonde rods with 5 1/2" cigar grip, beautiful butternut seat with his elegant machined cap and ring and die stamp to the end cap. You have to love the look of the concave design of the sliding band, exclusive to Bob's rods. Perfect varnish, translucent tan silks delicately tipped red, bright perfect fitting ferrules and just one of the smoothest medium dry fly rods ever. Unlike the Leonard model 49DF, Bob's rendition is a bit more full working yet classically dry fly. "The one rod to own if you'll only own one" with the added travel capability of its three piece configuration. Minor soiling of the cork, otherwise perfect. $2550. Sold
147. Rarest of the Payne Parabolics, the 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 1/4oz, (proper for the model). Written on the original tube in the first owner's hand, likely with grease pencil, "Made by Jim Payne for me about 1935, Marked Payne Sold by Abercrombie and Fitch". Second line reads "He called it a Parabolic". Replacement bag. Sports the typical all cork grip and seat with blued cap and ring (die stamped Sold by A and F), straw colored cane, brown silks delicately tipped gold, and perfectly refinished by Ron McKinley of Macklin Customs. Was sold to me as being refinished by McKinley and I can absolutely vouch for that as it displays the varnished silks discretely and subsequently varnished. Ron was one of the few practitioners who used this method and for its aesthetics, spectacular. Rod has a fully parabolic action bending down and through the grip just as Charlie Ritz designed, later used by both Payne and Pezon et Michel, although I believe that Jim Payne modified the action to suit his own build style. This rod is rarer than the 7' 1" rod as well as the two different wt 7' 9" rods. Payne discontinued making the rod as it is rumored that he was not completely pleased with it. Sadly, Jim was wrong headed about it as it turns out to be one of the finest pieces of design that ever came out of the Payne shop IMHO. So although refinished, an opportunity for the enthusiast to own and use one of the greatest rods in this size range ever produced. $3500.
169. Leon Hanson. 8' 6", 3/2, 3.2 oz. Hollow Built 4wt rod. Built in 2017, considered recent. 5 3/4" moderate half wells grip, stunning coin edged up ring reel seat with dark walnut filler and ever so delicate bakelite end cap, subtle clear wraps over abbreviated guide feet, micro ferrules, medium dark straw colored cane, spiral configured node spacing and turned blackwood or ebony ferrule plugs . Leon engraves his caps with full details and just presents one of the most beautiful rods by any maker today. Rod has a progressive yet brisk dry fly habit that although marked for a 4 wt (and Hanson is always about dead right about his line weight designation) I'm tempted to try a 5 wt line on the rod although since the rod is absolutely mint I don't dare lawn cast it. Leon's rods are in great demand with an ungodly wait time for one of the finest long, light line rods currently being built. $3100. Sold.
179. Payne 198. 7 1/2', 3/2, 3 1/4 oz. 5 wt. Rod has been beautifully refinished by Ron McKinley, a virtual master of the craft. I had this rod done by Ron many years ago so know full well of its structurally uncompromised condition. The rod comes back to me from a loyal client in little used condition since its remarkable refinish. 5" cigar grip (smooth but slightly soiled), blued cap and ring over Spanish Cedar, Payne logo inside the cartouche (thanks Marc), die stamp reads "Payne" only indicating purchase from the factory direct, lovely medium straw colored cane, red agate stripper guide, perfect ferrule fit and legible hang tag to the bag with the weight as listed dead matching its actual weight as measure by yours truly. Rod has a crisp yet light medium dry fly flavor in the tradition of the Catskill genre. An elegant rod that can be enjoyed with abandon since it has been resurrected. $3200. Sold
189. Leonard 40H. Red wrapped rod from the Ted Simroe/Midland Park, NJ era. Serial number 2594 (1976). 6" cigar grip, down locking seat over butternut with the expected nickel silver die stamped cap. Light cane, 3 x 3 node pattern, and swelled butt to create that hallmark Catskill dry fly flavor. 4 3/8 oz. 8', 6/7 wt rod. In my hands a full working elegant casting 7 wt but could tolerate a 6 DT if you insist. Cork is soiled and has minor ridging from honorable use. A very nice Leonard rod with all original yellow bag with stiffener, original tube and fully legible Midland Park label . Just a nice medium to big water rod and quite comfortable on the Delaware where 14" plus wild browns are the expectation. Dry fly but can handle anything fastened to it its terminal end. $1050.
A note on the two 40H Leonards, items 189 and item 194. They both perform remarkably well with the SA MPX WF6 weight lines rather than 7 weights. Just uncovered that tidbit from an old (sorry, Jay), loyal customer who tried the pairing. He claims the SA MPX WF6 is a more fitting alternative to any 7 wt line. He is an experienced, knowledgeable practitioner and his word is gold.
195. Post - fire Leonard 40H. Just as item 189. 8', 2/2, 6/7 wt. This one serial number 2447 (1976) and in marginally better condition. Cleaner and smoother cork. All other aspects of the rod and condition identical to item 189. Either rod a virtual steal at their respective prices. This one $1150.
205. Pre-fire Leonard 76L. 8', 4 1/8 oz., 4 piece, 2 tip pack rod. This rare rod enjoys a 6" slightly soiled cigar grip giving way to an all cork reel seat that shows a few light impressions from the beautiful coin edged ring with proper pre-fire die stamp to the end cap, Chinese red silks all in fine order, moderately swelled butt, straw colored cane with 3 x 3 node pattern as expected, about perfect hang tag reading "#76L, 8 feet, 4 1/8 ounces, Stock" and bright perfect fitting ferrules. Amazing really for the age of the rod -- guessing early 60's or late 50's. The rod has a lovely medium action that will accommodate a range of fly sizes and serve as a splendid all around rod. Elegant, rare and in fine condition. Just the perfect travel rod from an era when workmanship was at its pinnacle; both structurally and cosmetically near perfect. $1600. Sold
213. Don Schroeder 8 1/2', 5 1/8 oz. 2/2 , 5wt. Has a very comfortable 6 1/2" full wells grip, correctly die stamped down locking seat over figured walnut and is just a stunning piece of work from perhaps the most detail oriented maker of bamboo rods today. Workmanship above reproach. I've cast this rod before sending it out on approval to an old customer and friend and it is a superb casting rod and true 5 DT. Seems his collection of some 5 or 6 Schroeder rods doesn't require an 8 1/2', 2 piece. It balances nicely with a 3 3/8" Perfect or the 3 3/8" vintage St. George found in my reel section as item 201. Makes for a grand canoe rod in a lighter line weight than you would expect a rod of this genre to be. Minor handle soiling otherwise about perfect. Now with me and like all of Don's rods is stunning. One of his dark rods, this one with an owner requested deep wine silk treatment. Elegant and for his time at the bench and quality of workmanship, grossly undervalued on the secondary market. $1250.
