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. Just got another from Jim. So, available. Very popular model.
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 bookmatched!! 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, apologies Jim.
57. Jim Downes Quad. 8', 3/2, 5/6wt. Previously sold rod back to me in a welcome trade is this stunning rod from Jim Downes. 6" cigar grip, nickel silver cap and ring over figured rather dark maple, Jim's die stamp in place on the lovely machined end cap, blonde cane, pale red agate stripper guide, forged winding check, and an absolutely beautiful finish a la Tom Maxwell -- transparent tan silks neatly tipped crimson. Rod has a brisk full bodied medium dry fly action. This rod is truly a work of art for appearance; a casting machine for performance. Jim is quickly being considered one of the pre-eminent builders of our time having worked closely with both Walt Carpenter and George Maurer gleaning the best of their design and cosmetic offerings for his own work. His attention to detail above reproach. Mint unused condition. $1450. Sold
68. Orvis Battenkill. 7', 2/1, serial number 69029 (1973), 3 3/8oz. 5 wt. Hex capped original gray tube, fully legible labeled as a two tip rod; original green bag. Sadly, the second tip lost along the way. 6" cigar grip, down locking seat with independent ring and unmarred varnished walnut filler. And for its period unusually dark cane. Rod has a very likeable brisk dry fly action with enough backbone to handle formidable prey in small water; tight venues. With exception noted, an excellent condition rod in a desirable size at the price of plastic. $425. Sold
70. Orvis Deluxe. 6 1/2', 2/2, Serial number 35698 (1963), 5/6 wt. 4" Superfine grip giving way to an all cork seat with dual rings and the usual aluminum button to the flared seat terminus. A great little small stream rod capable of throwing small to medium size dries, nymphs and can tolerate weighted wets as well. A small rod with lots of backbone that I would describe as medium dry fly and somewhat parabolic in habit. Dark cane, brown silks, perfect fitting ferrules with about 90% bluing and original bag and tube with fully legible blue label. Aside from very minor ridging of the cork; no reel seat impressions to the seat in fine condition. This rod often sold as a 4/5 wt in the interest of marketing, really sings with a 6 wt line. While the tendency for both dealers and enthusiasts to envision a 6 1/2 footer as a 4 or 5 wt is ubiquitous. Respect it as a 6 wt. and it will be a casting epiphany. Just a great rod if properly used. For its ever so slight ridging of the cork grip, $575. Sold
82. Tufts and Batson. 7 1/2', 3/2, 5 wt. Absolutely stunning piece of work from Amelia Tufts and Gabe Batson. Having apprenticed under the vigilance of Daryll Whitehead and later a stint with Bellinger, this extraordinary pair have raised the art of building bamboo to heady levels. 6" moderate cigar grip, blackwood insert under nickel silver cap and ring, correct dye stamp in place, medium straw colored cane with a 3 x 3 node pattern, glorious black silks smartly tipped orange, turned ferrule plugs, elegant nickel silver "wedding cake" configured winding check and red agate stripper guide. Varnish is beyond perfect, ferrule fit is amazing and up to the Jordan-Mills almost irritating standards, and the action is just amazing for its medium dry fly habit. One sliding ring mark to the back of the most elegant insert, not even worth mentioning, otherwise as new. The current pricing for their rods is in excess of $2400, maybe even more than $2500 for the 3 piece format. Great images on their website but glad to send pics. Here, in absolutely perfect condition, $1550.
88. Jim Downes. 7', 2/2, 7011, 4wt. Another great example of of work from Jim Downes. 5 1/2" flor grade cigar grip, blued cap and ring over stabilized exotic wood insert, 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 coming soon from Jim.
89. JD Wagner Signature series Pent. 7' 3", 2/2, 4/5 wt. Labeled "Penta Number One" model 273 FSP 4-5 wt. and of course Jeff's signature properly in place. Rod sports a minimally reverse wells grip, nickel silver up locking screw seat over highly figured cherry (?) insert, sterling silver winding check, exclusive rope braid sterling silver hook keeper, glorious darkly flamed cane, transparent brown silks ever so delicately tipped black and red agate stripper guide. While I'm not certain what Jeff's price on a Pent is, his Signature rods retail for 2295. This rod has a decidedly dry fly parabolic action. Jeff is quite a fan of the Young tapers and this is classically in the category. Put up in his Signature bag and black powder coat tube with full gold label in tact. Only very slight soiling of the grip otherwise in perfect condition -- excellent plus, plus, plus. $1450.
91. Another beautiful rod from Homer Jennings. This, a 7', 2/2, 4wt. Serial number 565, so 2004 build. 6" cigar grip, bright nickel silver cap and ring over his hallmark olive wood spacer, forged hex winding check, prominently swelled butt, blonde cane, transparent tan silks delicately tipped deep brown, perfect fitting truncated ferrules and bamboo ferrule plug still in place. Finish is impeccable. The rod is in its original bag and his later brown stippled tube with heavy brass collar and cap. The rod has a fabulous dry fly Catskill style action and just a super pleasure to cast. Homer's rods are arguably among the top tier of American rod makers but are inconceivably moderately priced. For minimal cork soiling, seems to have been lawn cast only. $1550.
