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1) Thomas and Thomas Paradigm: 7', 2/2, 4 weight, very good plus, original. This is a beautiful 1980 rod from an esteemed maker in a modern Catskill style. It has a small five-inch cigar grip that is clean and smooth. The cap and band reel seat is oxidized and has a walnut or chestnut spacer. The Thomas and Thomas logo is stamped on the butt cap and 7'/4 Paradigm, No.3674 is scripted on the butt section. The butt section has a delicate swell as it enters the grip. The wraps on the black wire snake guides are light amber with burgundy trim. It has a strap and ring hook keeper wrapped with brown thread and black trim, the same as the wraps on the male ferrules of the two tips. The same serial # 3671 is scripted on both tips. The oxidized nickle silver ferrules are size 13 and fit very well. The tips below the tip wraps are only .055 inches under the varnish. It is a classic dry fly rod with a medium fast action. There is some minor loss of oxidation on the butt cap. It comes complete with the original T&T rod tube but no lable. The bag appears original to the rod. $2175
2) Granger Aristocrat 7030: 7’, 2/2, 4 weight, excellent, original. This 1938 to 1940 rod is an incredible find and in excellent condition. The all metal, slide-band reel seat is stamped with Made by / Goodwin Granger Company / Denver. It has an elliptical (hammer) grip that is clean and smooth. The wraps have aged to a fine burnished gold color and are trimmed in black. The Aristocrat is one of only three Granger models made in a 2/2 configuration. I believe that the varnish was polished and given a new coat and the rod appears unfished since then. The ferrule fit is excellent and the action a medium/fast. It comes with the original bag and rod tube with Granger label. It is a wonderful all-around, small stream rod. $1275
3) Bellinger: 7'3", 2/2, 4 weight, excellent, original. This Washington made rod is a semi-parabolic model. It is extremely well made in all respects. It has a dark walnut reel seat with oxidized cap and band. The butt cap is marked Bellinger Rod Co, 617724. The grip is a clean, smooth cigar shape at 5.5 inches with an oxidized winding check but no hook keeper. The wraps are ruby red with black tipping. The stripping guide has a red agate insert that matches the guide wraps. The size 14 ferrules are also oxidized. It has a nice ivory headed ferrule plug. I would describe the action as medium parabolic. Rods of this taper are a bit stiffer in the middle but with notable flex in the tip and butt. Given its substantial casting range I feel it will serve well as an all-around rod for mid size streams. It appears that the rod may not have been fished and comes with the original rod bag and tube. $1275
4) Lester Dickey: 7'3", 1 Piece, 4 weight, very good, original. Lester Dickey from Easton Maine was a gunsmith and innovative rod maker who in the 1940s and 50s hand-planed one-piece, staggered ferrule, and hollow-fluted rods for friends and family. This rod has a down-locking reel seat with a black resin spacer, probably from Herters, and a six-inch custom grip with moderate soiling but no ridging or digs. The well-made cane blank is an even honey brown with staggered spiral nodes. He used a coiled wire spinning guide as the stripper and six silver snake guides all wrapped with chocolate brown silk. The rod has a very smooth, medium action and will certainly favor dry flies. It is a great, go-to rod for small streams and delicate presentations. It comes in a PVC tube with a hand sown flannel rod bag. It is not only a great fishing rod but an interesting piece of Maine history. $375
5) Mathew Grallert: 7'6", 3/2, 5 weight, excellent, original. A lovely all-around trout rod from this talented Cummington, Massachusetts maker. It is very Leonard-like in its over-all look and feel. I believe that it is built to a Leonard taper as well. It has a bright nickel-silver, cap and band reel seat over a nicely turned cedar spacer. The grip is a 5.5 inch cigar shape. The butt is nicely swelled as it enters the grip and it has a finely applied signature wrap in translucent gold and red. All guides are wrapped in translucent gold with red trim. The ferrule wraps are red with small bands of gold where the ferrules meet the cane. The brightly finished NS ferrules are size 16 and 11 giving the rod some muscle while preserving its pleasant medium action. The varnish is excellent and the rod has been fished only two or three times by it original owner. It comes with a Leonard style rod tube with heavy brass end-caps and a hand-sown light canvas bag. $750