215. An unbelievable piece of work from the hands of Troy Jacques of Thomas and Thomas. A 50th Anniversary rod from an edition of 10. This one number 3 in the series. 7 1/2', 2/2, medium brisk dry fly, 5 wt. To paraphrase the company's promotional advert (from their website), the rod pays homage to his mentors Tom Dorsey, Tom Maxwell and Tom Moran incorporating the best features and hallmarks of each craftsman from a historical and aesthetic perspective. Cane is a rich honey color, prominent swelled butt, forged hexagonal winding check, agate stripping guide, transparent silks tipped deep chocolate, half wells grip giving way to a cork seat sporting Moran's characteristic bamboo splines, hand engraved nickel silver cap and ring with gold inlay "50", machined ferrule plugs, ferrules blued and engraved and put up in a beautiful logoed sheep skin lined oval saddle leather case. The current price for this rod, if available, is $6500. The present offering, brand new, unused $4200. Sold
221. Leonard Catskill 49-5. 6 3/4" smooth and soil free grip, up locking jewel-like coin edged turnbuckle with acorn cap over tiger maple morticed filler, blond cane, swelled butt, 3 x 3 node pattern, clear wraps with pale olive green at the ferrule stations and hallmark (for the Catskill), heavy wire snake guide as the stripper. Serial number 81180. As a Maxwell rod in every way from its appearance, Maxwell indicated tube but likely made shortly after Tom's departure from the company. A letter from Tom to administration dated Jan 5, 1981 indicates a departure date of Dec 2 of 1980. All Maxwell in every way, even the word "Catskill 49-5" seems to be in Maxwell's hand but the serial number probably applied by one of the girls in the finishing room and likely Donna Denaxas one of the last women at the company to wrap and finish rods. After the closing in 1985 Donna continued to wrap rods for several known makers formerly at Leonard; later on their own. The rod has a bright dry fly habit and appears unused. $2350. Sold
222. Orvis Battenkill. The desirable 8', 2/2, 5/6 wt. 4 1/4 oz. variant. Serial number 14905, so built 1953. Standard 6" cigar grip (cleaned with some very minor ridging), traditional chocolate silks, blued ferrules about 100% in tact, a super ferrule fit, dead straight, down locking seat with a few minor scratches on the barrel from a reel foot over patinated walnut, beautiful very dark cane and original high grade brass collared tube and original khaki colored bag. 69 years old; the integrity of the rod is amazing and a tribute to the Orvis quality control over the years . Built by George Reid and Calvin Skinner the rod has a medium fast dry fly habit with enough gumption to handle medium dries, weighted wets and even dropper rigs and substantial prey. A super small to medium water rod and somewhat more crisp than the later version of the model. Although the weight is not designated on the rod, owing to its vintage, the serial number represents it as a 4 1/4 oz. rod in the company records and is true to my own weighing of the rod on my critically accurate digital scale. Overall excellent condition with exceptions noted and as all Orvis rods, sadly undervalued on the secondary market. $575. Sold
228. Don Schroeder. 8', 3/2, 5/6WT. Serial number 59319 so presumably built 2019. 6" very comfortable half wells grip, down locking seat over highly figured morticed walnut with Don's hallmark die stamp in place, darkly flamed cane, red agate stripper guide, transparent tan silks tipped auburn or deep red, machined ferrule plugs in place in both butt and mid sections and with a medium dry fly rod habit. I used it once on the Housatonic River on a float trip and it served me well. But must be honest, characteristic of his rods, it sings with a DT6 line although rated by Don as a 5. Believe that is the only use that it has had and aside from very minor soiling of the grip imparted by yours truly, the only time it has seen water since emerging from Don's shop. I caught several trout on it with dries, nymphs and streamers so decidedly an all around rod from one of the best builder (albeit underappreciated) in the country. His attention to detail is amazing as is known by most enthusiasts of bamboo; structural integrity above reproach. Just a stunning "only rod you'll ever need" rod if you'll only own one. $1550. Sold
229. Post fire Leonard 49H. 7 1/2', 3/2, 4 oz.,5 Wt. Serial number 2120, 5 1/2" cigar grip, down locking seat over choice butternut, with the proper die stamp to the cap, Chinese red silks, blond cane, 3 x 3 node pattern, proper yellow bag and fully labeled Midland Park tube. A rod likely made while Ted Simroe was managing the company and was head rod maker. Some slight soiling of the grip otherwise the rod is in perfect condition. Has a decidedly Catskill, dry fly character with most of the action in the upper reaches of the rod. Dead straight, great ferrule fit and for action, one of the the most perfect dry fly rods ever designed. $1750. Sold
231. Marc Aroner Spring Creek. 7 1/2', 3/2, 4 wt. 5 1/4" cigar grip, perfectly smooth and uncompromised, blued nickel silver cap and ring, just an elegant piece of exotic wood insert (appears to be a rather dark birds eye maple), medium dark straw colored cane, moss green silks tipped blood red, japanned perfect fitting ferrules, machined brass coined edge ferrule plugs to the mid and butt, and just the most perfect varnish work from any contemporary maker. Has very brisk dry fly flavor, a hallmark of Marc's work, and may tolerate a 5 wt line. Elegant as all of Marc's rods are, put up in his F E Thomas- like machined capped tube and proper bag. Aside from very minor cork handling, near mint. Pics will sell the rod. $3200. Sold
233. Jim Downes version of a Payne 98. 7', 2/2, 4 wt. Perfect for appearance, structural integrity and performance. 5 1/2" flor grade cigar grip, medium dark straw colored cane, walnut seat with blued cap and ring, Jim's die stamp in place, lime green silks (proprietary to yours truly) ever so delicately tipped black, agate stripper guide and blued perfect fitting ferrules. Rod has a crisp dry fly flavor for 4DT lines just as the late model Paynes. Another beautiful rod from Jim with performance standards to match. I've only had accolades from buyers of his rods -- never a disappointed enthusiast. Constant repeat acquisitions of his rods is the norm. New from Jim. $1450.
234. AJ Thramer Signature Series Hollow Built Dry Fly. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 Wt. Serial number S1110. Sports a very comfortable 6" half wells grip, blued nickel silver cap and ring over Amboina (?) with AJ's later die stamp in place, stunning evenly flamed cane with just a perfect varnish finish, absolutely perfect fitting blued ferrules, and gold toned silks handsomely tagged "Kelly Green". AJ surely outdistanced himself with this series of rods for performance, appearance and structural integrity. This is no DX! Rod enjoys a crisp dry fly action with lots of life but proudly dry fly. Minor soiling of the grip otherwise lightly used. While his rods are extraordinarily made; show mature craftsmanship are undervalued on the secondary market. An opportunity at $925. Sold
236. Just recieved from Jim Downes another fabulous model 7011. See item 88 for complete details. I have sold so many of this model along with his 7612, 5 wt that, honestly, I've lost track. They are amazing rods; made every buyer a devout follower. This one with a walnut insert and super handsome. 1450.
239. Another Tufts and Batson rod. This one 7'9", 3/2, 5 Wt. Rather dark or lightly flamed cane, slightly soiled 6" cigar grip, nickel silver cap and ring with the "Tufts and Batson" die stamp, red agate stripper guide, black silks preciously tipped a subtle orange, perfect fitting ferrules and sports the later machined aluminum ferrule plugs. The rod, as all of their rods is perfect for structural quality; perhaps the best finish work of any contemporary maker to date. Rod has a great medium, Catskill-like dry fly habit but quite suitable as "the only rod you'll ever need" -- an unlikely scenario! Just a perfect do everything rod with incredible attention to detail at its core. $1450. Sold
240. Homer Jennings. 8', 2/2, 5 wt. although marked as a 4 wt. Serial number 688, made January, 2010. 6" tapered cigar grip a constant hallmark of his work, bright nickel silver cap and ring over a beautiful piece of olive wood, swelled butt, light cane, red agate stripper guide and custom delivered emerald green silks ever so delicately tipped blood red and truncated perfect fitting ferrules. Still with the rod is his signature bamboo ferrule plug. Rod has a super feeling firm semi parabolic action quite able for both dry fly or streamer work. The rod, for its behaviour, is perfect; for its finish work incredible. Put up in his stippled brown tube and tan bag with pull tab. Excellent condition. $1550. Sold
246. Post-fire Maxwell style 49-5 Leonard. 7 1/2', 3/2, 5 wt. 6" bespoke very comfortable reverse half wells grip, a lovely morticed butternut spacer, jewel-like up locking seat with proper die stamp and acorn end cap, translucent tan silks tagged red over light colored cane, swelled butt and tight fitting sensibly witness marked ferrules. Serial numbered 81149 and although made up in Tom Maxwell's cosmetic style, was produced shortly after his separation from the company. Insignificant soiling of the grip; put up in the Maxwell style flat topped beautifully machined tube. With the finest tips has a distinct bright Catskill dry fly demeanor with most activity in the upper reaches of the rod. Appears lawn cast only. Modestly priced at $1750.
247. Gary Howells. Hollow Built, 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 1/4 oz.., 5 wt. Serial number 4704. 5 1/2" reverse half wells grip, all cork reel seat with aluminum knurled sliding band and bakelite appointed end cap. Beautiful varnish over caramel colored cane, brown silks double wrapped and tipped yellow and expected wrapped ferrules. Medium dry fly action. Original owner's name to the fully detailed perfect condition tube label and original red bag. Rod is in excellent condition suffering gentle use only. Doubt you will find another Howells in this format at $2750.
248. Orvis Midge/Nymph. 2/2, 7'6"/7'9", 3 5/8 oz. 5 Wt. 6" cigar grip, down locking seat with independent ring over varnished walnut, serial number 82154 (1978), brown silks, blued ferrules and resorcinol lines showing; medium straw colored cane. The rod with either tip is a 5 wt, the shorter tip being a bit more brisk; the longer tip a classic nymphing taper. Tiny chip to the forward end of the cork, and some activity to the ferrule wrap to the longer tip. Believe about two turns of silk absent from that area. I would have it rewrapped to make it more pleasing to the eye. The fully labeled tube sports the hexogonal cap but is a bit beat up as at least one owner likely used it as a shipping tube without regard. However, there are a number of interesting destination addresses recorded on the tube that show its travel experiences from Long Island, NYC to Montana -- kind of cool really. Altogether , the rod is in excellent condition. $675.