97. Don Schroeder. 8', 2/2, 6/7 wt. Graded by Don as a 6 wt. Serial number 21999. Beautiful dark rod from Don with all of his hallmark attention- to-detail elements. 6 1/4" reverse half wells grip , uplocking screw seat over what I believe to be a morticed cherry wood insert (a bit unusual for Don), die stamp in place on the turnbuckle, nicely machined coin edged winding check, brown silks smartly tipped black and perfect fitting blued ferrules. The rod has a strong, distinctly dry fly flavor and aside from some soiling of the grip, in excellent condition. Dead straight, great ferrule fit, perfect varnish. Just another super rod from the master of cosmetic and structural consistency, Don Schroeder. $975. Sold
99. Payne 98. 7', 2/2, 3 oz., 4 wt. Late model. Elegantly restored by John Bradford perhaps one of the best restorationists in the US until his passing some years ago. Original bag and tube. 5" cigar grip, blued cap and ring over Spanish Cedar filler, brown silks tipped yellow, Payne die stamp in place sans retailer's logo on the cap. Although a fabulous refinish, John chose a brown that is somewhat lighter in color than the original chocolate, otherwise about perfect restored condition. A significant note here is that there is a guarantee of all original sections as John categorically would refuse to make replacement sections for any rod that he had the good fortune to restore. This is rather common knowledge among enthusiasts so feel confident that the rod is completely original aside from the deft hand work of John Bradford. Another interesting note, and a very rare occurrence, is that there is on the bag a William Rosgen ink stamp indicating that it was brokered or sold by that CT retailer notable for retailing Carlson rods and other well known individual maker's work very likely in the 50's and early 60's. This Purveyor has never seen this imprimatur to a Payne rod bag. Rod is dead straight, has a great ferrule fit and begs the new owner to use it on small streams; small to medium flies. Has the back bone to seduce most trout to several pounds as well. $2450. Reduced
100. Post fire Leonard 38. 7', 2/2, 3 1/8 oz., 4 wt. Serial number 3229 so Ted Simroe, Midland Park, NJ era rod. 5 1/2" cigar grip, down locking screw seat over butternut with nickel silver cap clearly marked with the Leonard die stamp for the period. Tan silks , tipped auburn, light straw colored cane, ferrule plug in place and original bag and tube with the completely detailed hallmark red label. Just a beautiful light dry fly 4 weight rod in the Catskill tradition. Elegant casting habit, perfect finish; perfect structural condition and ready to be fished for many years to come. Aside from very minor almost insignificant in- use soiling of the cork, excellent condition. $1350. Sold
103. Orvis Battenkill. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5/6 wt in the ubiquitous 3 7/8oz format. Serial number 39830, so built in 1965. 6" all smooth and cleaned by yours truly, down locking seat over satin walnut with a few unexplainable mars to the wood filler, rather dark cane, absence of bluing to the excellent fitting ferrules and winding check and a medium yet full bodied dry fly action typical of the model. Straight as an arrow, structurally perfect; cosmetically good. Original bag and tube absent most of its label. Nicely priced at $575.
104. Ted Simroe 2805. 8', 2/2, 5 wt. Serial number 719 and originally made up for yours truly in my proprietary tan, monochromatic silk colors, all cork grip and seat with delicate cap and ring. Grip has slight soiling showing very little use. As all of Ted's rods it is dead straight has a marvelous varnish finish and attention to detail in a very straightforward rod is just superb. 3 x 3 node pattern as a Leonard and has a great Catskill like dry fly habit without being tippy. For Ted's history, production standards and prolific and uncompromised workmanship highly undervalued. His are often my go to rods in the 7 1/2 and 8 foot 5 wt range. They are truly a pleasure to cast and will still be your friend at the end of the day. Elegant and well behaved in every way. Perhaps the one rod to own......you know the rest! Save its slightly soiled grip, near perfect condition in its original bag and Leonard like tube. $1375. Sold
A Fine Selection of AJ Thramer Rods
107. From his Classic Taper Series, a Payne 98. 7', 2/2, 4 wt. For behaviour and appearance just as a late model Payne 98. 5 1/2" cigar grip, blued cap and ring over cedar insert, evenly toned straw colored cane, brown silks traditionally tipped yellow and an absolutely perfect varnish finish. A brisk dry fly 4 wt that replicates the 98 from the last period. As new. $950. Sold
108. Garrison type 209E. Again a CTS rod. 7' 9", 2/2, 5/6 wt. Made up precisely as a Garrison -- 6" cigar grip, 2/3 walnut insert, cap and properly knurled and swaged ring, clear silks over light cane; chocolate brown at the ferrule stations and winding check. Minor soiling of the grip, otherwise a super bright progressive dry fly rod and absolutely as a Garrison 209E. AJ has a unique talent for replicating traditional/classic tapers like no other practitioner. Excellent condition. $850. Sold
109. Leonard 39. 7 1/2', 2/2, 4/5 wt. Made up as a Leonard from the late 70's with red silks, 6" cigar grip, butternut insert, delicate bright cap and ring, pale cane, proper black guides and, of course, Thramer's enviable flawless varnish finish. Rod enjoys a lovely but easy dry fly Catskill habit. Can deliver the most delicate of presentations while having the ability to handle substantial prey. Slight soiling of the grip and a few mars to the seat insert otherwise excellent condition and put up in what appears to be a Leonard tube. $825.
