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Beautiful wooden canoes, Badger Paddles and other accessories are listed on the Wooden Canoe page.

Frost River traditional canvas packs - American made, exceptional quality.


Bird and Fish Decoys by Top Contemporary Decoy Artists


Wm. Salter & Grandson Fly Fishing Shoulder Bag / Brief Case

Hand Made in Britain - Canvas and Leather - $195


The Tribute Reel

A Classic Reel made in Warwickshire, England

Specifications and Details Below


Swift River Glass

A new generation of fiberglass fly rods has generated keen interest among experienced anglers and newcomers alike. Swift River offers finely designed and crafted fiberglass rods.

The Foothills series is moderately priced and built with an eye toward quiet elegance.The High Sierra series is built on custom blanks and finished with the finest classic, lightweight hardware.

2017 Sierras feature McFarland blanks with custom grips, components, and cosmetics on request.


Bamboo Rods in Stock as of 9/30/2017

New Rods Every Month


1) Swift River Swift: 6'8", 2/2, 3/4 weight, new. This Swift is based on the famed F. E. Thomas taper of the same length, regarded by many bamboo rod enthusiasts as the greatest casting three weight ever. It is a delightful rod with which to fish on small streams and in pocket water where precise placement of dry flies is critical. This particular model has an oxidized nickel silver, cap and ring reel seat with redwood spacer, a six inch cigar grip, oxidized hexagonal winding check and agate insert stripping guide. I have used size 11 CSE Super Swiss ferrules and light reverse twist snake guides. The wraps are translucent antigue gold with burgundy tipping. I especially appreciate this rod on spring creeks and mountain streams where delicate presentations are required. Paired with a four weight silk line it is an excellent roll caster but has an effective range of 45 feet in the hands of most casters. It comes with CSE rod bag and tube with brass end caps. $1250


2) Edwards Bristol F-12: 7'6', 3/2, 4/5 weight, excellent, restored. This signed "Edwards Bristol" is in a rarely found configuration, a three piece, two tip rod at 7'6". The Bristol Rods that carried the Edwards (Gene) signature were always well-made and cosmetically superior. This rod has a down-locking reel seat seen often on late Edwards and Sons rods and the Bristol model F-18s. I replaced the moderate Wells grip with an exact hand-made replica. The script on the butt section reads Edwards Bristol, followed by the Bristol Built decal on one flat, and F-12 - 7 1/2' on the adjacent flat. It sports a strap and ring hook keeper and gold silk wraps with black trim throughout. It has a mildrum style stripping guide and oxidized nickel-silver ferrules in sizes 16 and 10, giving the rod a nice medium-fast action and good casting range. Every element of the rod is as new, all sections full length with no sets in the cane. It comes with the original rod bag that shows wear and a period correct tube that may be original to the rod but is unmarked. $795



3) Heddon for Lyon and Coulson, Buffalo, NY: 7'6", 2/2, Deluxe Model, 00 F, 3/4 weight, excellent, partially restored. This hard to find rod with a Heddon 00 ferrule (11/64) is the equivalent of the Heddon model 35, the Peerless. It has a downlocking reel seat with a walnut spacer and a slim 5 1/2 inch Wells grip in clean condition but with very slight ridging. The nicely swelled butt has a strap-and-ring hook keeper, with L&C Major Deluxe scripted on one flat and # 00 on another. The wraps are brown with no trim, one of the color choices available for these rods that were custom wrapped only after the order was placed. It has a diminutive stripping guide with agate insert. I believe the wraps and snake guides may be original to the rod but it has been given a light overcoat of varnish. The ferrules are finished with black lacquer and fit very well. The diameter of the tips below the tip top wrap is .065 suggesting excellent suitability as a dry fly rod. It comes with the original L&C rod bag and tube. $795