249. Leonard 38H. 7', 2/2, 3 1/4 oz., 4 Wt. Serial number 3734. Has a lovely crisp medium dry fly action and is quite at home with a 4 DT line (IMO). 5 1/4" fine cigar grip, fitting for its weight and length, nickel silver cap and ring over choice morticed tiger maple, correct post fire die stamp to the cap, tan silks neatly tipped auburn, original bag with stiffener and bright perfectly fitting ferrules. The rod is dead straight and structurally and cosmetically perfect. Has experienced very little, very careful use so excellent plus condition. This is a model that is so often cloned by contemporary builders for its well known design features, i.e. casting quality. $1525. Sold
The Following represents a fine group of Jeff Wagner Rods from his Signature Series. J.D. Wagner Rod Company --
250. Model 265 CD-Q 4 Wt. 6'5", 2/2, 3 oz., Quadrate. Truly an elegant rod from Jeff who has been building rods for over 20 years -- rods that are exquisite in every way. His attention to detail is remarkable and very reminiscent of the work done by Don Schroeder for cosmetic and structural perfection. Sports a 5 1/2" cigar grip, sterling silver hook keeper and coin edged winding check proprietary to Jeff, blued cap and ring over highly figured morticed walnut, dark chocolate silks, red agate stripper guide, blued perfect fitting ferrules, and elegant dark even flaming with a two by two node pattern showing golden against the dark background. These quads are always so elegant for their wide surfaces particularly when finished by a highly regarded craftsman like Jeff. Rod enjoys a medium somewhat parabolic feel not unlike the rods produced by Paul Young as Jeff is a student of the Young genre. The rod has had very little use and therefore quite perfect. $1550. Sold
251. Model 363 M 4Wt. 6'3", 3/2, 2 3/4 oz. Another work of art from Jeff with an all cork seat and grip, blued cap and ring, dark chocolate silks, over beautifully flamed hexagonal blanks, red agate stripper guide, blued perfectly fitting ferrules, braided sterling silver hook keeper and winding check and bronze toned snake guides. Feels a bit like a Paul Young Midge done in a 3 piece format. A great casting, do everything rod in its size. Very minor soiling of the cork otherwise excellent plus, plus. $1475.
252. Model 276-1 5Wt. So 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 Wt hex. 6" reverse half wells grip, up locking nickel silver jewel like hardware over figured morticed koa wood, dark chocolate silks, hallmark sterling silver hook keeper and winding check (blued), red agate stripper guide, blued tight fitting ferrules and dark, evenly flamed cane with a stunning varnish finish. Elegant, as all of Jeff's rods are. The rod exhibits a rather strong semi parabolic action and could be the only rod you'll ever need if you only could have one -- an unlikely story!! Throws a long line but is competent in close as well. Minor soiling of the cork otherwise, excellent
257. A.J. Thramer Leonard 39 From his Classic Series. 6" cigar grip (very slightly soiled), nickel silver cap and ring over butternut, Cardinal red silks just as the late post fire Leonard Standards. Light cane, bright good fitting ferrules, dead straight and all else we've come to expect from this highly underappreciated maker. Thramer's attention to detail and taper design without reproach. Has a pleasing medium dry fly flavor and well suited for dry fly work, or light (unweighted please) streamers or wets. Just a great rod with performance standards at least as good as the original, perhaps with a bit more welcomed zip than the original 39. A.J. had the talent to take a good taper and make it an ever so much better performer. Aside from minor handle soiling that appears to bespeak very little use, the rod is in excellent plus condition accompanied by his high grade Leonard replica tube. $800.
258. Sweetgrass (Glenn Brackett and the Boo Boys) Pent. 7'9", 2/2, 3 7/8 oz. medium action 5 Wt. Serial number 2085. Hallmark Sweetgrass logo applied to the side of the end cap. Inscribed to the first owner "Built for ... by Glenn Brackett and the Booboys. Very pleasing habit that you'll just fall in love with for its breath of utility and pleasurable feel. Was the previous owner's "go to" rod for fishings on the Farmington River, in NW CT. 6 1/4" moderate half wells grip showing very spare use, down locking antiqued hardware over what seems to be highly figured bubinga or amboina insert, red agate stripper guide, bamboo winding check, straw colored cane and unusual for the finish, done in the traditional tan with burgundy accents usually reserved for the hex or quad rods. Must have been a special request and frankly more handsome than the usual burgundy that designates the Pent. Perfect, even a bit tight, ferrule fit, perfect varnish and all told a perfect piece of work from the Sweetgrass manufactory. If I had to guess, I'd say that it was expressly made by Glenn himself for the vintage and very fine workmanship and attention to detail both structurally and cosmetically. $1450. Sold
260. Orvis Battenkill. The most desirable of the 8' rods -- the 4 1/8 oz. 2/2, model. Rarely coming to market, this light weight 8 footer sports a 6 1/2" cigar grip, down locking seat with what I know to be walnut but for its color appears to be rosewood -- very handsome indeed. Serial number 68629. Handsome dark cane, blued ferrules and the lighter brown silks. Has the first owner's name neatly and inconspicuously factory applied to the cane. Has a medium dry fly flavor -- not as loggy as the heavier 8 footers and much more dry fly. Although its label reads 6 wt., most enthusiasts enjoy it as a 5 wt rod. Excellent plus, plus condition. $725. Sold
262. Orvis Nymph. 8', 2/1 (and so labeled), 3 3/4 oz. 4 wt. this high demand rod fills out your need for an 8' nymphing stick at a very modest price point. 6 1/2" soiled but smooth grip, down locking seat over varnished walnut, medium dark cane, serial number 71666, perfect fitting blued ferrules with the necessary languid (read sensitive) action so necessary when nymphing or employing small streamers. Excellent condition. $525. Sold
263. HS (Pinky) Gillum. 8', 3/2, 4 5/8 oz., 5 Wt. Serial number 1-793. So a late desirable resorcinol glued up rod. Die stamp in place on the up locking turnbuckle, cedar insert, bronze silks, tagged black/white at the ferrule stations and at the hook keeper, blued amazing fitting ferrules, 6 1/2" reverse half wells grip and original bag and Champion tube. The original (first) owner of the rod applied a bit of varnish to some of the silks rendering some over varnish to a few of the guide stations and the grip was smoothed out by Steve Blake at my request. Steve deftly applied a new hook keeper in the absence of the original as well. Otherwise the rod seems altogether original and in generally excellent condition. With exceptions noted, may be the finest pre-owned Gillum I have had in many years. Sold
264. Spinoza (Marc Aroner) Hunt pattern. 7 1/2, 3/2, 5 wt. 5 1/4" reverse half wells grip perfectly clean (and unhandled), blood red silks, turned brass ferrule plugs, black anodized up locking seat over highly figured morticed koa, Aroner die stamp in place on the reel seat hardware as well as on the tube cap, so late rod, blued ferrules, die stamp to the tube collar and medium dark cane. Pre owned but brand new unused rod with a medium crisp dry fly action typical of Marc's work. The rod sparkles. $3200. Sold
266. Bill Blackburn Hollow Built, 3/2, 8'3" 4 wt. Near 6" straight bullnosed cigar grip grip, morticed koa insert under blued cap and ring, straw colored perfectly varnished low luster cane, transparent tan silks, blued ferrules and serial numbered 2121. Just a sensational rod from this master who developed his craft as an apprentice/maker with Tom Morgan. Rod has a distinctive dry fly flavor more comfortable with a 5 wt line than its designated 4 wt. I might even say the rod has a decidedly progressive dry fly action. Can be the one rod to own if you'll only own one bamboo rod -- a highly unlikely story. As new and apparently unsused in its original bag and very high grade black, brass appointed tube. $1550. Sold
267. The Jenkins Rod (and so appointed in its scripted engraving to the bottom of the end cap). 6 1/2', 2/2, 3 Wt. --although reads 2 wt. Serial number 652-2. 5 1/2" cigar grip befitting the size of the rod, amboina (?) insert under blued cap and ring, quiet golden silks, rarely seen for the Jenkins clan elegant flamed cane and blued tight fitting ferrules. Enjoys a bright Catskill style dry fly habit for those smallest streams, small flies and midges and able to protect the lightest leaders. Just the perfect combination of light line action and dry fly delivery with plenty of backbone in a virtually unused rod from Steve Jenkins of the Charlie and Steve Jenkins heritage. Both Charlie and his son Steve produced rods of uncommon quality and performance. This one is no exception. $1250. Reduced
269. Don Schroeder. 7 1/2', 3/2, 4 wt (best as a 5 wt IMHO). Serial number 30802. Built 2002. 6" flor grade cork cigar grip, blued cap and ring over morticed maple seat, translucent tan silks smartly and discretely tipped auburn, blued tight fitting ferrules, and machined brass ferrule plugs in place. Rod has a progressive dry fly habit and comes alive with a 5DT line. Some cork handling but frankly I believe completely unused. Don's work for structural and cosmetic detail is above reproach and still greatly undervalued for his history, production and quality of workmanship. Still don't understand the nature of his very extraordinarily value pricing on the secondary market. $1650. Sold
270. Orvis Battenkill. The ubiquitous 7 1/2', 3 7/8oz. 5/6 wt. rod. Serial number 38063, so 1964. Enjoys the usual 6 1/2" cigar grip (soiled but smooth and uncompromised), down locking seat over satin walnut, brown silks, rather dark shafts and unusual bright perfect fitting ferrules. Dead straight with a progressive dry fly action. My usual comment about this model is that it is an all around instrument and the only rod you'll ever need if you'll only own one rod. Needless to say, and hopefully for this proprietor, completely unrealistic. Quite a handsome rod with original bag and tube with completely legible detailed blue label. $650. Sold
271. Jim Downes 7612. 71/2', 2/2, 5 wt. Just as item 51. But at my request made up with a very comfortable half wells grip, dark walnut reel seat filler, slightly darker cane and a milky agate stripper guide. A simply stunning piece of work from this now quite important PA builder. Progressive pleasing dry fly action with cosmetic details above reproach. Among current makers, Jim's work is grossly undervalued. New from Jim. $1450.
