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 or BO.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. Sold
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. Sold
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. Jeff's current pricing for rods is $2545 for two piece rods; 2695 for three piece rods, add $150 for quadrates. $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 a pleasing dry fly demeanor. $750.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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 4.5 oz. due to the second set of ferules but maintains the performance properties of the Payne 5/6 Wt. 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. 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. Reduced and modestly priced at $1250.
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. $1950.
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. $2550.
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 $275.
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. Sold
293. Jim Downes 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.
296. Steve Jenkins GA79-27. 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 63 years of rod building history between father and son.
296A. Just acquired another GA79, this one marked GA79-24 and in about identical condition for cosmetics, structural integrity and condition. It also sports the gold Jenkins label to the tube.
So, 2 beautiful examples of the model. 1550.
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 (On Hold).
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.
302. Orvis Nymph. 8', 2/2, 3 3/4 oz., 4 Wt. 6 1/2" cigar grip, down locking seat over satin walnut with a couple of surface only reel foot mars, serial number 59975 so made in 1970. As desired this 8' light line rod has a smooth full working languid action perfect for nymphing as designed. The rod's two matching tips seem to have slightly lighter wraps but believe all original with a dead match for the serial numbering -- that is, done in the same hand and clearly at the same time. Excellent condition. However, the rod tube suffered a pretty severe dent in shipping but the rod is unscathed and in perfect order. For the unpleasant dent in the original tube, only $575.
305. Orvis Battenkill. 7', 2/2, 3 3/8 oz., 5 wt. Serial number 46541. Marked as a 6 with the unusual inscription "HDH or HDG" to it. 6" very slightly soiled but absolutely smooth, uncompromised cigar grip, down locking seat over perfect walnut. Blued ferrules, 100%., and rather dark cane. Rod appears little used as does its tube with perfectly legible label. In character with the brand, it has a bright yet progressive dry fly flavor and can handle serious opponents in small streams and venues. Dead straight, tight ferrule fit and just one of the nicest 7 footers from the company yet seen by this merchant. $775. Sold
306. Orvis Adirondack. 7 1/2', 2/2, 4 1/8 oz., brisk 5 wt. Serial number 89269, so 1997 manufacture. Although it's best description is "dry fly", for its backbone can adequately handle any style of activity -- dry fly, wet fly (can tolerate weighted streamers and nymphs without issue). Ever so slightly soiled 6 1/2" reverse half wells grip, jewel-like nickel silver cap and up sliding ring to pocketed grip and a beautiful skeletal burled walnut insert over exposed cork. Just a smart looking design feature exclusive to the Adirondack (I believe). Burgundy silks tipped black, light straw colored cane with resorcinol glue lines to the corners -- elegant. Put up in its original gray/green bag and black stippled, fully labeled tube. Clearly one of the most desirable models ever offered by the company. Save the hardly mentionable soiling of the cork, mint condition. From various retail dealers, can be seen in excess of $2500. The current MSRP from Orvis is $3298! Available here at $1550.
307. Orvis 1856 Commemorative rod. Hollow built 8', 3/1, 5 1/3 oz. 5 Wt. Serial number 91309. The entire run made as single tip rods. Currently available from Orvis at $4498! This spectacular rod enjoys a 6" wells grip, down locking jewel like nickel silver double screw affair over morticed highly figured Vermont maple burl , reddish brown silks smartly tipped black over light cane absent the usual resorcinol glue lines and bright ferrules and guides. Unlike the characteristic Orvis full working feel this model has a very distinct rather firm dry fly feel. Can't say how many were made but do know that it is (was) a very limited run. The rod is in new unused condition with rather snug fitting ferrules as it came from the Orvis shop. Extraordinarily collectible, should nonetheless be fished and enjoyed as a superb all around rod. Again, new unused with original bag and wide mouth fully labeled tube. $2100 . Sold
309. Jeff Wagner 265 CD-Q 4 Wt. So, 6' 5", quadrate design, darkly flamed, impeccable varnish finish, red agate stripper guide, handsome dark brown silks, 5 1/2" cigar grip, blued cap and ring, highly figured morticed walnut spacer; sports a machined brass ferrule plug. Truly a handsome rod. Has a brisk, progressive dry fly habit -- just a perfect rod for those tight venues, small streams and small flies, both dry and wet. Can tolerate weighted or bead head streamers and nymphs as well. New, unused. $1575.