4) Swift River Salient: 7'6", 2/2, 4/5 weight, new. I have a new Salient on the bench for completion. This rod is from a blank I made back in 2008, the sibling of the rod shown below. It has dark flamed cane with lighter nodes and is made in the tradition of the Leonard Hunt rods. It has a size 13 CSE Leonard style ferrule and a 3/3 node pattern. The silks are translucent olive green trimmed with burgundy. The stripping guide has a lovely red agate insert. The oxidized NS slide-band reel seat has an oiled and varnished butternut insert to compliment the lighter nodes of the cane. I have fashioned a high-grade cork cigar grip dressed with an oxidized NS hexagonal winding check. I think these Salients are beautiful rods. They have a fine all-around, medium action of the sort that will make it a go-to rod for trout fishing. It will come with a CSE rod bag, black powder finished aluminum tube with brass caps, a hanging tag, and ferrule plug. $1275



5) Mark Ruhe: 7'6", 2/2, 4/5 weight, excellent, original. Mark is a talented builder from Spokane, Washington who for several years circa 2000 made about a dozen rods for Swift River Fly Fishing. I am very pleased to be able to offer this rod for sale as Mark stopped building rods about 12 years ago. Every rod is a fine casting instrument and finished to the highest of standards. This rod is beautifully made with a bright nickel-silver, cap and band reel seat with birdseye maple spacer. The excellent condition slim cigar grip is 6 inches, with a very nice NS winding check and a strap and ring hook keeper. The wraps are translucent gold with black at the ferrules over nicely flammed, darker cane. The stripper is a mildrum style and the snakes stainless steel. The size 15 oxidized ferrules make this a strong little rod that can throw a five weight line with authority. I believe it is one of his Garrison taper rods. The action is medium-fast for cane and it seems to be an excellent all-around rod for small and mid size waters. The rod is in excellent condition with the original bag and tube. This rod would be a fine choice for any one who wanted a very well-made cane rod to fish often. $895



6) Gene Edwards Rainbow # 62: 7'6", 2/2, 4 weight, excellent, original. This early Gene Edwards Autographed fly rod is labeled the Rainbow # 62 in white ink on the butt. It is a very sweet light line rod in excellent original condition. It has a down-locking reel seat with what appears to be a walnut spacer and a slim seven inch Wells grip that is clean but with very slight ridging. The u shaped hook keeper is wrapped with black thread and gold trim and the guides and ferrules are wrapped in the same color scheme. It has a mildrum style stripping guide and bright nickel-silver ferrules in size 12. The cane is an evenly flamed medium brown and the butt has a gentle swell just before it enters the grip. The tips measure .070 inches below the tip tops and I would describe the action as medium, tending toward fast. It comes complete with the original labeled Gene Edwards Autographed rod bag and the original tube. The tube retains a full description of the rod as placed there by Jim Adams, a lomg-time California rod dealer, who sold it to the previous owner about 20 years ago. For those collecting Edwards family rods this is a rare find and an excellent all-around trout rod for small and mid sized streams. $875



7) Winchester (Edwards): 7'6", 3/2, 4 weight, good, partially restored. Seven foot six inch Winchesters are rare rods to the extent that Patrick Garner, who wrote an extensive book on Edwards rods, stated that he had heard of them but never seen one. Eustis Edwards was with Winchester from 1919 to 1924 and based on the reel seat I am inclined to believe that this is a rod from that period. I am currently redoing some dried wraps and replacing two minor repair wraps, one on each tip. The reel seat is all nickle-silver with a down-locking washer. The five-inch cigar grip has been cleaned and is in excellent condition. It has a typical Winchester winding check, an agate insert stripping guide, and bright nickel-silver ferrules that fit very well. They are sizes 10 and 15. The silk wraps are dark red with subtle gold trim. I have replaced two guide and three ferrule wraps. One tip has a hook dig between the tip top and top-most snake guide. The hook lifted one of the six cane strips and caused a half-inch delamination that is now reglued and covered with a .8 inch invisible repair wrap. The second tip had a small crack to one flat below the top-most snake guide. I have cleaned and re-wrapped that area with a 1.1 inch repair wrap as well. Those repairs are very secure and the rod is in fine, fishable condition. I have polished the old varnish and the rod looks great. The action is medium, tending toward fast. It comes with a bamboo tube for the tips and a heavy duty canvas sack that are both original to the rod. $450