272. Mark Edmonds 7 1/2', 3/2 parabolic. 3 5/8 oz., 4/5 wt. Serial number 056 and dated 3-26-00 presumably built in 2000. Styled as a Garrison for appearance, it unquestionably behaves like the 7 1/2' Payne parabolic. All cork Garrison grip and seat with minor soiling, nickel silver cap and ring, blued perfect fitting ferrules, bronze wraps with chocolate silks to the hook keeper and ferrule stations. Rather dark/medium straw colored cane (dead straight) with resorcinol glue lines. Mark made quite a few rods in the 90's and early 2000's contracting through Len Codella and was a prominent fixture in Len's pages. This rod, fully parabolic will turn an amateur into a Lefty Kreh in spite of the hesitation that some enthusiasts have about parabolic rod. It's a virtual slingshot casting far off at will or gently as you please in close. A beautifully made rod for detail and finish. $825. Sold
273. Per Brandin Hollow Built Hex. 8'3", 2/1, 3 1/8 oz. 4 wt. model 834-2 DF. dated 2/96. 5 3/4" full wells grip with his hallmark flare to the fore end, ever so delicate coin edged nickel silver cap and ring over morticed light hardwood (yew?), rather light cane, translucent tan silks with a triple set of signature wraps about 12" above the cork done with same color as the guide wraps with a delicate single turn of black at each set. Truncated ferrules with a perfect fit and needless to say a remarkable light line rod for appearance, detail and behaviour. The rod was previously owned by Walt Carpenter and bears his initials applied by him to the cap. About mint condition modestly priced at $3200. Sold
274. Ted Simroe 2765, so 2 piece 7 1/2', 5 wt. Serial number 834. About 6" cigar grip, cap and ring over handsome morticed bubinga seat, made up in my proprietary tan, monochromatic silk colors when I was Ted's sole dealer, light straw cane, 3 x 3 node pattern, perfect fitting ferrules, dead straight with a medium dry fly action. Although Ted built more rods than any other builder in the US counting his years at Leonard, his prices on the secondary market are amazingly attractive. His rods are absolutely perfect for detail -- perfect wraps, perfect cane work, perfect varnish, perfect ferrule fit and your "go to" rod when there's a doubt. His rods always suffered the absence of sexy afterwork. His reel seats were stock as were his ferrules and guides but he extended his labor into finish and action. This could be the only dry fly rod you'll ever keep company with once in hand. Truly a rod you'll never part with once you experience its behaviour and workmanship. Great rods from a great builder with an amazing history and rod building experience. Truly a fabulous rod from one of America's premier builders and for the quality of work and history of the man as rod maker, a modest $1450. Sold
276. Payne 98. Stunning , all original 2/2, 2 7/8 oz., brisk 4 wt. 5 1/2" lightly soiled cigar grip, brown silks tipped gold, over medium straw colored cane, agate stripper guide (reintroduced in later years), original bag and tube with the familiar silver/blue label, cedar insert under blued cap and ring, and perfect fitting blued ferrules. The perfect dry fly Catskill style rod in its size range. Late model carrying Walt Carpenter's three digit serial number to the end cap indicating his supervision and head builder at the shop subsequent to Jim Payne's passing. Simply a beautiful late rod represented in the 1975 catalogue and one of the most valued rods in the Payne line up. Excellent plus, plus condition -- arrow straight, perfect fitting ferrules with every hallmark expected from the marque from the period at the Payne shop in Highland Mills, NY. The rod has seen very spare use therefore in incredible condition. $3500. Sold
277. A rare find indeed -- an all original Payne 197. Post 1951. 3/2 configuration, 5 wt. Hang tag still with the rod reads 3 15/16oz. but on my postal scale weighs out at exactly 4 oz. which is consistent with the model and vintage considering it has an up locking screw seat. Has a 6" half wells grip with up locking screw seat and cedar filler, "made for" die stamp to the turnbuckle, chocolate silks tipped gold, beautiful dark straw colored cane; ferrule plugs in place. Has a fabulous progressive dry fly habit as do all Paynes. It's original bag has a neatly sewn hole to the bottom from the pressure of the butt section ferrule plug otherwise the rod is about perfect for cosmetics, structure and casting talent. Truly a rod that rarely comes to market, particularly from the late years of Jim's production. $4200. Sold
278. Another lovely rod from the bench of Mark Edmonds. Much like item 272, this is Mark's 7'9" 3 piece version of the 3 3/4 oz. 7'9" Payne 5/6 wt parabolic. Amazing that Mark was able to duplicate the action of that hallmark rod and deliver it as a 3 piece work. Weighs 4 oz. due to the second set of ferules but maintains the performance properties of the Payne 3 3/4 oz. variant. Sports a 6" somewhat soiled but smooth half wells grip giving way to an all cork seat with nickel silver cap and ring. Serial numbered 058, shows resorcinol glue lines under perfectly varnished dead straight dark straw colored cane, chocolate brown silks tagged red, and blued ferrules. Exceptional performance standards of the original marque for 5/6 wt lines. As the Payne, moderately parabolic and just a great casting do everything rod. Aside from the soiled grip, the rod is about perfect both cosmetically and structurally. Edmonds was truly an underappreciated builder, although enjoying quite a few sales under the aegis of Len Codella during the 90's and early 2000's and now a reputation alive and well with a vibrant cult following. $825.
279. AJ Thramer. From his Classic Taper Series, an 8 1/2' , 2/2, Hollow Built, 5 Wt, EC Powell replica. 6" full wells grip, ebony (or blackwood) insert, nickel silver up locking seat, flamed cane, red agate stripper guide, yellow silks, single intermediate wrap between guides, perfect fitting ferrules, dead straight beautifully varnished cane and bright snake guides. The rod has a lovely progressive, maybe even semi parabolic feel -- don't know what taper it replicates but suspect a B taper. Thramer, a highly underestimated builder was a master of tapers -- his own or replications -- a skilled practitioner for structure and finish. Just an amazing craftsman in every way and one of the few builders who always got a classic taper just right. His reputation has unfortunately been relegated to pedestrian status by the literati but in point of fact, is one of the best builders in the US today. Makes a fabulous canoe rod and would be a welcome partner on the Housatonic or Delaware Rivers. Truly, an amazing rod. About mint condition and unabashedly priced at $1100. Sold
280. RK Bolt. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 oz., Hollow Built 4 Wt. rod. Serial number 0223. In the literal steps of Gary Howells, Bolt replicates Gary's rods often with a bit more "stuff" to them. 5 1/2" reverse half wells grip, all cork cap and ring seat as Gary's lighter were wont to be, light brown silks tipped yellow, wrapped ferrule stations, bamboo and cork ferrule plug, and an exquisite varnish finish over dark straw colored cane. Rod has a decidedly tip action dry fly habit reminiscent of light Leonard rods and perhaps a departure from the Howells progressive action oevre. A brilliant piece from Robert K. Bolt and in the footsteps of Gary Howells. Truly an exquisite rod. Modestly priced at $1500.
