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. Currently listed as item 140.
Anticipate the arrival of another 7612, 7011, and 201 from Jim and will likely continue to stock all three in addition to any new tapers that he develops that I'm taken with. After a long relationship with Jim, I only just noticed that all of his tips on every rod are book matched!! Something that T and T features as collector grade hallmarks; what Ron Kusse did always and what many other of the best builders in the country spout about!!! And for missing that, my apologies Jim.
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 stabelized 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, little used condition. $2550. Sold
140. Jim Downes 7612. New arrival from Jim. And stunning for execution; fabulous for its dry fly habit. For comprehensive description, see item 51. This one a variant for tipping. Same usual elegant green wraps but Jim chose to tip it in black. Smart looking but a bit more vibrant and the cap and ring seat is a beautiful crab apple burl -- truly elegant. I intend to carry both his 7011 and 7612 into the future. Jim has made many enthusiasts very happy with these two designs; this one, no exception. $1450. Sold, but will take orders for the model.
142. Jim Downes Payne 201/201H. 8', 3/2, 5 wt. Very popular in the Downes line- up and for performance as a late model 201; for appearance, in my proprietary colors. Jim modifies his 201 pattern to weigh out at 4 1/4 oz., slightly heavier than the original at 4 - 4 1/8 oz. The rod is a good double taper 5 wt and has made several customers very happy but I just revisited it on my lawn and although it has good 5DT qualifications it sings with an Orvis Hydros 6 wt. And for that a truly sensational casting rod. Brand new from Jim. $1450. Sold
143. Tom Maxwell Leonard 40DF-5. Serial number written in Tom's hand under the hook winding check wrap. All Maxwell features -- 6" cigar grip, tiger maple insert beneath blued cap and ring (shows minor absence of bluing), blonde cane, clear tan wraps with never before seen hunter green silks at the ferrule stations tipped blood red. Each section numbered 454 in Tom's hand, perfect varnish, swelled butt and just an absolutely elegant example from the hands of Tom Maxwell done before he started using the year inclusive with the serial numbers. Rod has a typical Catskill tip action dry fly flavor and is a perfect 5 wt. Leonard could always be depended on for their judgement of line weight and this rod is no exception to that rule. The rod is elegant; the rod is an incredible performer in the 8' class. This will go into my own battery of rods if not sold at asking price as I am shy on 8' spectacular rods. $2950. 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.
148. Payne 100. 7 1/2', 2/2, medium, yet crisp 4 wt rod. 5" cigar grip, cedar spacer under blued cap and ring reading "Sold by Von Lengerke and Antoine, Chicago. As near as I can figure, a 1940's rod in all original condition. Believe the tube label is a later addition (maybe from the Sisters, OR manufactory). Medium dark cane, red agate stripper guide, brown silks tipped gold, perfect fitting blued ferrules and original bag and tube with hang tag. Its hang tag reading 2 7/8 oz. is consistent with my own weighing of the rod. For some random roughness to isolated areas of the varnish, I sent the rod off to Steve Blake for a bit of TLC. He reports that he only polished the varnished a bit, waxed a few of the wrappings and added a light varnish finish to the Spanish Cedar filler. No over varnish or refinish took place. The rod has a lovely medium dry fly flavor but is decidedly a bit brighter in habit than most model 100's held by this purveyor. The rod is a near perfect example of the model given some honest but careful use. So excellent condition. $3200. Sold
169. Leon Hanson. 8' 6", 3/2, 3.2 oz. Hollow Built 4wt rod. Built in 2017, considered recent. 5 3/4" moderate half wells grip, stunning coin edged up ring reel seat with dark walnut filler and ever so delicate bakelite end cap, subtle clear wraps over abbreviated guide feet, micro ferrules, medium dark straw colored cane, spiral configured node spacing and turned blackwood or ebony ferrule plugs . Leon engraves his caps with full details and just presents one of the most beautiful rods by any maker today. Rod has a progressive yet brisk dry fly habit that although marked for a 4 wt (and Hanson is always about dead right about his line weight designation) I'm tempted to try a 5 wt line on the rod although since the rod is absolutely mint I don't dare lawn cast it. Leon's rods are in great demand with an ungodly wait time for one of the finest long, light line rods currently being built. $3100. Sold
173. Unbelievable find and a collector's dream. A late model Payne Banty. 4' 4", 2/2, all original rod with original bag and tube. Bag has a hanging grommet but is absent its tag. Rod is complete with ferrule plug, blued cap and ring over cork with a 5" "superfine" grip. Some bluing absent from the ring and minor absence of bluing to the cap marked Abercrombie and Fitch. Most enthusiasts use the rod with a 4 wt line but IMHO comes alive with a 5. This is not a toy but meant for very tight venues and quite able with a variety of flies and even a substantial fish. In excellent original condition and perhaps the most modestly priced Banty seen in the past 10-15 years. $3200. Offers?