8) F. E. Thomas Special: 8', 2/2, 5 weight, very good, mostly original. This F. E. Thomas Special is indeed that. It has an downlocking, Hardy-style reel seat with a cedar spacer, a substantial six inch cigar grip in clean, excellent condition, and a FET winding check with integrated hook keeper. It has a nicely swelled butt for added backbone. The rod is all original except that the previous owner, a well-known restorationist, polished the rod and gave it a light over coat of varnish. It has a 3-2-3-2-3 signature wrap. All the wraps are in dark brown silk, typical of the later Specials and Brown Tones. The stripping guide is an oxidized all metal mildrum style. The snake guides are tungsten steel, reverse twist, original to the rod. The cane is a light honey brown. The size 13 ferrules are bright nickel silver and fit well. It is a nice medium action rod and the diameter of the cane before the tip tops is .060. I believe this to be a medium action dry fly taper, but the hanging tag is missing. The serial # is H 38. It comes with the original bag and brass capped Special rod tube with a Thomas Rod shield that is about 95% present. A small former owner's label on the tube shows that it was a Maine rod most of its life. It may well be one of the sweetest rods you will ever cast. Unfortunately one tip is 1/2 inch short. $1395



9) Heddon Black Beauty - 8', 3/2, 1 3/4 F, 4/5 weight, excellent, restored. This fine light trout rod had been incorrectly restored with red silk wraps and bright nickel-silver ferrules. I have nearly completed a correct restoration with black silk thread and orange tipping at the hook-keeper and ferrule wraps. It has the later straight line script on the butt with the the black, patented down-locking Heddon reel seat. The grip is a slim reverse half-Wells in fine clean condition. I have re-blackened the ferrules as per the original. I would describe the action as medium but tending toward fast. The rod promises many years of fine fishing and is complete with the original, correctly labeled rod bag and tube. All sections are full and straight. $795


10) Amherst Fishing Rod Company - The Amherst: 8', 3/2, 4/5 weight, very good, original. The Amherst is the highest grade of the five models made by AFRCo. This rod shows the characteristic features of the high grade Amherst models and has the serial number 142 scripted on the butt below the stripping guide. It has a down-locking aluminum reel seat with a walnut spacer and a seven inch fish-tail grip constructed of 1/4 inch cork rings, an elegant custom old-time feature. The size 16 and 10 nickel-silver ferrules are also of a higher quailty than most AFRCo rods, with machined, soldered welts on the females for extra strength. The guide and ferrule wraps are light red, with three small decorative wraps in red, and green trimming on each guide and ferrule wrap, making a very attractive rod. There are some additional decorative wraps on the butt section. I have left the wraps original but with an additional coat of varnish to protect them from fraying. I have replaced the decorative wrap just ahead of the grip and hook keeper. Otherwise the rod is original with no flaws. It does show some wear but much less so than most sixty year old rods. It come with the original bag and marked AFRCo rod tube. It has a pleasing medium action and is in fine fishing condition. This is a fine example of the very best AFRCo rods. $575


11) H. R. Sedgwick: 8', 3/2, 5/6 weight, very good, restored. Sedgwick was a highly respected early 20th century Hartford, Connecticut rod maker (1920s) whose rods rarely come to market due to scarcity. His work is often compared to that of Ed and Jim Payne, though many or his rods were finished with very ornate wraps. This rod appears to be restored to original condition and shows a more conservative wrap scheme, much like Payne or F. E. Thomas rods of the same period. The wraps are a medium brown and the cane a light honey brown. The reel seat is a cap and band style with a tiger maple spacer. The butt cap has the H. R. Sedgwick, maker stamp. The 5 1/4 inch cigar grip is clean but shows minor ridging. The ferrules are size 15 and 10 and fit well. The snakes guides are modern replacements. It has a medium action but I suspect it was designed as an early dry fly model. I rate the restoration as very good rather than excellent due to the replacement guides and very good but not excellent varnish work. It is a rare rod from a maker with excellent credentials. I believe the rod tube to be original and while the bag is similar to those on other Sedgwick rods the excellent condition indicates to me that is is a modern replacement. $975