281. Jim Reams. 8', 2/2, 4 3/4 oz. 5 Wt. Serial number 197. Best known for his hollow build construction, at 4 3/4 oz. and serial number this is one of Jim's rare solid built rods. Rod has a decidedly brisk dry fly flavor, 6 1/2" slightly soiled moderate wells grip, jewel like coin edged nickel silver cap and ring over rosewood, evenly darkly flamed cane, transparent "army green" silks -- really quite handsome and in perfect sync with the rod color and needless to say an absolutely flawless varnish finish. Perfect fitting blued ferrules, dead straight, 3 x 3 node construction and just an incredible casting rod. Casts lovingly in close and dramatically far off without issue. Really just the perfect "if you're only going to own one rod" kind of rod. I may be undervaluing this piece as I've been advised that his solid built rods are rather rare and are making a distinctive resurgence on the market. 2250.
282. Gary Howells. 8', 2/2, 3 5/8 oz. Serial number 4234. Early rod made for one of Gary's biggest supporters, Craig Lynch. Craig also wrote the Introduction to Joe Beelart's tome about Gary and figured prominently in the work. 6" reverse half wells grip a la Payne design (clean but very slightly ridged from honest use), up locking seat over zebra wood, Brown double wrapped silks tipped yellow, Although the tube label is marked for a 4 wt. I rather prefer it as a very medium 5. Medium progressive, almost semi parabolic dry fly action. Smooth casting as are all of Gary's rods. Straw colored cane, perfect varnish, 2 x2 node pattern, and older type written label with Gary's signature in place and put up in his traditional red bag. Historically important, fabulous casting medium action rod. Modestly priced at $2550.
283. Dave Klausmeyer Premium. 6 1/2', 3/2, 3/4 wt. While living in Maine, Dave made quite a few beautiful bamboo rods and a favorite product in Marty Keane's line up of inventory in about every one of his catologues. Dave has since become, and for some years, editor of Fly Tyer Magazine. this rod, a particular beauty is a 3 piece 6 wt that Dave claims a 3 wt but it bears consideration as a 3/4 wt progressive action dry fly rod. 6" cigar grip its size and configuration befitting the size and weight of the rod, nickel silver cap and ring over mahogany spacer, darkly flamed cane, clear wraps; blood red at the ferrule stations and hook keeper. The rod is accompanied by a letter from Mary Keane referencing Klausmeyer rods in general that I will include. An historically important rod in the world of contemporary rod making and a great pack rod with a substantial history and great performance standards. Neatly put up in one of Dave's high grade black stippled tubes with brass hardware. $625. Sold
284. Orvis Superfine Fly/Spin rod. 6 1/2', 2/1, 2 1/2oz.,Serial number 57384, 10" dual ring seat (soiled but smooth) to accommodate either a fly or spinning reel. Brisk dry fly action and a formidable spinning reel in its size range. I use my own on Lake George each summer as a smallmouth bass rod and am sure it would do yeoman's work as a fly rod as well. Previous owner deftly and conveniently installed a hook keeper above its winding check. The rod is in very good condition in its well marked tube and original single tip bag and begs to be fished. Amiably priced at $325.
285. Orvis 7 1/2', 3 7/8 oz., 5/6 wt. Battenkill. Serial number 74799. 6" cigar grip (soiled and slightly ridged), down locking seat over varnished walnut, medium dark cane, blued perfect fitting ferrules, transparent brown silks and all nice a tight and dead straight popular do everything rod from this historically distinguished maker. Full bodied, progressive dry fly action that will accommodate itself to dry fly fishing, as well as weighted streamer or nymph activity. Just the quintessential all around, popular rod from Orvis. Put up in its original well labeled tube and possibly unoriginal but well made bag. With exceptions noted, $575.
286. South Creek Ltd. Mike Clark rod. Built in 7', 3/2, crisp action 3 weight (but think it can tolerate a 4), moderately flamed cane and made up for taper as one of his famous Anita Rae designs, although not labeled as such. Paraphrasing from Mike's own entry, nickel silver cap and ring, Red Manzanita spacer, custom wells grip with wraps of the client's choice in brown tipped red, red agate stripper guide and blued cap and ring with oak leaf engraving; Mike's die stamp in place. Serial number 969 so 9th rod of 1996. Love the bag that Mike uses with easy to access partitions and oh, so handsome patterned silk lining. Sports machined ferrule plugs and about the best varnish finish among contemporary makers. Mike calls this rod a Custom South Creek with the Anita Rae taper that if so labeled would be pricier. Seriously doubt this rod has seen much use as it presents near new. $2350.
287. Another rod from the deft hands of Mike Clark with design specifications of the AK Best model. 7 1/2', 3/2, 4 wt. serial numbered 9813 so 13th rod of 1998. A rather crisp dry fly rod with cigar grip, nickel silver rope edged cap and ring over walnut, brown silks tipped red, red agate stripper guide, baked honey colored evenly toned cane, machined ferrule plugs, and again one of the best varnish efforts in the industry. Elegant in every respect; appears as new. Apparently , according to Mike you could have any of the Signature rod tapers with or without the imprimatur of AK Best or John Gierach to lessen the pain of the additional cost for that feature. So, an AK Best taper, without the AK Best label to it. Again appears as new and put up in Mike's elegant bag and tube. $2450. Sold
288. John Pickard 704. 7', 2/2, 4 wt. 9 1/4" overall half wells grip and all cork reel seat (slightly soiled) with blued nickel silver cap and ring, mottled handsome flamed cane, yellow silks, blued tight fitting ferrules and dead straight. Although a an absolute 4 wt rod, this rod, to quote old friend Carl Hueter, has subdued many 14-22 inch trout without effort. Dry fly, to be sure, but has the backbone of its cousin the Driggs River Special and purportedly a derivation of the Paul Young Princess taper. You can leave your 8' rods home as this rod has the ability to cast a long line and in close is a pleasure to enjoy as well. Can handle dries, streamers and even weighted nymphs and particularly skillful with droppers with a big fly indicator. Just a very cool rod from a fellow who was clearly on his way to becoming the Paul Young/Lyle Dickerson legacy owner of the century were it not for an unfortunate interruption in his production. His rods are truly spectacular. Put up in a classic Leonard- like tube and a precise reproduction of Dickerson's cleverly designed bag with fold over protective top flap. Excellent condition. $1200. Sold
291. Gary Howells. A late 8', 2/2, 3 3/4 oz. 5 Wt. Carries serial number 6101. Rod has a medium brisk dry fly habit and just the perfect dry fly rod with Gary's elegant progressive action distinctly leaning towards a Catskill brand of dry fly behaviour. Gary's hallmark moderate reverse half wells grip, up locking seat over highly figured zebra wood, straw colored cane with Gary's remarkable varnish finish, brown silks tipped yellow and and aside from very light soiling of the totally smooth and uncompromised grip near mint condition. Needless to say, a perfect ferrule fit and dead straight. $2750. Sold
293. Jim Downes 50 DF. 8', 3/2, 5 wt. 6" cigar grip, blued cap and ring over maple with Jim's die stamp to the cap, honey colored cane, red stripper guide, lime green silks smartly tipped auburn (exceptionally handsome), 3 x 3 node pattern just as a Leonard, perfect fitting blued ferrules and book matched tips. May be the most handsome rod I've had from Jim for attention to detail and authenticity of the behaviour of the Leonard 50DF. a true Catskill replication of a classic. Exceptional for structural integrity, appearance and replication of the action of the marque. Pre-owned and returned to me in a welcome trade but absolutely mint condition. Fabulous workmanship from this PA builder. Deserves much attention for his years at the bench, workmanship and quality of work. You'll not be disappointed with this rod for appearance and casting habit. $1450 and well below Jim's current price point.