6) H.L. Leonard Model 49 1/2: 7'6", 3/2, 4/5 weight, excellent, restored. This fine pre-fire Leonard rod was restored some years ago and unfished since. It has a down-locking reel seat with a chestnut spacer, a classic Leonard feature. The grip is a 6 1/2 inch half-Wells with a small brass winding check and a brass strap-and-ring hook keeper wound by red silk to the butt. The stripping guide is a replacement red agate insert, a bit larger than the original, but of high quality and made to better manage modern fly lines. All the guide and ferrule wraps are also in red silk and the ferrules are finished bright nickel-silver. The snake guides are well made and look period correct, but I am fairly certain they are replacements. The size 15 and 10 Leonard ferrules fit tightly. It has a very pleasant medium action and should serve well as an all-around trout rod for small and medium streams. But this rod taper seems like it will excell with dry flies. This is a rod you could fish for a lifetime. It comes with the original brass capped Leonard tube and what I believe to be the original bag. $1275
7) Thomas and Thomas Hendrickson: 7'6", 2/2, 5/6 weight, excellent. This lovely T&T is a fine all-around trout rod with a medium/fast action. It was made in 1977 and has serial number 3012 on all three sections. The reel seat is a cap and band in bright nickle-silver with a maple spacer. The clean high-grade cork cigar grip is 5.5 inches. It has a NS winding check and a strap and ring hook keeper wrapped in bright red with small bands of gold and black trim. All the remaining wraps are bright red with black trim wraps at the ferrules. The stripping guide is a mildrum style and the snake guides are black. The size 16 ferrules are finished bright and fit very well. The rod has seen very little use with just the lightest of soiling from handling the grip. The bag is standard T&T with stiffener. The tube is likewise original T&T with brass end-cap. I believe this is a custom rod made for a J.S. Stone, based on the script on the butt and the red wraps, which are not common on T&T rods. $1795
8) Swift River Salient: 7'6", 2/2, 4/5 weight, new. I have a new Salient that is ready to ship in two weeks. 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 size 13 CSE Leonard style ferrules 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. 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
9) 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 guides are 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 well-made cane rod to fish often. $875
10) Gene Edwards Rainbow # 62: 7'6", 2/2, 4/5 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. $795
11) Heddon Black Beauty Featherweight: 7'6", 2/2, 4 weight, very good, partially restored. This highly desirable #17 Featherweight with a 3/4 ferrule is currenty undergoing a minor restoration. I am replacing the old, cracked reel seat with another Black Beauty reel seat and polishing the somewhat rashy varnish. Otherwise the rod is in excellent condition. It has a tear-drop grip and strap and ring hook keeper. The wraps are black with orange trim, all original to the rod. The ferrules are finished in black lacquer and the guides and wraps are all original to the rod. It has the spiral Heddon script and #17 - 0 3/4 F on the butt, however they are a bit faded, All section are full length and straight. The bag and rod tube are replacements. $675
12) Ted Simroe: 8', 2/2, 5 weight, excellent, original. Simroe, a former Leonard rod maker, has built this fine all-around trout rod. It has an up-locking reel seat, set into an elegant six-inch grip that shows modest use. There is a NS winding check and strap-and-ring hook keeper. The stripping guide is a silver mildrum style with matching silver snake guides, all wrapped with a warm, translucent honey-brown silk. The size 14 NS super-swiss ferrules are finished bright and fit as if new. Indeed the rod has seen very little use. The medium action is incredibly smooth and the rod is very pleasing to handle. There are no flaws of any type and the rod promises a life-time of enjoyable fishing. It comes complete with the original rod bag and tube. $1195
