14. Leonard 61. The 8 1/2', 2/2, 8wt from Ted Simroe's Mirimachi series of rods. I used it with an Orvis 8 WF line and it was fabulous. Also used a Bogdan 0 that balanced perfectly with it. From my own collection and used only twice on the Cascapedia. Red wraps, fixed fighting butt, reverse half wells grip perfectly sized for the rod and comfortable. A casting machine in spite of its light weight in the hand. Even put it into the hands of guides at the lodge who ordinarily disdain bamboo; they thought it was amazing and were duly surprised. Excellent condition in original bag and labeled tube. Decided that I cannot in good conscious let this great but perhaps little known rod go for its earlier pricing. $1250. Reduced
15. Sweetgrass Pent. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5wt. Medium fast dry fly action, mild full wells grip, down locking anodized antique grey hardware over very dark highly figured hardwood, burgundy silks (hallmark of the Pent) and perfect fitting ferrules. Dead straight, perfect varnish and in mint condition. Believe the nicest piece of production I've seen from the Boo Boys. Am told that Glenn is back at work and likely accounts for the high quality of workmanship and attention to detail. Just a beautiful rod for appearance and behaviour.
23. In the world of collectible rods, a historically important Weir and Son rod. 8', 2/2, 3 5/8 oz., 5 wt. Last manufactured in Los Gatos, CA, the Weir and Son build was best known for their medium very pleasing actions. Model LM803. These rods were produced on an ingenious and unique machine that could mill six strips simultaneously. Exquisite for its pale appearance, lovely easy action and quality workmanship throughout. Very reminiscent of the early Charlie Jenkins oevre. 5" tapered cigar grip, aluminum cap (properly die stamped "Weir and Son"), and ring over rosewood, brown silks over straw colored cane and nicely described in both the Schwiebert tome (p. 181), Trout as well as Marty Keane's bible, Classic Rods and Rodmakers (p. 205) as some of the nicest rods built at the time for quality and performance. I will include with the purchase a copy of the last Weir catologue produced from Los Gatos with prices and decriptions of the building process. Minor soiling of the grip and a few surface mounting mars to the insert, otherwise excellent condition with original bag and fully labeled tube. $525. Sold
25. Orvis Battenkill. 7 1/2', 3 7/8oz, 5/6 wt. This one a bit lighter than most 3 7/8oz (weighs in at 3 3/4oz) so a slam dunk 5DT rod. Built 1974. Some soiling of its cigar grip, while identifying model, line weight and actual weight are intact some script is worn from the cane at the hook keeper, otherwise good plus condition. Straight, structurally very good with original bag and tube with full descriptive label to the hex capped tube. $575. Sold
27. Heddon Premier. 8 1/2', 3/2, 2 Ferrule, 5 wt. (reads HDH or E on the cane), gold silks tipped black, screw down patent numbered reel seat over brown bakelite, perfect fitting properly japanned ferrules. 6 1/2" dry fly grip with some ridging, dryness and chips in the heel from use as a hook keeper but varnish and silks are about perfect and cane is a beautiful medium dark with golden nodes. Slight fishing set to both tips, easily removable, with original well labeled bag and unoriginal tube absent its cap. $225. Sold
29. Leonard 39H. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 7/8 oz., 5 wt. (tube label reads 6). Serial number 1838 so am guessing ca. 1971-72. 6" cigar grip with very minor soiling, red silks typical of the period, down locking seat with butternut insert and nickel silver die stamped cap sporting its post fire heritage Tight fitting ferrules, dead straight and structurally perfect. Rod has a decisive Catskill dry fly feel and a rod whose tapers have been replicated by a multitude of current builders for its outstanding performance qualities. Original yellow bag with stiffener, original tube with red Midland Park, NJ label in completely legible condition. Aside from its minor grip soiling, the rod is about perfect. May be the only rod you'll ever need if you're only going to own one bamboo rod, a terribly unlikely story! $1350. Reduced
31. Phillipson Peerless. Rare 7', 2/2, 2 7/8 oz. 4/5 wt. from the 3M period. Shy 6" cigar grip, down locking copper toned anodized seat over cork, lovely medium dark impregnated cane, brown silks tipped yellow and original bag with fully labeled gold tube. Nice tight ferrules intelligently witnessed marked and just a great dry fly feel to the rod. $675. Sold