175. Rarely coming to market, a Gus Nevros rod. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 wt. I've kept this rod for some years for its fabulous behaviour on the stream as well as for my close friendship with Gus who passed away several years ago while still making superb rods into his 90's. This progressive dry fly rod is a classic example of his work. 6" cigar grip accented with about 1/4" of amboyna to the top of the cork, amboyna insert under tasteful nickel silver cap and ring for 3/4 length of the seat. Has Gus' "N" engraved in a tiny brass cap to the bottom of the exposed wood below the wrap around cap -- a photo will aptly show this. Inscription reads August 1982 as well as his signature, length and a Greek symbol that has since lost its meaning to me. Gus, of course was of proud Greek decent. The cane work is structurally perfect; the satin finish exquisite. The detail expended on this rod is nothing short of monumental. Gus considered Everett Garrison a friend and shared many hours with Garrison as well. The rod is accented with a lovely turned ferrule plug, fully engraved acanthus motif tube cap and sports brown silks tipped orange and black. I've used this rod on the Farmington several times with immense satisfaction -- just a super casting rod and a fish fighting delight. Aside from very minor soiling of the grip, in excellent plus, plus condition. $1350. Sold
176. Payne 100. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 wt. Although marked Payne 101 by an earlier owner, for its actual weight and absent a hang tag, I've determined that it is indeed a late model 100 with a brisker than usual action than we generally expect from the model. With its up locking seat over Spanish Cedar, it weighs out at exactly 3 7/8 oz. placing it squarely at the upper end of the weight range as described in the catologues of its time. 6" reverse half wells grip (slightly ridged), Abercrombie die stamp, medium straw colored cane, brown silks tipped gold, turned ferrule plug and full label to its original tube. Has a decidedly brisk dry fly action for a 5 wt line and very reminiscent of the Catskill style. So a rare find in that it is not nearly as brutally stiff as a 101 and more brisk than a 100 -- a welcome variant. The rod has been expertly refinished by an unknown super competent craftsman. Perhaps the best restoration I've yet seen on a Payne and were it not for the honest use that the grip has received, it would have absolutely fooled this enthusiast. For its incredibly well done refinish and overall condition, a virtual steal at $2500. Sold
179. Payne 198. 7 1/2', 3/2, 3 1/4 oz. 5 wt. Rod has been beautifully refinished by Ron McKinley, a virtual master of the craft. I had this rod done by Ron many years ago so know full well of its structurally uncompromised condition. The rod comes back to me from a loyal client in little used condition since its remarkable refinish. 5" cigar grip (smooth but slightly soiled), blued cap and ring over Spanish Cedar, Payne logo inside the cartouche (thanks Marc), die stamp reads "Payne" only indicating purchase from the factory direct, lovely medium straw colored cane, red agate stripper guide, perfect ferrule fit and legible hang tag to the bag with the weight as listed dead matching its actual weight as measure by yours truly. Rod has a crisp yet light medium dry fly flavor in the tradition of the Catskill genre. An elegant rod that can be enjoyed with abandon since it has been resurrected. $3200.
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" wild browns are the expectation. Dry fly but can handle anything fastened to it its terminal end. Match item 190 in the reel section with this rod (or with rod number 195) for a perfectly balanced combination. That is the raised pillar Leonard reel. Just a super high grade rod at only $1250.
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.
191. Orvis Battenkill. 8', 2/2, 4 1/8 oz. 5wt. Serial number 58009. This is the lightest of the 8' models produced by Orvis and has a wonderful light but brisk dry fly action. Labeled as a 6 wt rod by Orvis, it defies that description. It is clearly a 5 wt rod; some enthusiasts employing it as a 4 DT. 6 1/2" cigar grip, medium dark cane, brown silks as expected, blued great fitting ferrules 100%, and down locking seat over satin walnut with more desirable independent ring affair. Cork shows very minor soiling but is otherwise uncompromised and all other aspects of the rod for structural and cosmetic integrity are perfect. Of course, original bag and fully labeled tube. A rare 8 footer from Orvis meant to deliver delicate presentations -- just a great light line rod in the rarely seen 8', 4 1/8 oz format. $775. Sold
195. Post - fire Leonard 40H. Just as item 189. 8', 2/2, 6/7 wt. This one serial number 2447 (1976) and in marginally better condition. Cleaner and smoother cork. All other aspects of the rod and condition identical to item 189. Either rod a virtual steal at their respective prices. This one $1350.
196. Thomas and Thomas Limestoner. 8', 2/2, 4 wt. Serial number 4389. 5 1/2" clean and smooth cigar grip, highly figured walnut insert with a couple of very minor, almost insignificant reel foot marks to the forward end, blued nickel silver cap and ring with the expected die stamp properly in place on the end cap, beautiful dark evenly executed flaming to the cane, prominent swelled butt, clear wraps delicately tipped auburn and book matched tips distinguishing the rod as T and T's "Collector Grade" variant. Dead straight, great ferrule fit and one of the most desirable tapers in the 8' range from this distinguished maker. Just a great light dry fly rod with the added feature of an 8' configuration often needed for distance and small to medium dries. Has often served enthusiasts as a super nymphing rod as well. With insignificant exceptions, about perfect condition. $1800. Sold
200. Scott SC, also made by Bernard Ramanouskas. This one the 6' 5" 3 wt. These rods are the quintessential most elegant rods on the market today and behave honorably as light dry fly rods. Photos will sell either rod; 199 or 200. Just spectacular for workmanship and absolutely elegant for behaviour. Again, very slightly soiled grip (perhaps lawn cast only). $1800. Sold
205. Pre-fire Leonard 76L. 8', 4 1/8 oz., 4 piece, 2 tip pack rod. This rare rod enjoys a 6" slightly soiled cigar grip giving way to an all cork reel seat that shows a few light impressions from the beautiful coin edged ring with proper pre-fire die stamp to the end cap, Chinese red silks all in fine order, moderately swelled butt, straw colored cane with 3 x 3 node pattern as expected, about perfect hang tag reading "#76L, 8 feet, 4 1/8 ounces, Stock" and bright perfect fitting ferrules. Amazing really for the age of the rod -- guessing early 60's or late 50's. The rod has a lovely medium action that will accommodate a range of fly sizes and serve as a splendid all around rod. Elegant, rare and in fine condition. Just the perfect travel rod from an era when workmanship was at its pinnacle; both structurally and cosmetically near perfect. $1600. Sold
206. San Francisco Winston. 8', 2/1, 4 oz., 5/6 wt. Its single tip is marked "2" suggesting the existence of a second absent tip. Hollow built rod from Winston, serial numbered 7344 sports a 5 1/2" wells grip (soiled but perfectly smooth and without issue), down locking seat with zebra wood filler (I think), tan silks double wrapped at the guide stations tagged burgundy as expected from the period, wrapped ferrules, straw colored cane, wedding cake configured bakelite winding check, and 3 x 3 node pattern. Unusual for Winston, this is a very dry fly rod rather than the usual medium action most characteristic of the marque. So, brisk dry fly with most activity in the upper reaches of the rod. Dead straight, has a tight ferrule fit and with exception noted, cosmetically and structurally perfect. Selling as a single tip Winston. $775. Sold
210. Thomas and Thomas Traditionalist. From the Individualist series. 8', 2/2, 4 1/8 oz. 5/6 wt . Serial number 4008. 6" reverse half wells grip (very minor almost not worth mentioning ridging ), highly figured varnished walnut seat sporting nickel silver, jewel-like up locking hardware with the requisite Thomas and Thomas dye stamp, rather evenly, handsomely flamed and varnished cane, translucent tan silks tipped cinnamon, blued perfect fitting ferrules, and book matched (mirrored) tips placing it in the collector grade for the company with a premium price tag. Rod has a full working, full bodied, progressive do everything habit. Just a great medium to big water rod with the Thomas and Thomas attention to detail appearance and structural integrity. These Thomas and Thomas rods just take your breath away for their visual character; for their incredible casting qualities. Currently undervalued on the secondary market and an opportunity for the classic bamboo enthusiast. $1750.