12) Granger Victory 8040 : 8' , 4/5 weight, excellent, original. This widely-admired 8040 Granger taper is finished as a Victory and is in excellent, all-original condition. It has brown jasper wraps with black trim, very nicely executed, and all original guides. The original varnish is equally excellent. The ferrule fit is tight, suggesting that the rod has seen only moderate use since made in the mid 1930s. The half-Wells grip is moderately soiled and shows some minor ridging. It has an internal, up-locking reel seat. The cane is a even, dark brown. This taper makes an excellent all-around trout rod and most casters come quickly to admire its moderate casting stroke with enough muscle to cut through the frequent winds in the Rockies. The tube unfortunately does not appear to be original but the rod bag is. $875



13) Goodwin Granger Special 8040: 8', 3/2, 4/5 weight, excellent, restored. The Granger 8040 taper is considered one of the greatest classic tapers ever, a favorite among Rocky Mountain and West Coast anglers. The restoration is very well done with gold silk thread to mimic the aged Granger green color. It has a typical Granger stripper, black guides and newer tip-tops with a nicely executed varnish finish. Smooth and tight-fitting, drawn N/S ferrules give a nice pop when separated, but I have reset the butt ferrule which was a bit loose on the cane. It is fitted with a comfortable cigar grip, an internal screw, uplocking metal reel seat in perfect working condition, a clearly struck Goodwin stamp and an exposed WC. The rod comes with a replacement bag and tube. It has that wonderfully smooth medium action for which this taper is so well known. $875



14) Edwards Sons - Edwards Special: 8'6", 3/2, 5/6 weight, partially restored. This Edwards Sons rod was made at Mt. Carmel in 1932 to 1932 from stock and components left from the Edwards and Sons period. The reel seat is down-locking with walnut spacer and black resin locking washer, grip check and winding check. Edwards "Special" is scripted on the butt in white ink. The agate insert stripping guiding was bent and replaced it with another original Edwards stripping guide. The double shouldered Edwards ferrules are finished bright. The wraps are medium brown silk with gold trim at the ferrules. The snake guides are the correct, original oblique angle guides as used by the Edwards family. One tip was in poor condition and I had to strip that tip section and re-wrap the guides. Because of that the color is slightly lighter that the other tip and has an agate insert tip top rather than the a pear-shaped perfection top. The ferrule fit is excellent. The 5.5 inch cigar grip is clean and without issues. The rod bag and tube appear to be original. $695


15) F. E. Thomas Dirigo: 8'6", 3/2, 5 weight, excellent, original. This all original Dirigo is in excellent condition, the only up-date being a light polishing of the varnish to remove some minor bag rash. It has a downlocking, Hardy style reel seat with a black resin spacer. The butt cap is stamped Dirigo / F.E. Thomas / Bangor, ME. The grip is a 5 1/2 inch cigar shape with minor soiling. The rod is wrapped in the classic burgundy silk seen on many Dirigo models. It has a mildrum style stripping guide and reverse-twist tungsten snake guides. The ferrule fit is very good and I would describe the action as medium. The tips however are very fine, measuring just .065 inches below the tip top, indicating it is one of FET's dry fly tapers. It is a fine example of one of the classic rods of the 1940s and 50s. It comes complete with the original bag and hanging tag and the original rod tube with a very well preserved Thomas Rod shield. $875