294. Thomas and Thomas Traditionalist. From the Individualist series. 8', 2/2, 6 wt (although I think it can behave as a brisk 5 DT rod. Serial number 4140. 6" moderately soiled reverse half wells grip, jewel-like nickel silver up locking seat over lustrous walnut (with isolated reel foot mars to it that can no doubt be polished out), prominent swelled butt, elegant lightly flamed dead straight varnished shafts, transparent silks, tipped cinnamon, blued perfect fitting ferrules, collectible grade book matched tips and a full working progressive action, a hallmark of the model. Just a super medium to big water rod quite able with large dries, weighted streamers and particularly with a dropper arrangement with a big dry as an indicator. Thomas and Thomas rods are still the standard for "big company" workmanship -- just handsome rods with fabulous structural integrity even after years of ownership evolution. And still carrying the quality control exerted by Tom Dorsey. Perfect in every way. Excellent condition. Put up in their hallmark bag with stiffener, silk hang tag and extraordinarily high grade, smart looking tube with coin edged cap. "The rod you will eventually own" the credo of the company's marketing acumen. Current retail price for their rods is in excess of $4500. Here in very good/excellent condition, $1750. Sold
295. CW Jenkins labeled rod. Signature Model. GA70L-84. 7', 2/2, 3/4 wt (an absolute 4 wt in my estimation). 6" Garrison style grip, morticed cedar seat appointed with blued cap and ring, medium dark cane (oven tempered?), tan silks and all blued hardware. This is a signature model that Steve and Charlie revived after Charlie's early rods. Charlie, a proponent of the Garrison style, made rods since 1960. His son, Steve, took over after Charlie's passing but this rod was made while Charlie was still around to split cane and glue up. The label, although not the earliest labeling, is clearly a hallmark of the Charlie/Steve collaboration. the rod is in near perfect condition and has the classic Garrison progressive dry fly design and action. May be one of the most desired models from the CW Jenkins bench to date. Enjoys a 3 x 3 node pattern, blued perfect fitting ferrules, is dead straight as are all of Jenkin's rods, and is a wonderful 7' 4 wt dry fly rod. Most amazing about their work was the attention to detail. Perfect ferrule fit, perfectly straight (always), perfect varnish and perfectly applied silks. Always understated for appearance always perfect for structural integrity and outstanding performance qualities. In the history of American rod making The Jenkins rod deserves the highest praise for quality of workmanship and performance and have been unreasonably undervalued. Excellent condition $1450.
296. Steve Jenkins GA79-24. 7'9", 2/2, 5 wt. 6" lightly soiled cigar (Garrison style) grip, morticed cherry insert, bright nickel silver cap and ring, bright perfect fitting ferrules, 3 x 3 node pattern, blonde cane, transparent light tan silks, structurally perfect, cosmetically clean and perfect. As an adherent of the Garrison tradition the rod has a progressive, pleasing dry fly action for 5 wt lines. I like it with a 5 DT. One of the most perfect rods ever to enter the rod making history of American rod making. For quality, history and action should be considered one of "best rods" from individual builders in the US. Fabulous performing rod; extraordinary for detail. It's hard to imagine a rod of this quality, this size, this line weight, selling for less than my price of $1550. Just the perfect all around rod from a a pair of rod making builders with a 63 year of rod building history.
297. Back to me in a very welcome trade/purchase is this amazing Walt Carpenter Browntone. 7'9", 2/2, progressive rather brisk dry fly 5 Wt. 6" cigar grip, walnut filler under blued nickel silver cap and ring with Walt's early die stamp properly in place to the end cap, glorious deep brown silks tipped black, blood red tagging at the hook keeper and male ferrule stations; blued perfect fitting ferrules. From Walt's days in Chester, NY so absolutely perfect for structural and aesthetic qualities. Has the Carpenter Chester, NY label to the tube as well as his tiny hand written sticker to the verso noting its Browntone status, length and hard to read ferrule size. Having left Payne only a short time before, some say his best period. This is by far the best Walt Carpenter rod I have ever had for structural integrity, workmanship and finishing detail -- ever. Mint unused. $3600 or BO.
298. Payne 197. Made by Walt Carpenter in 1973 while he was managing the Payne company subsequent to Jim's passing. 7 1/2', 3/2, 4/5 wt. 5 1/2" cigar grip, cedar seat under nickel silver blued cap and ring with proper Payne die stamp to the cap, elegant mahogany colored cane, blued ferrules (100%), java brown silks tipped gold and machined ferrule plugs and hand tag still with the rod. Wonderful catskill style dry fly action. Hang tag reads 3 1/4 oz. but actual weight is 3 5/8 oz.. putting it at the upper end of the weight for a 197 and labeled by Walt 197H. A super progressive dry fly rod and likely one of the last rods to come from the Payne manufactory and while Walt was the manager -- and likely the only builder at the time. Put up in a khaki colored bag with a perfect condition hang tag. And now for the most interesting aspect of the work -- several vintage labels to the tube. First, the traditional silver and blue Payne label, second factory label reading "Payne Rod Company, Walter Carpenter, Manager, Highland Mills, New York" and third and even more interesting and although seen before by this enthusiast, a red label reading "From E.F. Payne Rod Co. Inc., Highland Mills, NY 10930." This label with a three line fill-in reads "Walt's Rod, 197H, 4-WF5 14/9 (assuming ferrules sizes), 1973. Additional notes in Walt's hand with his signature to that label as well. The tube cap also holds a sticker that reads "W.C." again in Walt's hand. About mint original condition. $4200 or BO.
299. Jim Downes version of the Payne 201. Sold several months ago at full price but since, back with me without having been used, so still mint condition. But since it left these pages, I will price it as a pre-owned rod. 6" cigar grip, blued cap (with hallmark die stamp) and ring over exotic spectacular looking insert, straw colored cane, book matched tips, 3 x 3 node structure, dark avocado silks neatly tipped black -- truly handsome, red agate stripper guide and blued perfect fitting ferrules as always. rod has a full working progressive dry fly action and is ready to do business as a dry fly rod, nymphing instrument or streamer rod. Can tolerate weighted wets and tandems or dropper arrangements as well. The rod is slightly heavier than the original 201 and its action lies squarely between a 201 and a 201H. So a brisk 5 DT rod in most hands. A virtual steal at $1275.
300. Thomas and Thomas Paradigm. From the Individualist series. 8', 2/2, 5 wt. crisp dry fly rod. 6" soiled reverse half wells grip, hardly worth mentioning slightly tarnished up locking nickel silver seat with the T and T hallmark die stamp over varnished walnut with very minor reel foot mars to it, prominent swelled butt, flamed and perfectly varnished cane, clear tan silks tipped cinnamon, serial number 4066, fully labeled tube and sensible dot marked tips for convenient interchangeable use. Although the rod has had some honorable use, it remains perfectly straight, has a great ferrule fit and is structurally perfect; cosmetically very good. In the world of "company" made rods, the most beautiful, well made rods in the US (IMHO). And in better condition than my very conservative condition reports will allow. $1850.
188. 2 3/4" Bellinger Classic. This is the one with the solid black plates for/6 wt e and aft with the front sporting the "dished" design feature, elegant nickel silver counter weighted S handle, polished aluminum rims and bezelled cross posts made from stainless steel. RHW but believe with a short visit with Bill Archuleta can be reversed. A nice 3/4 wt reel with that old world EVH flavor. Mounting mars to the foot barely detectable and minor irritations and light scratches to the rims from some use, otherwise, very good condition. $525.