213. Don Schroeder 8 1/2', 5 1/8 oz. 2/2 , 5wt. Has a very comfortable 6 1/2" full wells grip, correctly die stamped down locking seat over figured walnut and is just a stunning piece of work from perhaps the most detail oriented maker of bamboo rods today. Workmanship above reproach. I've cast this rod before sending it out on approval to an old customer and friend and it is a superb casting rod and true 5 DT. Seems his collection of some 5 or 6 Schroeder rods doesn't require an 8 1/2', 2 piece. It balances nicely with a 3 3/8" Perfect or the 3 3/8" vintage St. George found in my reel section as item 201. Makes for a grand canoe rod in a lighter line weight than you would expect a rod of this genre to be. Minor handle soiling otherwise about perfect. Now with me and like all of Don's rods is stunning. One of his dark rods, this one with an owner requested deep wine silk treatment. Elegant and for his time at the bench and quality of workmanship, grossly undervalued on the secondary market. $1250.
215. An unbelievable piece of work from the hands of Troy Jacques of Thomas and Thomas. A 50th Anniversary rod from an edition of 10. This one number 3 in the series. 7 1/2', 2/2, medium brisk dry fly, 5 wt. To paraphrase the company's promotional advert (from their website), the rod pays homage to his mentors Tom Dorsey, Tom Maxwell and Tom Moran incorporating the best features and hallmarks of each craftsman from a historical and aesthetic perspective. Cane is a rich honey color, prominent swelled butt, forged hexagonal winding check, agate stripping guide, transparent silks tipped deep chocolate, half wells grip giving way to a cork seat sporting Moran's characteristic bamboo splines, hand engraved nickel silver cap and ring with gold inlay "50", machined ferrule plugs, ferrules blued and engraved and put up in a beautiful logoed sheep skin lined oval saddle leather case. The current price for this rod, if available, is $6500. The present offering, brand new, unused $4200. Sold
216. Walt Carpenter Browntone. 7'9", progressive dry fly 2/2 rod. 6" cigar grip, walnut insert under blued cap and ring with Walt's die stamp properly in place, glorious 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 opposite side noting its Browntone status, length and hard to read ferrule size (I believe). Having left Payne only a short time before, some say his best period. Mint unused. $3600. Sold
217. Payne 197. 7 1/2', 3/2, 4/5 wt. 5 1/2" cigar grip, cedar seat under blued cap and ring with proper Payne die stamp to the cap, elegant mahogany colored cane, blued ferrules (100%), java brown silks tipped gold, and machined ferrule plugs in place. Wonderful Catskill style dry fly action. Hang tag reads 3 1/4 oz but actual weight is 3 5/8 oz putting it at the upper end of the weight for a 197 (or 198)and making for a nice medium dry fly 5 wt rod. Put up in a kaki colored bag and original labeled Payne tube. Now for the interesting aspect of the piece -- several vintage labels to the tube. First, the traditional blue and silver Payne label, Second, Payne label reading "Payne Rod Company, Walter Carpenter, Manager, Highland Mills New York", Third, and even more interesting, and although seen before by this vendor, a red label reading " From E. F. Payne Rod Co. Inc. , Highland Mills, NY 10930". This label with a three line fill-in reads "Walt's Rod, 197H, #4-WF5 14/9 (assuming ferrule size), 1973". Also written to the label, extensive notes that read "Blanks by Jim Payne, all mountings are E.F. Payne Rod Co., W.E. Carpenter, Maker". This is a fabulous Payne rod assembled at some point by Walt Carpenter ca. 1973. About mint original condition. $4200 . Sold
220. Dickerson 7612. One of 29 of this model ever made by Lyle Dickerson. Built 1946. Cigar grip has some ridging, stripper guide was redone, and there is a 1/2" invisible over wrap wrap to one tip just below the tip top, otherwise in excellent condition. Am about certain, and after inspecting it with a 10x loop, the over wrap covers a minor hook dig. An opportunity for an enthusiast to own one of the rarest collectibles from one of the country's most renowned rod makers ever. Put up in its original bag and tube. $3800. Sold
221. Leonard Catskill 49-5. 6 3/4" smooth and soil free grip, up locking jewel-like coin edged turnbuckle with acorn cap over tiger maple morticed filler, blond cane, swelled butt, 3 x 3 node pattern, clear wraps with pale olive green at the ferrule stations and hallmark (for the Catskill), heavy wire snake guide as the stripper. Serial number 81180. As a Maxwell rod in every way from its appearance, Maxwell indicated tube but likely made shortly after Tom's departure from the company. A letter from Tom to administration dated Jan 5, 1981 indicates a departure date of Dec 2 of 1980. All Maxwell in every way, even the word "Catskill 49-5" seems to be in Maxwell's hand but the serial number probably applied by one of the girls in the finishing room and likely Donna Denaxas one of the last women at the company to wrap and finish rods. After the closing in 1985 Donna continued to wrap rods for several known makers formerly at Leonard; later on their own. The rod has a bright dry fly habit and appears unused. $2350. Sold
222. Orvis Battenkill. The desirable 8', 2/2, 5/6 wt. 4 1/4 oz. variant. Serial number 14905, so built 1953. Standard 6" cigar grip (cleaned with some very minor ridging), traditional chocolate silks, blued ferrules about 100% in tact, a super ferrule fit, dead straight, down locking seat with a few minor scratches on the barrel from a reel foot over patinated walnut, beautiful very dark cane and original high grade brass collared tube and original khaki colored bag. 69 years old; the integrity of the rod is amazing and a tribute to the Orvis quality control over the years . Built by George Reid and Calvin Skinner the rod has a medium fast dry fly habit with enough gumption to handle medium dries, weighted wets and even dropper rigs and substantial prey. A super small to medium water rod and somewhat more crisp than the later version of the model. Although the weight is not designated on the rod, owing to its vintage, the serial number represents it as a 4 1/4 oz. rod in the company records and is true to my own weighing of the rod on my critically accurate digital scale. Overall excellent condition with exceptions noted and as all Orvis rods, sadly undervalued on the secondary market. $575. Sold
