The Jordan-Mills Rod Co.

Classic and Vintage Fishing Tackle

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“All rods in original bag and tube unless otherwise noted.”

1. Orvis Mitey Mite.  5’, 2/1, 1 1/2 oz. 4 wt.  All cork superfine grip and dual ring seat.  Ser. #59XX (1970).  Usual brown silks over rich dark cane.  Soiled grip and slight, almost insignificant chip in the cork at the butt cap otherwise excellent plus condition; a serious little dry fly wand.   $750

2. Twin Bridges built Winston.  6’, 2/2, 2 1/4 oz., 4 wt.  Ser. #30XX.  5 3/4” moderate reverse wells grip, n.s. cap and ring over zebra wood (?), clear tan silks with deep burgundy tagging and the requisite wrapped ferrules.  A lovely little dry fly rod for the most restricted venues.  About unused.   $1,750

3. Hardy Blue Ridge.  6’, 2/2, 4 wt.  Cigar grip, all cork reel seat with patented Hardy pocket and end cap, green silks tipped red, blued ferrules, turned rosewood ferrule plug and gorgeous belting leather rod tube.  Rod has a fast dry fly action with lots of backbone and long line ability.  This rod was produced during the last run of bamboo rod efforts in the 90’s by Callum Gladstone for the company and originally sold for about $3,600!  This rod near new and pictured and documented in Ron Lasko’s tome “A Tale of Two Rivers.”  Excellent plus condition.   $1,250

4. Post-fire Leonard 36.  6’, 2/2, 3 wt. 2 oz. (actual) Ser. #18XX.  5 1/2” perfectly proportioned cigar grip, butternut seat under n.s. cap and ring with proper die stamp in place and Chinese red silks over straw colored cane.  Rod is dead straight, has a great ferrule fit and is in excellent, plus condition.  Just the perfect rod for those restricted venues and delicate presentations.  A wonderful little find from the early/mid 1970’s and in perfect order.   $1,650

5. Payne 96.  (Sisters OR).  6 1/2’, 2/2, 2 7/8 oz., 4 DT rod. 5 1/4” cigar grip, blued cap and ring over Spanish Cedar, proper Payne die stamp to the end cap and brown silks tipped gold over beautifully varnished deep straw colored cane.  David Holloman has without question acquired the “secret” of the Payne finish.  This rod is a bit faster than the traditional 96 and is a casting machine with 4 DT lines.  I also believe that Dave used a vintage cap and ring on this rod as it has all the elements of earlier hardware.  The rod is in perfect condition and is put up in what appears to be an original labeled tube with Dave’s newly produced bag.   $1,750

6. Jeff Wagner Signature Series.  6 1/2’, 2/2, 2/3 wt., 5 1/2’ cigar grip, highly figured walnut insert beneath coin edged n.s. cap and ring, prominently swelled butt, darkly flamed cane and transparent chocolate silks delicately tipped black and red agate stripper guide.  Jeff’s work is astounding for attention to detail and cosmetic excellence.  His reputation for finish work is internationally recognized.  This virtually unused example of his work is a perfect medium action rod for 2 or 3 wt. lines – a just right light line rod by one of today’s most accomplished builders.  Jeff’s current pricing for this rod is $2,400.  Save a tiny reel foot scuff to the spacer, near new and without the wait at   $1,650

7. Jim Downes’ version of a Garrison 193.  6’9”, 2/2, 4 wt.  Made up as a Garrison with clear wraps, light cane, cigar grip, knurled n.s. ring to cap over ½ walnut spacer and chocolate silks as a winding check.  Jim revised the original tapers to make for a more firm, more crisp, more dry fly iteration of the original.  Just a great dry fly rod in its size range. 
Seems unused.   $875

8. Orivs Battenkill.  7’, 2,2, 3 3/8 oz., 5 wt. (reads 6).  Ser. #65XXX (1972).  6”, cigar grip, downlocking seat over walnut, brown silks, medium dark shafts and blued ferrules.  A great full bodied, full working do everything rod in its size range.  Has enough delicacy to handle small offerings; enough fortitude to handle the unexpected trophy.  Near mint (2).   $675

9. Daryll Whitehead Custom.  7’, 2/2, 4wt.  Built 2009.  Reel seat fittings engraved by Paolo Barbetti.  5 1/2” cigar grip, medium straw colored cane, deep brown silks tipped red, ivory ferrule plug, coin edged ferrules sporting – Darryl’s “Whitehead” die stamp – just a gloriously appointed rod from the Western master of rod making.  Has a lovely light dry fly demeanor and is just perfect in every way.  An amazing work of art.  As new with plastic still on the handle.   $1,800

10. Thomas and Thomas Individualist. 7’, 2/2, 4/5 WT.  Ser. #27XX.  Shy 5 1/2” grip, delicate n.s. cap and ring over beautiful walnut, prominent swelled butt, highly polished impregnated cane and transparent quiet yellow wraps tagged dark brown.  This rod is from the Individualist range of rods and is also called “Individualist.”  Has a nice full working dry fly feel with lots of determination; casts a 4 or 5 equally well.  A beautiful yet subtle looking rarely seen model from the bench of Tom Dorsey.  These T and T rods are, for the moment, remarkably undervalued.  Mint condition.   $2,100

11. Jim Becker/Jordan-Mills Special.  7’, 2/2, 4 wt.  Moderate half wells grip at 6” perfectly proportioned to the size and weight of the rod, n.s. cap and ring with Jim’s die stamp in place over dark butternut, avocado silks tipped red proprietary to this dealer, agate striper guide and perfectly varnished straw colored cane.  Jim honed his craft as rod maker to Orvis for 17 years before heading out on his own some 15 years ago. Rod has a crisp full-of-life medium fast dry fly demeanor.  In its price range, perhaps the most well executed rod on the market today for any contemporary maker.  An extraordinary value.  This one pre-owned but near mint.   $925

12. Ted Simroe 2704.  7’, 2/2, 4 wt.  Perhaps one of the best 7’, 4 wt. rods made by any current builder and my own go-to rod in its category.  All cork grip and seat with n.s. coin edged sliding band, medium caramel toned cane, clear tan silks (proprietary to this dealer) and bright ferrules.  Ted’s rods, although not sexy, are always absolutely perfect – dead straight, perfect ferrule fit, flawless varnish and structurally every¬thing proportionately executed.  Medium dry fly behavior that keeps on pleasing as your day wears on.  For a builder who has made virtually thousands of high quality rods, grossly undervalued.  New from Ted and a constant offering in these pages.     $1,650

13. Post Fire Leonard 38H.  7’, 2/2, 4 wt. 5” cigar grip, n.s. cap and ring over butternut, red wraps, light straw colored cane and ferrule plug still here.  This rod built in the 70’s sports never before seen orange tagging to the hook keeper and male ferrule stations – according to Ted Simroe, so that the ladies in the finishing room could keep the rods together as they came through.  Actually a very pretty combination and of course, all original.  This rod has a unique semi-parabolic action and is very unlike the expected extreme dry fly habit for the 38H in general.  Very good all original condition.   $1,500

14. Orvis MCL Seven/Three.  7’, 2/1 (Madison version), 2 3/4 oz., 3 wt.  Ser. #81XXX.  Superfine grip, all cork down locking seat, rather light cane commensurate with the period, brown silks, and blued ferrules.  A wonderful light line rod familiar to Orvis enthusiasts and a favorite taper for small dry fly presentation.  Excellent plus, plus.   $525