190. Leonard Raised Pillar reel. Ordered by Leonard in the early 80's, designed by Dave Atwood of PA and made by the Volstro machine company in a quantity of about 200. Unfortunately, although the run was completed, they were never delivered to Leonard before the company closed shop. The reel measures 3 3/4" pillar to pillar, so a terrific 6/7 wt reel. Brushed aluminum frame, black side plates, perforated front to its spool, easy access drag adjust to the verso and the HL Leonard die stamp to the back plate. Mounting mars to the foot ends but altogether in excellent condition. RHW but a loyal customer tells me that Atwood gave him instructions for its reversal. Have found in my library of catologues and paperwork, the two page promotional material published for the reel and its designer, Dave Atwood and will include a copy with the reel for the purchaser. Very rarely seen literature indeed. Match this reel with either item 189 or 195, the Leonard 40H, for the perfectly balanced combination. Considering its quality, history, and Leonard provenance uniquely undervalued at $575. Sold
192. Hardy 3 1/4" Bougle Mark VI Lightweight. A super 5/6 wt reel and the third or fourth generation of the reproduction series beginning with the first reproduction of the original 1903 iteration. Brushed aluminum finish, perforated front and back spool, faux bone handle, roller guide post and sensibly reversible. Now set for LHW and put up in its original -- and I believe -- extra cost sheepskin lined Hardy marked block leather case. One discernible nick to an edge, a scratch from an errant screw driver to the verso and center screw very lightly irritated. With exceptions, very good condition. $425. Sold
201. Hardy 3 3/8" St. George. May be the nicest St. George from this era (1935-1940) that I have ever laid eyes on. Blued finish (about 98%), nickel silver line guard, 3 screw latch, ribbed brass foot (so post 1928), black tenite bezelled handle, perfect working rim mounted nickel silver drag adjust knob, straight line descriptive writing to the verso, and best of all in its original card box with its original price of 22 dollars marked on the side along with the model. Even more remarkable is the interior die stamp attributable to Jack Johnson, reel maker at Hardy. Jack Johnson was only known to have been associated with the Altex, Exalta and Elarex. So this is a significant variant and valuable for that alone according to Graham Turner. The interior works are perfect as is the tight performance of the retrieve and full range drag. Very minor, about insignificant in-use rubbings to the rims, otherwise near perfect. Were it a LHW variant, it would not leave my home. For its vintage, condition and packaging, unabashedly, $650. Sensible offers?
203. Ross San Miguel 4/5. 3 1/4", 4/5 wt reel. 5.9 oz., with backing in place, 6.1 oz., RH/LH retrieve, "flower petal" design spool, latest version first emerging 20 years ago and improved for mechanics and structural engineering. Silent retrieve; lovely purr in drag mode and unequivocally one of the finest performing reels made today. Features highly polished anodized black finish, contoured textured handle, and rear mounted easy access large drag knob -- soft enough to protect light tippets; strong enough to stop a train! Holds WF 5 line and 75 yds backing; WF 4 and 90 yds backing. Current retail price for this mint condition reel with original case is $650. Lowest price observed, $595. This example, mint condition with case $450. Sold
204. Bauer M4. 4" Large Arbor 7/8/9/ Wt. big game reel; capacity for WF8F line and 200 yds. 20#. Currently LHW but believe reversible. Star drag to the perforated front spool, black anodized finish, solid back plate, contoured rosewood handle, silent retrieve, subtle click drag mode. One of the finest big game reels still made in Ashland, OR but shrewdly bought by the Winston Rod Company in 2016. Expressed by observers as the finest combination of rod to reel enterprises yet seen. With unknown sinking line, and save about imperceptible mounting mars to the foot ends, perfect condition with original red and black neoprene case. A virtual steal at $225.
205. Orvis EXR Presentation II. STH reel made in Argentina expressly as the presentation reel for Orvis for a too short period of time. One of the most underappreciated, best functioning, nicest looking reels that Orvis ever contracted. Soft anodized black finish, contoured handle, counterweighted spool, perforated front and back plates and rim mounted drag knob a la Hardy Lightweights. The II is a perfect 4 Wt. reel with an amazing full range click drag that performs as a disc drag for its superb engineering. LH/RH capable. Now set for LHW. Those who know this reel understand its capability, structural integrity and cosmetic perfection. A fabulous reel for both graphite and bamboo rods. Minor mounting mars to the foot ends, spare spool (with an insignificant bump to a very localized spot on its rim). This is the more desirable version with palming ability. In its original Orvis case and pouch for its spare spool. $225. Sold
206. Seamaster Mark III Anti Reverse Dual Mode big game reel with the rare LHW protocol. Approximately 4" diameter, 1 1/4" spool width, "Seamaster" inscribed in black to the very accessible front mounted coin edged drag dial. Beautiful gold frame, gold drag adjust, black dual handles and black dished front plate and spool. This is likely a late model from Bob McChristian and considered by many enthusiasts the sine qua non of salt water big game reels. Holds 300 yds. of 30# test and up to WF12F lines. The drag system is as light as you can tolerate and train stopping tough at maximum tension. There is quite no other reel for Bonefish, Tarpon, Jacks, tackle busting Stripers and Bluefish in excess of 15 punds with the mechanical standards of the Dual Mode Seamaster. Just an amazing piece of engineering; a fabulously designed reel for cosmetics and detail. Mint condition (with backing applied) in its original heavy very protective case. Seen on other websites at 1500 to 2200. Here, mint at a very modest $1050. Was not too long ago these reels regularly sold for 1800-2200!!
208. Hardy Silent Check Husky Multiplier. 3 1/4" diam. , 1 1/2" overall width. Ridged brass foot, heavy nickel silver 2 screw line guard, easy change spool release, currently RHW but reversible, (instructions on U Tube). Very minor absence of finish near the handle -- about 1/4" worth, otherwise excellent plus condition with original blue/white case. Came to me with a WF9F line that I removed for its unpleasant discoloration. Holds the 9 wt line plus 200 yds. 20# test backing. Just a super traditional multiplier with a great non cork incredibly smooth disc drag ahead of its time for engineering. Part of the Lightweight series from Hardy likely 1970's manufacture. Quite a nice performing reel for salmon or other big fish and proud to be mounted on your favorite bamboo 9' 8/9 wt rod. I used this reel in Alaska some years ago with absolutely no failure with Silvers and Chums. A great undervalued reel in its size and performance range. $225.
209. Abel Big Game model No. 2. 3 1/4" diameter, 1 1/8" overall width, contoured ebony handle, perforated front plate, solid verso, serial number 3083, RHW, silent drag, distinctive smooth click retrieve and stunning black glossy unblemished anodized finish. Just a perfect 6/7 wt reel. This example comes to me in an exquisite mahogany presentation box form fitted for the reel with a green baize interior and elegant brass hinges and fittings. This was a conservation organization gift to the owner for honorable effort. Although complete on its own, I can provide an Abel neoprene case that might have accompanied the reel along with the custom box. Just a super elegant piece of angling culture in an eminently useable format. Mint unused condition. The reel specific box alone likely cost neighborhood $200 to produce. Selling the reel, fitted box, and useful neoprene Abel case (with compliments) for $375. Would make an extraordinary gift for a sport.
210. Orvis DXR 9/10 plus spare spool. Made by Lamson for Orvis one of the finest reasonably priced range of reels ever to be contracted by Orvis. LHW but convertible, black satin finish, blue DXR logo, Orvis back plate center disc, 11 position easily accessed detente disc drag adjust to the verso and put up in a lovely piggy back suede case for both reel and spool, compliments yours truly. Reel carries a FF9FS line in about unused condition; spool has backing only. Drag adjustment is full range from very light to train stopping tough and is a wonderful well priced, and I might add, underappreciated reel for money. Primary reel or back up to your Bogdan, Pate or Charlton. Excellent condition. $225.
211. Hardy Featherweight. From the Lightweight series of reels. 2 7/8" classic 4 wt reel. Now set for RHW easily convertible. This is the later single screw line guard model. Very minor wear to the edges, perfect functioning full range edge mounted drag, easy release spool, put up in an Orvis labeled flannel bag, and altogether in good tight condition. Some would say very good but know that my clients expect a more conservative opinion. $200. Sold
214. Orvis CFO 123. 2 7/8 " diam. 2/3/4 wt. reel. Set for LHW. "H" configured line guard, no rivets showing to the verso, and has the rocker (or see saw drag internals) indication of vintage unknown to me precisely. Hardy made. Came to me with a DT2F Cortland 444 peach so know that it holds a 2 with a good amount of backing but I think it is more preferably a 3 wt reel. Tiny bit of edgewear to the rear frame, hardly worth mentioning and an unexplained ding to the spool edge, otherwise in great condition with backing and original suede case. Pics will show the very minor ding. And for that, $225. Sold
217. Hardy Marquis LWT 6. 5/6 wt capable. This is a current model from Hardy, made in England and retailing for $395 plus on most retail sites. Weighs in at 4 1/4oz. with some backing to it. 3 1/4", beautiful patinated gray finish to the frame and spool with polished aluminum rim to the spool exterior. Has the traditional Hardy easy release 3 screw latch, and full range easy adjust drag to verso. Currently set for RHW but reversible. Has insignificant mounting mars to the foot otherwise the reel is in perfect condition with its original pouch. $275. Sold
219. From Fred Balling of the Perfection Reel Co. of Cornwall, CT. comes this raised pillar Beaverkill model. Measures a shy 3" from pillar to pillar and is the perfect 4/5 wt reel. Bench made reel by Fred entirely in Delrin with shaft and click assembly of Admiralty Bronze. Bright aspects -- that is,
foot, arm, knobs, caps, pillars -- nickel silver. Counterbalanced handle, with vintage ebonite knob and a handy on/off click switch (presumably for poaching) and just a smooth as can be RHW reel. Appears as a Leonard Fairy reel in a larger size and according to Fred, was inspired by the William Slote reel served up by William Mills in the day. Fred is well known for his amazing reproductions of Edward Vom Hofe Perfectionists and Peerless reels even accurately replicating one of the only all nickel silver EVH's I've ever seen. Mint unused condition with paper work, signed by Fred, original bag and labeled box. When available from Fred the reel retails for $650. This one, pre owned, offered at $525 or BO.
