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archer829
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Re: your rod collection

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After 1.5 years of chasing down bamboo rods, here's my list so far:

W&M Granger 9' 9050 Special
W&M Granger 8.5' 8642 Victory
W&M Granger 8.5' 8642 Victory
W&M Granger 8.5' 8642 Special
W&M Granger 8' 8040 Victory
W&M Granger 8' 8040 DeLuxe
W&M Granger 7.5' 7633 Aristocrat

South Bend 8.5' 346 (HEH)
South Bend 8.5' 346 (HEH)
South bend 7.5' 290

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Re: your rod collection

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Archer, very nice collection of W&M Grangers! I personally think the W&M Granger maker is a fantastic place to start a collection! Which is your favorite? I’m partial to the deluxe 8040.

What rod is your next addition? 7’ Granger?

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Re: your rod collection

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I just found this in the back of my closet. 7’ W&M Granger Victory 7030.
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Re: your rod collection

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Thanks! My favorite is the 8040 Victory, but only because I haven’t had a chance to try the DeLuxe. If it casts the same, it’ll definitely be the new favorite!

As far as what comes next, well, I’m not quite sure, but if one like your 7030 came along, it’d be hard to turn down!

How does it compare to the 8040?

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Re: your rod collection

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I like post WW2 rods
Heddon #20 8' 1 1/2
Heddon #10 9' 2
Heddon #14 9' 2 1/2
Orvis Special 8' 2piece 6/7wt
Orvis Kit Rod 8' 2piece marked HEH 5wt
Orvis 7' Patent Pending (1946) Spin Rod
Weber Mastercraft (Phillipson) 9' 6wt
Debell Classic Cane 8' 5/6wt
Phillipson Kit Rod (peerless blank) 7' 5at
Horrocks & Ibbotson Pocono 7'
Pennington Canadian 6 1/2' 4wt

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Re: your rod collection

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Almost exactly 3 years later, much has changed and much remains the same. I fish and enjoy all these rods.

FE Thomas Special Fairy 6'8" 2/2
FE Thomas Special Fairy 7' 2/2
FE Thomas Special 7 1/2' 3/2
FE Thomas Special 7 1/2' 2/2
FE Thomas Special Mahogany 8' 3/2
FE Thomas Dirigo 8'3" 3/2
FE Thomas Special Browntone Streamer 8 1/2' 3/2
FE Thomas Special Browntone Dry Fly Salmon 9 1/2' 3/2

Leonard "Special" 5' 2/2 with independent handle
Leonard 46 6' 3/2
Leonard 35 Catskill 7' 3/2
Leonard 38ACM 7' 2/2
Leonard 49DF 7 1/2' 3/2
Leonard 50DF 8' 3/2
Leonard 50 Hewitt 8' 3/2
Leonard 66H 8' 2/2

Payne 96 6' 2/2
Payne 97 7' 2/2
Payne 200 8' 3/2
Payne 202 8' 3/2
Payne 206 9' 3/2

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Re: your rod collection

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My "collection" of one each of the GG Victory models with the Pat. Pend. reel seat. From left to right, 9660, 9053, 9050, 8642 and 8040. All are original except the 8642 which was redone over original wraps. I don't think the tip tube for the 9053 is original.

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Re: your rod collection

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Chopper wrote:
02/20/21 20:50
I just found this in the back of my closet. 7’ W&M Granger Victory 7030.
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I need to get a new closet.

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My closet is related to the Narnia closet...it’s a magical place, and you never know what you’re going to find in there.

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This collection seems to change a bit year over year as new rods come my way, and others are let go to new homes elsewhere. Enjoying each rod for its own personality, but really like the the gaggle of Phillipson rods I've come by most; though the Dickersons are sure great rods to cast too.

Vintage rods:
Phillipson Peerless 7 1/2' 6 wt from 1972 (one of the last rods Bill Phillipson produced before 3M took over)
Phillipson Pacemaker 8' 5 wt
Phillipson Peerless 5 Dry Fly Special 8 1/2' 6 wt
Phillipson Paramount 9' 7 wt
FE Thomas Special Streamer 8 1/2' 5 wt from 1937
Granger Champion 8 1/2' from 1935/36
South Bend Double Built 264 9'

New rods from American made classic tapers:
Payne 97 7' 4wt (AJ Thramer blank built out by Dennis Hodges)
Garrison 212 8' taper by Steve Pennington
Granger 9043 5 wt (built by Dennis Stone)
Dickerson 7612 4wt, and 8013 5wt that I built from blanks by Gary Williams