110. Payne 197. 7 1/2', 3/2, Hollowbuilt , 4/5 wt. Again from his Classic Taper Series of rods and again made up as a Payne. 5 1/2" cigar grip, blued cap and ring, brown silks tipped yellow, red agate stripper guide, rather dark yet evenly toned cane,blued perfect fitting ferrules. For its hollow build, a bit brighter than the original 197 and to my mind more appropriately distinguished as a 198. Has a bright, progressive dry fly flavor and could be a lovely all around rod with enough delicacy to present the smallest flies; enough backbone to throw streamers and wets with fervor. Slight soiling of the grip otherwise excellent. I believe AJ's hollow built rods are quite amazing. $1050. Sold
In the pantheon of modern builders AJ has perhaps been one of the most prolific, unquestionably talented yet overlooked, undervalued personalities. His production habits in spite of his exhaustive efforts always remained perfect for structural competence, cosmetics and most of all for his sense of tapers whether with his Classic Series or his proprietary tapers and most particularly with his hollow built work.
112. Dickerson 761510 RB (Ray Bergman). One of only 73 ever made according to the Dickerson ledger and unknown number still in whole condition. 7 1/2', 3/2, 5 wt casting machine. Every Dickerson hallmark in place; all in excellent original condition. Pics upon request or alternatively can be seen on one of my competitor's websites. You can hazard a guess -- perhaps the foremost Dickerson/Young purveyor of our time! This rod is completely uncompromised and in truly excellent condition. $5200. Sold
115. Jenkins GA79. 7'9", 2/2, 4oz., 5 wt. A late Steve rod. 6" cigar grip, satin finished morticed cherry wood insert, nickel silver machined cap and ring sporting coin edged finish each accented by a pair of parallel concentric circular hallmark channels, the seat highlighted by a simple yet elegant spacer to cork check. The light cane wound in clear silks, tagged auburn at the ferrule stations only add to the straightforward yet elegant overall look of Steve's oevre. I like to compare Steve's work to that of Ted Simroe -- handsome, structurally perfect, some would say unglamourous but perfect in every way. 3 x 3 node pattern, perfect seam and planing protocol, perfect ferrule fit and most of all a perfect Garrison-like progressive dry fly action. Perhaps the one rod to own if you'll own only one bamboo rod. It's length and line weight the perfect combination of a do everything instrument. Having sold a great many of Steve and Charlie's rods over the years I continue to get accolades about their work years later and well after I've forgotten specific sales. His followers are devout. This rod put up in Steve's later green stippled tube with gold label "Since 1960" indicating the beginning of the work from Charlie to Charlie and Steve and Steve subsequent to Dad's passing. The rod is in about perfect condition and elegant in its virtual simplicity. $1450. Sold
120. Art Weiler Garrison type. 6 1/2", 2/2, 2 1/4oz., 3/4 wt. After the Garrison 193 and an improvement on the original for behaviour. 5" Garrison grip, all cork seat with swaged and checkered machined sliding band, straw colored perfectly varnished cane, clear wraps with chocolate brown at the winding check and ferrule stations. Ferrule plug still here. As a Garrison, a sweet, progressive dry fly action for restricted venues, small flies and small to medium prey. For its decidedly vigorous backbone can handle a surprise as well. All smooth but somewhat soiled cork, otherwise excellent condition in his earlier Leonard tube with full label. From one of the most prolific builders in the Garrison tradition, Art Weiler (Heritage Rods), NJ (1989), perhaps most desirable period. Comfortably priced at $675. Sold
123. Bob Summers 275 Deluxe. 2/2, 4/5 wt. Cigar grip (lightly soiled), dual ring seat over cork with walnut accents fore and aft and lovely dark cane perfectly varnished, sporting brown silks with black tipping a hallmark of his Deluxe version. One of the best rods in its format on the market today from any current maker. The rod's reputation for performance precedes it. Accompanied by Bob's instruction for care and assembly with some random notes to it in Bob's hand. $2700.