311. A Homer Jennings virtual work of art. 7' 9", 2/2, 4 1/4 oz. 5 Wt. Serial number 685 so made in 2009. This brisk dry fly rod is a bit unusual and likely a "bespoke" piece as it has silk colors that are a beautiful departure from his standard clear/brown wraps. The rod presents with translucent avocado green silks tipped very dark burgundy. I've only seen one other of his rods with this color pattern and had it in my own collection for some years. Absolutely stunning and a variation that, I believe, he should have offered more generously. The rod has his hallmark morticed olive wood insert under nickel silver cap and ring, agate stripper guide, tapered full bodied cigar grip, prominent swelled butt, flawless varnish over light straw colored cane setting off the silk tones oh, so sweetly. At 4 1/4 oz. this rod is a bit faster than his earlier 4 oz. rendition of the 7' 9" rod; a classically Catskill style for performance. Just a special rod from an established maker who, for some years, partnered with Tom Moran. On his own for many years since, greatly undervalued. Insignificant handle soiling otherwise in about perfect condition put up in the later brown stippled tube and original bag of course. $1750. Sold
313. Weir and Son. Model M801-43-9. Made in Los Gatos, CA. 8', 2/2 Labeled 6 wt. But at 4 1/8 oz. is more a 5 than a 6. Very progressive semi-parabolic action. Historically significant builder making many rods through 1985. Carried in Ray Bergman's catologues for many years, featured in Dick Spurr's tome Classic Bamboo Rodmakers, Past and Present (p.82) and whose father worked with John Parker Holden author of the 1920 classic The Idyll of the Split Bamboo. Widely known for his reel seat development and structural integrity. 5 1/2" reverse half wells grip (some soiling)), down locking aluminum seat over walnut, Weir and Son die stamp to the unique end cap, light cane, dark burgundy silks tipped red, agate stripper guide, perfect fitting ferrules and dead straight. This is a great casting rod with old world craftsmanship and for its price point an unusual value. Included with the rod, a copy of pages from an original Weir and Son catologue with models and purpose built descriptions. A really nice do everything rod in great condition save some soiling of the very comfortable grip; historically important and collectible. For its quality, performance, structural integrity and historical significance, a virtual gift at $725.
314. Post-fire Leonard 39H. 7 1/2', 3 7/8 oz. dry fly 5 wt. ( in spite of its tube designation as a 6). 5 1/2" cigar grip, down locking seat over butternut, nickel silver cap with proper post fire die stamp, red wraps, black guides, bright perfect fitting ferrules and a distinct Catskill style dry fly action. Midland Park label to the tube and likely made during Ted Simroe's tenure at the company. Serial number 2790 on all sections including the very legible tube label. This is the classic dry fly rod that has been emulated by a body of practitioners throughout the country. A more precise responding dry fly rod I've yet to see. Excellent plus condition. Put up in the as new yellow bag with stiffener and original red labeled tube. This is just the absolute perfect dry fly rod in its size range -- much emulated but never copied. Can be seen on another site at $1960. This one in about perfect condition, $1550.
315. George Maurer (Sweet Water Rods). 8', 2/2, 5 Wt. Trout Bum. Serial number 2001-04, and one of George's most popular tapers. George was one of the most talented builders of our time; sadly passing away in 2008. His work most notably survives him through the work of Jim Downes of Millheim, PA. This rod sports a 6 1/2" cigar grip, nickel silver cap and ring over choice morticed walnut, has lightly flamed cane, translucent tan silks, a fabulous varnish finish, bright perfect fitting ferrules, is dead straight and has a progressive medium fast dry fly action. For its progressive nature, a truly do everything rod and the model that is most sought after by followers of George's work. Cork is only slightly soiled -- don't think it has had much time on the water -- otherwise in near mint condition. An excerpt from a Maurer catologue will be included with the rod. In his later years George, along with Bernie Elser, wrote a definitive book "Fundamentals of Building a Bamboo Fly Rod" published by Countryman Press. Just a fabulous do everything rod that will ably handle dries, wets, nymphs and can even tolerate weighted or bead head types as well. Just a super rod that will fit most of your needs. $1550. Sold
316. Another remarkable rod from the bench of Steve Jenkins. This one is the ever popular GA75-77. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 Wt. 6" cigar grip, morticed cherry insert with blue cap and ring accompanied by blued perfect fitting ferrules, perfect varnish and transparent tan silks all perfectly executed. I've often likened The Jenkins rods to those of Ted Simroe -- not sexy, not elaborate, but absolutely perfect for structural and cosmetic integrity. Perfect cane work, perfect wrap execution, perfect varnish and never but a perfect ferrule fit. Amazingly simple, fabulous casting rods. Beautiful in their simplicity. Has a progress light dry fly habit. I still get thankyous from clients that I've sold this rod to from as long ago as 15 or 20 years past. Just the perfect dry fly rod that won't balk when set upon to cast weited streamers or bead head nymphs. Just the perfect rod in its length. $1550.