32. Leonard 50H. 8', 6/7 wt. Serial number on its Midland Park, NJ label reads 2983. Previous owner used it effectively, I am advised, with a 6DT line. 3/2, 4 5/8 oz. 6 1/2" reverse half wells (dry fly) grip, Up locking correctly post- fire die stamped seat over butternut, light cane with 3x3 node pattern of course, Ted Simroe translucent tan silks tipped auburn. A nice stronger version of the 50DF. Ever so slight soiling of the cork grip otherwise about perfect condition in its original yellow bag with stiffener, and fully labeled tube. $1250. Sold
36. Jim Downes. 7', 3/2, 3/4 wt beauty. One of the few rods I've owned that I can truly say will throw a 3 or 4 wt line with equal aplomb. Has a great medium action with either line, giving way to longer casts while fully loading with a 4DT; a bit brisker as a close-in 3DT. I truly enjoyed the rod with either line. Just a super small stream rod. 5 1/2" flor quality cork cigar grip, rather dark spalted maple insert under blued cap and ring with Jim's die stamp to the cap, elegantly varnished medium dark cane and handsome as can be "pond scum green" silks delicately tipped crimson and agate stripper guide. Just a beautiful rod with a super small stream action. Perhaps one of the best performing light line rods ever. $1450. Sold
38. Payne 98. Spectacular 7', 2/2, 4 wt rod. Cigar grip, nickel silver cap and ring with "Made for A and F" die stamp, so no older than early 60's. Hang tag in place and in crisp legible condition with the Abercrombie inventory number to it. Most blueing absent from cap and ring, and although perfect in every other way, several guide wraps on the tips do not align since the first and only owner had Jim make another tip for his single tip as bought Abercrombie rod. Believe the single tip rods were only available through Abercrombie. Still a bit of a mystery as to why Jim would not align the guide wraps unless the rod was not sent to him at the time the second tip was being made. Sadly, since the rod comes to me from an inheritance, this is the best information that I have on the rod. Some space to the top of the tube evidencing absence of its ferrule plug. This rod is really quite lovely and with exceptions noted, in excellent condition with original bag (with hang tag) and properly labeled tube. $3750. Sold
39. Don Schroeder. 7'9", 2/2. One of Don's dark hexes. A slam dunk moderate dry fly 5wt. Serial number 17397. 6 1/2" reverse half wells grip ( a la Payne), uplocking screw seat over morticed and figured walnut, and transluscent tan wraps tipped auburn, characteristic of his dark rods; Don's die stamp properly in place on the turnbuckle and machined knurled ferrule plug still here. Don's work is above reproach for structure and cosmetics; he machines all of his own hardware save the ferrules and guides and his workmanship and attention to detail has been consistent throughout his long career -- Perfect. Slight soiling of the grip otherwise excellent plus. Sadly, for his history and workmanship highly underappreciated. Clearly his values should be in the realm of the best rod makers in the country today. $1450.
40. Orvis Superfine. 7', 2/2, 2 5/8oz, 5wt (factory labeled 6 wt.). Superfine grip (some ridging and reel seat impressions to the all cork dual ring seat), dark cane, excellent condition brown silks, nice ferrule fit and ca. 1968 serial number. Original bag and tube with fully legible tube label in place. Aside from the wear on the grip and seat, a really fine rod. A brief visit to the Orvis manufactory would make it perfect . Or use as it is until the grip and seat really need refurbershing. A nice rod; deserves serious attention at $475. Sold
42. Orvis 7/4. Just arrived and is in absolutely mint, unused condition. Serial number 85852 so a lovely late rod. Likely the most desirable model ever produced by Orvis. Just the perfect 7', 3/2, 4 wt rod. $1250. Sold
44. Sam Carlson "Housatonic". 8', 2/2, 5/6 Quadrate. Dark evenly straw colored cane, brown silks, bright perfect fitting ferrules, reverse 6 1/4" half wells grip giving way to an all cork reel seat with blued cap and ring and his signature black bakelite inserts beneath the end cap, as a seat check and of course winding check. The script on the blank reads Carlson "Four" Housatonic. Made by CW "Sam" Carlson and numbered 757-482. So made in 1975, quadrate, 8' 2 piece. This is a stunning rod with very little use to it. Only the slightest soiling to the grip, almost not worth mentioning. Dead straight, fine ferrule fit and a great casting rod with a 5DT; stupendous with a 6. A classic Carlson in wonderful condition. Pics will sell the rod. A phone call would be welcomed. $3700.