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Re: your rod collection

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Left to right:
Orvis Salmon, 91/2’ with fighting butt. Use for steelhead often
Orvis Limestone Special 81/2’, use 5#. It’s in the rotation
Clancy Cane 60/40, 8’, 5#. In same rotation
Midnight Sun, 8’, 6#. Windy days on the East Branch
Payne, #100, 71/2’, #4. Favorite small stream rod
Sweetgrass, 7’ 9”, #4/5. 3 piece for travel, great rod
Scott, 6”11”,#4, small stream use sometimes, Bernard
Scott, 7’10”,5#. New for me this winter. Bernard
T&T, Special Trouter, 8’, #5.Soft and sweet in the rotation, Dorsey
T&T, Beaverkill, 8’, 5#. New to me this winter, for travel, Dorsey

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Re: your rod collection

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My small, and heavily British, collection.
6' 4wt Hardy Palakona
7'2" 5wt Hardy Palakona
7'6" 5wt. Hardy Palakona
8' 6wt. Hardy "Deluxe"
8'6" 6wt. Hardy "Perfection"
9' 6wt. Hardy "C.C. de France"
8' 7wt. Orvis "Battenkill"

I mostly fish the 3 Palakonas, great brookie rods. I like the Battenkill but I don't get to enough big "browns" water.
I'm cautious with the CC de France as it dates to the 20s.
Tight lines!
Some days I fish, the rest are wasted

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Re: your rod collection

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Updated version: I sold some stuff recently and feel like I've really fine tuned things to a point that I really do not need anything else (laugh now and later at me)

Graphite:
8' 4wt TMF
10' 4wt T and T Avantt (dirty big river, heavy fly nymphing rod)
8'6" 5wt Winston IM6
9' 5wt McFarland Tailwind (Super, super, super nice rod. The big companies can't touch this taper.)
9' 6wt T and T Avantt
9'6" 6wt McFarland Tailwind

Glass:
6'6" 3wt F2 (Creek Jesus, as it's know as)
7'6" 4wt McFarland Spruce Creek (Super smooth)
7'6" 5wt Kabuto (Jersey All Rounder)
8'6" 6wt Morgan Streamer Special (Super smooth)

Boo:
6'3" 3wt Penta one piece Sweetgrass
7'3" 4wt Penta Sweetgrass (Jersey All Rounder)
8'5" 4wt Hex Brandin Prototype (If I could only have one, this might be it)
7'6" 5wt Penta Sweetgrass
8' 5/6wt 4 0z Winston
8'6" 6wt Brandin Tournament Rod (Everything you've heard about this rod is true. Nicest casting rod I've ever held)

I have a couple of other randoms (nameless blank I built, cheap Payne 98 repro, nameless one piece 5wt), but this is basically it. My core collection. I feel proud of it.

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Re: your rod collection

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Jules1 wrote:
03/05/21 17:41
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Scott, 7’10”,5#. New for me this winter. Bernard
This is a very cool rod and absolutely stunning. I beat the hell out of the East Branch and Neversink with it last year. Only got rid of it because I don't prefer swells.

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Re: your rod collection

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I think i filled this out years ago

6' 2/2 3-4wt Paul french
6'3 3/2 2-3 wt Soeffker
7' 3/2 4wt Mark Edomonds cattanach taper
7' 4wt 2/2Hans Roeper "hunt" Made up to look exactly like a leonard hunt
7'3 2/2 4wt Sweetgrass Hex
7'6 2/2 5wt Simroe
7'6 2/2 3wt Simroe
7'9 3/2 4wt Blackburn
7'9 3/1 5wt BradforD
8 2/2 4wt munsey whebe. Leonard letter taper hollowed into the tips with a spliced joint. Smooth and slow.
8' 5wt 3/2 Dennis Stone Cascade
8 2/2 6wt Lancaster Bow River
8'3 2/2 4wt Raine
8'3 2/2 5wt Blackburn
8'5 2/2 4wt James Reid Light Trout
8'6 3/2 5wt Robert Bolt
9' 3/2 6 wt EC Powell. Bought the rod on ebay, no patent number on it but weights 4.9 oz. I think that would put it in the hollow category. Not sure if i am wrong or the patent number was removed during a refishing.