124. Ted Simroe. Model 2765, so 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 wt. This is an unfished rod made up in proprietary colors exclusive to yours truly -- translucent tan over straw colored cane very much in tune with the pre-fire look. Moderate 5 1/2" reverse half wells grip and up locking Struble U1 reel seat with bubinga filler ala Payne. Medium dry fly rod in the Catskill tradition and to quote myself often enough, the one rod to own if you'll only own one rod in your lifetime -- not likely! This is an elegant casting rod as all of Ted's rods are and will still be your friend at the end of a hard day's fishing. Just a super rod from one of the best and most prolific rod makers ever and I might add, seriously uncelebrated for both his history and quality of workmanship. $1550. Sold
125. Post Fire Leonard 39H. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 7/8 OZ. medium dry fly rod. Unlike many Leonard rods this model is a bit more progressive easily lending itself to dry fly work, nymphing or wet fly use. A spectacular all around rod without that extreme Catskill tip action flavor. Very slightlysoiled 5 1/2" cigar grip, down locking seat over butternut, cardinal red wraps usually indicating early 70's vintage and likely made by Ted Simroe. Serial number 1838. Has a lovely swelled butt, straw colored perfectly varnished cane and just a very fine example of the era. Has fully legible label to the tube and although marked for a 6 wt line most enthusiasts use it with DT5. So excellent plus condition still sporting the original coin edged ferrule plug, so often lost over time. $1550.
129. Linnea Rod (Eric Peterson). Model 845-2, So, 8'4", 2/2, 5 wt. Built Jan. 2009 and so beautifully embroidered on the bag and of course labeled on the tube along with Eric's signature. Slightly soiled 6 1/4" full wells grip, blued cap and ring seat over walnut, straw colored perfectly varnished cane, clear silks delicately tagged auburn and blued perfect fitting ferrules. Just a glorious rod; its semi- parabolic action a sweet mimicry of the Paul Young Para 15 but lighter for line weight and actual weight. At 3 5/8 oz believe it to be hollow built. Just a beautiful rod and a casting machine with DT5 line. Aside from slight grip soiling that can be cleaned by the next lucky owner, excellent plus condition. Every Linnea hallmark in place on this fine example of the marque. Peterson's rods, much in demand, rarely come to market as their owners fervently covet them. $1900. Sold
132. Walt Carpenter. 8 1/2', 3/2, 5 wt. This rod built in 2005 to quote Walt (with whom I spoke to about it at length) was designed as a bespoke "Prototype for action" model and is so inscribed on the butt section along with his personal notes about the tapers for the butt, mid and tip sections. Rod sports a 6 1/2" wells grip, perfect for comfort and size of the rod, cap and ring seat over choice butternut, blond cane, golden/tan silks, milky agate stripper guide and bright perfect fitting ferrules. For action it is medium dry fly and somewhat semi parabolic. Feels like a Payne 204 L-H in my hands. About perfect condition with a complete Huntington Mills label to the tube indicating all that I've stated as well as his signature. A beautiful medium to big water/canoe rod that will eagerly present small to large dries and handle bead head wets and nymphs with equal aplomb. About perfect condition and an opportunity to own a Carpenter at a very reasonable $2500. Reduced
134. Payne 204. 8 1/2', 3/2, 4 5/8 oz., 5 wt. Perfectly refinished by Don Schroeder with brown silks tipped black, 5 1/2" cigar grip with 1/4" corks, walnut seat under blued cap and ring, orange/brown agate stripper guide, blued perfect fitting ferrules, and original bag and tube. Rod has a distinctly dry fly habit unlike some of its semi parabolic cousins and is just a perfect 5 wt. rod where longer reaches are the norm. Rod sports the rather rare "Sold by Folsom Arms Co" die stamp and is owner marked on the tube "1920 and Grant Curtis, original owner". I must say in spite of the 1920 notation, does not appear that old at all. Rod is absolutely dead straight and is structurally perfect with no replaced sections. I can say with 100% certainty that under the very fine refinish is an all original rod as I had it done by Don some years ago and it was not in need of replacement sections. $2100. On Hold
136. Another Aroner Hunt. 8', 2/2, 4 wt. This one made up in what is most usually applied to his Spring Creek colors of moss green with delicate blood red tipping. 6" reverse half wells grip (a la Payne), up locking die stamped black anodized seat hardware over what appears to be an elegant piece of amboina or bubinga wood insert. Marc's die stamp also appears on his tube collar. A very neat feature of his later rods. Although marked and designed by Marc as a 4 wt., I loved it lawn casting a 5 DT. Just a spectacular rod in mint unused condition. $3200. Sold
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 soiliing of the cork, otherwise perfect, little used condition. $2550. Sold
140. Jim Downes 7612. As Item 51. New arrival from Jim. And stunning for execution; fabulous for its dry fly habit. For comprehensive description, see item 51. $1350.
142. Jim Downes Payne 201. 8', 3/2, 5 wt. Arriving soon. Very popular in the Downes line up and for performance as a late model 201; for appearance, in my proprietary colors. OK, just got it in. 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.
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
144. John Gallas Specialty "P-87". 7'3", 2/2, 4 wt. (can throw a 5 with aplomb). Built in 1994. 6" cigar grip, jewel-like uplocking machined screw seat with matching cork to filler check over morticed light colored walnut, medium straw colored blanks, red wraps tastefully tipped black, blued perfect fitting ferrules, and John's hallmark signature and serial number in place. The rod's action is progressive and believe the "P" indicates John's notion of parabolic. Not unlike some of the Paul Young rods that this merchant has handled, it is in fact semi parabolic and full bodied rather than the parabolic style of the Ritz or Pezon et Michel fully parabolic rods. A great casting machine in perfect condition. $1475.