15. Another 7/3 Madison.  Ser. #74XXX.  This one a bit earlier with the traditional down locking seat over walnut; for that, 3 1/8 oz.  Excellent plus, plus.   $525

16. Winston Leetle Feller.  7’, 2/2, 2 5/8 oz. 4 wt. Ser. #1810 (1980).  Reverse half wells grip, all cork seat with n.s. sliding band, transparent tan silks, wrapped ferrules, straw colored cane and all proper signature wraps in place.  Rod has a terrific medium fast dry fly habit and is just the perfect 7’4 wt. rod, comes with verification of its Leetle Feller moniker from Annette McLean.  Minor tarnishing of its cap and ring otherwise excellent plus condition.  Steal this rod for $1,750

17. A.J. Thramer Payne 98 taper.  7’, 2/2, 4 wt. 6” cigar grip, blued cap and ring over walnut, moderately flamed cane, blood red silks and red/orange stripper guide.  Just a super dry fly rod from Allan; behaves just as my own late model Payne 98.  A great rendition of the original.  About mint condition.   $825

18. Tim Zietak Quad, 704-2.  7’, 2/2, 4 wt.  Cigar grip, blued cap and ring over amboyna, dark shafts, brown silks and red agate stripper guide.  Rod has a very sweet full working dry fly action that can handle streamers and nymphs with equal aplomb.  Excellent plus, plus condition and one of the best values among contemporary rod makers on the secondary market.  A second opportunity for those who missed the 704-2 offered in catalogue 44.   $825

19. George Halstead/John Gallas.  7’, 2/2, 4/5 wt. dry fly rod.  Built by John from Halstead blanks in conjunction with Marty Keane.  John (or Marty) acquired bona fide Halstead blanks and made up a run of 8 rods all die stamped Halstead/Gallas to the hardware.  This rod, number 10, is an interesting and singular exception.  Numbers 9 and 10 were later made by John as favors but also included both Halstead and Gallas die stamps.  Further unique to this rod was the use of Halstead ferrules.  This is a one owner rod, used lightly and with great respect.  Historically of great significance this rod was pictured and discussed in the Winter 2008 issue of the American Fly Fisher in an extensive article about Halstead where it was referenced as one of the last Halstead rods.  Subsequently John Gallas, answering a posting on the Forum, also talks about the rod and its authenticity (posted 3/25/10).  Truly a rare opportunity to own one of the last produced Halstead rods.  $1,750

20. Unusual for these pages, an Edwards Quad spinning rod.  7’, (7’1” actual), medium wt. model 425.  12 1/4” dual ring all cork grip/seat, brown silks over dark lustrous cane and Bakelite accents at the fore and aft end of the grip.  May have an overcoat of varnish.  Original bag and labeled tube, I bought this rod as a gift but the opportunity never materialized.  Letting it go for cost at   $150

21. Leonard Pre-fire 38H Catskill.  5” cigar grip, butternut insert under delicate properly die stamped cap and ring, straw colored cane, olive silks, prominent swelled butt and bright perfect fitting ferrules.  Original bag with hang tag in remarkable condition reading “Catskill” and classic narrow pre-fire tube.  Rod has a fabulous, even modern, dry fly demeanor.  Soiled but smooth grip and in excellent, believe, original condition.  A rare offering from my own collection.     $2,500

22. Robert Lancaster Savage River.  7’2”, 2/2, 4/5 wt.  Half wells grip, aluminum cap and ring over stabilized wood insert, transparent tan silks tipped black, blued perfectly fitting ferrules and just a lovely quiet varnish finish to its moderately flamed cane.  A strong long line rod and Bob’s version of the Paul Young Driggs River Special.  Near new condition.   $675

23. Jim Becker.  7’3”, 2/2, 4/5 wt. (designated 4).  6” cigar grip, butternut spacer with n.s. cap and ring, straw colored cane, transparent tan/yellow silks with forest green tagging and ever so subtle quiet varnish finish.  This is a quick little dry fly rod able to cast a 4 DT or 5 line equally well.  Jim’s rods may be the current best value among contemporary rod makers today.  A 17 year veteran of Orvis and responsible for several modern-day Orvis tapers, Jim has been diligently creating fine rods on his own for over 15 years.  Very nice work; great fishing rod in a handsome uncompromised virtually unused package.   $875

24. Tufts and Batson.  7’3”, 2/2, 4/5 wt.  Cigar grip, African Blackwood insert under delicate n.s. cap and ring, black silks discreetly tipped orange, red agate stripper guide, bright perfect fitting ferrules, tasteful stylized winding check and just perfectly varnished straw colored cane.  Rod has a brisk semi parabolic feel and is a virtual casting machine for either 4 or 5 wt. lines – I like it with a 5.  The reputation of Amelia Tufts and Gabe Batson has virtually exploded in the world of emerging makers and I am proud to be one of their earliest brokers.  Their rods are spectacular for performance, structural integrity and appearance.  May be the nicest rods made by any contemporary maker today.  New from Amelia and Gabe.   $1,500

25. For Norm Thompson, a Farlow’s of Aberdeen.  7’, 3 1/2”, 2/2, 5 wt. 6” cigar grip, downlocking screw seat over mahogany (or Spanish Cedar), Charleston green silks over varnished straw colored cane, reverse British guides and blued ferrules.  Rod has minor soiling of the uncompromised grip, minor discoloration of a few wraps otherwise is dead straight, has a great ferrule fit and is altogether in very good condition.  Rod has a full bodied progressive do everything dry fly demeanor.  Just a super, good quality value priced rod and unusual for its 2 tip format.   $325

26. Orvis Pacechanger.  7’/7’3”, 2/2, 4/5 wt. (reads 6).  3 3/8 /   3 1/2 oz. Ser. #80XXX.  Staggered ferrule rod for both dry fly and nymphing/wet fly use.  Cigar grip, downlocking seat over walnut with one truly infitessmal nick to the surface, brown silks and straw colored impregnated cane.  A well-loved model in the Orvis line – up sharing the stage with the 7/3 and the Nymph for desirability.  Excellent plus, plus condition with warrantee card.   $725

27. David Kenney Classic.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 4 oz., 5 wt. (although designated 4).  For cosmetic and finish work Dave’s rods represent one of the most original protocols today.  5 3/4” torpedo grip, maple spacer with an anoline die to create a beautiful red tone, blued cap and ring accented by 24 carat gold edging and blued ferrules with matching treatment to the welt.  Cane is darkly but evenly flamed, abbreviated red silks are tipped black at both ends and punctuated with a lovely red agate stripper guide.  While this description for a fine quick dry fly rod may seem off–putting to the purist, Dave pulls all of this off with a striking sense of good taste – truly a beautiful rod and a fabulous performer on the stream.  Dave, practicing in Middlesex, VT has a very substantial and selective waiting list for his rods.  His current price for this series is a very modest $1,150; likely the reason for his backed up order fulfillment.  This rod as new.   $950

28. Orvis Wes Jordan Special.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 3 7/8 oz., 5/6 wt.  Ser. #62XXX.  6 1/2’ cigar grip with “right hand” relief, patented Orvis downlocking seat over walnut, chocolate silks over medium dark cane and blued perfect fitting ferrules.  While the grip shows soiling, the rod is in overall excellent condition with the nicest condition original leather tube ever seen for this period.  Its length and weight make it the favorite all around.  Orvis rod that we’ve come to love.   $925

Coincidentally, and for the second time in recent years, I have in inventory all three models of the Wes Jordan Special.