317. Bill Holbein "Nodeless". 7', 3/2, 4 Wt. 5 5/8" reverse half wells grip (unsoiled), up ring and hood seat over a spalted morticed maple filler terminating in a mushroom shaped anterior with a nickel silver end cap, lightly flamed cane, yellow silks tastefully tipped black, turned bamboo ferrule plugs, a superb varnish job and bright perfect fitting ferrules. Decidedly in the Catskill tradition, this rod presents as a quintessential brisk dry fly instrument ideal for small streams, pocket water and tight venues. A super casting rod with 4 DT lines. Holbein made rods for some time, actively marketed through The Classic Fly Fisherman where he enjoyed a prominent bespoke position of rod makers. Handsomely put up in a tailored bag, Leonard style tube and outer twill tube bag with intelligent pocket for its ferrule plugs. A truly handsome package in a fabulous casting, cosmetically elegant rod at the price of graphite. $925.
318. Thomas and Thomas Hendrickson. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 Wt. from the Individualist series. Serial number 5567. 6" reverse half wells grip, up locking jewel-like nickel silver seat over highly figured walnut, enjoys the T and T die stamp to the independent ring, prominent swelled but so characteristic of the marque, tiger flamed cane, 3 x 3 node pattern, clear silks smartly delicately tipped cinnamon, blued perfect fitting ferrules and wrapped chocolate brown at the ferrule stations. This is a full bodied, progressive medium action rod ready to do business as a dry fly rod, while quite able as a streamer rod -- can handle weighted or bead head flies as well and can subdue substantial game in a 5 wt format. The attention to detail and structural integrity of the Thomas and Thomas brand is above reproach. Currently selling new for $4995 with a substantial wait. Here with a very slightly soiled grip, almost not worth mentioning, In near mint condition put up in its original bag with stiffener and fully labeled stippled black tube with "top hat" machined cap, unabashedly priced at $2500.
319. Steve Jenkins GA70L-74. Presumably a light line rod, in my hands a perfect dry fly 4 Wt. Has a 6" cigar grip, nickel silver cap and ring over choice cherry wood insert, end cap engraved in script "The Jenkins Rod", evenly toned straw colored cane, 3 x 3 node pattern, translucent tan silks, blued perfect fitting ferrules (a hallmark of his signature series), and black guides all structurally and cosmetically perfect. You must know by now that I am seriously infatuated with the Jenkins rod for simplicity of design, structural perfection and cosmetic elegance. Highly undervalued among American makers. $1550.
320. One of the best designed, best casting rods ever produced by Orvis -- The 8 1/2', 2/2, 4 1/2 oz. Serial number 81668 Limestone Special. Designed for a 6 and casts a 6 DT (as I have used it) a country mile. Semi parabolic action that can tolerate any terminal arrangement that you need. I've used this on the Delaware with amazing and flawless results. Just a great float trip rod and truly one of the all time best rods I've owned. For its length might be off putting to some; its actual weight, performance and properly weighted reel make it feel much lighter in the hand than most 8 1/2 footers. 6 1/2" cigar grip, blued perfect fitting ferrules, patented down locking Orvis seat with independent ring, lovely walnut filler, lighter cane and tan silks make for a handsome rod as well. Very minimal soiling of the grip, otherwise excellent plus, plus condition with original bag and fully legible near perfect label to its hex capped tube. $675. Sold
321. Don Schroeder 7', 2/2, 4 Wt. One of Don's elegant dark toned rods. Sports a 6" cigar grip, blued coin edged cap and ring with Don's die stamp to the end cap entirely machined by Don, highly figured walnut filler, transparent brown silks tipped burnt umber, blued perfect fitting ferrules, dead straight and bright snake guides. Although marked as a 3 by Don, it is most definitely a crisp dry fly 4 Wt. rod. Serial number for those who are keen, 20398. This is a spectacular rod for cosmetic work, attention to detail, as is the habit of the Schroeder manufacture, and a spectacular casting dry fly rod for small to medium dry flies and is a particular dry fly rod. But I'm being redundant. A fabulous rod. Only very minimal soiling of the grip otherwise, has seen very little use. For Don's history, attention to detail, perfect execution, should be valued in excess of $2000 IMHO. Here, near perfect, $1650.