145. Orvis Battenkill. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 3/4oz. 5/6 wt. Marginally lighter than the usual 3 7/8oz rod. and a build anomaly for the marque. Serial number 31115, so built 1961. All Orvis hallmarks in place -- 6" cigar grip, down locking seat over patinated walnut, brown silks over medium dark cane, blued perfect fitting ferrules, full bodied, full working progressive action typical of the model and just the perfect all around rod for both dry fly and streamer work. Can competently carry weighted nymphs and streamers as well. The ubiquitous Orvis standard for all around use and by far the most popular model from this honorable company. Excellent plus condition with original bag and well marked blue label with the usual first owner's name inscribed to the cane. Kind of cool for its unusual weight that is shy by 1/8oz from the standard !! $725. Sold
146. Payne 98. 7', 2/2, 4/5 wt. 1960's vintage (still from Jim's hands) and in remarkable believe all original condition. 5 1/2" cigar grip in perfect fettle, blued cap and ring over cedar with the "Made For" die stamp to the end cap, perfect varnish over straw colored cane, brown silks tipped gold as expected perfect fitting blued ferrules and all original bag and tube sans hang tag and turned ferrule plug still with the butt section. Rod has a bright dry fly action and just a pleasure to cast. The finish is so perfect that I have been somewhat reluctant to declare it to be original but considering it is from the 60's, a late model, the cork is near perfect, the seat is without blemish, silks are typically varnish starved and bluing typical of Payne's work is about 100% I'm pretty confident in my estimation of its originality. For the equivocation, priced at a reasonable $4200. 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". Replacment 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. $4400.
148. Payne 100. 7 1/2', 2/2, very medium 4 wt rod. 5" cigar grip, walnut 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. Generally excellent condition with a very few ticks, abrasions and some very minor allegation at the base of the butt section in line with the hook keeper. Perhaps evidence of line slap when using the hook keeper. All in all the rod is in great all original condition. The flat showing some roughness near the hook keeper easily polished out. So the rod is in very nice original condition with little or no work necessary to make it perfect. Truly a rare find and just a fabulous 7 1/2' 4 wt. rod from the maker that all other builders envy, copy and otherwise emulate. $4700.
149. Ron Kusse. 7 1/2', blonde, 2/2, 3 5/8 oz. (although Ron's tag reads 3 3/4 oz.), a blessing when it comes to the Kusse rod that is almost always very fast. This rod is a slam dunk quick 5 wt and sports a 5 3/4" cigar grip, burled maple insert under cap and ring die stamped identification, routed to the cork in step-up fashion and without seat to cork check -- very cool really and a hallmark of the Kusse rod copied prolifically by other makers throughout the community of rod builders. Has a prominent swelled butt, clear tan silks, blued perfect fitting ferrules, original bag with tag describing its 1992 build and his hallmark all brass tube die stamped at the cap . Ron's work has been recognized as some of the most elegant in the rod building community; he was featured in the June 22, 1987 issue of the New Yorker magazine as one of America's best craftsmen. The article runs for 10 pages extolling his workmanship, history and position in the craft world of the time. This rod, in excellent condition, undervalued at $1500. Sold
150. Post-fire Leonard model 41. 8 1/2', 2/2, 6/7 wt rod. From the Midland Park, NJ period, wrapped red, blonde cane, 7" cigar grip, down locking seat over butternut with properly die stamped nickel silver cap for the period. Just a fabulous medium dry fly rod in the Catskill tradition with much of its performance activity in its upper reaches. Very slight soiling of the cork otherwise in excellent plus, plus condition with original bag with stiffener and labeled tube. This rod begs to be fished on the Delaware main branch or other medium to large water and would make a superb canoe rod. Think, Delaware, Housatonic, Madison, Yellowstone.... Just a super casting 6 wt rod with power, delicacy and reach when needed. $1350.
153. Orvis Deluxe. 7 1/2", 2/2, 3 1/8 oz (although marked 2 7/8 on the tube)., 5/6 wt. Serial number 25032, so built 1958. Correct tube as the serial number on rod and tube match. 5 " Superfine grip, all cork dual ring seat, dark cane, brown silks, blued perfect fitting ferrules and put up in the gold tube for the year and "Christmas" plaid bag. Crossed rods and 1894 reel label about fully legible. Aside from minor impressions in the reel seat from mounting with the dual rings, excellent plus condition. $72
156. Charlie/Steve Jenkins GA75-86. 7 1/2', 2/2, 5 wt. 6" cigar (Garrison-like) grip, cherry wood filler, and notably Charlie cap and ring hardware. Has the very desirable jeweler engraved "The Jenkins Rod" to the end cap, brown silks tipped yellow, blued ferrules and medium straw colored cane. This is a brand new unused rod from the Jenkins duo with plastic (Saran) wrap to the grip. Ferrules a bit tight as was Charlie's wont and might need a little dressing. Just a fantastic dry fly rod based on the Garrison tapers as interpreted and rendered by Charlie. So progressive action in a dry fly rod; perhaps the only rod you'll ever need for small to medium size water and a range of fly sizes. The Jenkins work is highly undervalued for quality of workmanship, history and performance. This GA-75, the most desirable of the Jenkins range of rods. $1550.