29. R. K. (Robert) Bolt.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 3 1/4 oz., 5 wt.  Reverse half wells grip, up locking seat over zebra wood, double wrapped brown silks tipped yellow, wrapped ferrules and medium straw colored cane.  Bolt, as the heir apparent to Gary Howells, builds rods in the Winston/Howells style honestly and accurately replicating Gary’s tapers and finish work.  His insistence on tweaking many of Gary’s tapers has made for more pleasing rods in the hand on balance.  This rod enjoys a medium dry fly action.  Excellent condition.   $1,350

30. Orvis Superfine.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 3 1/4 oz. 5 wt.  Ser. #77XXX (1975 and specifically listed in the Greg Reynolds data records).  Well-proportioned 5 1/2” superfine grip, dual ring seat over cork and the usual dark straw colored cane and handsome brown silks characteristic of the brand.  For performance, rivals the ubiquitous 3 7/8 oz. rod and in excellent plus, plus condition.   $725

31. Ted Simroe 2765.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 5 wt. Cigar grip, up locking seat over Ted’s hallmark exotic bubinga spacer, transparent tan silks (proprietary to The Jordan Mills Rod Co.) and a perfect varnish finish over light straw colored cane.  Ted’s medium action dry fly rods are perfect in every way – for finish, action and construction.  My own go-to rod in the 7 1/2’ length.  You might have noticed my deep affection for his work and great respect for his importance in the world of bamboo.  New from Ted and a model that is a constant offering in these pages (2).  $1,650/$1,350

32. Tim Zietak Custom Quad model 764-2.  A Paul Young Perfectionist derivative.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 4/5 wt. (reads 4).  Sold this rod about a year ago but glad for its return on a trade.  A very special rod from Tim, custom made for a client with 5 1/2” cigar grip, olive wood spacer with bright n.s. cap and ring, deep straw colored cane and pale yellow silks tipped avocado – stunning.  Tim pulled out all the stops in building this rod for appearance and integrity.  After some light use the rod is still dead straight with some expected handle soiling.  Still in excellent plus condition.   $875

33. Art Weiler Garrison type 209.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 5 DT.  Comfortable Garrison grip, n.s. cap and checkered ring, pale cane, transparent silks accented chocolate brown at the ferrule stations and winding check and special notations by Art to describe his modifications to the original taper – now a rather full bodied, faster acting 209 for medium to large flies and formidable prey.  As new and perhaps the best value for quality from one of the most prolific and distinguished contemporary rod makers.   $675

34. Leonard Deluxe 755.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 3 1/2 oz. 5 wt.  From the very limited run of rods catalogued only in 1984.  The rod featured a unique innovative finish based on an acrylic developed by Walt Carpenter, applied and buffed to a high luster and may be one of the prettiest rods to ever come out of the Central Valley Shop.  Sports a 5 1/2” cigar grip (slightly soiled), butternut seat neatly stepped up to the cork, n.s. cap and ring and very attractive transparent pale yellow/green silks elegantly tipped Charleston green.  At 3 1/2 oz., the rod is characteristically Catskill dry-fly and delicate.  A rare opportunity to own one of the very few of these rods ever produced.  Put up in the Maxwell type tube with the very cool Leonard die stamp to the tube.  Excellent condition and accompanied by a copy of the Leonard catalogue entry for the series.   $1,450

35. No Lot

36. A.J. Thramer Young Martha Marie.  7 1/2”, 2/2, 5/6 wt. (marked 4/5).  6’ half wells grip, down locking black anodized seat over cork, black silks and darkly flamed tung oil finished cane as a nod to the master.  Formidable semi-parabolic action for medium to larger flies, streamers and weighted nymphs; a serious contender for larger fish and long casts.  New condition.   $775

37. Payne 100.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 3 1/8 oz., 4 wt.  Cigar grip, blued cap and ring over Spanish cedar, darker than usual cane, brown silks tipped gold; ferrule plug and perfect condition hang tag still with the rod.  Rod has a surprisingly brisk dry fly action unlike most 100’s I’ve had.  So, light dry fly tapers for small flies; small water.  Believe the nicest 100 I’ve had.  All original, all near perfect with very minor soiling of its smooth and whole grip.  This rod is one of the finest examples of the model yet seen.     $4,200

38. Winston.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 3 oz., 4/5 wt.  Ser. #21XX.  Moderate 6” reverse half wells grip, n.s. cap and ring, double wrapped silks over straw colored, perfectly varnished cane, wrapped ferrules and burgundy tagging.  Light, hollow built dry fly tapers for small to medium flies.  Hard to imagine a more perfect, light spirited, dry fly rod with enough backbone to handle the most unexpected surprise.  Elegant and little used.   $1,750

39. Ron Kusse.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 5 wt. 6 1/4” cigar grip, rosewood spacer beneath blued n.s. cap and ring, lightly flamed cane, transparent tan silks tagged chocolate at the ferrule stations, pronounced swelled butt and forged hex winding check.  This is a bright dry fly rod in the Catskill tradition, built in 1988 and remains unused.  Truly a stunning piece as are all of Kusse’s rods.  Remarkably priced at  $1,575

40. Thomas and Thomas Midge.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 5 wt.  Ser. #27XX.  Cigar grip, walnut seat with blued cap and ring, straw colored impregnated cane, handsome subtle yellow silks and best of all, Tom Maxwell’s handwriting in place.  Very light soiling of the grip and various areas of bluing absence to the ferrules.  Super dry fly tapers in the Catskill tradition – medium fast.  A great rod with a great history and made by the two Toms.  Very good/excellent condition.   $2,100

41. Robert Lancaster “Fall Springs.”  7 1/2’, 2/2, 4/5 wt.  Bob’s version of the Paul Young Perfectionist and although constantly designated as a 4 wt. rod by many builders including both Summers and Young, I have always liked it with a 5 line.  Reverse half wells grip, black anodized cap and ring over stabilized maple, dark evenly toned cane and clear tan wraps tipped black.  One of the “hands-down” best values on today’s market for structural integrity, finish and attention to detail.  As new condition and perhaps the most well liked taper from Lancaster.   $750

42. A. J. Thramer Payne 101 type.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 5 wt.  6” cigar grip, blued cap and ring over walnut, blood red silks, red agate stripper guide and lightly flamed cane.  True to the original taper – and AJ invariably gets it right – a rather full bodied, progressive do everything rod.  Unused condition.   $850

43. Carpenter/Downes.  7 1/2’, 2/2, 5 wt.  Made up as the late model Carpenter Paynes; likely some rendition of a lighter 101.  A collaboration and signed “Walt Carpenter and L.J. Downes: Makers.”  With its medium dark straw colored cane, brown silks with yellow tipping, Spanish cedar seat and blued cap and ring a tribute to the Payne Rod Co. where Walt spent his last “employment” years before going out on his own.  Rod has a lovely progressive dry fly feel in the spirit of Payne rods.  The intention of Carpenter and Downes was to produce a series of these rods but this evolved into a singular effort.  Lawn cast only so minor soiling of the cork, otherwise near mint and very special indeed.   $1,850

44. Bellinger.  7 1/2’, 2/2.  5/6 wt, 6” slight reverse wells grip, n.s. up locking Bellinger seat over highly figured walnut, straw colored perfectly varnished cane, transparent tan silks elegantly tipped auburn and blued ferrules neatly coin edged to the welt.  A truly beautiful piece of workmanship from Al with inscription to the first and only owner.  Rod has a progressive formidable action for a 5 DT line.  Lightly used so excellent and put up in Bellinger’s beautifully machined tube.   $925