223. Phillipson Peerless #63. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3.4 oz., 5 Wt., 6" cigar grip, copper toned down locking seat, inverted gold colored inverted funnel as a winding check, varnished (although reads impregnated as many of the rods from this period were), brown/tan silks, witness marks intelligently applied to the ferrules; has a crisp medium fast dry fly action. A superb rod from the 3M period, so post 1973. Purportedly made for Lew Jewett, head of the Leisure Time Products division of 3M. Original labeled tube and bag and in striking near new condition. Ferrule fit is grand, rod is dead straight and varnish over dark straw colored cane (showing resorcinol glue lines) is perfect. Just one of the finest production rods I've had in many years. $725. Sold
227. Leonard 39H. Post-fire rod with an interesting serial number of 1111! 7 1/2', 5 Wt., two piece, one tip rod. All cork cigar grip and seat measuring 9" in total, nickel silver cap (with proper die stamp) and ring with elegant coin edging, Chinese red silks indicative of the period, blonde cane, perfect ferrule fit, original bag with stiffener and black tube briefly used at the time. Has a classically dry fly 5 wt Catskill habit and is just elegant for fit and finish. A rare opportunity to own one of the most envied designed rods from the 1970's and in perfect fettle. Considering its one tip issue, whether designed or accidental, a virtual steal at $950.
228. Don Schroeder. 8', 3/2, 5/6WT. Serial number 59319 so presumably built 2019. 6" very comfortable half wells grip, down locking seat over highly figured morticed walnut with Don's hallmark die stamp in place, darkly flamed cane, red agate stripper guide, transparent tan silks tipped auburn or deep red, machined ferrule plugs in place in both butt and mid sections and with a medium dry fly rod habit. I used it once on the Housatonic River on a float trip and it served me well. But must be honest, characteristic of his rods, it sings with a DT6 line although rated by Don as a 5. Believe that is the only use that it has had and aside from very minor soiling of the grip imparted by yours truly, the only time it has seen water since emerging from Don's shop. I caught several trout on it with dries, nymphs and streamers so decidedly an all around rod from one of the best builder (albeit underappreciated) in the country. His attention to detail is amazing as is known by most enthusiasts of bamboo; structural integrity above reproach. Just a stunning "only rod you'll ever need" rod if you'll only own one. $1550.
229. Post fire Leonard 49H. 7 1/2', 3/2, 4 oz.,5 Wt. Serial number 2120, 5 1/2" cigar grip, down locking seat over choice butternut, with the proper die stamp to the cap, Chinese red silks, blond cane, 3 x 3 node pattern, proper yellow bag and fully labeled Midland Park tube. A rod likely made while Ted Simroe was managing the company and was head rod maker. Some slight soiling of the grip otherwise the rod is in perfect condition. Has a decidedly Catskill, dry fly character with most of the action in the upper reaches of the rod. Dead straight, great ferrule fit and for action, one of the the most perfect dry fly rods ever designed. $1750. Sold
230. Bob Taylor. 6' 9", 2/2, 3 wt. scripted 239-114. 5" cigar grip its size befitting the size and weight of the rod, nickel silver cap and ring of Bob's machining with die stamp in place over what appears to be butternut. Light cane, tan silks tagged crimson. The bottom tube cap has a crack in its side but in no danger (and am guessing easily replaced) of being separated from the tube. The rod has had some honorable use, but owing to Bob's incredible building skills, the rod is dead straight, ferrule fit is perfect and varnish and silks quite perfect. The 239 was Bob's designation for one of two models of light parabolic rods that he designed and produced in very limited numbers in the mid to late 80's. Thanks, Tim. 114 is, of course, the serial number. Another example of Bob's fine workmanship in a diminutive size. May be the finest 3 wt rod in its size range I've had the pleasure to inventory. Since the unfortunate fire that destroyed Bob's entire rod making shop, he will no longer be making rods. This offering, of one of his rarest models, represents a singular opportunity. In excellent condition modestly priced at $2100. Sold
231. Marc Aroner Spring Creek. 7 1/2', 3/2, 4 wt. 5 1/4" cigar grip, perfectly smooth and uncompromised, blued nickel silver cap and ring, just an elegant piece of exotic wood insert (appears to be a rather dark birds eye maple), medium dark straw colored cane, moss green silks tipped blood red, japanned perfect fitting ferrules, machined brass coined edge ferrule plugs to the mid and butt, and just the most perfect varnish work from any contemporary maker. Has very brisk dry fly flavor, a hallmark of Marc's work, and may tolerate a 5 wt line. Elegant as all of Marc's rods are, put up in his F E Thomas- like machined capped tube and proper bag. Aside from very minor cork handling, near mint. Pics will sell the rod. $3200. Sold
233. Jim Downes version of a Payne 98. 7', 2/2, 4 wt. Perfect for appearance, structural integrity and performance. 5 1/2" flor grade cigar grip, medium dark straw colored cane, walnut seat with blued cap and ring, Jim's die stamp in place, lime green silks (proprietary to yours truly) ever so delicately tipped black, agate stripper guide and blued perfect fitting ferrules. Rod has a crisp dry fly flavor for 4DT lines just as the late model Paynes. Another beautiful rod from Jim with performance standards to match. I've only had accolades from buyers of his rods -- never a disappointed enthusiast. Constant repeat acquisitions of his rods is the norm. New from Jim. $1450.