I have a 8'6 7/8 on order from James Reid. should have it in the fall. Now if only my kids would go back to school so i can fish. :)

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Re: your rod collection

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Just joined. I started fly fishing in the late '80s. Somewhere along in that time frame I picked up an old bamboo. I have meant to rehab it but never had the time until now. It's nearly 9' and the only distinguishing mark anywhere is the written word " Webster " above the cork handle. I've never loaded it with line since no idea of what it might require but it is every bit as flexible as my shorter Sage 4wt graphite, if not more.
If it turns out to be a Montague Webster as I suspect I understand they're a mid range value nonetheless I like it visually if nothing else and would love to learn more about it if anyone knows something like Circa range and technical specifics, etc. thx much
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Re: your rod collection

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A very modest collection;
9' 3/2 Hardy Fairy circa late 1920's. I fish it with a DT4 Phoenix silk.
7.5' 2/1 Sharpe's Featherweight from 1980. I fish this with a 5 weight single taper silk line from Zen Outfitters.
9' 3/2 South Bend 346 from 1949-50. I fish it with an unknown HDH silk line.

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Re: your rod collection

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Two Year Update:

W&M Granger 9' 9050 Special
W&M Granger 8.5' 8642 Victory
W&M Granger 8.5' 8642 Victory
W&M Granger 8.5' 8642 Special
W&M Granger 8.5' 8642 Registered
W&M Granger 8' 8040 Victory
W&M Granger 8' 8040 DeLuxe
W&M Granger 7.5' 7633 Aristocrat

Phillipson 8.5' Paramount
Phillipson 8.5' Pacemaker
Phillipson 8' Pacemaker
Phillipson 7.5' Powr Pakt

South Bend 8.5' 346 (HEH)
South bend 7.5' 290

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Re: your rod collection

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According to my log book, this insanity began on January 22, 2017 with the purchase of my second bamboo rod, the previously owned/unused Sweetgrass Mantra, which I still own and use. I had several fiberglass rods early on, then went all in on the bamboo, and recently picked up a few Fenwick Voyager travel rods from the 60s & 70s. I had also owned the G. Hammel for something like 10 years prior to the Sweetgrass, but never fished it until relatively recently.

Most of these are long gone - some sold to forum members, some purchased from forum members, but here is my complete list of bamboo rods that I have owned in this relatively short span. Yes, the list is heavily weighted with Orvis and you'll see a few tapers come and go and come and go again to fund the next "shiny object". I consider myself very fortunate to have taken care of a few scarce rods until someone else took over their care during this short time. I'll continue to care for a few until the next shiny object comes along, but a few I hope to be able to keep for the long-term. I miss several already and regret disposing of them for whatever reason.