45. Chris Carlin (Far North Rod Works).  Hollow built Hex.  Believe a Nonpareil from his Mainspring series.  7 1/2’, 3/2.  3 5/8 oz. 4 wt. delicate cap and ring with Chris’ die stamp in place, translucent tan silks, light straw colored cane and an agate stripper guide perfectly chosen for a rather overall monochromatic look to the rod.  Rod has a decided light dry fly Catskill feel in spite of its far north origin.  Chris’ work, much in demand, is above reproach for structural integrity and finish.  A beautiful example of his work in new unused condition.  $1,150

46. R.D. (Bob) Taylor Blonde.  7 1/2’, 3/2, 4 1/8 oz., 5 wt.  5 1/2” cigar grip, Applewood spacer with bright n.s. cap and ring of Bob’s proprietary design and die stamped “R.D. Taylor maker,” lovely blonde cane, transparent tan silks tipped red and perfectly applied varnish.  In the world of rod making, Bob enjoys one of the most significant resumes for experience – having more than 35 years of building and serving with distinction with both Leonard and Thomas and Thomas.  His rods are absolutely perfect for performance; perfect for appearance.  That Taylor rods don’t command more heady prices confounds me.  This one very lightly used and perhaps only lawn cast is in excellent plus, plus condition.   $2,750

47. Tufts and Batson “Makers.”  7 1/2’, 3/2, 5 wt. Lovely progressive tapers for both dry and wet fly use and made up in the T and B inimitable elegant way – 5 3/4” fluor quality cigar grip, African black-wood spacer, neatly die stamped bright n.s. cap and ring, black silks elegantly tipped orange, perfectly varnished deep straw colored cane, agate stripper guide, machined ferrule plugs and a unique smart looking machined wedding cake winding check.  By now you all know how strongly I feel about this couple’s workmanship, attention to detail and work ethic.  Their rods just never disappoint for appearance and performance.  This rod represents a singular purchasing opportunity – pre owned and only very slight reel foot mars to the insert otherwise about perfect.   $1,350

48. Pre-fire Leonard 49DF.  7 1/2’, 3/2, 3 3/8 oz.  4 1/2”, cigar grip, n.s. cap and ring properly die stamped over butternut spacer, swelled butt, straw colored cane, transparent silks tipped black and patent dates to the female ferrule.  This rod was deftly refinished by Tim Zietak, original reverse English guides in place, new tip tops applied.  Tim’s restoration of this rod is just perfect.  Original bag (absent its stiffner or third tip) and pre-fire narrow tube.  The rod enjoys a lovely modern, progressive dry fly habit for a 5 wt. line. Elegant and historically important.  For classic pieces it doesn’t get much better than this.   $1,450

49. Ted Simroe.  7 1/2’, 3/2, 5 wt.  First owner ordered this from Ted to appear as a post fire rod – red silks, 5 1/2” cigar grip, blonde cane, black guides and bright cap and ring over butternut.  Rod has a distinct light dry fly flavor for a 5 wt. line.  From one of the last best builder/owners of the Leonard company and in as new condition with a slight bump to the tube.   $1,350

50. A.J. Thramer Granger Type.  7 1/2’, 3/2, 5 wt.  Reverse half wells grip, uplocking all n.s. seat, straw cane, pale yellow silks (as a Special) and perfect varnish finish.  This rod is from Allen’s Classic Series and is made up just as a 7633 for taper accuracy with structural improvements – better cane work, machined ferrules, nicer finish and more functional reel seat.  So a lovely medium action dry fly rod in the Granger tradition executed by one of today’s most respected builders.  Some handle soiling and a few isolated in-use checks to the surface otherwise very good condition.   $775

51. Hal Bacon Payne 198.  7 1/2’, 3/2, 5 wt. Cigar grip, actual Payne cap and ring over cedar, Bacon’s “Kosmic” logo in place, straw colored cane, brown silks tipped gold and red agate stripper guide.  Hal owned the Payne Co. for some 11 years and IMHO was still the finest maker of Payne rods for performance and finish of any contemporary maker notwithstanding his ownership statement of this company.  This is a bright dry fly rod – in the Catskill tradition.  New unused and made shortly before his passing.   $1,200

52. Perhaps the nicest Walt Powell rod I’ve had.  7’7”, 2/2, 5 wt.  Custom full bodied cigar grip (think Garrison-like), bird’s eye maple seat under blued cap and ring, straw colored tung oil finished cane and  transparent bronze silks tipped black.  This one owner rod carries the name of the intended purchaser and has a super and surprisingly brisk dry fly action.  For some slight soiling of the cork, believe lawn cast only   $1,250

53. Tufts and Batson.  7’9”, 2/2, 5 wt.  Modified reverse half wells  grip (cigar-like), African Blackwood spacer beneath bright n.s. die stamped cap and ring, medium straw cane, agate stripper guide, black silks handsomely tipped orange and machined Payne-like ferrule plug.  In the world of bamboo this partnership of Amelia Tufts and Gabe Batson has achieved remarkable prominence for their extraordinary workmanship and performance standards.  This rod has a crisp dry fly feel, and although not as tippy, is reminiscent of rods in the Catskill genre.  Spectacular and new from Tufts and Batson.   $1,500

54. John Gallas 93.  7’9”, 2/2, 5 wt. parabolic rod and likely after the Payne 5 wt.  For those who missed the one previously listed, another opportunity.  This one in truly excellent condition with John’s specially detailed reel seat – 2/3 figured walnut and walnut check stepped up to the cigar grip.  Very slight handle soiling, otherwise excellent and one of the best known rods among current builders.   $1,650

55. Tufts and Batson.  7’9”, 3/2, 5 wt.  Having sold the 7’9”, 3 piece rod from the previous catalogue, I am introducing still another work from this amazing duet in the same format and another opportunity for those who missed it.  This one with the same cosmetics is just ever so slightly more brisk – a new taper from T and B and one that they are especially enamored with for its medium fast habit.  New from Tufts and Batson.   $1,600

56. Wes Jordan Special by Orvis.  8’, 2/2, 4 3/8 oz., 7 wt. (some enthusiasts insist on using it with a 6 DT line).  Cigar grip with right hand contours is slightly soiled but all perfectly whole and smooth.  Cane enjoys a truly handsome dark color and topical luster.  Ser. # 47XXX, made 1967.  A lovely, do everything all around rod.  Excellent with fully labeled aluminum tube and inscription above the cork “Made for …. By Wes Jordan.”   $825

57. Another.  This one later (1982) with lighter cane, and prominent resorcinol glue lines.  Its right hand grip is in perfect order as is its leather case.  Inscribed on cane and butt cap for the first owner but appears virtually unused.   $925

58. Leonard 40.  8’, 2/2, 4 3/8” oz. (with plastic to the grip).  Classic post-fire Catskill dry fly tapers for a 6 DT line.  6” cigar grip, downlocking Leonard patented seat over butternut and red silks tagged deep burgundy at the hook keeper and ferrule stations.  Very good condition.   $1,250

59. Another.  This one finished in the Ted Simroe era colors – tan with auburn tipping to each guide.  Carries the first owners name to the shaft but remains mint unused.   $1,450

60. A.J. Thramer Garrison 212 type.  8’, 2/2, 5 wt.  Cigar grip, seat, and appearance all Garrison like – ascetic and clean.  Has a progressive action and is dead on for the 212 for looks and behavior.  New unused and accompanied by Thramer’s handwritten notes regarding the production of this rod.   $875