45. Payne 96. 6', 2/2, 2/3 wt with the "Sold by" die stamp predating the introduction of the 95 whereupon the 96 became the 6 1/2' model. Fully legible perfect condition hang tag reads 1 3/4 oz and upon weighiing the rod it is indeed 1 3/4 oz. The tag carries the Abercrombie inventory number, the model number and a never before seen 3 digit number above the rectangle labeling. My 1931 Payne catologue shows the 96 as the 6 footer; the 1951 catologue shows the introduction of the 96 as a 6 1/2' rod and retains the 6' rod labeled as a model 95. I cannot say with certainty in what year the change took place but I am guessing this rod to be made ca. 1940's. The delicate cigar grip measures 4 1/8" (some soiling to the cork but smooth and whole) there is no winding check, the cap and ring are in perfect order over lovely uncompromised, and indeed unmarred walnut insert. Blueing absent from the ring but butt cap retains about 100% bluing. Ferrule fit is absolutely perfect. No ferrule plug but considering the length of the bag and fit in the tube, was made without one. The rod sports the traditional Payne color evenly toned straw blanks and brown silks tipped gold accented by a delicate stripper guide. Aside from soiling of the cork handle, this rod is the most perfect, all original Payne 96 this enthusiast/dealer has ever seen. I noticed that there is currently a refinished 96 out there with some other minor issues at 3900. This one, all original and spectacular. $5200.
46. San Francisco Winston. 8, 2/2, 3 3/4oz. crisp (and unusual in that for Winston) 5 wt. Purchased as a one tip rod and owner had Glenn Bracket, while still with Winston, make a second dead matching second tip. Only reservation is that the second tip's numbering not done in the same hand or is at least a bit lighter. Frankly, I would have had Glenn renumber all three sections for a match without violating the integrity of the rod. But the second tip is an absolutely dead match for color, silk color, taper and performance. Unusual for the San Francisco period it sports a cherry seat with ns cap and ring and full wells grip. But unquestionably original put up in the red SF bag and correct yellow and green tube label. Excellent condition. For its later pairing of the additional tip, $1450. Sold
47. Leonard 39H. 5 1/2" cigar grip, with unusual factory created (doubtless) thumb rest a la Paul Young, down locking seat over butternut, straw colored cane, expected red wraps for the period (serial number 2807), black guides, bright ferrules and correct die stamp in place to the ns cap. Still sports its coin edged ferrule plug and is in excellent condition. Unusual for the model, its tube label reads 3 3/5th oz not the usual 3 7/8 oz rendering a marginally lighter rod -- perhaps a diminished weight for the thumb depresssion??? The rod is near perfect with slight soiling of the grip, fully legible tube label and dead straight with a fine ferrule fit. I've always claimed this the rod to own if you're only going to own one rod -- not a likely scenario for for any of us it seems!! $1350. Reduced
48. Hardy "The Phantom". 6', 2/2, 2 oz. 4/5 wt. Lovely little British rod with lots of backbone; very dry fly. 5 3/4" cigar grip, all cork seat with cap and ring (Hardy die stamp in place), black silks tipped red, agate stripper guide and machined ferrule plug still with the rod. Varnish about perfect but best part of this package is that it is put up in its tailored one tip Hardy sock, and tube with the black and gold Hardy decal to the tube still bright and legible -- likely because it is protected by its outer canvas Hardy marked bag. The Hardy hang tag describing the rod in detail still attached to the bag. About perfect condition and ready to fish those small tough to reach spots on your favorite water. Generally excellent condition and one of the nicest vintage British rods I've had in a long time. $450. Sold
49. Another British classic -- Hardy CC de France. 7 1/2, 2/1, 5/6 wt. Full intermediate wraps, superfine grip, cap and ring over cork (soiled but uncompromised), serial number indicating a 1949 build to the ring, in Hardy tailored bag with fully legible hang tag to the bag. Sadly, the tip is 3 1/2" short and the rod, although structurally sound with a good ferrule fit, needs cosmetic attention (or not). Fish as is or refinish during the ensuing winter months. A respectable first bamboo rod from this venerable English company. A gift at $150. Sold
50. Sweet Grass Mantra. 2/1, 7 1/2', 4 wt. Hex. Serial number 11-052. Light dry fly Catskill style rod. 6" reverse half wells grip (soiled but smooth and uncompromised), black anodized down locking seat over cherry insert, lovely straw colored nicely varnished cane, brown translucent silks tagged black at the hook keeper and ferrule stations, wrapped ferrules a la Winston, and original bag and labeled tube. So altogether very good/excellent condition. $725.