1 G.Hammel (Uslan) penta 8’0” 2/1 slow #4 fished 1-tip
2 Sweetgrass Mantra 7’9” 3/1 fast #4/5 fished 1-tip
3 Sweetgrass Powder Horn 7’6” 3/1 slow #3/4 fished 1-tip
4 Southbend 59 9’0” 3/2 #6
5 Abbie Imbrie (HI?) 9’0” 3/2 #6 needed restoration
6 “Grand River Special” (?) 9’0” 3/1 #6 1-tip
7 Heddon #8 2F 8’6” 3/1 #6 needed restoration 1-tip
8 Winchester 6042(unmarked) 9’6” 3/2 #4/5 fished
9 Winchester 6080 8’6” 3/2 #3/4 needed restoration
10 Orvis Battenkill 3 7/8oz 7’6” 2/2 #5 fished
11 Montague Fishkill 9’0” 3/2 #5 needed restoration
12 Edgar Sealey Flycaster 8’6” 3/1 #6/7 1-tip
13 Orvis Battenkill 4 1/2oz 8’0 3/2 #5 fished
14 Orvis Rocky Mountain Fly & Spin 6’6” 3/2 #5 fished/ converted to fly by Glenn B.
15 Orvis Battenkill 4 5/8oz 8’6” 3/2 #6 fished
16 Granger GS9050 Special 9’0” 3/2 #6 needed restoration
17 Orvis Battenkill 4 1/2oz 8’0” 3/2 #5 fished
18 W&M GD9050 Deluxe 9’0” 3/2 #6 fished
19 W&M GP8642 Premier 8’6” 3/1 #5 pristine 1-tip
20 Granger GS8040 Special 8’0” 3/2 #4/5 fished
21 Heddon #20 B.S.F. 8’6” 3/2 #6 fished
22 Heddon #14 Thorobred 8’6” 3/2 #6 I restored
23 W&M GS8642 Special 8’6” 3/1 #5 I restored 1-tip
24 Orvis Battenkill 3 3/8oz 7’0” 2/2 #5 fished
25 Montague Fishkill 7’6” 2/2 #4/5 I restored
26 South Bend 346 8’6” 3/2 #6 fished/needed restoration
27 Orvis Madison Flea 6’6” 2/2 #4 fished
28 Phillipson Power Pakt 8’6” 3/2 #5/6 needed restoration
29 Montague/J.C. Higgins Rapidian 7’6” 2/1 #4/5 I restored 1-tip
30 South Bend 291 pack rod 7’6” 4/1 #7 fished I restored 1-tip
31 Heddon #17 Black Beauty 8’6” 3/2 #6 needed restoration
32 Orvis Pack Rod 7’0” 4/2 #5 fished
33 Hack Miller Deluxe (Sewell D.) 8’0” 2/1 #6 1-tip
34 Orvis Superfine Fly & Spin 6’6” 2/1 #5 fished 1-tip
35 Orvis Mitey Mite (1st yr prod) 5’0’ 2/1 #4 fished 1-tip
36 Orvis Battenkill 3 7/8oz 7’6” 2/2 #5 fished
37 Orvis Battenkill/Seven Four 7’0” 3/2 #4 fished
38 W&M WaterSeal 8’6” 3/2 #7 I restored
39 Orvis Manchester 7’6” 3/2 #5/6 fished I restored
40 Orvis Special circa 1946 7’6” 2/2 #5/6 I restored
41 Orvis Battenkill 4 ½ oz 8’0” 3/2 #5 caught my largest ttrout to date
42 Ron Bennett 7’6” 3/2 resetting ferrules
43 Orvis Madison 4 1/8oz 8’0” 2/1 fished 1-tip
44 Ed Davis/Heddon/Folsom 1 1/2F 8’0” 3/1 #4 needs restoration Two new tips.
45 Hank Roberts/Phillipson Peerless 8'0" 3/1 #4/5 partially restored fished 1-tip
46 Orvis Battenkill 4 1/2oz 8'0" 3/2 #5
47 Orvis Battenkill 3 7/8 oz 7'6" 2/2 #5
48 Orvis Deluxe Fly & Spin 6'6" 2/2 #5
49 Orvis Deluxe 6'6" 2/2 #5 fished
50 Orvis Deluxe 6'6" 2/2 #5
51 Orvis Seven - Four Special 7'0" 3/2 #4
52 Orvis MCL Midge 7'6" 2/1 #5, likely a 4 1-tip fished
53 Orvis Battenkill 4 oz 7'6" 3/2 #5
54 Orvis Seven - Four dual ring 7'0" 3/2 #4 fished
55 Orvis MCL Madison 6'6" 2/1 #5 1-tip fished
56 Orvis Battenkill 4 5/8 oz 8'6" 3/2 #5/6
57 Orvis Seven - Four dual ring 7'0" 3/2 #4 fished
58 Orvis Seven-Three Madison MCL 7'0" 2/1 #3 1-tip fished
59 Orvis Battenkill 3 3/8 oz 7'0" 2/1 #5/6 1-tip fished
60 Alan Medved 6'3" 3/2 #4 (PHY Midge interpretation)
61 R.W. Lancaster Tricorythodes 7'6" 2/2 #5 (PHY Perfectionist interpretation)
62 Montage Red Wing 9'0" 3/2 likely a 6 wt
63 R.W. Lancaster Falling Springs 7'6" 2/2 #4/5 (PHY Perfectionist interpretation)
64 Orvis Battenkill 3 3/8 oz 7'0" 2/2 #5
65 Orvis Battenkill 4 3/8 oz 8'0" 2/2 #6
66 Mike Brooks 7'6" 2/2 #5 (Payne 100H taper finished by unknown GA maker)
67 Orvis Battenkill 4 1/2 oz 8'0" 3/2 #5
68 Granger GV9050 Victory Western Grip 9'0" 3/2 #6
69 Granger GS8642 Special 8'6" 3/2 #5 Yellow silks. 1-short tip original tube. Partially restored by me
70 Granger 1st era Deluxe 8'6" 3/2 #5 in need of restoration no bag nor tube
71 Phillipson 3 3/4oz 7'6" 2/1 #5 short tip. Rod marked as Firehole for A&F non-original bag and tube
72 Heddon #14 Featherweight 7'6" 2/1 #5 refinished by me. Non-original bags and tube. 0 3/4F
73 Wright & McGill GF7633 7'6" 3/2 #4 early version with enhanced signature wrap
74 Orvis Kit Rod 7'6" 2/1 #4 full flexing slow action. Super Z ferrules
75 South Bend 290 7'6" 2/2 #5 needing restoration
76 Edwards Quadrate #41 7' 2/2 restored with new tips by Tim Zietak
77 Orvis 4 1/2 Battenkill 8' 3/2 engraved reel seat and custom green tipped gold wrapping
78 Wright & McGill GV7030 7' 2/2 original cardboard tube. 1-tip scarfed
79 Phillipson Premium 8' 3/2 #5 great condition 1955 model with square tube & cap

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Joe
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