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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 and has an effective range of 60 feet in the hands of most casters. It comes with CSE rod bag and tube with brass end caps. $1250
2) 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. $2295
3) C.W. Jenkins: 7', 2/2, 4 weight, excellent, original. This is a fine, fast-action rod from this well-known and respected Rocky Mountain maker who first began making rods in 1960. This rod has GA70-72 scripted on the butt above the hook keeper that is wrapped with deep amber thread and burgundy trim. It has a nickle silver, cap and band reel seat with a dark maple spacer. The silver mildrum style stripping guide and the silver snake guides are also wrapped in deep amber thread. The size 13 blackened nickle silver ferrules fit very snugly and suggest that the rod has seen only light use over the years. Except for very minor soiling of the six inch cork cigar grip it would be hard to tell the rod was used at all. The workmanship is impeccable. I see it primarily as a dry fly rod but it certainly has the ability to manage small wets and nymphs as well. It comes with the original rod tube and bag. $1275
4) J. W. Gallas Willowemoc: 7', 3/2, 4 weight, excellent, original. I have developed a great respect for the work of this Connecticut rod maker. This fine small stream rod is well executed in every way. It has a lovely cap and band reel seat with a dark wood spacer and oxidized hardware. The 5.5 inch ciger grip tapers to an oxidized NS winding check ahead of which sits a strap and ring hook keeper wrapped with dark green thread with black tipping. All the guide and ferrule wraps are in the same green/black color scheme. The cane and varnish are beautiful and the rod has seen very little use. The size 14 and 10 NS ferrules are oxidized and tight fitting. The diameter of the cane just below the tip top is .070. I see it as best suited to dry flies with a pleasant medium action. The butt has a slight swell as it enters the grip. It comes with the original marked rod tube and rod bag. $1275
5) 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 red are ruby red with balck 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
6) Leonard 49 1/2: 7'6", 3/2, excellent, restored. This is a 40s - 50s rod with newer black snake guides and red wraps done in the 70s at Leonard and unfished since that time. It has a downlocking reel seat with chestnut spacer and a slim 6 1/4 inch half-Wells grip. It has a strap and ring hook keeper and a newer pink agate insert stripping guide. The shield stamp on the butt cap reads The Leonard Rod / HL Leonard Rod Co / Makers / Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. / in four lines. The bright nickel-silver ferrules are size 15 and 10 and in excellent tight-fitting condition. It is a fine classic Leonard rod with a very pleasing medium action. It comes complete with the original Leonard brass capped tube, though the bag may be from the 70s. This is an excellent, all-around east-coast trout rod. $1275
7) 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 a 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
8) 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 green 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 to 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
9) Thomas and Thomas Hendrickson: 7'6", 2/2, 4/5 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 ciger 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 a stiffener. The tube is likewise original T&T with brass end-cap. $2100
10) Swift River Salient: 7'6", 2/2, 4/5 weight, new. I have a new Salient that will be ready to ship in late February. 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 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
11) 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 very well-made cane rod to fish often. $895
12) 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. $875
13) Leonard 65: 7'6", 2/2, 5/6 weight, very good, original. This is a pre-fire rod with original Leonard amber wraps in generally fine condition and with many years of fishing left in it. This taper is a bit stouter and faster than other Leonard rods at this length, but it has some excellent qualities and applications. I see it as an excellent big pocket-water rod for virtually any type of fly presentation. The quicker taper allows for fast pick-up and repositioning the next cast. It has classic Leonard features as well, with a slide band reel seat and a chestnut spacer. The butt cap has the appropriate Leonard stamp. The guide wraps are that beautifully mellow Leonard amber and all are original to the rod. The stripping guide is a silver mildrum style and the snake guides are 40s to 50s Leonard style. The cane has a nice swell as it enters the six-inch cigar-shaped cork grip. Both the grip and the reel seat spacer show honest use but remain in very good condition. The bright nickel-silver Leonard ferrules are size 13s and the diameter of the cane under the tip tops is .075 inches. This is a very well cared-for classic rod complete with the original Leonard, brassed-capped rod tube and bag with stiffener. $1295
14) Amherst Fishing Rod Company - The Amherst: 8', 3/2, 4/5 weight, very good, mostly 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 partially faded original wraps but added an additional coat of varnish to protect them from fraying. I have replaced the decorative wrap just ahead of the grip and hook keeper and buffed the ld varnish to bring it back to life. Otherwise the rod is original with no flaws. It does show some (fading of the wraps) aging but 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