51. Jim Downes. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 wt. 6" flor quality cigar grip, cap and ring seat (die stamped with maker's mark) over tiger maple insert, light colored cane beautifully wrapped with avocado silks smartly and delicately tipped in a dark auburn, cocoa colored agate stripping guide and ferrules and hardware blued. 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.
52. Hardy Palakona. 6'8", 2/2, 4/5 wt. Near mint. All cork grip and seat with the patented Hardy hood and ring. Hardy die stamp in place to both the applied pocket and cap, grip approx. 6", black silks smartly tipped Kelly Green, milky agate stripper guide, machined ferrule plug to the female, perfect ferrule fit and original bag and tube compliments yours truly. Hardy and most other British makers were not in the habit of supplying tubes except by special request -- so original tailored bag with hanging loop to its end (since you are expected to hang your rod in the rod room for adequate drying!) The rod enjoys a brisk dry fly action with lots of gumption. This is a very late model vintage piece made just before the shut down of their manufacture -- not one of the later reissued rods produced about 10-15 years ago at the heady price point of $2000+. So a vintage Hardy in as new condition. From its ever so slight soiling of the grip, hardly worth mentioning, believe the rod to have been lawn cast only. $875.
53. Orvis Battenkill. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 7/8 oz. Serial number 83431 (1980). 6 1/2" cigar grip, straw colored impregnated cane, brown silks, down locking walnut seat with independent ring protocol, about 100% bluing to the perfect fitting ferrules and dead straight. Put up in its original bag and hex cap tube with complete and fully legible label. Just a super all around rod for 5/6 wt lines. And the only rod you'll ever need if you only had one to own!! Medium fast dry fly action -- and somewhat semi parabolic as Orvis rods tend to be. So just a great all around rod for dries, streamers and can tolerate the seldom use of weighted "lures". Very good/excellent condition. $725.
9. Carpenter reel. 2 3/4" diameter so a great 3DT or 4WF reel. Has a bit of a bump on the front frame edge, likely a result of careless drop on a rough surface and a few in-use very minor scratches to the frame edge. Carries the brass WE Carpenter Rod Co. plaque to the verso. Generally good plus with with exceptions noted. Well priced at $ 325. Reduced
10. Hardy St. John. Two screw latch, smooth aluminum foot, MK 2 check (and therefore LH or RH able). Mounting marks to the foot otherwise no signs of use with WF8F Orvis Hy Flote line and original black case. The favored reel of NW Steelheaders and Atlantic Salmon enthusiasts across the pond. Great full range drag. $250. Reduced
11. Hardy Cascapedia (newest iteration), 6/7, Seatrout/trout. LHW. Mint unused in original black leather case with box and papers. Made in England sans poachers switch with 11 red dot detente rear drag knob. For its size and weight, the perfect 7 wt reel. A meagre $375
* A loyal customer just sent me copies of the Sage series Maintenance details, Conversion directions, Warranty agreement and Reel capacities for each size. Ask for copies upon purchase of any of them.