61. John Pickard Dickerson 8013.  8’, 2/2, 5 wt.  Shy 6” modified reverse half wells grp, downlocking screw seat over walnut, brown silks tipped black, hex forged winding check, straw colored cane under perfectly excellent varnish and John’s 4 signature wraps above the hook keeper – 4, to distinguished it from the original Dickerson.  John used pre-embargo cane for this rod and it is so marked.  Everything just as the Dickerson marque – appearance and brilliant dry fly action.  The quint- essential Dickerson type for feel and spirit the country’s foremost builder in the Dickerson idiom.  As new.  $1,650 or BO

62. Orvis Battenkill.  8’, Ser. #24XXX (1958), 2 tip model and accurately marked as a 7 wt. rod.  Interestingly, a decidedly more dry fly rod than its later counterparts.  Cigar grip is soiled and has minor ridging and walnut spacer shows a couple of reel foot impressions, otherwise very good with an intact earlier paper label to the tube.  For less than the price of plastic at  $450

63. Another.  This one 4 3/8 oz., Ser. #79XXX, made in 1976.  A couple of mars to the walnut spacer keeps me from describing it as mint in every other way and although marked as 2 tip, it presents with only 1 tip.  In fabulous virtually unused condition with exception noted.   $425

64. R.K. (Robert) Bolt.  8’, 2/2, 3 7/8 oz. 5 wt.  This is the slightly heavier more desirable 8’ 5 wt. in the Bolt/Howells line up.  Reverse half wells grip with minimal soiling, uplocking die stamped seat with zebra wood spacer, brown silks double wrapped ad tipped yellow, deep straw  colored cane, perfect quiet varnish finish and appointed with Bolt’s very cool machine and checkered brass ferrule plug.  Robert outdistanced himself with this rod – perfect for finish and just a super Catskill-like dry fly rod in the Howells tradition.  Excellent plus, plus and seriously undervalued at   $1,350

65. Once in a great while something truly extraordinary comes to market.  This rod for both model and history is such an item – The Payne 102H “Phair Rod.”  A review of the 1951 and 1952 Payne catalogues presents several well-known personalities as editorial contributors – Hewitt, La Branche, Alden Knight, Julia Fairchild, Von Kienbusch, Trueblood, Barbour and Charles Phair, author of the 1937 Derrydale edition of Atlantic Salmon Fishing.  While none of the essayists accepted any compensation for their contributions to the Payne catalogue for those years, of his own volition Jim presented each one of them with their favorite rod.  This 102H carries the die stamp to the butt cap “Charles Phair Rod” – very cool indeed and clearly the only one in existence.  While the varnish finish appears absolutely Payne-like and uncompromised there is some evidence of a refinish.  Considering its ownership and style of finish I am about convinced that John Gallas layed hands on the rod.  Truly an amazing find and in spite of its “H” designation a superb 5DT rod.  With the rod, I will include Phair’s entry in the 1951 Payne catalogue, the 1993 Derrydale edition of Atlantic Salmon Fishing, excerpts from Carmichael’s book “8” that speaks to the gift giving effort, notes from Presque Isle Historical Society about Phair’s significance and some random notes from an old friend and customer, regarding the rod’s configuration.  Excellent plus, plus condition with original bag and tag, and I believe later but authentic label to the original tube.   $3,700

66. Eden Cane.  Bernard Ramanaskaus builder.  8’, 2/2, 5 wt. nodeless rod.  Cigar grip, up sliding ring over bird’s eye maple, clear silks ever so delicately tipped auburn, agate stripper guide and bright ferrules.  This is a truly stunning rod with a fabulous very dry fly demeanor in the Catskill style.  While not a pioneer in the idiom, Ramanaskaus is probably the most accomplished builder of nodeless rods in North America.  This offering is new, unused and put up in Bernard’s partitioned cordovan tube.   $1,950

67. Orvis Nymph.  This is the 8’ 3 3/4 oz. version of the model for a 4 wt. line.  Ser. #71XXX (1973).  Although the rod is in overall excellent plus condition, I suspect one tip was later made.  The correct serial number appearing on both tips are in slightly different positions, perhaps in a different hand and the guide positions are a bit off.  However, for color and taper these tips are about a very good match.  Selling this very desirable model as a fine condition, one tip rod.   $525

68. Jeff Wagner.  8’, 2/2, 4 wt.  Perfectly proportioned half wells grip, blued n.s. cap and ring over a beautiful piece of unknown hardwood, chocolate brown silks ever so delicately tripped yellow, deep straw colored cane with a perfect varnish finish, 9-1-7 signature wrap agate stripper guide and pronounced swelled butt.  Light dry fly tapers for a 4 wt. or 5 wt.  A lovely, rod for the most delicate presentations.  Unused condition.   $1,650

69. Daryll Whitehead Standard.  8’, 2/2, 5 wt. 6” reverse half wells grip, downlocking n.s. seat over highly figured walnut, red agate stripper guide, deep straw colored cane and appointed with Whitehead’s elegant ivory ferrule plug.  Rod has a bright very dry fly habit and is perfect in every way – for performance; for visual presentation.  A truly elegant example of this West coast master’s oevre.  New unused with plastic still to the handle.   $1,650

70. Orvis Battenkill.  The coveted 4 1/8 oz. version of the rod.  So, 8’, 2/2, 5 wt.  Ser. #84XXX (specifically listed in the Reynolds data base) Built by Ron White in 1981.  The most desirable light line 8’ dry fly rod from Orvis in new unused condition.   $725

71. Payne 200.  Perhaps the most unusual (read rare) Payne rod ever seen by this writer am guessing only one of its kind in existence – the rod is fitted with a 3 3/4” removable fighting butt!  Without the butt in place it appears just as a Payne 200 with its hidden butt plug that accounts for its 4 3/8 oz. actual weight.  The rod is all original and clearly a special order for its only owner, Pete Kriendler, for many years owner of the 21 Club in NYC.  So, further - 8’, 3/2, 4 3/8 oz. (instead of the expected 4 1/8 oz.) 5 wt.  Spectacular all original condition with every hallmark in place – reverse half wells grip (some soiling) up locking seat over Spanish cedar, A and F die stamp to the turnbuckle and about the prettiest dark straw colored cane with about perfect varnish.  Brown silks tipped gold, blued ferrules (with some isolated absence of bluing), ferrule plugs and very legible hang tag in place.  As a later rod this 200 is a slam dunk 5 wt. – feels like a model 201 for that.  A truly fabulous find in one of Payne’s best tapers and one of the nicest “used” Payne’s I’ve had.   $3,700

72. Homer Jennings.  8’, 3/2, 5 wt., Built 2008.  Slightly soiled 6” modified cigar grip – a Jennings hallmark, blued cap and ring over highly figured olive wood, straw colored cane.  Clear wraps ever so delicately tipped red and bamboo ferrule plugs still present.  Rod has a full bodied yet easy progressive feel.  This rod presents as a departure from Homer’s standard work in that it is pleasantly substantially darker in tone than what we’ve seen from Homer and the silks apparently requested for color.  The rod is absolutely elegant for appearance and behavior.  Excellent condition; uncommon in the 3 piece format.   $1,650

73. Ted Simroe 835.  8’, 3/2, 5 wt.  Reverse half wells grip, uplocking seat over bubinga, clear tan silks (proprietary to The Jordan Mills Rod Co.) and perfectly executed varnish over straw colored cane.  Rod has a medium dry fly action that will handily cast nymphs and streamers with equal aplomb.  One of my own go-to rods for fishing the Beaverkill or Willowemoc.  New from Ted.   $1,800 or B.O.