322. Another fabulous rod from the bench of Steve Jenkins. This one a rare flamed Signature rod. 7 1/2', 2/2, 4 Wt. 6" cigar grip, blued cap and ring over morticed cherry filler, blued ferrules (a bit tight), 3 x 3 node pattern, tan silks and perfect -- but absolutely perfect varnish finish. Coincidentally, I seem to have the corner on Jenkins rods at the moment but do buy them aggressively as I think they represent the rod maker's art in the sublime. This rod has a progressive dry fly action for a 4 Wt. line but, although I haven't lined it as such, can likely tolerate a 5 Wt. line. Progressive dry fly habit and just a super stick. So light 5 Wt./4 DT dry fly. The rod is labeled Jenkins, of course, and GA756-10. Not sure what the 6 refers to but the tube label reads 7'6", 4 Wt., 2 piece. Believe the Signature model refers to the style of Charlie Jenkins and a revival of the brand as Charlie conceived it. Very slight soiling of the grip, otherwise about perfect. $1650. Sold
323. Jeff Wagner 268-LSB 3 Wt. 6' 8", 2/2, Lightly flamed work. A brisk little light line rod that can likely use a 4 Wt. line to really come alive. Definitely dry fly for behaviour and of course all the cosmetic and structural elements we've come to this master builder. 6" cigar grip (mildly soiled), birds eye morticed filler, blued cap and ring, burgundy silks, lightly flamed cane, braided sterling silver hook keeper and coin edged winding check, blued perfect fitting ferrules, red agate stripper guide and absolutely perfect varnish finish. Just a super rod for appearance with a fluid progressive dry fly action. Near mint condition. $1500.
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. Sold
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#. Can also accommodate 9 wt lines with ease. Made between 1998 and 2005. Discontinued for more high tech appearing reels. But still functions as the current models for use and for spool removal. Currently LHW but 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 likely contracted by Abel 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.
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
220. Designed by Florida Guide Frank Catino, bonefish (?) reel. Sold by Orvis in the early 80's represented in the 1983 and 1984 Orvis catolgues 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. AMFF
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 suede case with paperwork and registration card. $275. 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. Sold
242. Orvis EXR (exposed rim variant). 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. Presents 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. Sold
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. $2800. Sold
248. Abel SD 4/5 wt. Modern sealed drag reel, still in production, serial number 3621. 5 oz. 3 1/4" diam. mid arbor. Stunning glossy black anodized finish, ergonomically designed handle, mid arbor high performance reel. The quintessential reel for 4 or 5 wt graphite rods no matter the length . MSRP for this reel is $695 and can be seen on most retailers sites in excess of $625. Here with original case, with backing and as new $425.
249. Another high performance reel from Abel and in current production with an MSRP of $750 the SDF 4/5. High tech, black anodized reel with what appears to be a light colored contoured rosewood handle, bright polished aluminum drag release, super smooth retrieve and as strong or as soft a drag as you will ever need. Again, perfect for those 4/5 weight graphite rods. Stunning machined reel from the company that pioneered these ultra high tech, high performance instruments. New condition with original case. $500.
250. English made Hardy JLH 5 wt. 3", 4/5 wt. reel and rather special as it has serial number 843. Set for LHW but convertible. Hardy numbered the first 1000 reels of this model among others, but nice to see. Traditional click and pawl drag system, gray finish highlighted with silver striping to front and rear and very accessible large knurled drag adjust to the verso. Easy to access even with a fish in tow. Mounting mars to the foot ends otherwise perfect condition in the not often found sylvet bag. These reels are oh so smooth and have such an even working drag that rivals disc drag reels for performance. Great on graphite and traditional looking for bamboo. $250. Sold
251. Another. This one with light mounting mars and one discernible tick in the rear frame edge that hardly intrudes beyond the finish. In its original blue Hardy case. Near perfect condition. $225.
252. Another JLH. This one a 3 1/4" #6 with new unknown line, spare spool and put up in a suede piggy back case, compliments yours truly. Very light mounting mars to the foot end -- almost not worth mentioning and in perfect condition. Modestly priced at $325.