13) 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
14) Amherst Fishing Rod Co. - The Pelham: 8', 3/2, 4/5 weight, excellent, original. This rod is in original, unused condition, purchased from the original owner. The reel seat is a down-locking style with machined aluminum hardware and a dark walnut spacer. The 6.5 inch cigar grip is clean and smooth. It has a strap and ring hook keeper wrapped with red silk and gold trim, as are the guides and ferrules on the rest of the rod. "The Pelham" is scripted on one flat and 8' - 4 1/2 on another. It has a mildrum style stripping guide and bright nickle-silver ferrules is sizes 16 and 10. The ferrules fit as new. The overall appearance of this rod is reminiscent of the Montague Red Wings, but the taper is much finer. The action is medium tending toward fast and it is an excellent all around trout rod that could well form the start of a working collection. The rod bag is original and as new. The black cardboard rod tube with cap is fine but with a few minor wear marks and one small ding. $495
15) Amherst Fishing Rod Co. - The Pelham Spinning Rod: 7', 2/1, medium weight, excellent, original. This is the perfect companion to the Pelham fly rod listed above. It has a 12 inch grip with sliding bands to secure the reel. The butt reads Amherst Rod Co and The Pelham on two flats. It has silver spinning guides and tip top. The ferrule fit is excellent. The wraps are green jasper. It is made for medium weight lures and plugs and would serve well for trout and smallies. It comes with the original two-compartment green bag but the tube is a replacement. $175
16) 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 I 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. $675
167 Lester Dickey: 8'6", 2/1, 5/6 weight, very good, original. Lester Dickey from Easton Maine was a gunsmith and innovative rod maker who in the 1940s and 50s hand-planed one-piece, staggered ferrule, and hollow-fluted rods for friends and family. This rod has a hollow-fluted butt and is a staggered ferrule model, in which the tip is made six inches longer than the butt. The script on the butt indicates that it is a medium dry fly taper It has a down-locking, Herter style reel seat with black resin insert. The seven-inch grip is moderately soiled but otherwise excellent. The rod was completed in March 1955 for Lester's son Dana and is so scripted. The stripping guide is a coiled wire spinning guide and the rod has nine silver snake guides all wrapped-on with green jasper silk thread. The size 16 nickel-silver ferrules fit well and in general the rods shows little use. It has a medium action and would make a fine all-around rod with plenty of range and power. It is a cool piece of Maine history as well and it is thought that Dickey made perhaps three dozen rods in his life. It comes with a rod tube and hand sown flannel rod bag. I am happy to repace the stripping guide with a more traditional mildrum style at no added cost. $275
18) 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. $295
19) Winchester Model 6096: 8'6", 3/2, 4/5 weight, very good, mostly original. This Eustis Edwards designed rod is in very good original condition with original wraps and components. It is a lovely early 1920s rod with a medium action. The cap and band reel seat is all nickel-silver and the stamp on the butt cap reads Winchester / Trade Mark / Made is USA / 6096, in four lines. The grip is a 5 inch cigar shape in lightly soiled condition. It has a strap and ring hook keeper. The silk wraps are black with gold tipping and the rod has full intermediate wraps. The stripping guide is a nickel-silver wire frame with agate insert. The bright NS ferrules are size 16 and 10, and fit well. The regular twist snake guides are typical of the era. I have polished out the varnish to remove some bag rash and the varnish is now in very good condition. I have replaced the wraps at the female ferrules on both the butt and mid sections as they were partially missing. It is a fine all around trout rod and inspite of its nearly hundred years of age there is nothing to prevent it from being fished on a regular basis. It comes with a bamboo tip tube, without cap, and an olive drab rod bag with Winchester label. $495
