Rods Currently in Stock
The time has come for me to greatly edit down my collection of fly rods and reels that I have collected over many years. I am now 62 years old and want to move some tackle I have loved while I still have my wits about me to discuss the particulars of some very high quality and sometimes rare tackle. I do sometimes fish with rods by other makers, but the truth is that I usually prefer to fish my own rods and I have far too many reels. If you desire more information or more than the single photo accompanying each listing, please let me know. I will be glad to send you more detailed photos or answer any questions. Items from my personal collection will be identified as such. Items will be added over the next several months, so please keep checking this site.
I accept high quality rods and reels for consignment sale on this website. If you have high quality rods by any of the recognized classic makers such as Dickerson, Payne, F.E. Thomas, Gillum, Garrison, Leonard, E.C. Powell, Winston, G.H. Howells or others and you are looking to sell the rod, please contact me. The same goes for reels by Hardy, Bogdan, Saracione, etc. My commission is tiered depending on sales price; it is 15% for sales over $2,500, 20% from $1,000 to $2499 and 25% for sales under $1,000. These rates are lower than most dealers charge.
I try to describe rods and reels as completely and accurately as possible; in case of any discrepancy, however, I offer a five day inspection period during which time the item may be returned for a full refund, minus shipping costs. Please note that all customs duties, inspections, etc. are the responsibility of the buyer in international sales. Also please note that all international sales will be shipped insured and declared for the full price paid; please don't ask me to do otherwise. Within the USA I usually ship via registered mail for items valued over about $1200, because of insurance costs; for items below this value I will ship via normal Priority Mail with the United States Postal Service. If UPS is the desired shipper, costs are a bit higher than with the post office. Massachusetts residents must also pay a 6.25% sales tax. Shipping to Europe or Japan is usually in the $90-$150 range if I can ship using the U.S. Postal Service; cost is a bit higher if I need to ship via UPS (the USPS will only insure packages up to a few hundred dollars to many international destinations). Please note that all international packages valued over $2500 must be shipped via UPS. Payment may be made by wire transfer, personal check, money order,international bank check or money order, or by Paypal (please use the 'personal payment' option). I list rods at what I feel are fair prices; I am still willing to at least consider intelligent offers, however, so if you see a rod you really want but can't quite go to the full asking price, please make an offer and it will be respectfully considered.
If interested in any of the rods or other items listed below, please call me at (413)625-6259 or email to email@example.com. If phoning and no answer, be aware that this is the rodshop phone in a one man shop and I am not always available to answer. Please try again if no answer, or leave a message and I will get back with you.
Each item listed will have one or more photographs illustrating the rod or reel for sale; the photos appear below the description of the item. If you are interested in one of the following offerings and want more visual information, feel free to request additional emailed photographs of the item. Let me know if there are any particular details you wish me to emphasize in taking the photos.
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When there are Brandin rods available, they will be listed first, followed by other classic rods in order of ascending length and in alphabetical order.~Coming Soon
~Brandin 895-2 df HB 3¾ oz Prototype. At 8'9" this is the longest #5 line rod I have built to date and is medium-medium/fast in action. Mahogany cap & ring reel-seat with blued n/s hardware, medium shafts, 'quiet finish' and micro swiss ferrule. This rod will be available by the third week of April, 2017. If you are at all shy about water-marks in the cane, this is not the rod for you as there are a couple of marks some people would find objectionable (I find them a natural part of the bamboo's experience and they have no effect other than aesthetically. With labeled, brass-capped tube and single tip bag with provision for ferrule plug and outer tube bag (not pictured). $3,950 SALE PENDING