16) Edwards Quadrate Model 35: 8'6", 3/2, 6 weight, excellent, original. This all original William Edwards Quadrate is in excellent condition with a black tenite reel seat, light coffee-brown silk wraps and bright nickel silver ferrules. These early Quadrate rods have been very hard to acquire in the past few years so I am delighted to have this one in inventory. It has a medium-fast action and feels as if a six weight line will be the way to go. The cork fish-tail grip shows almost no wear and the varnish is very good to excellent with no appreciable wear or scars. The ferrule fit is tight and the wraps are all excellent with a good protective covering of varnish. Like all Quadrates it is a powerful rod that will cast a long, straight line without the torque that can pull hex rods to one side or the other. The rod bag is a good quality replacement but the rod tube does appear to be original, sans label. If you are in the market for an original Quadrate this rod will not disappoint. $875



17) Cross Doublebuilt - Southbend: 8'6", 3/3, 5 weight (HGH) , good, original. This is a very nice Cross Doublebuilt model 166 made by Wes Jordan for South Bend, with a Dewey's Sport Shop decal on the butt section. It has an up-locking reel seat with an internal screw locking mechanism and a black resin spacer. The moderate half-Wells grip is 7 inches and shows minor soiling. It has a strap and ring hook keeper with the strap wrapped in black silk thread, and a small black and gold decorative wrap. South Bend / Cross Doublebuilt / Model 166 - 8 1/2 ft. / HEH or H is scripted on four flats on the butt section. The serial number 0473597 in inscribed on the butt just below the mildrum style stripping guide. The size 16 and 11 bright nickel-silver ferrules fit well. The mid has four and the tips have 5 snake guides wrapped with black silk with gold trim. It is designed as an all-around trout rod and has a nice medium action. Some the the black guide wraps are faded but in otherwise fine condition. One tip is 3.5 inches short but I am including in the sale another South Bend tip of the same taper. You can fish that other tip as is or move the ferrule from the shorter tip and refinish the new tip to look like the original. I am happy to do that for $95 if the buyer wishes. It is a nice mid-quality rod from an esteeemed rod maker. The well worn bag may be original to the rod but the tube is from Heddon and missing the cap. $375


18) F. E. Thomas Dirigo: 8'6", 3/2, 5 weight, excellent, original. This is a lovely, early rod made circa 1920. It has an all nickel-silver, slide-band reel seat with the F. E. Thomas stamp. The five inch cigar grip is clean and without damage. The butt has eight evenly spaced signature wraps and all sections have full intermediates. The snakes guides are reverse twist and the ferrules are bright nickel-silver. Like all early Dirigos it has a snake guide for the stripper. The silk wraps are red. It has a very slight swell as the cane enters the grip. The action is medium and it is a fine all-around trout rod. I have polished the varnish and the nickel-silver hardware to return the rod to as new condition. Some minor wear to the varnish is still visible but it has a lovely aged patina. It comes with the oringinal rod bag in excellent condition and the original FET brass capped tube that is moderately tarnished. $695


19) F. E. Thomas Dirigo: 9', 3/2, 4 weight, very good, restored. This rod was restored by George Maurer in the 1990s and unfished since that time. It is an early rod (1920s) with red silks and full intermediate wraps. The 5.5 inch cigar girp is clean but shows minor ridging. The reel seat is all nickel-silver with slide band and butt cap marked on the end with four concentric circles. The rod comes in a canvas sack with a bamboo tip tube (cap missing). The action is slow, intended for wet flies and nymphs. It is a fine, early classic trout rod. The bright nickel silver ferrules are sizes 15 and 10. The snake guides are repacements. A fine fishing rod and piece of Thomas history. $645