74. RD (Bob) Taylor Flametone.  8’, 3/2, 5 wt. 6” cigar grip with minor soiling, blued cap and ring over walnut with Bob’s unique design to the ring, elegant as can be evenly flamed cane, tan silks tipped blood red, red agate stripper guide and prominent swelled butt.  Rod has a fabulous progressive dry fly habit and its do-everything behavior makes for the one rod to have if you’ll only have one!  Just the perfect rod for almost all fishing venues.  For Bob’s experience and level of workmanship his rods are currently grossly undervalued.  This one pre-owned but respectfully used and in excellent plus condition.   $2,450

75. Orvis Battenkill.  8’, 3/2, 4 1/2 oz., 5/6 wt., Ser. #85XXX.  Cigar grip, downlocking seat over walnut, chocolate silks, blued ferrules and straw colored cane with the later resorcinol glue lines showing.  Always interesting to me is the remarkable dry fly action of the 3 piece Orvis; the common expectation being that 3 piece rods tend to be more full working, less bright.  The Orvis manufacture stands in absolute defiance of the notion.  This rod is about new unused with its warrantee and care card.   $825

76. Pre-fire Leonard 50 DF.  8’, 3/2, 4 3/8 oz. to the perfect condition hang tag (actual 4 1/4 oz.), 5 wt. all cork grip and reel seat with lovely coin edged n.s. ring.  For its easy and elegant dry fly habit and history as one of the most reproduced rods ever, every battery of rods should include one.  This one perfectly restored by Tim Zietak with proper yellowish silks and variegated green tagging.  This may be the finest resurrection of a pre-fire Leonard rod I’ve ever seen.  Tim surely outdid himself with this effort.  I could have readily presented the rod as near mint original had I not been aware of its background.  A truly beautiful rod for appearance and demeanor and a “must-have” rod for any serious enthusiast.   $1,650
77. Don Schroeder.  8’, 3/2, 5 wt.  Built in 1995 and as perfect for finish and details as his latest efforts – remarkable really – full wells grip, uplocking seat (fully constructed by Don) over figured walnut, lustrous dark shafts under a glistening coat of perfectly executed varnish and clear tan silks tipped burgundy.  Truly amazing to see a 20 year old rod that for the maker’s sense of consistency and quality control appears made yesterday.  Truly a stunning piece of workmanship.  The rod has a lovely progressive medium action and is both dry fly and streamer competent.  Other than 1 isolated nick in the real seat surface, rod appears virtually unused.  Has first owner’s name inscribed on the rod and engraved on the butt cap and both can be removed if it irritates.   $1,650

78. Payne 202.  8’, 3/2, 4 1/4, 5/6 wt.  About perfect, near mint condition and everything here – a truly exceptional example of the model. POR

79. Leonard Deluxe 805.  8’, 3/2, 5 wt.  Produced only in 1984 and may be one of the prettiest rods to ever leave the Central Valley manufactory.  An acrylic finish devised by Walt Carpenter gives a truly lustrous surface; its pale yellow silks tipped hunter green render the cosmetics an elegant departure for the company.  The rod has an elegant light dry fly habit for a 5 wt. line.  The previous owner strangely removed the original tissue paper but left the narrow tape in place on the cork.  I will leave it to the next owner to remove or….  A beautiful and rare rod made entirely at Leonard in the last days of production.  Excellent condition with minor soiling of the cork and put up in the Maxwell type tube with Leonard logo die stamp.  You are not likely to see rods from this series come up – ever.   $1,650

80. Orvis Wes Jordan Special.  8 1/2’, 2/2, 5 1/8 oz., 7/8 wt.  Inscribed “made for” “By Wes Jordan.”  About the darkest cane ever seen on this model, Ser. #54XXX (1969), right hand contours to the grip, obligatory deep chocolate silks, downlocking seat over walnut and in near mint condition with guarantee and care card still attached to the bag.   $750

81. Thomas and Thomas Montana.  8 1/2’, 2/2, 8 wt.  Reverse half wells grip, uplocking screw seat over walnut, prominent swelled butt, straw colored perfectly varnished cane, translucent tan silks and 2” removable fighting butt neatly stored at the opposite end of the tube.  Ser. #28XX.  Neatly written on this rod is the first owners monogram “ACF” about 9” above the cork.  Never seen it done that way but looks very sharp.  All writing in Tom Maxwell’s hand.  This is a full bodied, full working light salmon rod.  As we’ve come to expect from the two Toms, beautiful workmanship; a casting machine.  Soiling of cork not even worth mentioning otherwise excellent plus, plus.   $1,500

82. Payne 104.  8 1/2”, 2/2, 4 3/8 oz., 5/6 wt.  Cigar grip, blued cap and ring over walnut, straw colored cane, dark brown silks tipped black and red agate stripper guide.  Tag is still here but weight only can be read.  Expertly refinished by an unknown worker.  Rod enjoys wonderful dry fly tapers for 5 or 6 wt. lines and is rather Catskill-like in feel – lots of activity in the upper reaches of the rod.  The refinish work is brilliant; the rarity of the 2 piece 8 1/2 well acknowledged.  Unused since its restoration with original tagged bag and fully labeled tube.   $2,450

83. Orvis Madison.  8 1/2’, 2/1, 5 1/8 oz. 8/9 wt.  Casts an 8 wt. line perfectly and I like to fully load my rods!  Ser. #73XXX.  Cigar grip very slightly soiled, downlocking seat and the expected brown silks.  Medium straw colored cane and blued ferrules.  Near new.   $425
84. Goodwin Granger Special.  8 1/2’, 3/2.  5/6 wt.  Reverse half wells grip (soiled), uplocking internal screw seat, green/gold silks, medium dark straw cane, and bright ferrules.  All original rod with only some minor checks in the varnish surface that can be polished out otherwise the rod is dead straight and ferrule fit is as tight as when it left the shop.  Although the rod has had honorable use, it remains in very good condition with its original labeled brown tube.  With some TLC this rod can be perfect.   $525

85. Orvis Battenkill.  8 1/2’, 3/2, 4 3/4 oz.  6 wt. (and so marked).  Ser. #18XXX (1956).  Cigar grip, downlocking screw seat over walnut, medium dark straw colored impregnated cane and blued ferrules  Characteristic of 3 piece Orvis rods, it has a very nice smooth medium action dry fly flavor and defies the usual practice for the company to make 8 1/2 rods at least 7 wts. and might even take a 5 DT line.  So, a nice exception to the rule.  Since the rod is from 1956 and that it is put up in period tube but looks very modern, I must assume that it was redone by Orvis along the way.  A note from Orvis to the previous owner attests to its vintage and other details.  Seems unused since its refinish.   $575

86. Payne 205.  8 1/2’, 3/2, 5 1/4 oz. 6 wt.  Reverse half wells (Payne) grip, uplocking hardware over cedar “Sold by” to the turnbuckle, deep straw colored cane and brown silks appropriately tipped black for its length.  Just a fabulous casting rod for medium to big water.  Would make a great canoe rod.  Balance this rod with a 3 3/8 St. George or Perfect.  Deftly refinished by an unknown but competent practitioner.   $2,100

87. Wright and McGill Stream and Lake 8642.   8 1/2’, 3/2, 4 1/2 oz. 5/6 wt. ca 1947/48.  I prefer a 5DT.  Reverse half wells grip, uplocking internal n.s. Granger patented seat, red silks over beautiful evenly toned deep straw colored cane and a moderate swelled butt.  Enjoys the well-known easy, pleasing, Granger medium action.  Maybe the most generally well liked maker in the production class. Just a bit of dryness to the grip from age rather than from use.  Seat is perfect, varnish perfect and silks are perfect.  Don’t believe this rod ever saw water.  With its original fully labeled card tube.   $525