234. AJ Thramer Signature Series Hollow Built Dry Fly. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 Wt. Serial number S1110. Sports a very comfortable 6" half wells grip, blued nickel silver cap and ring over Amboina (?) with AJ's later die stamp in place, stunning evenly flamed cane with just a perfect varnish finish, absolutely perfect fitting blued ferrules, and gold toned silks handsomely tagged "Kelly Green". AJ surely outdistanced himself with this series of rods for performance, appearance and structural integrity. This is no DX! Rod enjoys a crisp dry fly action with lots of life but proudly dry fly. Minor soiling of the grip otherwise lightly used. While his rods are extraordinarily made; show mature craftsmanship are undervalued on the secondary market. An opportunity at $925. Sold
235. Post-fire Leonard 36H. 6', 2/2, 1 3/4 oz (actual), serial number 2834 so mid 70's Midland Park, NJ red wrap. 4 1/2" cigar grip, red silks, light straw colored cane, nickel silver coin edged cap and ring over butternut, correct post fire die stamp and just a perfect, tight ferrule fit. Only very light soiling of the grip, otherwise in perfect condition with original yellow bag with stiffener and labeled tube with serial number consistent with the serial number on the rod. This is a remarkable light dry fly 4 wt. rod so perfect for small flies and tight venues. Just a great rod in its size range. Rarely coming to market and seen on a competitor's site at $1950 and another at $2250. This perfect example, $1750. Sold
236. Just recieved from Jim Downes another fabulous model 7011. See item 88 for complete details. I have sold so many of this model along with his 7612, 5 wt that, honestly, I've lost track. They are amazing rods; made every buyer a devout follower. This one with a walnut insert and super handsome. 1450.
239. Another Tufts and Batson rod. This one 7'9", 3/2, 5 Wt. Rather dark or lightly flamed cane, slightly soiled 6" cigar grip, nickel silver cap and ring with the "Tufts and Batson" die stamp, red agate stripper guide, black silks preciously tipped a subtle orange, perfect fitting ferrules and sports the later machined aluminum ferrule plugs. The rod, as all of their rods is perfect for structural quality; perhaps the best finish work of any contemporary maker to date. Rod has a great medium, Catskill-like dry fly habit but quite suitable as "the only rod you'll ever need" -- an unlikely scenario! Just a perfect do everything rod with incredible attention to detail at its core. $1450.
240. Homer Jennings. 8', 2/2, 5 wt. although marked as a 4 wt. Serial number 688, made January, 2010. 6" tapered cigar grip a constant hallmark of his work, bright nickel silver cap and ring over a beautiful piece of olive wood, swelled butt, light cane, red agate stripper guide and custom delivered emerald green silks ever so delicately tipped blood red and truncated perfect fitting ferrules. Still with the rod is his signature bamboo ferrule plug. Rod has a super feeling firm semi parabolic action quite able for both dry fly or streamer work. The rod, for its behaviour, is perfect; for its finish work incredible. Put up in his stippled brown tube and tan bag with pull tab. Excellent condition. $1550. Sold
242. Orvis Midge. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 5/8oz. 11 ferrules, serial number 45812, 4/5 wt medium action rod and suitable for dries, nymphing or the occassional weighted small streamer bait. 6" cigar grip, down locking seat with independent ring over nicely figured walnut filler. Traditional brown silks, medium dark cane, dead straight with a great ferrule fit. Built 1987; carries the blue and silver label that is mostly legible. Excellent condition. $725. Sold
243. Leonard Mills Standard model 50DF. 8', 3/2, 4 1/4 oz. actual, 5 wt. Its very well preserved yellow hang tag to its green bag reads 4 1/8 oz. 5" cigar grip, pale cane, 3 x3 node pattern, yellow silks handsomely tagged black and aquamarine at the hook keeper and male ferrule stations, butternut spacer with the "Standard" aluminum down locking seat and coin edged turnbuckle, Mills Standard" die stamped to the end cap. This was the 50DF product from Mills and Sons during its ownership of the Leonard Co. The rod having a moderately swelled butt exhibits a lovely progressive dry fly action and could be the only rod you'll ever need as it services all manner of uses and flies. This is by far, the nicest Mills Standard that I have ever had. Perfect for cosmetic and structural integrity, ferrule fit, and packaging. Green bag with the perfect condition yellow hang tag to it, correct Peerless tube used by Mills at the time. Tag also reads No. 208, presumably an inventory number. I can't disperse more accolades about this rod as it is indeed the finest Mills Standard ever held in inventory by this purveyor. $1050.
