History of the EF Payne Rod Co and its models

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History of the EF Payne Rod Co and its models

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The E.F. Payne Rod Co. was founded in 1898 in highland Mills N.Y. Ed Payne established his rod building manufactory after leaving the recently sold Thomas, Edwards and Payne Rod Co. which was sold to US Net & Twine. Thomas, Edwards and Payne manufactured the Kosmic Rod and the Walton Rod was being made in Maine by Fred Thomas. Although Ed Payne began as a gunsmith, reel maker, in partnerships with Philbrook as Payne and Philbrook, he became the ferrule smith while at H. L. Leonard and began making rods while at Thomas, Edwards and Payne. It wasn't until he founded E.F. Payne Rod Co. that he would make rods of his on construction.

By 1904 or so Ed Payne was joined by his 10 year old son Jim as apprentice and only 10 short years later Ed Payne passed away in 1914 leaving his son Jim a legacy and large shoes to fill. Jim had become quite accomplished as a rod maker and the exquisite rods of his fathers design continued being made without interruption. Less than 2 years later Jim began his experiments in flame tempering of the bamboo and once perfected the darkened cane rod which became his legacy was born. Jim offered his rods in 2 finishes, i.e. the lighter cane of his dads style and the darker cane of his and in 1925 he worked on using an oven to perform his magic toning process and once perfected dropped the lighter cane from his rod line. Jim Payne continued to make rods under the Payne name until his death in 1968 and left behind a legacy in rod making still discussed with reverence today.

E.F. Payne 3 piece rods

Note: All weights are for the Skeleton Reel Seat simply add ½ oz for the Payne Uplock Seat designed by George Halstead with Jim Payne.