220. Designed by Florida Guide Frank Catino, bonefish (?) reel. Sold by Orvis in the early 80's and were exceptionally popular particularly to a cult following of Catino's superb engineering skills. The reel measures 3 1/2" in diameter, has an anodized gold frame; black spool and gold accents. Serial number is 095, presumably the 95th reel built by Frank. Silent in both directions, RHW only, and has a rear mounted easy access drag knob activating a superb full range drag protocol. Just a super 8/9 wt reel and for its rarity, so collectible as well. Some isolated nicks to the edges of the rear frame. Has had honest but respectful use and is in mechanically perfect condition. Just a swell vintage reel, if you consider early 80's vintage; way ahead of its time for performance and design. In its original Orvis case. $225 or BO.
221. Seamaster. Second generation Anti-Reverse Salmon model. 9.75oz., 3 1/2' diameter, shy 1" spool width, RHW, all anodized gold, black front mounted drag knob, black tapered handle, stainless steal bezelled pillars and domed back plate with polished aluminum center boss. Although absolutely mechanically perfect with an as new performing full range drag, the reel has recieved lots of honest use. Compromises include a very tiny chip in the forward foot corner, lots of rim wear and isolated scratches and nicks to the back and spool edges. This is not a shelf reel but needs to be put to work again by the new owner with abandon. A great performing reel and owing to its original design and engineering quality by the McChristians will last another lifetime. Currently spooled with clear WF8F line but can easily take 9 wt lines as well. Ask for pics as my description might be off putting to those who don't know my condition reports to be above reproach. $425.
224. 3 1/8" Hardy Perfect. Rarely seen 1917/1921 example. (reference "Graham Turner A Collector's Guide") RHW. Bone handle, single 1917 check, solid aluminum (original) foot stamped England, interior numbered B22, agate line guard without cracks, "Hardy's Patent Alnwick" in the round surrounding its flush brass boss with 3 flush pins showing. The reel is absolutely tight and smooth no spool wobble whatsoever. Rim mounted coin edged drag adjust works perfectly and is full range. Owing to the incredible quality control that Hardy exerted at the time, after more than 100 years, although there is about complete absence of bluing, the reel is mechanically perfect -- buttery smooth in both incoming and outgoing modes -- and is ready to accommodate 4 or 5 wt lines on your favorite 7 1/2 or 8 foot bamboo rod. Put up in a contemporary black Hardy case compliments yours truly. $525 . Sold
228. Limited edition Hardy Perfect with the Spitfire spool. Duplicated Mark II, 2 7/8", 5.3 oz., RHW, unblemished milky agate line guard, charcoal enamel finish, rim mounted full range drag adjust, ribbed aluminum foot, and put up in its original Hardy logoed block leather case. Around 2000/2001 Hardy issued this very special edition reel limited to 250; this one numbered 02 with the makers mark CSN to the interior. Just a beautiful reel with all the expected attributes of the marque -- smooth running, tight as a drum, great drag system... Has had minimal use with some random mars and very light scratches to the rear plate only that I bet could be polished out. Otherwise excellent plus condition. Seen on other sites for as much as $750. Here, at a reasonable $575. Sold
230. Hardy 2 7/8", narrow spool Perfect in LHW. The absolute ultimate in 4 Wt. reels with enough weight to nicely balance 7-7 1/2' bamboo. The latest reissue made in England. Original retail price for this reel was $895. Gray "powder" finish, black bezeled handle, minimally raised boss, rim mounted full range drag adjust, nickel silver line guard, serial number B86034. Latest researched price for this package at a competitor's site is $575. This reel brand new with box, highest grade black pigskin leather case, and all original paperwork. $525. Sold
234. Orvis CFO IV. Screwback iteration with spare spool. 3 1/4" diameter, "H" configured line guard, full drag adjust. I use mine with a 5 DT line but often used as a 6 wt. Now set for LHW but reversible. Edge wear to rear frame, cosmetically perfect spool. Its spare spool shows edge wear and considering the condition of the frame, likely was the original spool. Put up in a dark brown sued case with paperwork and registration card. $275. Sold
240. Just arrived -- a Bogdan Standard Trout in LHW in original bag with previous owner scribbling to it and a bit offensive otherwise structurally perfect; cosmetically excellent plus. $2800. Sold
241. Hardy 3 3/8" Perfect. 60's vintage. Gray enamel finish, slightly raised boss to the winding plate, black handle, uncompromised milky agate line guard, nickel silver rim mounted full range drag adjust, smooth aluminum foot and RHW only. Some honest use evidenced by edge wear, and some scratches to the front plate. Will be vivid in photos. Otherwise a great useable reel ideal for 6 DT lines and 8 - 9 foot bamboo. The interior is in perfect order and is begging to be fished with abandon. The reel is smooth working and structurally perfect; cosmetically pretty good. $275 or reasonable offer.
242. Orvis EXR Presentation reel made in Argentina for Orvis with spare spool. At 3 1/4" diam. the most desirable size of the model able as a 5/6/7 wt. Only slight rim rash and mounting marks to the foot ends, palming variation, beautiful black anodized finish, rim mounted full range drag adjust, easy on easy off spool release and ergonomically contoured handle. A beautiful reel that has been underappreciated. Prersents as a disc drag for operation -- smooth as can be with a precise and incredibly competent drag protocol. I've never known one of these reels to fail under any circumstance. Now set for LHW but reversible. Refer to item 205 to fill in details that I might have missed in this entry. A great reel but sadly no longer contracted by Orvis with STH of Argentina. With case and pouch for its spare spool. $325.
244. Orvis CFO IV. At 3 1/4" diameter just a super 5/6 wt reel. I use mine with a 5 DT line and it's perfect. Also has a bit more advantageous weight to it for 7 1/2'- 8' bamboo. This example has the "H" shaped line guard, now set for LHW but reversible and has a rear mounted very accessible drag adjust. I think the most useful of all the CFO's for size and capacity. A hint of (barely discernable) rim rash to the rear frame edge, otherwise near perfect. Coming to me without its original case I've put it up in one of the nice Orvis leatherette and canvas cases. Seen all over the place at 425 - 650. Here at a reasonable $325.
246. Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock BBS III Titanium Disc model. Made in England, silver toned, black tapered handle, black foot, easy adjust rear mounted drag knob rendering a super full range drag from light as you'll ever need to train stopping tough. The perfect 4/5 wt reel with unknown, as new line and original Battenkill case. $150.
247. Stan Bogdan model 100 in mint unused condition with spare spool. 3 1/2" frame diameter, 1 5/32" spool, WF9F capacity with 110 yds., 11.2 oz. and 2:1 retrieve protocol. Aside from its spectacular condition, the coolest aspect of this offering is that both the reel and spool come in individual hard leather sheepskin lined Orvis marked cases made by Holland Sport -- also in mint condition. So sold through Orvis when Stan had that arrangement. According to Graydon Hilyard, author of the Bogdan tome, Bogdan sold his reels through Orvis from 1957 to 1977 when demand from retail clients became so overwhelming that he had to discontinue his gentleman's agreement with Orvis. This is the first time this dealer has seen the Bogdan reel put up in the Orvis cases. Spectacular condition and a fabulous package to be sure. Deserves photographs. $3500 or BO.
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