~Brandin 764-2 df HB Special. This is a fast, #4 line version of my staggered ferrule Special, also with two tips. These staggered ferrule hexagonal rods have a semi-hollow bamboo section built as a ferrule plug to make up the difference in length between the butt and tips and a stiffener is sewn into the rod bag. Provision is made in the rod bag for storage of the ferrule plug when rod is in use. This design evolved as lighter line trout rods from my Tournament Trout Fly rod, but in semi-hollow, hexagonal configuration. $5,950 SOLD
~Brandiin 764-2 df HB Special. A single tip version of the rod above. $3,950 SOLD
~Sam Carlson / Bill Rosgen 7 ft. 2pc/ 2 tips. From the acknowledged master of the quad rod comes this seven foot rod that casts a #5 line beautifully. Condition throughout is excellent original with brown wraps and fancy signature wraps at the grip. Most bluing remains on the pocket butt cap and slide band and varnish is the typically beautiful and perfect work Sam is known for. Sam was a most significant mentor to me when I was getting started building rods over 30 years ago; don't know that I ever could have built many quads without Sam's guidance. This rod is marked only "Bill Rosgen / Winsted, Conn." as Sam marked the rods he built for this well-known retailer. A letter of authenticity from Sam accompanies the rod. In original bag and tube. $4,950
~F.E. Thomas 7 ft. 'Browntone'; 2 pc/ 2 tips originally belonging to Ed Zern. This rod comes from the collection of well known West Coast angler and collector Art Warner; these 7 foot original Thomas rods are very rarely seen in the market and they are wonderful small stream fishing rods. This one has the subtle swell coming back into the cigar grip, rather than the very dramatic swell sometimes seen, so I am thinking this is the regular dry fly taper, not the 'fast dry fly' or 'very fast dry fly' also made by Thomas. It has a wonderful, smooth, easy action and I would probably prefer a DT3 for myself or possibly a WF4, depending on the line. A great small stream rod. Varnish is excellent and really remarkable for the rod's age. This rod was made originally and sold by Abercrombie & Fitch, New York in 1957. The Thomas ledger confirms it as a 7 foot browntone, so Ed Zern likely bought the rod at the store in New York that same year. It has been fished and shows some wear, including much blueing gone from butt cap and slide band, but remains essentially straight. The loop on one tip top had gotten broken and I have replaced both tip tops with the correct and matching Perfection Tip size 4 tip tops. As seen in the photo, the cork shows its age with some roughness, but is still comfortable for casting and fishing. I have to admit that I am tempted by this one myself. Comes in original bag and labeled tube. $2,695
~Sam Carlson 7½ ft. 2pc/ 2 tips for #4 line. This is a very early rod from the acknowledged master of the quad fly rod. Sam was a most significant mentor to me when I was getting started building rods over 30 years ago; don't know that I ever could have built many quads without Sam's guidance. As seen in the photos, this rod has the fancy double tipping which Sam had his wife Verna wrap until she balked at the extra work, as well as the early 'Carlson' designation in block letters. It is truly a lovely rod and unusual in its light action at this length. Finish and wraps are excellent and original throughout. Both tip top loops are slightly 'deformed' but fully functional (I could replace them with better period tip tops if desired). The tube also has a sticker from The Bedford Sportsman which was an important fly shop run by my other early mentor Peter Phelps. In original bag (bottom re-inforced to repair small holes) and tube. $5,975
~Sam Carlson 7½ ft. 2pc/ 2 tips for #5 line. Sam was a most significant mentor to me when I was getting started building rods over 30 years ago; don't know that I ever could have built many quads without Sam's guidance. This great rod from Sam remains in essentially mint condition coming from the estate of my old friend Joe Garman. Joe received the rod in July of 1979 when the price was $325; as a dealer, Joe paid 30% less, $227.50. Around the flats it is marked in hand-lettering "Carlson 'Four' / 798-4752 / C.W. 'Sam' Carlson - maker". Wraps are his standard color from that time period of deep red with fancy signature wraps above the grip. The reel-seat is up-locking aluminum over an oil-finished walnut filler. A wonderful, medium-fast all-around trout rod from one of the best makers ever. In original bag and tube. $6,250
~Walt Carpenter 'Browntone' 7'6" 2 pc/ 2 tips built in 1981. This beautiful example of Walt's work from what many consider his best time period remains in excellent + original condition and carries a #5 line. The perfect all-around trout rod. Writing on the butt section above the grip, past the elegant F.E.Thomas-like swell in the bamboo shaft, reads "W.E. Carpenter, Maker, 1981 / #81276". Details of this rod include the original ferrule plug, Walt's typical white agate low-bridge stripping guide and tungsten steel snakes, and up-locking polished aluminum reel-seat into a Payne-style grip that is almost completely unsoiled. Taper and swell in the butt gives this rod a distinctive, fast action with great command, remaining very pleasant to cast and fish. Comes in original bag and tube with early 'finest custom rods' label. This is a nice one. SOLD