15) F. E. Thomas Special: 8', 3/2, 4/5 weight, excellent, restored. This lovely FET Special has been in my collection for the last several years. It is a light-line model with an all cork reel seat with cap and band tapering into a 5.5 inch cigar grip in clean, smooth condition. The winding check and integrated hook keeper are classic FET and the signature wrap on thebutt is in a 3 / 7 / 3 pattern. The serial number of the butt cap is F 278. The ferrules are bright nickel-silver and the guides are period correct replacements but not reverse twist. The guide and ferrule wraps are dark brown just as with the original wraps. The varnish is excellent. The action is classic medium and it is a very smooth casting rod. In comes with the original kelly green rod bag and Special tube with brass end cap. $1495
16) 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
15) Walt Carpenter Browntone: 8', 3/3, 5 weight, excellent. This is a stunningly beautiful rod made by one of the consumate rod makers of the Northeastern US. It has a slide band reel seat with dark wood spacer and ozidixed hardware. The cigar grip is 5.5 inches with an oxidized NS winding check and a strap and ring hook keeper. The silk wraps are coffee brown with black trim. The stripping guide is a mildrum style and the snakes are black wire. The oxidized ferrules are size 15 and 10 and the fit still good and tight. The cane is nicely flamed with a 3/3 node pattern. The rod has three tips, one of which is a 1/2 inch short at the ferrule, repaired by Carpenter. The bag has three tip compartments so I am inclined to believe that it was made as a three tip rod. All three tips have the serial number 26880 on them. The only signs of wear are the lightly soiled grip and some minor wear to the oxidation on the butt cap. The action is medium and it is a fine all-around trout rod. $3000
16) 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. $750
17) 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. $695
18) 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
19) 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. $325
20) Winchester Model 6096: 8'6", 3/2, 4/5 weight, very good, original. This Eustis Edwards designed rod is in very good original condition with all 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 moderately 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. 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
21) John Landman: 8'6", 3/2, 4 weight, very good, original. This is a rare circa 1895 rod made for V.L. & A. by Landman of Brooklyn, NY. It has the patented 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 fine, lightly soiled condition. It has brass grip and winding checks. The wraps are red with dark green trim and the guides are reverse twist snakes. 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 very straight. The only flaws to the rod were that one snake guide is 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 action is slow, characteristic of early wet fly rods. This rod is entirely fishable and has significant historic value as well. 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. $495
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. $575
23) 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. $795
24) 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 possibly 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. 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 landlock salmon, steelhead, big bass, muskies, etc. It come with the original rod bag with Heddon label but the Heddon rod tube is for a longer, two-piece rod. $295
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. The entire rod is given a a single coat of clear varnish to protect the surface from damage. 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 one tip, 2/3 weight, as new. This fine little rod is built on a medium amber James Green fiberglass blank with spigot ferrules. The reel seat is a cap and band with an anodized gold finish. The blunt five-inch cigar shaped grip compliments and balances the rod well. The script on the butt reads 7'2" 2 oz. # 2/3 / J. Green Blank / MJD in three lines. The guide wraps are gold and the stripping ang snake guides are light-weight stainless steel. It has that medium slow action that many fiberglass rod lovers prefer. The rod does not appear to be fished at all. It comes with the original tube with makers label and the original bag. $350
SRG 3) 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 nickle-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) 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 5) Swift River Sierra - 8'6", 3/1, 4/5 weight, new. This rod is being built here at Swift River on an amber McFarland blank. It has a cap and slide band reel seat with a custom six-inch torpedo grip and a blackened nickle silver winding check. The wraps are burgundy and the snake guides are black Snake Brand. The stripping guide is an ozidized nickle silver with agate insert. The action on this rod is medium and it is a wonderful all-around trout rod for all trout flies. It has great range and is very forgiving if your timing is a bit off. It comes with a black power finished tube with brass end cap and a new rod bag. $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.
Pictures on request
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
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.)
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.
$395 - Free Shipping
Royal Wulff Bamboo Fly Lines - $78
Sizes 3 to 6 in stock
The Best Fly Lines after Silk for Bambbo Rods
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 by email or phone in the evenings, between 6 and 9, or weekends.
Original Montague Rod Shop - Pelham Massachusetts