244. AJ Thramer. From his Classic series of rods, a Hollow Built Dickerson 8013. 8', 2/2, 6" very slightly soiled reverse half wells grip, nice walnut spacer, down locking seat just as Dickerson's, red agate stripper guide, light perfectly varnished pre - embargo cane, brown silks tipped black, twisted hook keeper as Dickerson's and blued perfect fitting ferrules. The rod is dead straight, has a distinctly moderate dry fly flavor -- just as the original. I always thought it was rather remarkable that Alan was invariably able to get the taper of all of his Classic Series rods just right -- frankly, I believe he is the only maker who is spot on about 100% of the time for reproduction design. The rod is near new with his hanging tag to the bag describing all maker details. $975. Sold
245. Absolutely mint condition Orvis Wes Jordan 8', 2/2, 4 3/8 oz rod. Serial numbered 85757 with the original owner's name beautifully inscribed to the cane and factory initials to the end cap. Sports the right hand grip depressions, down locking seat over varnished walnut, the usual brown silks, blued tight fitting ferrules, "Wes Jordan" script and an [unusually] very good condition leather tube. The rod is happily marked for a 7 wt line (many are marked for an 8), can carry a 6 DT if you insist and is medium progessive dry fly. I've not had as fine an iteration of the series in a very long time. For its superb condition, $775. Sold
246. Post-fire Maxwell style 49-5 Leonard. 7 1/2', 3/2, 5 wt. 6" bespoke very comfortable reverse half wells grip, a lovely morticed butternut spacer, jewel-like uplocking seat with proper die stamp and acorn end cap, translucent tan silks tagged red over light colored cane, swelled butt and tight fitting sensibly witness marked ferrules. Serial numbered 81149 and although made up in Tom Maxwell's cosmetic style, was produced shortly after his separation from the company. Insignificant soiling of the grip; put up in the Maxwell style flat topped beautifully machined tube. With the finest tips has a distinct bright Catskill dry fly demeanor with most activity in the upper reaches of the rod. Appears lawn cast only. Modestly priced at $1750.
247. Gary Howells. Hollow Built, 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 1/4 oz.., 5 wt. Serial number 4704. 5 1/2" reverse half wells grip, all cork reel seat with aluminum knurled slidiing 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. $2500.
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 very good condition. $675.
171. Hardy Bougle Lightweight Agate III. 3" pillar to pillar, RHW, Charleston green frame, natural aluminum spool pear shaped perforations to the front and back, milky agate line guard and contoured ivorine handle. Made in England by House of Hardy inscribed in the round. Just a beautiful reel that you might want to keep on the shelf for its mint condition. However, makes a fine 3/4/5 wt reel. Comfortable on both bamboo and graphite and a perfect match for those lovely Hunter green Winston blanks. Mint condition with original case, paperwork, box and an addended entry from the Forum featuring an offering for the same reel at $850! Apparently, the only Bougle that Hardy ever made with an agate line guard as well. Here at what is seemingly a very fair price point. $675. Sold
172. Hardy 3 1/8" narrow spool Perfect. This reel from the most recent reissue features machined manufacture, agate line guard, ivorine handle charcoal gray anodized finish, writing in the round, Made in England and serial number die stamped to the foot, brass rim mounted full range drag adjust, incredibly smooth, and original box, beautiful soft leather black case and papers. The LH model retails for $1000. This reel with mounting mars to the foot ends is otherwise in perfect condition. A lovely traditional reel with fabulous new technology applied to its manufacture. Just a glorious 5 wt reel and for its weight, perfect for 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 bamboo 5 wt rods. Might tolerate a WF6F as well. Nearly new. $725. Sold
176. Charlton 8450C Configurable Reel. Serial number 8450-9798. Set for LHW, can be changed to RH retrieve with little effort. Outfitted with the most essential 5/6 spool. This, perhaps one of the most desirable reels in its class, is in mint unused condition with original case and unused high quality line. $1150.
177. Charlton 8450C Configurable Reel. Serial number 8450-9302. Aet for LHW. Has the essential 5/6 wt spool. Put up in its original case, box and facsimile letter from Jack Charlton with care instructions and conversion protocol. $1250.
188. 2 3/4" Bellinger Classic. This is the one with the solid black plates fore and aft with the front sporting the "dished" design feature, elegant nickel silver counter weighted S handle, polished aluminum rims and bezelled cross posts made from stainless steel. RHW but believe with a short visit with Bill Archuleta can be reversed. A nice 3/4 wt reel with that old world EVH flavor. Mounting mars to the foot barely detectable and minor irritations and light scratches to the rims from some use, otherwise, very good condition. $575.
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 RHW 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. Reduced.
197. Bogdan "00", LHW. Multiplier with the usual solid black side plates, gold frame, elegant "S" handle, with the correct die stamp to the side of the foot. 3 1/4" frame diameter, 1 5/32" spool, 8/9wt capacity, 10.4 oz. Although there are some in use marks and scratches to the edges and the rear plate and the drag adjust suffers the usual absence of black anodizing from handling, the reel is in very nice even good plus, plus condition. Strangely, the foot shows no evidence of having been mounted on a rod! Retrieve, drag and poachers adjustment are all perfectly smooth. All in all a very nice reel with some honest use. $1750. On Hold
199. Hardy JLH Ultralite, 2/3/4. 2 7/8", click and pawl reel. A super reel for 4 wt lines in spite of its 2/3/4 designation. Traditional gray color, put up in its original box with papers and the often missing proper sylvet bag. These bags alone often change hands for $35-$50! Just a lovely light reel for graphite or bamboo with a full range rear mounted handy drag adjust. LHW now but reversible. Perhaps one of the nicest reels ever produced by this distinguished company and made in England at the Alnwick manufactory. Mint condition. $250. 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, 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.
202. Peerless (Nashua made) Number 6 in LHW. 8/9/10 wt. Virtually impossible to acquire since Bob Corsetti discontinued his operation. The 6 is 3 1/2" in diameter; 2" overall width. This is the perfect spey reel and/or salmon reel. I believe the Peerless reel is the absolute best mechanically contemporary reel in the Bogdan genre available. The last retail price for the 6 was, I believe, $925. The reel is in mint condition except for a very tiny, almost undetectable tick to the rear frame edge. Has ample backing but believe it was never mounted. In its original made in New England logoed leather case. Just a superb reel in its class. It deserves pics. $725. 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#. Currently LHW but believe reversible. Star drag to the perforated front spool, black anodized finish, solid back plate, contoured rosewood handle, silent retrieve, subtle click drag mode. One of the finest big game reels still made in Ashland, OR but shrewdly bought by the Winston Rod Company in 2016. Expressed by observers as the finest combination of rod to reel enterprises yet seen. With unknown sinking line, and save about imperceptible mounting mars to the foot ends, perfect condition with original red and black neoprene case. A virtual steal at $225.