20) Edwards Quadrate: 9', 3/2, 6 weight, excellent, restored. This is a rod with an interesting history. I first bought it in the late 1990s at Lang's Auction. Later that day Sam Carlson verified that it was a rod he had restored and pointed to the hook keeper and other features to identify the rod. I fished the rod for a couple of years and sold it to George Black, the author of Casting a Spell. He mentions the rod twice in that book, on pages 107 and 185. A year or so later he sold the rod back to me and a couple years later I sold it again as I was not using it very often. I fished this rod for landlocks in Maine, stripped bass on the Massachusetts North Shore, salmon and pike in northern Russia, and cutthroats in Yellowstone National Park. While it is a big stick it has a very mellow, medium action, slower than most Edwards Quadrates. It has the only maroon colored bakelite reel seat with white butt cap and squared maroon winding check I have seen on a Quadrate. It has one of Sam's hook keepers and brown/burgundy wraps that are close to the Maroon reel seat in color. The grip is in very good, clean condition but you can see an area where Sam filled in some hook digs in the cork. The ferrules are oxidized and the varnish is nearly perfect. While I am again reluctant to part with the rod, I have too many to imagine fishing it as often as it deserves. It's only flaw is that Sam removed the signature on the butt of the rod saying that at the time the signature seemed unnecessary as only Edwards made Quads. It comes with the original rod bag and labeled rod tube. $875



21) Heddon Model 50, Presidential: 9', 3/2, 2 F, 6 weight, partially restored. This stunningly beautiful rod is among the best Heddon ever made. The cane is a rich, lightly-grained brown and the guides are wrapped with antique gold silk thread with green trim. The reel seat is an elegant down-locking style made of highly polished silver (chrome?) with circassian walnut and black tenite. It has a seven inch cigar grip that is clean and smooth with a black tenite winding check and a strap and ring hook keeper. Heddon / Deluxe / President is scripted on three flats and # 50 - 9 - 2 F - HDH or C is scripted on a fourth. The ferrules are blackened and fit well and the action is medium. The rod has been given a light refresher coat of varnish that remains in excellent condition. I see this as a big fish / big river / lake or canoe rod capable of handling anything from small drys to big streamers, and great for landlocks, steelhead, grilse, and big browns in both fresh and tidal waters. It comes with the original bag with correct tag and a gold Heddon rod tube. $675



Swift River Glass

SRG 1) Swift River Foothills - 7', 3 piece, 4 weight, new. This new fiberglass rod is fitted with an all-cork, slide band reel seat with black anodized aluminum hardware. It has a slim 5 1/2 inch hand- turned torpedo grip, black rubber winding check, and bronzed strap and ring hook keeper. The stripping guide has a gold anodized frame with black ceramic insert. The snakes guides are black wire Snake Brand guides wrapped onto the rod with dark brown vintage Edwards silk. The tip top is gold anodized to match the stripping guide. It has a very pleasant and forgiving medium action and will serve well as an all-around small stream rod. New bag and tube included. $325



SRG 2) James Green/Marty Desapio - 7'2", 4 piece, 2/3 weight, as new. $350


SRG 3) Swift River Sierra - 7'6", 3 piece, 4/5 weight, new. This amber Mike McFarland fiberglass blank has been built-out with fine components. The cap and slide-band reel seat is of oxidized nickel-silver. A nicely knurled, oxidized NS band separates the polished buckeye burl insert and the six inch cigar grip. It has a black rubber winding check and a black hook keeper. The guides are wrapped with a rich burgundy, antique (Belding) silk thread. It has a mildrum stripping guide, black snake guides and tip top. The wraps are finished with four coats of tung-based varnish. It has two decorative wraps on the butt section at 12 and 15 inches to allow quick estimation of fish size. The action on this rod is fast and it will make an excellent rod for mountain streams and spring creeks where quick line pick up and quick casts are important. It comes with a new brushed aluminum rod tube with gold anodized cap as well as rod bag. $425



SRG 4) Hardy Sirrus Fiberglass - 8', 3 piece, 5/6 weight, new. A very well made rod from this long established tackle house. The three-piece rod has a maple and oxidized nickel-silver, slide-band reel seat, a slim, tapered 6.25 inch cigar grip, and a u-shaped hook keeper. The wraps are brugundy and the rod has spigot style ferrules. It is new and unused with all the original papers and packaging. The action is medium fast. It comes with the Hardy rod bag and labled rod tube. $345