157. Jim Downes 7011. Stunning. See item 88 for a full description. 1450.
158. Genesee Valley Rod (Joe Perrigo). 8', 2/2, 5 wt. Serial number OP2531 (for those of you who might know his sequencing). Slightly soiled 6" healthy cigar grip, blued cap and ring seat over a beautiful piece of burled morticed maple, flamed cane with lovely golden nodes prominent, orange/red agate stripper guide, brown perfectly executed silks tipped black and blued perfect fitting ferrules. Rod has a full bodied medium dry fly habit for 5 wt lines. Elegant for appearance; fabulous for line delivery. You've heard me say it before but truly the only rod you'll ever need if you were to own only one rod. Just a great medium water rod with backbone and delicacy for its ever so fine tips. Sadly, Joe no longer makes rods but while he was, they were in such demand that he could not keep up and rods were selling at a premium. Now highly desirable for their rarity and incredible attention to detail quality. $1050.
159. Carlson Four by Dana Gray. 8', 3/2, 5wt. Perfect condition. 3rd rod of 2011. Need I say more? $3700. Sold
160. Don Schroeder. 8 1/2', 2/2, 6 wt Browntone. Stunning rod by one of the country's best makers. 6 1/2" reverse half wells grip, up locking seat with Don's die stamp properly in place with a beautiful piece of figured and morticed walnut insert. Elegant dark cane, translucent tan silks handsomely tipped auburn, perfect fitting ferrules and just an exquisite -- no, perfect -- varnish treatment. Don's rods for consistency of production are absolutely above reproach. In my 28 years of trading in bamboo I've never seen a Schroeder rod that had any production issues -- not ever! This rod Don declares a 6 wt and it may carry a DT6 but I prefer it with a 7. Just a super canoe or big water rod. Take it to the Delaware or anywhere else where your prey will be substantial. A very few minor ticks in the varnish just above the signature wrap. Considering the near perfect condition of the rod overall, unexplainable. Photos may not even give evidence to them. Just a fabulous rod from one of the country's premier builders. Rod has a full bodied semi-parabolic feel putting one in mind of a very smooth Para 15 for action. Elegant for production quality and long line delivery. Although we understand that these big rods are difficult to move, I am still unsettled offering it at $975. Sold
161. By far one of the nicest quads ever seen by this enthusiast -- a C and H 8', 2/2, 4 oz. hollow built rod by two members of the Golden Gate Casting Club. Tommy Chin and Rouel Herico have been making rods together for a good part of 20 years, selectively doling them out to friends and special clients. They are known in the world of quadrate enthusiasts as some of the finest rods ever to appear and their offerings on the secondary market are incredibly rare as owners almost never give them up. The rod is an absolute delight in the hand enjoying a smooth dry fly semi-parabolic feel. 6" wells grip topped off with a lovely and tasteful hardwood cap to the cork below the bent wire hook keeper, blued cap and ring neatly matching the hardwood accent to the top of the flared grip, perfectly applied chocolate brown silks tipped black, agate stripper guide, blued perfect fitting ferrules (with turned amboina ferrule plug) forged to meet the quadrate configuration of the bamboo, and just the most elegant varnish job you can imagine. Inscription on the rod reads "8'-0, 4 oz., No 72457" indicating the date of birth of the first owner. Google C and H for accolades. The pair of rod makers well known to serious enthusiasts of the quadrate idiom have a 3 year waiting list for their work and when seen on the after market are quickly bought up in excess of $1200. This one near new, $1050. Sold
A Fine Group of Art Weiler/Jim Payne Clones
162. Weiler/Payne model 197. 7 1/2, 3/2, 4 wt. Cigar grip, blued cap and ring seat over Spanish Cedar, blued perfect fitting ferrules, brown silks tipped yellow, agate stripper guide, and deep straw colored beautifully varnished cane. This rod has a nice but authoritative medium dry fly action. Art prefers to call his tapers "progressive". Can serve nicely as a quick little 4 wt; while fully loading with a 5. Brand new unused and believe from a limited edition of classic rods that Art recently built at his Kunkletown, PA shop. Very nice, moderately priced fine cane rod. Art has been one of the most productive makers in the US and guessing that he has been turning out rods for some 30-35 years. Best known, early on for his Garrison reproductions and gained much popularity for the genre, later went on to emulate Payne tapers. Art's current price for a new rod, still very modest for his workmanship and history, is 1200 for a 3/2 rod. This offering, brand new unused, $775. Sold
163. Weiler/Payne 198. All the same features as the 197 in a 5 weight. Also a brisk do everything dry fly rod. These rods are extraordinarily flexible for use allowing the sport the option of dry fly fishing while very capable for nymphing or wet fly use. Again, new unused. $775.