253. Orvis (Made in England), CFO III with spare spool. 3" diam. Just a perfect 4/5 st. reel for bamboo or graphite. This is one of the less available aluminum finished editions. Light mounting mars to the foot ends and a few random very minor rim rash to one area only and upon first blush hardly noticeable otherwise both reel and spare spool excellent plus, plus. Put up in its Orvis logoed piggy back sued case. $425. Sold
254. Hardy ( Made in England) Featherweight from the lightweight series. 2 3/4" 4 wt. reel. LH/RH wind, single screw line guard, earlier blue and cream colored Hardy case and rim mounted drag adjust. Light mounting mars to one side of its foot, minor rim rash to the frame at 2 o'clock otherwise near perfect and ready to accompany 6 ' to 7' rods with aplomb. Just the perfect traditional 4 wt reel. $250.
255. Stan Bogdan LHW Steelhead reel. 3 1/4" frame diameter; 1 5/32" spool . Constant non adjustable drag, perforated front plate, flowing "S" counterweighted handle and light champagne finish to the frame. Remarkably no mounting mars to the foot ends. Perfect 7 wt reel. It's been variously used by enthusiasts as an 8 wt or 6 wt. May be the most flexible for use of the entire Bogdan range. Has some minor edge wear but no intrusions that I would describe as dings. Altogether a fine usable Steelhead reel from the master's hands. Believe the suede bag later supplied by Steve Bogdan. With some honorable use, in generally good/very good condition. Will include a copy of the Bogdan model range. Remind me. $2300.
256. Hardy Featherweight. Made in England, reversible; now set for LHW, 2 7/8" diam. , with an as new 4 wt. line. In its original blue case. Has really insignificant rim rash to the frame verso -- about 1" of discernible finish loss. So minor that I didn't even notice it until beginning this entry! Has in use foot end mars from mounting as well. Otherwise excellent plus, plus. $250.
257. Hardy LRH. From the Lightweight series. The perfect 4/5 wt reeel. Set for LHW but reversible. This one with the very desirable two screw line guard. 3 1/8" diameter dust cover latch, rim mounted full range drag adjust, super clean interior, a few random, almost not worth mentioning ticks to the edges and mounting mars to the foot ends. Upon first glance, the reel appears mint in its original blue/cream case. $275.
258. Hardy Princess. single screw line guard; made in England. 3 1/2" diameter. Set for LHW but reversible Most enthusiasts use it as a 6 wt. I have my own loaded with a 6 WF with spare spool carrying a 5 DT line. Near mint condition with one barely discernible tick to the rear frame edge and mounting mars to the foot ends. For a lightly used reel it is near perfect with its original blue/cream case and a piece of random Hardy literature. $275. Sold
259. 3 1/8" Winston Perfect. Made by Hardy but the variation for Winston is reversible. Now set for LHW.
Sports a faux bone handle, beautifully finished in anodized Hunter Green. Arrives with its original RL Winston logoed pull string velvet bag, all original paperwork and somewhat tattered original green/white box. Although the previous owner tells me that it has seen water, there are no mars to the reel foot ends but there are a few isolated, almost infinitesimal ticks to the front frame at 4 o'clock. Doubt I can capture them in a photograph they are so minor. But glad to try. So overall, near perfect condition. Some would declare, near mint. $675. Sold
260. Orvis Presentation III. 3" STH manufacture in Argentina particularly for Orvis and carries the Orvis bronze center boss. This is not the EXR; has the internal spool. Set for LHW, black anodized finish unique push button spool release, sliver trimmed spool and just the quintessential 4/5 weight reel. I'm not sure if the EXR (exposed rim variation) predates this reel or if they were made at the same time but some prefer this design. Paperwork suggests that both were available during the same period. Has an ergonomically designed handle and aside from some minor edge wear to the rear frame in excellent condition. It arrives with a spare spool but the handle on the spare spool is unexplainably stiff even after an application of a bit of WD-40. Priced without a spare spool that you may, in fact, successfully address and a sure fix if sent off to Bill Archuleta in Grants Pass, OR. So selling the reel in its original suede case with papers, and its spare spool at $225. This is one of the best reels ever contracted by Orvis and a real disappointment when discontinued.
261. Hardy 3 3/8" LHW Perfect. A super 6/7 Wt. reel. Made in England, this iteration with the raised center boss, ceramic line guide, rim mounted full range, smooth as silk drag adjust, black bezeled handle and smooth alloy foot. Although I can barely see some very minor mounting mars to the foot ends, the reel seems unused. Tough to find these reels in LHW. This one with original black and white box, paperwork, original black case and perfectly mint condition spare spool in its orange and white box. On some sites at $795 sans spare spool, here with its unused spare spool, $625.
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