SRG 5) James Green/ Ray Margiotta - 8', 3/1, 4 weight, new. This rod is from the bench of Tennessee rod maker Ray Margiotta, built on a James Green fiberglass HTS series blank with a medium/slow action. The components and workmanship are excellent throughout. The reel seat is Spanish cedar with a nickel-silver, slide band reel seat. The 6.5 inch cigar shaped grip is finely made of flor grade cork and ends with a very nice NS winding check. The wraps are chestnut brown with yellow trim and some red accents, a fine compliment to the amber blank. It has a vintage carbide stripping guide and Snake Brand black nickel silver snake guides and top. Comes complete with new rod bag and tube. $425


SRG 6) Swift River Sierra - 8'6", 3/1, 4/5 weight, new. This rod is made here at Swift River on a McFarland blank. $425


Starter Cane - Wounded Rods from Respected Makers

This selection of rods have been restored with original parts but may have only a single or repaired tip, a short mid, or some other damage that cannot be entirely corrected. But they are great fishing rods and offer a chance to fish a very fine rod a lower cost. Collectors will generally pass them by. But repaired F. E. Thomas, Leonard, or Edwards rods are still poetry in motion.

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SC1) Barney & Berry (Winchester) - 9', 3/2, 5 weight, good, original. This is a 1920s rod made by Winchester for Barney & Berry. The mid is four inches short but the butt and tips are full length. The shorter mid speeds up the action and gives it a more modern casting feel. The Edwards design features are very much in evidence with a downlocking reel seat with maple spacer and a five inch cigar grip. The wraps are gold with black trim and the rod has full intermediates. The snake guides are vintage oblique angle of Edwards design. The cane is deep brown. I have redone the wrap on the mid at the female ferrule and except for a possible light polishing the rod is in great shape and ready to fish. It comes with the original rod bag and tube. $150


Bamboo Culms

Six foot, select tonkin bamboo culms from a shipment shared several years back with Marc Aroner and Per Brandin. The bamboo has been carefully stored in dry conditions for nearly 10 years and is well seasoned. Many have been split the length of the culm with a single check to prevent multiple checks as they dry. I have more than I need. I do not ship culms, so interested buyers are welcome to come inspect and select those they prefer, as the wall thickness varies from culm to culm. There are 25 available: $36 for one, discout on multiples - pick up only



See Terms and Conditions of Sale at bottom of page. Rod prices are not generally subject to negotiation.


Incoming Rods and Sale Pending Section (May be relisted if sale not completed.)


The Tribute


Designed, engineered and assembled in Warwickshire, England, by reelmasters Garry and James Mills.

The "Tribute" echoes the quality and tradition of the best reels of the last century, machined from solid aircraft grade aluminium into a strong, light cage structure with stainless steel spindle.

The mid arbour, wide drum 3 3/16" spool has an exposed rim for palm braking, magnesium bronze bushings for long life, and a "Salter" shaped handle in a hard wearing faux horn material.

The protective hard anodised finish is best described as "full colour graphite", with contrasts in solid naval brass. A strong suede pouch from Oldham is included.

As with previous Wm. Salter & Grandson reels, it is reversible for left or right hand wind, and the twin pawl drag system is fully adjustable.

The "Tribute" weighs 4.9oz and will take a WF5F line with 100 yds. backing.