165. Thomas and Thomas Special Trouter. 7', 2/2, 4/5 wt . Predecessor to the Classic range of rods from Thomas and Thomas. Impregnated brisk dry fly rod. All cork cigar grip, cork seat with die stamped cap and ring affair, tan silks in good order, chocolate brown at the ferrule stations and hook keeper. Serial number 2955, so an early rod from the two Toms. Great ferrule fit, dead straight; structurally perfect with original tube and what I believe is the early original bag. Cork, although all whole and without compromise is a bit dry, otherwise the rod is in very good condition. Crisp with a DT 4; fully loading with a WF5 line. Has backbone enough to handle sizeable fish and small enough to fish tight venues. All in all a very nice rod in excellent condition save the dryness of the grip from age rather than from excessive use. $875. Sold
166. Orvis Battenkill, Pat. Pending rod. 1948 serial number 6097. 7 1/2', 2/2, 3 5/8 oz., 5 wt (DT). Interestingly enough, and although presenting with the same ferrule size as later models (usually weighing out to 3 7/8 oz., these older Battenkills have a decidedly more crisp dry fly demeanor than the later rods. Sports a 6" cigar grip, down locking seat sans the loose ring, over satin finished walnut. Hate to use the term as our descriptions should be quite literal, but "for its age" the rod is quite perfect -- silks, ferrule fit bluing all better than expected. The only issue holding me back from declaring it excellent is that the all whole and uncompromised grip exhibits some dryness from age rather than from use. Has the old paper label with crossed rods and typewritten details to it and is completely legible along with its original price of $82.50 and is distinguished by handsome dark cane. $650.
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, $225. Offers
94, Hardy Uniqua. 2 7/8". Most blueing replaced by a golden patina, ribbed brass foot, some expected spool wobble commensurate with its age, and minor line grooves. $200. Offers
108. Hardy St. John. 3 7/8" 8 wt reel. Later enamelled reel and for that reversible as well. The Classic most well loved traditional Salmon reel for enthusiasts across the pond as well as West Coast Steelheaders. Can also serve mightily as a big water trout reel and ideally suited for big browns on the Delaware. Minor mars to the foot ends from mounting but doubt the reel saw much time on the water. So near mint in its original blue/white case and original labeled box. Apparently had its point of sale in France as the box is interestingly labeled Moulinet a Peche, St. John. Truly a beautiful, late model, made in England reel. $275. Sold
141. Orvis Presentation EXR IV. 3 1/2", perfect for 5DT or 6 wt lines. Might even tolerate WF7. Put up in a later Orvis case case, this is the Argentine made reel made by STH expressly for Orvis as the Presentation. One of the best reels ever offered by Orvis with a drag system that is extraordinarily reliable, smooth and full range. Has a remarkably engineered push button spool release. Some have compared it to the Douglas Argus for engineering sophistication. Black anodized satin finish with the Orvis logo medallion to the face. Additionally, it is the exposed palming spool variant with contoured handle that makes it very special. This reel has been unreasonably overlooked by the fly fishing community and deserves special attention. It is reliable, mechanically superb, reversible and finely finished. Just a great reel that disappoints for Orvis' s lack of extended offering. Just a great reel with much to recommend it; perfect for either bamboo or graphite and seriously undervalued. In generally good/very good condition with some edge wear to the verso and a very few ticks to the spool edge. $175. Sold
142. Another Orvis EXR. This one the rarely seen V. At 3 3/4" is just a superb 7/8 wt reel with accompanying larger interior spindle with an expected stronger drag. Again LH/RH capable. Smooth as silk; mechanically tight and perfect with edge wear and some absence of finish to the rear plate, minor edge wear to the spool edge and mounting mars to the foot ends. Also has the exposed rim for palming ease and easy spool release. These reels made by STH surpass the quality of the STH line in general; made to the tolerances of Orvis' quality control. Found a fitting Dave Inks case for it that will fully protect it. $175.
147. Another remarkable Joe Saracione reel and from Joe's private collection. LHW. 3 1/4", all black anodized Mark II and so designated in the round on the reel verso in brilliant white lettering. Joe calls this reel "black on black". This reel is a rare reel coming to me from having been bought at auction. Joe kindly donated the reel to a conservation organization, Wild Fish and Wild Rivers; was subsequently purchased by a generous bidder. A lovely 5/6 wt reel that Joe designates a 6DT with 100yds micron 20# capacity. I can see it as a 5 DT reel as well, particularly on 8-8 1/2' bamboo. Put up in a drawstring velvet pouch, Joe's box and paperwork describing in detail the reel, the donation particulars from Joe and the conservation group logo heading the promotional flyer. All included with this absolutely mint condition, unused work of art. $975. Sold
156. Aaron reel. 4/5. This one LHW, with spare spool and again spool removal and conversion instructions. Perhaps a later model as its front spool is perforated as well as its rear plate, rendering it somewhat lighter. Also enjoys a lovely contoured rosewood handle. Pics will sell this reel. Mint condition. $325.