15. Sage 508 with two spare spools. Very minor edge wear, otherwise very good. 7/8 wt capacity. Made by Hardy. $325. Will separate spools out for $50 each. Reduced
20. Hardy Dutchess. 31/4". Super 5/6 wt reel and one of the nicest reels that the company has produced from their Alnwick workshop. Mint condition in Hardy neoprene case and spare spool. Spool latch was disassembled but all parts are here. I don't have the patience to reassemble it so to the next ambitious owner or Bill Archuleta for re-assembly. $250. On Hold
22. Orvis CFO III. Edge wear but quite good with spare spool. $225
31. Hardy Princess and spare spool. Minor edge wear but altogether very good condition. $225.
41. Hardy St. Aidan. 3 3/4" reel with same capacity as a St. John and Zenith. Minor edge wear to verso, otherwise very good with spare spool. Housed in a suede piggy back case. Barely discernible rubbing sound upon rotation. $225. Donated to the AMFF for fund raising purposes.
42. Hardy Princess with 2 screw heavy nickel silver line guard. Some edge wear but in generally good/very good condition with spare spool put up in piggyback suede case. Nice 6 wt reel. $250.
43. Princess. Spool only. Excellent. $50. Reduced
48. Hardy Cascapedia 8/9. LHW. New unused salmon or spey reel. Has 20 position detente drag system to verso, poacher's switch, and silent drag switch. Original case and warranty card. Original retail was $799. Here new, $375. Sold
50. Sage 504L. Hardy made. Some edge wear but otherwise very good. $275. Sold
51. Hardy 3 5/8" Perfect. Agate line guard, raised boss, black handle, rim mounted drag adjust in perfect order. An ever so slight rubbing patination surrounding the handle but otherwise near mint with 2 spare spools and original blue/cream case. Believe 60's or 70's production. Undervalued at $375. Will sell a spare spool for $75.
61. Marryat MR 8.5. Nice 6/7 wt version in anodized copper. Fabulous full range smooth as silk drag sytem, quick release spool, owner counterweighted, with original case and little usedWF6F line. Currently set for RHW but reversible with some effort. Mounting mars to foot ends but excellent condition. $175. Donated to the AMFF for fund raising purposes.
63. Orvis Presentation reel EXR II. Made in Argentina by STH for Orvis. One of the finest engineered reels ever. Incredibly smooth drag, unusual quick release spool, black finish, contoured handle with counterweight, and about impossible to find spool. Excellent plus condition in its original Orvis suede case. $250. Sold
64. Orvis Odyssey + I. 3" 4/5 wt reel with a smooth full range drag system. Sadly discontinued by Orvis and since then largely underappreciated for its incredible performance capability. One of the best engineered reels that Orvis ever contracted -- smooth sensitive drag at its light range; train stopping tough at its upper range with absolutely no start up compromise characteristic of some of the best reels on the market then and now. Beautiful glossy anodized finish, fully machined and just a superb reel for little dollars. I see one isolated mark to one foot end otherwise seems unused with a DT5F line and original neoprene pouch and box. $200. Sold
65. Orvis Odyssey II. 3 1/8" 5/6 wt reel. As the previous reel with larger capacity. Mint unused with unknown as new line and original neoprene pouch and box. $200.
74. Abel 1 from the Big Game series. RHW. Serial number 2581. Mounting marks to its foot ends otherwise hardly ever used in its original case and box. $250. Sold
75. Abel 3N. LHW, but convertible to RHW. Serial number 4799. Barely visible mounting mars to its foot otherwise mint condition in its original case and box with papers and unused unknown line. Rosewood handle, large arbor for rapid retrieve and counterbalanced spool. Just discovered a small chip in the rosewood handle while reviewing it for a customer. Therefore reduced. Truly one of the best engineered big game reels ever. $250.
78. Peerless number 1. At 2 3/4", the perfect 4 wt reel at home on bamboo or plastic. Mint condition in original logoed leather case. $625. Sold
79. Dingley. Caged spool type with JS Sharpe die stamp. Interior marked D4. 3 1/4" perfect 5/6 wt reel with fixed LH/RH drag protocol. White ivorine handle, telephone latch and 2 1/8" smooth brass foot. Bluing about 99%. One of the finest Dingleys ever seen by this dealer and in a great universal line weight/format. Photos will sell the reel in an instant! $325. Sold
81. Carpenter/Casey reel. 2 3/4" diam. so 3 wt or half of a 4 and some backing. A sweet reel that predates the Carpenter reel. "Carpenter & Casey" die stamped into back plate. Has some minor rubbing to the edges otherwise excellent condition. Equally strong click for RH or LH use. With what I believe to be its original pouch. $325. Sold
82. Mike Clark SCL reel. This is the 2 3/4" size meant for 3/4 wt lines. Designed by Mike Clark of notable fly rod fame and numbered 18, presumably the 18th reel that he produced with a run of 149. Photos can be vividly seen on Mike's site. His 5/6 model is sold out with only 6 remaining 3/4 wts left. Some minor rubbing to the rims, otherwise excellent. Dual handle affair and LH or RH fixed drag retrieve. Drag is set just right for its expected line size use. Original leather pouch, I'm sure. Mike did a fair amount of business with this product at the $550 mark. Here, $350.