205. Orvis EXR Presentation II. STH reel made in Argentina expressly as the presentation reel for Orvis for a too short period of time. One of the most underappreciated, best functioning, nicest looking reels that Orvis ever contracted. Soft anodized black finish, contoured handle, counterweighted spool, perforated front and back plates and rim mounted drag knob a la Hardy Lightweights. The II is a perfect 4 Wt. reel with an amazing full range click drag that performs as a disc drag for its superb engineering. LH/RH capable. Now set for LHW. Those who know this reel understand its capability, structural integrity and cosmetic perfection. A fabulous reel for both graphite and bamboo rods. Minor mounting mars to the foot ends, spare spool (with an insignificant bump to a very localized spot on its rim). This is the more desirable version with palming ability. In its original Orvis case and pouch for its spare spool. $225. Sold
206. Seamaster Mark III Anti Reverse Dual Mode big game reel with the rare LHW protocol. Approximately 4" diameter, 1 1/4" spool width, "Seamaster" inscribed in black to the very accessible front mounted coin edged drag dial. Beautiful gold frame, gold drag adjust, black dual handles and black dished front plate and spool. This is likely a late model from Bob McChristian and considered by many enthusiasts the sine qua non of salt water big game reels. Holds 300 yds. of 30# test and up to WF12F lines. The drag system is as light as you can tolerate and train stopping tough at maximum tension. There is quite no other reel for Bonefish, Tarpon, Jacks, tackle busting Stripers and Bluefish in excess of 15 punds with the mechanical standards of the Dual Mode Seamaster. Just an amazing piece of engineering; a fabulously designed reel for cosmetics and detail. Mint condition (with backing applied) in its original heavy very protective case. Seen on other websites at 1500 to 2200. Here, mint at a very modest $1050. Was not too long ago these reels regularly sold for 1800-2200!!
208. Hardy Silent Check Husky Multiplier. 3 1/4" diam. , 1 1/2" overall width. Ridged brass foot, heavy nickel silver 2 screw line guard, easy change spool release, currently RHW but reversible, (instructions on U Tube). Very minor absence of finish near the handle -- about 1/4" worth, otherwise excellent plus condition with original blue/white case. Came to me with a WF9F line that I removed for its unpleasant discoloration. Holds the 9 wt line plus 200 yds. 20# test backing. Just a super traditional multiplier with a great non cork incredibly smooth disc drag ahead of its time for engineering. Part of the Lightweight series from Hardy likely 1970's manufacture. Quite a nice performing reel for salmon or other big fish and proud to be mounted on your favorite bamboo 9' 8/9 wt rod. I used this reel in Alaska some years ago with absolutely no failure with Silvers and Chums. A great undervalued reel in its size and performance range. $225.
209. Abel Big Game model No. 2. 3 1/4" diameter, 1 1/8" overall width, contoured ebony handle, perforated front plate, solid verso, serial number 3083, RHW, silent drag, distinctive smooth click retrieve and stunning black glossy unblemished anodized finish. Just a perfect 6/7 wt reel. This example comes to me in an exquisite mahogany presentation box form fitted for the reel with a green baize interior and elegant brass hinges and fittings. This was a conservation organization gift to the owner for honorable effort. Although complete on its own, I can provide an Abel neoprene case that might have accompanied the reel along with the custom box. Just a super elegant piece of angling culture in an eminently useable format. Mint unused condition. The reel specific box alone likely cost neighborhood $200 to produce. Selling the reel, fitted box, and useful neoprene Abel case (with compliments) for $425. Would make an extraordinary gift for a sport.
210. Orvis DXR 9/10 plus spare spool. Made by Lamson for Orvis one of the finest reasonably priced range of reels ever to be contracted by Orvis. LHW but convertible, black satin finish, blue DXR logo, Orvis back plate center disc, 11 position easily accessed detente disc drag adjust to the verso and put up in a lovely piggy back suede case for both reel and spool, compliments yours truly. Reel carries a FF9FS line in about unused condition; spool has backing only. Drag adjustment is full range from very light to train stopping tough and is a wonderful well priced, and I might add, underappreciated reel for money. Primary reel or back up to your Bogdan, Pate or Charlton. Excellent condition. $225.
211. Hardy Featherweight. From the Lightweight series of reels. 2 7/8" classic 4 wt reel. Now set for RHW easily convertible. This is the later single screw line guard model. Very minor wear to the edges, perfect functioning full range edge mounted drag, easy release spool, put up in an Orvis labeled flannel bag, and altogether in good tight condition. Some would say very good but know that my clients expect a more conservative opinion. $200. Sold
212. Another Hardy Featherweight. This one, an earlier model with the very desirable heavy nickel silver two screw line guard. Minor edge wear, otherwise nice condition. Also currently set for RHW and contained in an Orvis pull string bag. $225. Sold
213. Pflueger Supreme 1890 large capacity reel and spare spool. 3 1/4" diam., 1 1/4" spool. Gold anodized, now RHW. Easy release spool. Very smooth rear mounted knurled drag adjust. About mint condition with spare spool put up in a nice suede piggyback case (some owner labeling to the exterior) and ready to be used with 7/8/9 wt lines. Budget priced but a good performer for fresh or salt water. Back up reel or start up for the new enthusiast. $125 complete. Also have two 9 1/2', 2 piece graphite rods and long Orvis case that holds both rods and mounted reel that can be had for a combination price. One of the rods is an Orvis HLS 9 wt with removable 1 1/2" fighting butt; the other a High Modulus Classic for 7/8 wt lines. A nice package if you don't mind the two piece configuration. Both rods and carry tube in excellent condition. Will sell the entire package for 225 plus actual shipping cost.