Model-Length--Action/line size--rodweight-----Catalog year

196---7'------------------2 7/8-3 1/8 ozs.--unknown

197---7'6"-------DF-5-----------3 ½-3 5/8 ozs.----1975

198---7'6"-----Fast DF-6--------3 ¾-3 7/8 ozs.----1975

200---8'-------Light DF-4-------3 5/8-3 ¾ ozs.----1975

201---8'---------DF-5-----------3 7/8-4 ozs.------1975

202---8'-------Fast DF-6-------4 1/8-4 ¼ ozs.-----1975

204---8'6"-----Light DF-5------4 1/8-4 ¼ ozs.-----1975

205---8'6"---Med or Fast DF-6--4 ½-4 5/8 ozs.-----1975

206---8'6"---Med or Fast----5-5 ¼ ozs.------------1950

206---9'--------------------4¾ ozs.---------------1931

207---9'--------Slow--------4 3/4-4 7/8 ozs.------1950

208---9'---------DF---------4 ¾-5 ozs.------------1950

208L--9'--------------------5 ¼ ozs.--------------1931

208---9'--------------------5 3/8 ozs.------------1931

208LH-9'--------------------5 ¾ ozs.--------------1931

208H--9'--------------------5 7/8 ozs.------------1931

209---9'-------DF-----------5 ¼-5 ¾ ozs.----------1950

210---9'----Med or Fast-----5 ½ ozs.--------------1950

210L--9'--------------------5 7/8 ozs.------------1931

210---9'--------------------6 1/8 ozs.------------1931

212---9'-----Medium---------5 5/8-5 ¾ ozs.--------1950

212---9'--------------------6 ½ ozs.--------------1931

214---9'6"------------------6-6 1/8 ozs.----------1950

214---10'-------------------6-6 ½ ozs.------------1931


Dry Fly Salmon Rods

216---10'-------------------7 ½-8 ozs.------------1931

216---10'-------------------8 ½ ozs.--------------1936

218---10'6"-----------------8 ¾-9 ½ ozs.----------1931

218H--10'6"-----------------9-9 ¾ ozs.------------1931

218L--10"6"-----------------8 5/8 ozs.------------1936

Later Dry Fly Salmon Rods with 400 series model designations first shown 1936

401---9'2"------------------7 1/8-7 ¼ ozs.--------1950

406---9'5"------------------7 ½-7 7/8 ozs.--------1950

410---10'-------------------7 ½-8 ozs-------------1936

411---9'8"------------------7 5/8-7 7/8 ozs.------1950

416---10'2"-----------------9 ¼-9 ¾ ozs.----------1950

Two Handed 3/2 Salmon Rods Doublebuilt/ Salmon Rods/ Wet Fly Rods

221---10'6"-----------------10 ½-11 ozs.----------1950

222---11'-------------------13 ozs.---------------1936

222---11'-------------------12 ½-13 ozs.----------1950

223---11'6"-----------------13 ½-14 ozs.----------1950

224---12'-------------------15-16 ozs.------------1931

224---12'-------------------16 ozs.---------------1936

224---12'-------------------15-15 ½ ozs.----------1950

225---12'6"-----------------17 ozs.---------------1936

225---12'6"-----------------16-16½ ozs.-----------1950

226L--13'-------------------17 ¾ ozs.-------------1936

226---13'-------------------18 ½ ozs.-------------1936

226---13'-------------------17-17 ½ ozs.----------1950

227---13'6"-----------------19 ½ ozs.-------------1936

227---13'6"-----------------18 ½-19 ozs.----------1950

228---13'-------------------16 ½-17 ½ ozs.--------1931

228---14'-------------------20 ¼ ozs.-------------1936

228---14'-------------------19 ½-20 ¼ ozs.--------1950

230---14'-------------------17 ½-20 ozs.----------1931


E.F. Payne 2 piece rods

95---6'--------------------1 5/8 ozs.------------1950

95---6'----DF 3 or 4-------1 5/8 ozs.------------1975

96---6'--------------------1 ¼-1 ½ ozs.----------1931

96---6'--------------------1 5/8 ozs.------------1936

96---6'6"------------------2 ¼-2 3/8 ozs.--------1950

96---6'6"-----DF-4---------2 ¼-2 3/8 ozs.--------1975

97---7'-------DF-----------2 5/8-2 ¾ ozs.--------1950

97---7'-------DF-4---------2 5/8-2 ¾ ozs.--------1975

98---7'--------------------2 ¼-2 ½ ozs.----------1931

98---7'--------------------2 ¾ ozs.--------------1936

98---7'------Fast DF-------2 7/8-3 ozs.----------1950

98---7'------Fast DF-5-----2 7/8-3 ozs.----------1975

100---7'6"------------------2 ½-2 7/8 ozs.--------1931

100---7'6"------------------3 ¼ ozs.--------------1936

100---7'6"------DF----------3 ¼-3 3/8 ozs.--------1950

100---7'6"------DF-4--------3 ¼-3 3/8 ozs.--------1975

100L--7'6"------------------3 ozs.----------------1936

100H--7'6"------------------2 ¾-3 1/8 ozs.--------1931

101---7'6"-----Fast DF------3 ½-3 ¾ ozs.----------1950

101---7"6"-----Fast DF-5----3 1/2-3 ¾ ozs.--------1975

102---8'--------------------3-3 3/8 ozs.----------1931

102---8'--------------------3 7/8 ozs.------------1936

102---8'-------Light DF-----3 5/8-3 7/8 ozs.------1950

102---8'-------Light DF-5---3 5/8-3 7/8 ozs.------1975

102L--8'--------------------3 ½ ozs.--------------1936

102H--8'--------------------3 1/2-3 7/8 ozs.------1931

102H--8'--------------------4 1/8 ozs.------------1936

103---8'-------Fast DF------4-4 1/8 ozs.----------1950

103---8'-------Fast DF-6----4-4 1/8 ozs.----------1975

104---8'6"------------------4 ¼-4 ¾ ozs.----------1931

104---8'6"------------------4 5/8 ozs.------------1936

104---8'6"-----Light DF-----4 1/8-4 3/8 ozs.------1950

104---8'6"-----Light DF-6---4 1/8-4 3/8 ozs.------1975

105---8'6"------Slow--------4 5/8-4 ¾ ozs.--------1950

105---8'6"-----Slow DF-7----4 5/8-4 ¾ ozs.--------1975

106---8'6"--Med or Fast DF--4 5/8-4 ¾ ozs.--------1950

106---8'6"--Med or Fast-DF8-4 5/8-4 ¾ ozs.--------1975

107---8'10"-----------------4 7/8-5 1/8 ozs.------1950

107---8'10"-Med or Fast-DF8-4 5/8-5 1/8 ozs.------1975

108---9'--------------------4 ¾-5 ¼ ozs.----------1931

108---9'--------------------5 ½ ozs.--------------1936

108---9'-----Light DF-------5-5 ¼ ozs.------------1950

110---9'6"------------------5 ½-6 ozs.------------1931

110---9'--------------------5 3/8-5 ½ ozs.--------1950

112---10'-------------------5 ¾-6 ½ ozs.----------1931


Two Piece Parabolic introduced 1936 catalog

7'9"------------------4 1/8 ozs.------------1936

7'1"------------------2 7/8 ozs.------------1950

7'9"------------------3 ¾ ozs.--------------1950

7'1"---3 or 4 WT------2 7/8 ozs.------------1975

7'9"--Reg & Heavy-----3 ¾ ozs.--------------1975

Note: Although not in my catalogs there was a 7'6" Parabolic also weighing 3 3/8 ozs. The Regular 7'9" available in 4 or 5 WT and the Heavy in 6 or 7 WT.

Special Rods 3 piece 2 tips

9'---Bass Bug Rod-----6 ½-6 5/8 ozs.----1950 & 1975

8'6"-Streamer Fly Rod-5 5/8-5 ¾ ozs.----1950 & 1975

9'---Streamer Fly Rod-6-6 ¼ ozs.--------1950 & 1975

8'6"-Canadian Canoe Rod-5-5 ¼ ozs.----------1950

8'---Circular Bend Rod--3 5/8-4 1/8 ozs.----1975


One other rod that was made by Payne Rod Co. was the 4'4" 2 piece Banty.

Gladding became the owner of the Payne Co. in the early 60's and continued to produce rods under that name after Jim died with David Decker as the rodmaker. A short period had the name changed to Decker Rod but it was returned to the EF Payne Rod Co. and was eventually sold to Johnson Wax Corp who also held the HL Leonard and REC, Hal Bacon then purchased the name and it was eventually sold to David Holloman of Sisters OR where it continues building the EF Payne rod.

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