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1) Pflueger Hawkeye 60: This lovely early 1900s trout reel has a nickel-silver frame and hard rubber sides in excellent condition. It has a strong click drag with a well-working on/off button. The counter-balanced handle has a black resin grip. It appears to be all-original and in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. It comes with a 4 weight, 15 meter, Thibault silk line that has been used lightly and is ready to fish, and a light brown, suede reel case. $375
2) Pflueger Medalist 1492 DA with extra spool; unused. This 1966 to 1972 affordable American classic is in unused condition. It has a dual click and pawl drag and a square diamolite line guard. It is a right-hand-wind reel with a white handle. $125
3) Meek 55, made for Abercrombie and Fitch, Co. New York. Very nice 3 1/16 inch, Uniqua style reel made in Bristol, CT by Horton Mfg. Very good cosmetic and mechanical condition with small rub on reel face from spool latch. Use either left or right hand wind. Currently set for left hand wind and loaded with good condition, vintage 4 wt. line. $225
4) Martin Model MG-7LS. A 3 3/8 inch reel in unused condition with extra spool. Adjustable drag knob, exposed rim for added control, line guards for both left and right hand wind. Suitable for 5 to 7 weight lines. $90
5) Lampson 1.5 - These small Lamsons are really fine reels, especially for the price. They are easily reversible and have a fully adjustable drag. I like the 1.5 for four and five weight lines. This reel is set up for right hand wind and has a quite serviceable white WF fly line, probably a five weight. $150
6) Two Rare Pflueger Medalist Reels - These model 1392 and 1394 are very difficult to find and in high demand. The 1392 is all original and in fine mechanical condition. The 1394 has a replacement handle and two period correct replacement screws. They can be used aseither left or right hand wind. $275 for the 1392 and $175 for the 1394. $425 for the pair.



Royal Wulff Bamboo Fly Lines - $78

Sizes 3 to 6 in stock

The Best Fly Lines after Silk for Bambbo Rods

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Terenzio Natural Silk Lines from Italy

$185 includes shipping in the U.S. - add $15 for Canada

Swift River routinely stocks silk lines in weights from DT2 to DT7 and will special order lines DT1 and DT8 to DT11.

All Terenzio lines from DT 1 to DT7 are 25 meters. Lines weights 8 to 11 are 35 meters and cost $225.

Each line comes in an artistic hand-made box with a pre-looped line, two silk leaders and dressing.


Terenzio Natural Silk Lines



Swift River Red Cedar Osprey - See Wooden Canoe Page for Details



Sale Terms and Conditions

I try to offer rods at fair prices. Those prices depend primarily on what the rod cost to acquire and restore if necessary, and a reasonable market-up, generally below the standard for this business. I am open to fair offers and potential trades for other high-end classic rods and reels. I will do what I can to find an arrangement that works.

Terms of Sale, Inspection and Return Policy - By purchasing a rod from Swift River Fly Fishing you agree to abide by the following terms.

Payment by check or money order is preferred. PayPal is also accepted but it may be necessary to add 3% to the cost of the rod, shipping and insurance to cover added fees.

Rods are described to the best of my ability after careful inspection and research to verify condition, originality and authenticity. However, mistakes do happen and all rods are sold with a two day inspection period.

This inspection period is to verify that the rod is as described on the web site with no significant issues or defects other than those in the description. Any defects noted in the description are taken into account in pricing the rod. If any other substantive problem with the rod is identified within the inspection period a full refund is offered.

The inspection period is a not intended as a trial period to see if the action is suitable or the rod measures up to some subjective standard. If you take a rod out to cast or fish that means you have accepted the rod as in advertised condition and are solely responsible for any damage that occurs.

Attempts to renegotiate the price of a rod after it has been received are not welcome. You can accept the rod in as described condition or indicate any substantive issues not included in the description and ask to return the rod for a refund.

Please examine any rod throughly upon arrival. Rods returned in violation of this policy are subject to a 20% relisting fee. Never ship a rod without first discussing the timing and shipping method. A rod must be returned in the condition in which it was shipped. Be certain to repack the rod correctly and insure it for full value.

There are no refunds for return shipping. If a rod is returned damaged it becomes the buyer's full responsibility. No refund will be issued for a damaged rod. It is the buyer's responsibility to file and collect on any insurance claim. If a rod is damaged during use I am happy to repair it at a reasonable price. All international sales are final due to high shipping costs and added risk of loss or damage. Swift River Fly Fishing is a part time business. It is best to contact me are by email or phone in the evenings, between 6 and 9, or weekends.


Original Montague Rod Shop - Pelham Massachusetts