20) John Landman: 8'6", 3/2, 4 weight, good, original. This is a rare circa 1895 rod made for V. L. & A. by Landman of Brooklyn, NY. It has the patented Landman spiral locking reel seat with an ivoriod spacer in very good condition except for some yellowing. The butt cap reads The V. L. & A. / Von Lengerke and Antoine in two lines. The cigar grip is made of 1/4 inch cork rings and is in good but lightly soiled condition. It has brass grip and winding checks. The wraps are red with dark green trim and the snake guides are reverse twist. The size 15 and 9 ferrules are of nickel-silver, rolled and soldered with tightly closed seams. I have cleaned them a bit and they fit very well. The shafts are made from Calcutta cane and remain straight. The only flaws to the rod were that one snake guide was missing and a few intermediate wraps needed to be replaced. One tip is 2 inches short and the tip top is a period correct replacment. The varnish toward the butt end of the mid and one tip remains a bit splochy even after polishing but has been given a protective coat of new varnish. Still a very nice rod for its age. The action is slow, characteristic of early wet fly rods. This rod seems fishable with care but has significant historic value. It does not have the original rod form in which the rod would have been stored but I have replaced that with an early rod bag and early brass capped rod tube in the Leonard style. This is truely a collector's rod with historic importance. $375
21) Granger Favorite 8642: 8'6", 3/2, 5 weight, very good, original. This is a 4th Granger era rod, made between 1930 and 1934. This rod, from the esteemed and first Colorado maker, has all the correct features for a 1930-34 rod. The all nickel-silver reel seat has a sliding band and soldered pocket, marked Granger Favorite between two knurled bands, and Made by / Goodwin Granger Rod Co. / Denver stamped below the knurling. The grip is a coke-bottle shape in good clean condition. The cane color is classic medium brown Granger and the wraps are black and white jasper with gold trim and intermediates. The guides and wraps are all original with the exception of three intermediate wraps on one of the two tips. I have replaced those intermediate wraps but the cane in that are is slightly discolored. However the tip seems quite solid and should not be an issue. The ferrule fit is good and the rod has that classic medium Granger action that made them so popular. It is a great all-around trout rod. It comes with the original Granger bag and rod tube with partially worn Granger lable. $675
22) F. E. Thomas Special: 9', 3/2, 5/6 weight, excellent, original. The fine circa 1932 FET Special has a cap and band reel seat with a cedar spacer. The cork grip is a 6 inch fish tail style that is clean but shows minor ridging. It has the classic FET winding check with integrated hook keeper and a 3 / 8 / 3 signature executed in red and gold silk thread. The guide and ferrule wraps are red with gold trim and the stripping guide has a red agate insert. The size 17 and 11 nickel-silver ferrules are finished bright and fit well. The snake guides are tungsten coated, reverse twist. The action is medium suggesting an excellent all-around trout rod. It comes complete with the original FET rod bag and tube with silver brass end caps. $585
23) Heddon Model 20 Trade Rod: 9', 3/2, 6/7 weight, very good, mostly original. This is a big stick with a 3 F ferrule designation and a fast action. It has an oxidized cap and band reel seat with a walnut spacer. It has a slim six inch cigar grip that is clean and smooth and likely sanded down a bit sometime in the past. The butt has a strap and ring hook keeper with maroon wraps and gold trim. The stripping guide is an agate insert. The ferrules are oxidized and the females look to have been reoxidized in the past as they are not as dark as typical Heddon black-lacquered ferrules. The guides and wraps appear to be original. There is one agate insert tip top and one wire tip top, both original. The cane is excellent and I have polished out a bit of bag rash in the varnish. This would be a great big fish / big water rod capably of landing landlocked salmon, steelhead, big bass, muskies, stripped bass, etc. It comes with the original rod bag with Heddon label but the Heddon rod tube is for a longer, two-piece rod. $225
Swift River Glass