~H.L. Leonard model 49; 7½ ft., 3pc/ 2 tips, 3¾ oz for #5 line. This is a pre-fire rod wrapped yellow with green tipping and red accents above grip and ferrules. Wraps and finish are original throughout and the reel-seat filler is butternut. Ferrule fits are perfect and rod remains straight. Some ridging on one cork in the grip; otherwise condition is excellent. In original bag with tag and brass-capped Leonard tube. This model pre-fire Leonard is not often seen for sale. $1650
~R.L. Winston 8 ft. 2 pc/2 tips 3¾ oz. for #5 line. This is a late era San Francisco built rod by Doug Merrick before the sale to Tom Morgan and the move to Montana. It has the expected bakelite down-locking aluminum reel-seat and NCP thread, Serial number is 9797, built in May of 1970. Condition is excellent original with the slightest sweep to the left in both tips, as if used by a left handed caster. Comes in original bag and Winston labeled tube. These San Francisco Winstons are becoming more and more sought after. $1475
~Ed Fody 8½ ft. 3 pc /2 tips #386 7-8. Hoagy Carmichael calls Ed Fody his "favorite" student in the chapter about Ed in his latest book Sidecasts. I met Ed through Hoagy in those early years in the 1980's as I was getting started building rods myself. In fact, I did some photos of Ed's rods for him to use in advertising. This would be a good rod for larger trout and bigger water, casting a #7 or 8 line. It again has a feel not unlike a Garrison. It has swiss style ferrules and chrome guides. There is no build date on this rod, and it appears to have been very little used, remaining in excellent + original condition. Comes in original bag & tube. Read much more about Ed Fody's rods in Hoagy's book Sidecasts. $1100
~Michael Montagne 8½ ft. 2 pc/ 2 tips light salmon / steelhead rod. These amazing instruments by Mike Montagne very rarely come up for sale. This is a very early effort by this iconic maker with a decidedly slower action than the super-fast rods he later became known for. It does have his beautiful and unique up-locking reel-seat with permanent fighting butt. It is also glued with resorcinol, the strongest glue for any water application and showing the darker glue lines such as seen on later era Garrison rods. It feels to me like it would handle a #7 line with authority. Above the grip is written Mike's name in block letters, unlike his later script signature, and on the opposite flat "102-3.5 IFB-108-170 ST 235 '82 #10". I don't know what all those numbers and letters mean, but the ST must stand for Steelhead and the '82 for the year of manufacture 1982. If it is the tenth rod he ever made or the 10th rod of 1982, I don't know. I visited Mike's shop about a year after this rod was built and was fascinated by his work, especially his hollow-building which became my introduction to the concept. I evolved my ideas about hollow quads after seeing how Mike was doing it. He is clearly one of the most unusual and inspired makers of bamboo rods ever. This rod remains in excellent+ original condition and comes with his blue rod bag with printed signature and original signed rod tube. A chance to own one of the rods that led the way into the modern, semi-hollow bamboo rod. $3,200
~Payne 204L; 8½ ft., 3 pc/ 2 tips for #4 or 5 line. The various 204 models have become very sought after as people have come to realize it is perhaps Jim Payne's most loved trout taper. This one has been restored by Jack Coyle who is also its' current owner; he does as good a job on Paynes as anyone I know with proper silks and all the right touches. This rod remains dead straight and in excellent+ restored condition. Jack told me that for a very long time, this was his single favorite bamboo rod to fish with. Jack has the rod marked on a small tag on the tube cap as for a #5 line, and many casters might prefer that line, though for me a #4 DT works better. It has an agate stripping guide, tungsten steel snakes and Payne brown wraps tipped black as is proper for its model. In the 1951 catalog, Payne claims he uses American Walnut for his reel-seat fillers, but it sure looks like Mahogany to me. This is the older 'Sold By' model and it comes in the original olive bag and Payne tube with the red A&F label (some of label scuffed away). I'm sorry; I left the tube cap out of the photo, but it does have that as well with the proper grey felt liner in the top. $2225
