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Sold! Jim Schaaf “The Midge” – 7’0” – 2/2 – 13/64 F – 3oz - 3wt
This hard to find Jim Schaaf model is nicely appointed with a nickel silver slide band into pocket reel seat with beautiful wood spacer (Butternut?) that matches the tone of the bamboo shafts (“James Schaaf Maker” stamped into butt cap)-Petite 5” Midge style grip, appropriate for this model-Nickel silver grip & winding checks-Ringed hook keeper-Super Z style ferrules-Clear wraps trimmed red over blond shafts-Blued Guides-The serial number (70-15-89) and person this one was made for (Jim Ratelle) are inked on the butt and abbreviated on each tip-Original bag & tube (Schaaf label on tube is 100%)
Special Note: Jim Schaaf was a Northern California rod maker and was known for his superb workmanship. Jim acquired and added the Dickerson rod making equipment to his shop in the mid 1980’s and built many rods using this equipment: This “Midge” rod is one of them! The Ratelle’s, whose name is inked on the rod and tube, were personal friends of the Schaaf’s.
A gorgeous rod that’s beckoning to be fished over your favorite small stream!
Inv. Number: BRC2121
Sold! Tim Bedford #7817 – 7’10” – 2/1 – 3.3 oz. – 17F (Actual 15F) - 5/6wt – HB
Outfitted as follows: Winston San Francisco era slide band into pocket reel seat with cork insert & Bakelite cap-6” Bedford/Dickerson style grip has the slightest of ridging otherwise in excellent condition-No winding check-Bent wire hook keeper-Ceramic stripping guide is original & stainless snakes-Super Z style ferrules are blued and have an excellent fit-Wraps are an attractive shade of brown & trimmed in black-Original script on butt is very faint (almost ghostly) and reads: BEDFORD 7817 HOLLOW 1977 (the 1977 indicates this rod was made in 1977)-Shafts are medium flamed and have the early Bedford resorcinol glue lines-Comes with original bag and what I believe to be the original period correct Champion tube-Condition: Overall is Excellent Minus
Special Note: Tim Bedford was a California rodmaker, who bought the Dickerson rod making equipment from Lyle in 1971. Lyle and Tim became good friends and remained so until Lyle’s death in 1981. Please see the book: Dickerson “The Man and
His Rods” by Gerald S. Stein M.D. & Jim Schaaf for more information on Tim Bedford and the Dickerson rod making equipment.
This is a super light, hollow built rod that feels very comfortable in the hand! Its action is somewhat fast (I would say on the medium side of fast), which was what Tim was trying to accomplish with his rods. I like it with the Wulff BBS5 or TT6 lines-Comes with one tip (which I believe it was made that way) and is priced accordingly
Inv. Number: BRC2027
Sold! Walton Powell Semi Hollow Built “Companion Set” – 7’ 8”/6’ 8” – 2/2/2 – 4.3 Oz/3.4 Oz – 14/64 F – 4/5/6 Wt. –
Serial No. 1-2-87
This 1987 Chico era Walton Powell rod is done up as follows: Walt Powell Uplocking reel seat with bright hardware & beautiful wood inserts -Walt Powell style 6” grips-Walt Powell bent wire hook keepers-Butt sections are scripted: “a Walton Powell rod” ~ Made for Steve Morrison by Walton Powell- Typical Walt Powell ceramic strippers with chrome snakes & tip tops-Nickel silver ferrules-Scarlet red wraps with same color intermediates over honey colored cane-French tongue oil finish-Original “companion” bag and original tube that carries the Walton Powell Chico, CA era label
Condition: Entire set (2-rods, bag & tube) is Excellent!
You won’t find a more beautiful example of a Walton Powell Rod!