83. Saracione Mark I model 3 (so 3" diam) 5 wt reel. RHW at the moment but can be changed to LHW with a brief visit to Joe Saracione and for a nominal charge. The reel is in mint unused condition, although it holds a Mastery Series GPX WF5F line. In its original bag and box with warrantee papers filled out by the original owner in 2001 and recorded but never sent back to Joe, as a gift. The Mark I is almost never seen any more and my understanding is that very few were made. $725.
84. Orvis DXR 7/8. 3 1/2" diam., black matte finish, full range disc drag and easy release spool removal. Put up in its original case with papers. Holds an 8 wt line with plenty of backing. Excellent plus, plus condition and a nice way to get into a dependable, good looking big game reel with a modern drag system for a very reasonable $125.
85. Orvis Battenkill Mark III. 3 1/4" 5/6 wt reel. LH/RH retrieve, charcoal gray finish, single pawl adjustable drag, rim control; made by Hardy of Great Britain for Orvis. Mounting mars to the foot, otherwise excellent with virtually unused WF5F line and original case with papers. $100.
86. Orvis CFO III. 3", 4/5 wt reel. Rivets and domed hub to the verso, "H" shaped line guard, some edge wear, otherwise good/very good with spare spool. Original Battenkill case with papers and 5 and 6 wt relatively unused lines mounted to each spool. Very nice uncompromised package. $225. Sold
87. Orvis CFO 123. 2 7/8", 4/5 wt reel leaning towards 4. LH/RH retrieve. Dual pawl to its interior, no rivets showing to the verso, full range click drag, "H" line guard. Aside from almost indiscernible mounting mars to the foot and a very few random ticks to the frame, excellent almost near mint condition with Orvis suede case and good unknown line. $225. Sold
88. Another. This holding a WF4F line and also in excellent condition. Put up in its original Battenkill case. $225.
89. Horton Meek 55. 3 1/8", 5/6 wt reel. An early blued reel sans line guide. Retrieve is smooth and strong; fixed drag is still quite strong even after all the years that this reel has seen. The latch operation is perfect and the foot is full length. Bluing is about 85% on both the reel and its foot. Black bakelite bezeled handle is tight as the day it was made as is the spool and all else. Structurally perfect; cosmetically very good/excellent. Put up in a suede case compliments yours truly. 250.
90. Hardy Featherweight. 2 7/8", eminent 4 weight reel. LH/RH. Dust cover latch, desirable heavy 2 screw nickel silver line guard, and full range rim mounted drag adjust. Very smooth in both retrieve and outgoing modes. No spool wobble -- tight as the day it left the makers bench. Just a great traditional reel for bamboo or graphite. I use mine with 4 DT line but can accommodate a 5 wt line. Some edge wear and random absence of finish otherwise good/very good condition. Those who know me also know that my condition reports are very conservative. This is a very nice modestly priced reel. $175.
91. Another also with original case in about identical condition. $175.
92. Incredibly rare package -- Hardy Bros. 2 5/8" Uniqua with original well labeled card box. Much blueing still here, telephone latch in good order, rim mounted full range perfectly working drag adjust -- a very rare feature on the 2 5/8 model -- and ribbed brass foot indicationg a post 1928 manufacture. Very minor line groove and slight wobble to the spool as almost always expected with this reel and for its age. I'm advised by Bill Archuleta that it can be made tight with a visit to his shop. But, frankly, don't think it is offensive enough to receive that treatment. Reel has the loveliest patina to replace the bluing. Altogether a wonderful find. Deserves photos. $300.