88. Walt Powell.  8’8”, 2/2, 4 7/8 oz. 6 wt.  Full wells grip, uplocking champagne seat over zebra wood.  Charleston green silks over straw colored polished impregnated shafts and sensibly witness marked perfect fitting ferrules.  Rod has an easy progressive dry fly flavor.  Walt’s rods, while to some, appear pedestrian for finish and cosmetic work, just never but never disappoint for performance.  This rod is no exception.  Mint condition and remarkably underappreciated; undervalued.   $825

89. Hardy Palakona.  8’9”, 2/2. 7 wt.  7” reverse half wells grip its size and proportions fitting for the rod, uplocking aluminum hardware over black tenite spacer, straw colored beautifully varnished cane, black silks tipped Kelly green, and an agate stripper guide.  Although the rod is clearly marked #7, I believe it will more reliably cast an 8 wt. line.  Would make for a super steelhead rod.  Rod is mint unused with plastic on the handle and I’ve provided an Orvis tube as with most English rods it was put up in a bag only.  A really nice rod.  $575

90. Orvis Shooting Star.  9’, 2/2, 6 oz. 8/9 wt.  Ser. #55XXX.  6 1/2:” cigar grip all aluminum downlocking seat, 2 1/4” removable fighting butt, stainless ferrules, and 3 stripper guides to the butt section.  Salt water compatible; big salmon rod.  Very slight soiling of the grip otherwise excellent plus.   $425

91. Orvis Battenkill.  9’, 2/2, 6 oz. (6 1/4 actual) 7/8 wt.  7 1/4” cigar grip, all aluminum downlocking seat and very dark handsome shafts.  Ser. #26XXX (1959) and in near mint condition.  While the grip shows minor soiling I really don’t think the rod was used much.   $400


92. Scott F2 703/3.  7’, 3 piece, 3 wt., glass rod.  As new.   $425

93. Scott G 703/3 MMT.  Also known as the Murray Trout Rod and made for the Shenandoah River Murray’s Trout Shop.  6’ 10”, 3 piece, 1.9 oz. 3 wt.  Current retail price for this rod about $750.  New condition.   $325

94. Orvis Full Flex.  4.5. 7’, 2/1, 1 oz., 4 wt.  Mint condition.   $225

95. Sage GFL 475.  7 1/2’, 2/1, 2 3/8 oz.  4 wt.  As new.   $200

96. St. Croix Avid.  7’9", 4 piece, 4 wt.  Mint.   $175

97. Scott STS 804/4.  8’, 4p., 2.7 oz., 4 wt.  MSRP for this rod is currently $480.  Minor soiling to grip otherwise excellent plus, plus.   $200

98. Scott Radian.  8 1/2’, 4 piece, 4 wt.  New condition.   $425

99. Scott Radian.  9’, 4 piece, 4 wt.  Minor grip soiling otherwise excellent plus.   $400

100. Fresh H2O.  The Fly Shop.  Hat Creek model, 9’, 4 piece-two tip, 4 wt.  New unused in cordovan case with reel compartment.   $100

101. Scott A3 909/4.  9’, 4 piece, 4.3 oz., 9 wt.  New condition.   $250

102. Hardy Smuggler (Gem).  9’, 6 piece, 5/6 wt.  Brand new.   $375

Bait Casting Rods

Offering a few more bait casting rods from the Jay Herbert collection and a second opportunity for buyers who missed out on the Spring assortment.  All of these rods offered in my Spring catalogue were sold; these rods represent the same high quality standards from that collection.

103. F.E. Thomas Special.  6’, 2/2, fast action.  This is truly a beautiful all original rod with proper die stamp to the all n.s. seat, nice condition grip, red silks tipped black, agate guides and tip tops and about perfect varnish.  The all metal seat shows some random dings but overall the rod with its original bag and tube, is excellent and serial numbered “8”.   $350

104. Goodwin Granger Special.  6’, 2/1, 4 1/8 oz. Medium weight.  All original with Landman style bakelite real seat, yellow silks and rich dark cane.  This is one of the finest Granger bait casting rods I’ve seen and deserves a Meek or Milam reel to accompany it.  Some isolated checks to the varnish otherwise very good condition with its original bag and fully labeled tube.   $250

105. Phillipson Paramount.  6’, 2/1, light action rod.  Straw colored cane, brown Bakelite seat variegated silks and perfect cork grip and fore end.  Seat has one minor reel foot mar otherwise the rod is in excellent condition with original bag and tube.   $225

106. Goodwin Granger Favorite.  6’, 2/1, 4 oz. medium weight.  Just a fabulous looking rod with its variegated silks and yellow intermediate wraps throughout.  Some soiling of the cork otherwise a truly elegant all original rod, stunning with its original bag and fully labeled tube.   $250

107. Heddon President 2550.  5 1/2’, 3/8 oz.  Tournament rod.  Rod’s actual length is 5’4”; believe shortened at the male ferrule end.  Rod is all original save the work at the male ferrule (I think).  Its original Heddon bag notes that it was for a 6’ rod.  Overall this is really a striking looking rod with a trigger grip and walnut forend to the handle.  Quite elegant with exceptions noted and proper labeled tube.   $75

108. Heddon Jim Heddon’s Favorite model 850.  6’, 2/1-M.  All original with red silks tipped black, down locking screw seat over black bakelite, all original fully labeled bag and tube.  Structurally perfect but could benefit from a refinish.   $125


109. Hardy Flyweight.  LH/RH.  2 1/2’, 2/3 wt. reel from the Lightweight Series.  Made in England and as new with case, boxes, spare spool and paperwork and now set for left hand retrieve.   $275

110. Orvis CFOI.  2 3/4”, 3/4 wt. reel made by Abel.  LH/RH.  This is Orvis’ newest interation of the reel first designed by Stan Bogdan.  This production of the reel is amazing for finish and mechanics.  Abel has taken the reel to a new level.  New with box, case and papers.   $285

111. Pfleuger Medalist 1492 1/2.  2 7/8” wide spool version of the 1492. RHW.  Holds 3/4 wt. lines.  Excellent condition with original box and spare spool.   $85

112. Joe Saracione Mark I.  2 3/4”, RHW (can be switched to LHW), black sideplates, perforated front plate, sweeping counterbalanced “S” handle, stainless bezel mounted posts and champagne colored frame.  A great traditional looking, Bogdan like reel, for 3/4 wt. lines.  As new with pouch and box; no longer made by Joe.   $575

113. Abel.5 from the Big Game Series.  3”, 4/5 wt. reel.  Late model with audible click in and out and believe reversible – now set for LHW.  From the company that invented the “high tech” protocol for reels, ever so smooth with a drag that is extraordinarily delicate or train stopping tough.  A couple of mounting nicks to the foot otherwise near mint with spare spool and cases.   $375

114. David Robichaud.  2 3/4” reel, RHW, 3/4 wt. reel.  Rarely coming to market any more are these beautifully made reels by D.L. Robichaud formerly of Hudson, NH.  Bogdan like and perhaps the most well finished of its type ever available.  Black side plates, perforated front plate and spool, elegant counterbalanced “S” handle cleverly contoured for ease of use.  As new with original leather pouch.  This one with a very strong click in and out – unusual for the reel.   $750