214. Orvis CFO 123. 2 7/8 " diam. 2/3/4 wt. reel. Now LHW but of course convertible. "H" configured line guard, no rivets showing to the verso, and has the rocker (or see saw drag internals) indication of vintage unknown to me precisely. Hardy made. Came to me with a DT2F Cortland 444 peach so know that it holds a 2 with a good amount of backing but I think it is more preferably a 3 wt reel. Tiny bit of edgewear to the rear frame, hardly worth mentioning and an unexplained ding to the spool edge, otherwise in great condition with backing and original suede case. Pics will show the very minor ding. And for that, $225.
215. CFO III. 3" diam. Hardy made and a perfect 4/5 wt reel. "H" shaped line guard, rocker drag configuration to the internals and sans rivets to the exterior. A couple of random ticks to the edges otherwise about perfect condition with unknown peach line applied and original suede case. $325.
216. Orvis CFO IV. 3 1/4" diam., so a terrific 5/6 wt Hardy made reel. I use mine with DT5. Now set for LHW. Rocker drag internals, no external rivets showing to the verso. About perfect condition with unknown unused peach line. Put up in an Orvis case of later vintage. $350. Sold
217. Hardy Marquis LWT 6. 5/6 wt capable. This is a current model from Hardy, made in England and retailing for $395 plus on most retail sites. Weighs in at 4 1/4oz. with some backing to it. 3 1/4", beautiful patinated gray finish to the frame and spool with polished aluminum rim to the spool exterior. Has the traditional Hardy easy release 3 screw latch, and full range easy adjust drag to verso. Currently set for RHW but reversible. Has insignificant mounting mars to the foot otherwise the reel is in perfect condition with its original pouch. A virtual steal at $275.
219. From Fred Balling of the Perfection Reel Co. of Cornwall, CT. comes this raised pillar Beaverkill model. Measures a shy 3" from pillar to pillar and is the perfect 4/5 wt reel. Bench made reel by Fred entirely in Delrin with a 6061 aluminum footplate, shaft and click assembly of Admiralty Bronze, bright aspects nickel silver, counterbalanced handle, with vintage ebonite knob and a handy on/off click switch (presumably for poaching) and just a smooth as can be RHW reel. Appears as a Leonard Fairy reel in a larger size and according to Fred, was inspired by the William Slote reel served up by William Mills in the day. Fred is well known for his amazing reproductions of Edward Vom Hofe Perfectionists and Peerless reels even accurately replicating one of the only all nickel silver EVH's I've ever seen. Mint unused condition with paper work, signed by Fred, original hopsack bag and labeled box. When available from Fred the reel retails for $650. This one, pre owned, offered at $525.
220. Designed by Florida Guide Frank Catino, bonefish (?) reel. Sold by Orvis in the early 80's and were exceptionally popular particularly to a cult following of Catino's superb engineering skills. The reel measures 3 1/2" in diameter, has an anodized gold frame; black spool and gold accents. Serial number is 095, presumably the 95th reel built by Frank. Silent in both directions, RHW only, and has a rear mounted easy access drag knob activating a superb full range drag protocol. Just a super 8/9 wt reel and for its rarity, so collectible as well. Some isolated nicks to the edges of the rear frame. Has had honest but respectful use and is in mechanically perfect condition. Just a swell vintage reel, if you consider early 80's vintage, and way ahead of its time for performance and design. In its original Orvis case. $225 or BO.
221. Seamaster. Second generation Anti-Reverse Salmon model. 9.75oz., 3 1/2' diameter, shy 1" spool width, RHW, all anodized gold, black front mounted drag knob, black tapered handle, stainless steal bezelled pillars and domed back plate with polished aluminum center boss. Although absolutely mechanically perfect with an as new performing full range drag, the reel has recieved lots of honest use. Compromises include a very tiny chip in the forward foot corner, lots of rim wear and isolated scratches and nicks to the back and spool edges. This is not a shelf reel but needs to be put to work again by the new owner with abandon. A great performing reel and owing to its original design and engineering quality by the McChristians will last another lifetime. Currently spooled with clear WF8F line but can easily take 9 wt lines as well. Ask for pics as my description might be off putting to those who don't know my condition reports to be above reproach. $425.
222. Billy Pate Anti Reverse Bonefish reel introduced in 1976 by Ted Juracsik and still being sold in the same form today by numerous retailers. Serial number A652. 3 3/8" diameter, 1" spool width, 8.65 oz. and able to hold 8/9/10 lines. All black anodized finish, RHW, front mounted easy to access gold colored full range as powerful as you will ever need drag adjust, ergonomically shaped handle and mechanically smooth as new in both retrieve and drag mode. One tick and an extraordinarily minor abrasion to the back frame edge otherwise near perfect with unknown as new line and put up in its original case. $375.
223. Billy Pate Anti Reverse Tarpon by Ted Juracsik. Serial number R461. 13 oz., 3 3/4" diameter, 1 1/8" spool width and rated for 10-12 wt lines. With WF12F line, can hold 200 yds of 20# backing. Gold anodized frame, black perforated spool, gold toned convenient front mounted drag adjust, ergonomically formed handle, and black anodized foot. Just a super reel with some in use scratches to the rear plate and rear edge otherwise mechanically perfect and cosmetically good to near very good. Pics will tell the story. $350. Sold
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 or BO.
225. 3 1/8" narrow drum Uniqua. Ca. 1903-1921. Bone handle, horseshoe drum release, smooth brass foot, fixed perfectly set drag for RHW and amazingly tight as the day it left the manufactory over 100 years ago. Markings to the verso read "Made by Hardy Bros. Ltd., Alnwick, England, Duplicated Mark II" accompanied by its patent numbers and inscribed surrounding the center boss to the verso "The Uniqua Fly Reel". The coolest part of this offering is that it is held in its original card box in about perfect condition with its original detailed label to it. The box alone, a collector's prize. With about 30% bluing intact the reel is mechanically perfect and ready for another 100 years' use! $350.
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