93. Hardy Uniqua. 2 7/8", telephone latch, about 80% bluing, ribbed brass foot, original well labeled card box and paperwork!! Minor spool wobble and insignificant but noticeable line groove otherwise very good condition. For the line groove, $250.
94, Hardy Uniqua. 2 7/8". Most blueing replaced by a golden patina, ribbed brass foot, some spool wobble, and minor line grooves. Put up in a Pflueger Medalist Akron Ohio box factory marked "Repaired" compliments yours truly. $225. Reduced
95. Hardy Uniqua. 2 7/8". This one comes to me with a "spitfire" spool and blued frame (about 50% intact). Telephone latch spring needs fooling with or can be left alone to operate manually. Ribbed brass foot, black bezelled handle and a very cool plaque to the interior reading "Made for Folsom Arms Co., New York". Dual pawl drag that works nicely. Minor spool wobble that can be remedied by Bill Archuleta of Grants Pass, OR. Spoke to him about it; a simple matter. Packed in an old pig skin pouch and a Hardy Hydra box. $200.
96. Bauer MX4 LA reel in about mint condition. 4" diam. 8wt reel. This is the earlier very desirable model with the star drag conveniently mounted to the verso rather than the rather uncomfortable front mounted drag knob. You can easily adjust the drag while fish is on. Anodized glossy black finish, rosewood handle and one of the smoothest reels ever developed. Silent retrieve; lovely sounding click outgoing. ,Of course salt water able. Mint or near mint with original neoprene case. Just a well engineered reel with performance standards that we've come to expect from Bauer. $325 or BO.
97. Orvis CFO 123. With spare spool. Has very light nicks to the rear frame edge and mounting mars to the foot otherwise excellent in its original smart Battenkill case. "H" line guard, no rivets to the verso and LH/RH able; now set for LHW. These are truly great reels and all made by Hardy or British Reel Works of England. Some enthusiasts can discern the difference! Just a super 4 wt reel -- can tolerate a 5 WF as well. $250.
98. Charlton 8450C. Configurable. Serial number 10689. One of the most, if not the most, desirable modern reels in the pantheon of great high tech reels ever. This one LHW with all three attending spools -- the 3/4, the 5/6 and the 7/8. The rarest of combinations for the marque. Reel put up in its original blue neoprene case with spares held in a lovely suede piggy back pouch. On most lists, the reel alone commanding 1500. Here, with all three spools, all in mint condition modestly priced at $1800. Sold
99. Hardy Featherweight. At approx. 2 3/4" diam., the perfect 4 wt reel. Two screw heavy nickel silver line guard, LH/RH capable -- now set for LHW-- rim mounted drag adjust. The quintessential traditional 4 wt reel that has set the standard for lightweight reels for decades. A bit of edge wear, otherwise good/very good condition in a later Hardy pouch. $200.
100. Sage 505L. 3 1/4", 5/6 wt capacity, now set for LHW and of course made by Hardy for Sage. Very much a reel from the lightweight series with the additional feature of palming control. Some in use edge wear but otherwise, good/very good, tight condition in a nice sheepskin suede case. $275. Sold
101. Sage 504L. At 3" a nice 4/5 wt reel. LH/RH retrieve, now set for LHW. Some edge wear from use otherwise good/very good condition. In its original Sage logoed suede case. $275.
* Ask me for paperwork and instructions to convert from LHW to RHW. I will include them with the Sage reels on offer.
102. Sage 504L. Very minor edge wear to the frame verso otherwise very good condition with a spare spool in about near perfect condition. Contained in a modern nylon Orvis pouch. Now set for LHW. $350.
103. Orvis CFO III. 3" 4/5 wt reel. LH/RH wind (now set for right hand retrieve) No exposed rivets to the verso, "H" shaped line guard, easy adjust full range drag knob to the back in perfect order, and domed center boss to the back plate. Made in England by Hardy or British Reel Works. Nice tight reel with minor edge wear and generally very good in its original Orvis marked suede case. $225.
104. Hardy LRH. 3 1/4" daim., 5 wt reel. Heavy nickel silver 2 screw patent stamped line guard, dust cover latch and its original blue/white case. Very smooth operating condition, full range rim mounted drag adjust in perfect order and aside from some random and isolated absence of finish, very good condition with an as new Rio WF 4 Trout line. $200. Sold
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