159. Hardy Bougle Mark VI. 3 3/4", Lightweight style for its ported front and rear plates. Mark VI generally known to have been made in England as opposed to the Mark VII, made in Korea. Faux bone handle, raised pillar design for maximum capacity, rim mounted full range drag adjust, and RH/LH convertible (now RHW. Came to me sans case but I've put it up in a fine neoprene fitting Abel case. Mint condition. $425. Sold
160. Another identical to item 159. This one also put up in an Abel neoprene case and a perfect fit for the reel. $425. Sold
161. Bogdan model 50. Direct drive but with detente drag control. RHW. Mint condition in original pouch. $3150. Fred Kretchman kindly announced the passing of Steve Bogdan on the Forum. Steve died, apparently, Aug. 15. Thanks Fred. Sold
162. Bogdan model "0". Multiplier. RHW. Near mint but has one little intrusion to an edge. Seems to have been dropped with a soft landing. Pics will show the very minor bump. In all other respects, seems near mint with original pouch. $3150. Sold
164. Ross Animus 3/4. 3 1/8", high tech 3/4 wt reel. Can handle a WF 5 with less backing. Made in the US with the Ross high standards of quality control. A beautiful high tech machined reel with all the expected characteristics of the Ross manufacture. Sealed drag (trouble free), easy remove spool, full range easy access drag adjust, smooth as silk with a light but discernable click retrieve and drag and very cool looking satin gray frame with copper colored accents. Perfect on your 3 or 4 wt graphite rod. This is a currently offered reel from Ross at $325 with most retailers. This one mint unused. $225.
165. Fin Nor DD No. 1. 3", RHW, 4/5 wt reel in the Florida tradition. Gold anodized, drag knob to the center of the front plate, counterbalanced spool, domed back marked "Since 1933". Understand that this is a rather rare size for the model. While it has a silent outgoing drag, its incoming click is Fin Nor music to the ears. Has very minor in-use mars, a bit of chafing to the rim and light scratches but altogether very fine. Put up in a camo Abel case compliments yours truly. $250.
166. Fin Nor AR No. 2. RHW. This 3" rather wide spool reel represents the company's latest production (I believe). Just a super "take no prisoners" anti reverse reel. Gold anodized, domed verso with Fin-Nor, No 2 logo, smooth as can be drag as gentle as you want; as strong as you will ever need. Just a fabulous 8/9 WT big game reel in brand new unused condition with case, box and papers. Pics will sell the reel. Donated to the AMFF.
168. Orvis CFO III. 3" diam, "H" shaped line guard, LH/RH retrieve, Made in England, two weight reducing holes to the foot. Absent rivets to the verso. A super 4/5 wt reel. A few random ticks to the spool edge, otherwise excellent plus with suede Orvis case. $250. Sold
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
175. Van Staal C-VEX 9/12. This is the "Kit" combo with spare spool making for both 9/10 capacity and 11/12 depending on the spool in use. Just an unbelievable salt water reel with the tightest tolerances and full range drag ever seen on a reel in this genre. To quote Grady of UpCountry Sportfishing, the reel made entirely from 6061-T6 aluminum it features an innovative design that uses convex wall construction to increase strength. Its modular design features three components -- the housing, the spool and the drag cylinder. The reel can be taken apart by hand, so switching spools and drags and from LHW to RHW is simple and quick. You can use the reel with either spool changing it from a 9/10 wt to an 11/12 wt easily. The drag cylinder houses a totally sealed drag system for complete protection from salt and sand, making it maintenance free. The reel alone last sold for for over $700, seen at discount for $485; the spool sells at $380 at last inquiry. Here, now set for LH retrieve, the entire package with original cases and unused lines $500.
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 as well as a spare 5/6 spool. This perhaps one of the most desirable reels in it class is in mint unsused condition with original case for both reel and spool and unused high quality lines, one floating; the other sinking. The reel alone is currently being offered elsewhere at $1500; the spool, $500. Here, the reel and spare spool, $1675.
177. Charlton 8350C Configurable Reel serial number 8350-9467 with the most desirable 1/5 spool. Set for LHW. The smallest of the Charltons comes with two spare spools, both 1/5's as well. In spite of the big price tags on the larger salt water variations, may be one of the most sought after models. Mint unused condition. Reel and one spool has original case; the second spare has an equally protective generic case. $1950.
178. Bellinger Classic. 3 1/4", S handle, black solid delrin side plates, LHW (but can be converted), satin finished champagne colored frame, posts mounted with brass bezels and a just right constant fixed drag. A couple of mounting mars to the foot ends otherwise in perfect pre-owned condition with lovely suede pouch courtesy yours truly. Truly, rivals the best of the Bogdan style reels. $675. Sold
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