SRG 1) Swift River Special: 7’, 3 piece, 4 weight, new. This fine trout rod is made on a butterscotch Lamiglass blank. It has an up-locking aluminum reel seat with cork spacer and a five-inch western-style cork grip. The hook keeper and guides are stainless steel wrapped with burgundy silk. The stripping guide has a black ceramic insert. It is designed as an all-around small stream rod with a medium/fast action. It comes with a three-section cotton rod bag and a burgundy cordura nylon rod tube. $295
SRG 2) Swift River Sierra - 7'6", 3 piece, 4/5 weight, new. This amber Mike McFarland fiberglass blank has been finished 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 medium-fast and it will make an excellent rod for mountain streams and spring creeks where quick line pick up and quick casts are important. The entire rod has an overcoat of varnish to protect the blank and reduce friction with out-going line. It comes with a new brushed aluminum rod tube with gold anodized cap as well as rod bag. $375
SRG 3) F. D. (Dwight) Lyons: 7'6", 3 piece, 4 weight, new. This unused Lyons fly rod is a thing of beauty, both to see and cast. The reel seat is cap and ring style with black-anodized aluminum over a cedar insert. The 5.5-inch cork grip is a slim torpedo style ending in a black aluminum winding check and strap-and-ring hook keeper wrapped with maroon silk thread a gold trim. The stripping guide is black NS with red agate insert. The snakes are bronzed wire. It has spigot type ferrules. The rod is finished with two coats of varnish for protection from weather and dings. The action is medium and it is a fine all-around trout rod. The corrected marked tube and rod bag are original. $425
SRG 4) Swift River Special: 7'6", 3 piece, 4 weight, new. This light-line rod from Swift River Fly Fishing is built on a Lamiglass blank. It has spigot ferrules. The reels seat is up-locking aluminum with a cork spacer and the grip is a six-ince westrn style. It has a U shaped hook keeper, a black ceramic insert stripping guide, and stainless steel snake guides, all wraps with antique, burgundy Belding-Corsetti silk thread. It has a medium action tending toward fast and will serve as a great all-around trout rod for small to mid sized streams. It comes with a new cotton rod bag and burgundy codura nylon rod tube. $325
SRG 5) Swift River Sierra: 8’, 3 piece, 3 weight, new. This lovely, classic rod is built on a James Green fiberglass blank from his native trout series; a slow action, light-line blank. It is finished with a walnut reel seat with bright nickel-silver cap and band, a custom six-inch cigar grip, and a nickel-silver winding check. The hook keeper and guides are wrapped with amber silk thread with light green trim. There are small bands of green silk trim on the butt to mark 12 and 15 inches. The stripping guide is a CSE nickel-silver with rose agate insert. The snake guides and tip top are stainless steel. The entire rod has an overcoat of varnish to protect the blank and reduce friction with out-going line. It comes with a three-section cotton rod bag and a burgundy cordura nylon rod tube. $450
SRG 6) Swift River Sierra: 8'6", 3 piece, 4/5 weight, new. This rod was built here at Swift River on an amber McFarland blank. It has a cap and band reel seat with a walnut spacer, custom six-inch coke bottle grip and a U shaped hook keeper. The wraps are garnet antique silk and the snake guides are vintage NOS bronzed reverse twist. The stripping guide is gold anodized with a black ceramic insert. The action on this rod is medium and it is a wonderful all-around trout rod. It has great range and is easy to cast. It comes with a three section, cotton rod bag and a burgundy cordura nylon rod tube. The entire rod has an overcoat of varnish to protect the blank and reduce friction with out-going line. $420
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. $125
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 12 available: $30 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.)
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Terenzio Natural Silk Lines
Brodin S2 Landing Nets
Cutthroat - 24" Teardrop - $135 / Firehole - 23" Oblong - $120 / Trout - 23" Teardrop - $120 / Gallatin - 23" C&R - $135
Cutthroat Float Tube - 30" - $150 / Frying Pan - 26" - $140 / Tailwater - 30" - $140
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 by email or phone in the evenings, between 6 and 9, or weekends.
Original Montague Rod Shop - Pelham Massachusetts