~R.L. Winston 8½ ft. 2pc/ 2 tips 4¼ oz. Ser. # 9895. This rod is a later era Doug Merrick rod from the transition time about when Tom Morgan bought the company and moved it to Montana. It has the red color bag with San Francisco label, but the Montana label on the tube. It also has the typical San Francisco era bakelite reel-seat. This is one of the better casting models from Winston, casting a #6 line and it is a perfect choice for larger waters and flies such as the Madison. Thread color is the usual putty from the time period in NCP thread, tipped burgundy at grip, ferrules and signature wraps. Condition is excellent with original wraps and varnish. In original bag and tube. $1,350
~Payne model 400-H salmon rod at 6½ oz. (on blue label). This is the stronger 'H' version of Jim Payne's model 400, carrying a #8 line. All varnish and wraps on this rod are original and in no need of attention anywhere. Stripping guide is the later Mildrum style while snakes are American pattern tungsten steel. When assembled this rod has the slightest of downward sweeps, so it probably landed a salmon or three, but certainly not objectionable or unexpected. Cork grip may have been carefully cleaned. Blue label on rod tube is perfect and includes the model number and weight otherwise seen on a bag tag (these late era Jim Payne rods do not have hanging tags, though clearly built while he was still alive and in the shop). Comes in original bag, tube and outer tube bag with provision for the fighting butt that is also included. $1775
Photographic Prints~Per Brandin B&W print. Stroboscopic view of John Napoli casting my Tournament Trout Fly Rod at the Long Beach Casting Club about 1995. Signed digital print image size 13X20 inches, paper size 17X22 inches. Suitable for mounting or framing. Signed. $475
~Per Brandin B&W print. 'Fish Watches Man'; Chinatown, NY City 1980. Image size 33X22 inches. Digital print suitable for mounting or framing. Perhaps my single favorite image. Signed. $950
I have many other prints available for sale, both in digital and silver print modes; please see the section of my website I call 'Street Level Photos' for more information.
Reels~Bogdan Baby Trout wide spool reel in RHW. This reel has been carefully used, but remains in excellent +, very near mint condition; I can't find a scuff, scratch or mar of any kind. This is a one-owner reel that was bought directly from Stanley. Comes in the darker brown suede pouch. $2,250
~Bogdan Large Trout reel in RHW. Like the reel above from the same owner, I had to look very, very hard to find any sign of use on this reel. A one-owner reel bought directly from Stanley. Comes in lighter color suede pouch with the "Preston / Made in New England, USA" tag inside. $2,050 SALE PENDING
~Hardy Perfect 3⅜" R.H. with no line guard. The is the nice older model with leaded finish, straight-line writing, ribbed brass foot and proper spare parts. It is tight with no spool wobble and it retains most of its leaded finish except as seen in the photo around the handle. A 'Perfect' reel for bamboo rods and #5 or 6 lines. In at least very good condition and comes with beige / blue Hardy zippered case. $325
~Hardy Wide Drum Salmon 4" in Right Hand Wind from my personal collection. This reel has no line guard, so it is possible to flip the pawl inside and use this reel as a LHW. It is in very nice shape, showing only minor finish wear and having all spare parts in place internally. It has the long, ribbed brass foot, original retaining screw and straight-line writing and comes in Hardy Brothers box properly marked with a "4 inch Perfect" tag. $725
~Hardy Cascapedia Mk II 10/11 spey reel in left hand wind. The modern version of Hardy's popular large spey reels, this one has been used and shows some nicks and minor scratches, but remains in very good condition overall and functionally perfect. It has the 15-position drag adjustment on the backplate that would stop the largest fish. Comes in original Hardy marked soft case. $375 SALE PENDING
~Otto Zwarg model 400 in 2/0 size from my personal collection in right hand wind. I first heard about Zwarg reels from my old friend Joe Garman years ago when he told me they are just like an Edward Vom Hofe, but more robust. Otto Zwarg was the shop foreman for many years in the Edward Vom Hofe shop in New York. This reel certainly has all the beauty of an E.V.H. reel and it is in perfect order functionally with a smoothly operating drag and on/off click. There are no significant dings or scratches and no cracks in the hard rubber side plates. Stamping reads "O. Zwarg Co. Inc / Maker / St. Petersburg Fla.". A great reel for those 'classic moments' on a salmon river. $1,750
This list of rods and reels will be updated with new items occasionally so please keep checking back.