115. Orvis/Abel CFO II.  Just as item 110, but 2 7/8” and the perfect 4 wt. reel.  New with box, case and papers (2).   $285

116. Orvis CFO III.  Screwback reel with spare spool in overall very good condition with Battenkill case.   $350

117. Hardy Bougle Mark IV Heritage Edition.  3”, RH/LH, now set for LHW.  Made in England and one of the smoothest functioning reels ever produced by the company.  The 3” can hold 4 or 5 wt. line.  Reel foot ends show mounting otherwise the reel is near mint with spare spool, case, box and papers.   $475

118. 3 1/8” Hardy Perfect.  1960’s issue, RHW only, very slightly raised aluminum center pin, and ridged brass foot.  A super 4 or 5 wt. reel with enough weight to balance up to 8’ bamboo.  Some edge wear but generally in very good condition and tight as a drum.   $425

119. 3 1/8” Hardy Uniqua.  Vintage piece with blued finish, ridged brass foot and horseshoe latch; a perfect 5 wt.  Previous owner deftly turned the pawls around to make for a very effective LHW reel.  Needless to say, it can be made to wind RH as well, much bluing remains and there is only minimal play in the spool – almost not worth mentioning, really.  A few scratches around the latch otherwise very good condition.   $225

120. Orvis/Abel CFO III.  As 110 or 115 in the 3” size for 4 or 5 wt. lines.  New with box, case and papers.   $285

121. Bauer M2SL.  3 1/8” large arbor/wide spool reel for 4, 5 or 6 WF lines.  Beautiful low luster black anodized finish, easy access drag adjust, silent retrieve, elegant soft purr to the seamlessly engaging drag and is virtually backlash free.  A very cool high tech reel.  Minor mounting marks to the foot otherwise near mint.   $200

122. Dingley.  Caged spool type.  3”, 5 wt., RHW reel with telephone latch, ivory (ivorine?) handle, 7 pins showing to the revolving spool, smooth brass foot and blued finish that’s about 100%.  Hallmark “D” to the interior and about the nicest small Dingley I have ever had – beautiful.   $325

123. Coming soon, another 3” Dingley – this one carries the Wm, Mills moniker.  Will be reasonably priced after inspection.

124. Bogdan Standard Trout.  3 1/4”, narrow spool, RHW (can be changed to LHW).  A more perfect traditional 5 wt. reel has yet to emerge.  Mounting marks to the foot otherwise excellent plus, plus in original bag.   $2,350

125. Hardy Bougle Mark IV Heritage Edition.  3 1/4”, LH/RH, 5/6 wt. reel now set for LHW.  Made in England.  Marks to foot ends and one tiny ding to the interior of its frame at 4 o’clock otherwise excellent plus with case and box.   $375

126. Orivs CFO IV.  “Screwback”, 3 1/4”, 5/6 wt. reel.  I use mine with 5 DT line.  LH/RH now set in LH mode.  Shows some edge wear but altogether in very good condition with spare spool, case, and paperwork.   $300

127. Pflueger Medalist 1494.  3 1/4”, 5/6 reel.  Fitted with the “One Pfoot” cleverly designed to fit all modern rods.  Stirrup line guide so convertible RH/LH, now set for RH retrieve.  Excellent.   $40

128. Hardy 3 3/8” St. George.  A truly elegant offering, 2 screw, enameled St. George with milky agate line guide, ridged brass foot, bezelled tenite handle and n.s. screw adjust.  RHW.  Finish is about 99%, is tight as a drum and best of all, still has its original near perfect condition cream and blue card box properly marked for the reel.  Truly an elegant reel for 5 or 6 wt. lines and bamboo rods 7 1/2 - 9 feet.   $425

129. Hardy Marquis 7.  3 1/2”, 5/6/7 reel.  As a System 7 and enjoys interchangeable spools.  Gray frame, natural aluminum spool with rim control and round grommet drag protocol to interior.  Now set for RHW.  Very good condition with SA case.   $140

130. Bogdan Large Trout.  3 1/4”, wide spool version of the standard trout with 6/7 wt. line capacity.  LHW, fixed drag and save a few handling marks to the rear plate and very light nicks to the edge, excellent plus condition with original bag.   $2,350

131. Ross Gunnison G-3.  3 1/2” reel for 6/7 wt. line.  Now set for left hand retrieve.  Black satin finish and in perfect condition with spare spool and as new lines.  A reel that Ross should never have abandoned.  One of the best retrieves and drag protocols ever.   $250

132. Hardy Marquis 8/9.  3 5/8”, 7/8 wt. reel.  Gray frame, gray spool with natural aluminum edge, rim control and “U” drag protocol to interior with dual pawls.  LH/RH convertible, currently set for LHW.  A great traditional reel from Hardy and the favorite of sea run trout fisherman across the pond.  Almost no discernible use.   $175

133. Orvis CFO V.  3 1/2”, 7/8 wt. reel and rarely seen with the “screwback’.  A few stray surface only nicks to the spool edge and frame otherwise very good in a later Orvis case.  LH/RH now set for RHW.   $250

134. Orvis Madison 8.  3 5/8” for 7 or 8 wt. lines and as a Pflueger Medalist 1496.  Made by Pflueger in the 1970’s for Orvis, reversible, but now LHW with stirrup line guard.  Appears unused.   $50

135. Another.  This one a model 9.  Same diameter but carries a wider spool for up to 9 wt. lines.  Unused.   $50

136. Hardy St. John MK2.  3 7/8”, 8/9 wt. reel and the standard for Atlantic Salmon for decades.  LH/RH convertible, 2 screw latch, aluminum foot and enamel finish (100%).  Scuffs to foot ends from mounting otherwise gently used so excellent plus.   $275

137. Hardy St. Aidan.  3 7/8” and one of the largest reels from the Lightweight Series.  LH/RH convertible.  Sports the 2 screw n.s. line guard with patent numbers so a vintage piece and save a few scuffs to the foot ends near mint condition with original case and paperwork.   $275

138. Another.  This one later, still made in England, with the single screw line guard, spare spool, cases boxes, and papers. Scuffs to the foot ends otherwise near mint and set up for LHW.   $325

139. Hardy Zenith. 3 3/8” wide spool reel from the Lightweight Series.  LH/RH, now set for LHW.  8/9 wt. reel in new unused condition with case, box and paperwork.   $325
Interestingly, according to the Hardy Company paperwork, the St. John, St. Aidan and Zenith each enjoy the same line capacities.  

140. Hardy Bougle Mark IV.  3 3/4” reel LH/RH; now set for left hand retrieve.  8/9/10 wt. reel most loved by spey fishers to balance longer rods.  Mint unused with box and paperwork.   $425

141. Joe Saracione Mark IV Salmon.  3 1/4” x 2 3/8” (overall) 8/9 wt. reel.  LHW.  Solid black sideplates, elegant counter- balanced “S” handle, and easy adjust drag knob to the verso  Incredible full range drag from tippet protecting light to train stopping tough.  One of the best reels that Joe has produced.  Perfect for appearance and finish; perfect for performance.  Just a super Atlantic Salmon/Steelhead reel.  Joe’s current price for this reel is $1,170.  Here in new unused condition with case and box.   $975

142. Stan Bogdan 150.  The ultimate salmon reel.  3 1/2” x 2 3/8” (overall) for 8, 9 or 10 wt. lines.  RHW.  Has a few insignificant nicks to the frame edges, no discernible mounting marks to the foot and although not in mint condition still in excellent minimally used condition.   $2,950