Inv. Number: BR421
Sold! Walton Powell (Belmont Era) - 9’0” – 2/2 – 15/64 F - 5/6wt
Early Walton Powell Belmont era rod (Made in Belmont, Calif. 1949-1952 by Walt)-Has the characteristic Belmont era anodized 2 tone (Red & Gold) “Featherweight” screw, down locking reel seat, which has orig. owners name inscribed on the barrel (please see photo-otherwise in very nice overall shape)-6 ¼” E.C. Powell style grip (in very nice condition)-Walton Powell decal on butt reads “A Walton Powell Rod”-Nickel Silver step down ferrules-2 stripping guides, the rest are Phillipson “Foul Proof” guides-Walton green wraps with intermediates-Oil finish on cane/Varnish over wraps-Comes with what appears to be the original bag & tube-Condition: EX Minus-This rod was recently gone through by Powell specialist Jim Clarkson and is ready to fish!
These Walton Powell Belmont Era rods are rare and very hard to come by, especially in this lighter 2-piece taper with the foul proof guides and intermediate wraps! I like this rod best with the Wulff TT5 line
Inv. Number: BRC2024
Charlie Jenkins “GA70” – 7’0” – 2/4 (4 Tips!) – 2.8 oz – 12/64F - 4wt
This one has all the typical early Charlie Jenkins appointments including: nickel silver slide band into pocket reel seat with wood spacer-Petite Garrison style cigar grip-Nickel silver winding check-Brown wraps tipped yellow and beautifully executed varnish finish-Script on butt reads: Charles W. Jenkins and also Michael Simon 1974 (Michael Simon is famous for his angling art and actually contributed artwork to the Jenkins catalogs -1974 is the date this rod would have been made for Michael) Comes with original tube (label barely present) & bag-Also comes with a tube protector bag
Special Feature: This rod comes with 4 tips! 2 of which are serial numbered the same as the butt (GA70-11) and 2 that are serial numbered 4 digits apart (GA70-7) all 4 are of the same GA70 taper!
Special Note: Please see last photo, which depicts an example of Michael Simon’s artwork that graced the Jenkins literature. You can also Google "Michael Simon Angling Art" for more information on Michael and his work. And for a great article click on this link to download a PDF:
Condition: Excellent Minus with its only flaws being light ridging on grip, but with that said it remains quite comfortable
Overall this is a very nice, early Jenkins with special provenance! The serial number GA70-11 indicates this was the 11th GA70 model created by Charlie.
Inv. Number: BRC2023
Charlie Jenkins GA79 – 7’9” – 2/2 – 3.7 oz. – 13/64 F - 4/5wt (Staggered Ferule)
This rod has all the typical early Jenkins appointments including: nickel silver slide band into pocket reel seat with wood spacer (Reel seat cap is stamped: The Jenkins Rod”)-Garrison style cigar grip-Blued nickel silver winding check-Brown wraps tipped yellow and beautifully executed varnish finish-Serial number on butt reads: 6-775-1 –Blued Super Z style ferrules-Comes with original tube (label 100%) & bag
Special Features: According to the Jenkins records, this is the first 7’9” model made by Charlie and was built on the 206 taper. According to Steve Jenkins, this one should throw a #4 line. Additionally this one was made with the butt section one inch shorter than the tip sections and comes with the one-inch long ferrule plug that was originally furnished with the rod. I don’t know the reason for the offset: maybe it’s simply a result of Charlie’s first attempt at this taper?
Also I would like to note that this rod was made for Roger Lampman in August of 1977. Roger Lampman was affiliated with the Jenkins Rod Company and operated in the capacity of promoting their rods and other products.
Condition: Excellent/As New
Inv. Number: BRC2022
Sold! Charlie Jenkins “GA80” – 8’0” – 2/2 – 4/5wt
This one has all the typical Jenkins appointments including: nickel silver slide band into pocket reel seat with wood spacer-Garrison style cigar grip-Nickel silver winding check-Brown wraps tipped yellow and nicely executed varnish finish-Comes with original labeled tube & bag (Previous owners name and Colorado address is faintly visible on tube)
Condition: Very Good Plus, Plus/Excellent Minus with its only flaws being that the hook keeper has pulled free of its windings and is missing, but not unsightly (please see photo) and lastly there are a few blemishes in the bluing of the female ferrule from honest use (please see photo)
Overall this is a very nice, early Jenkins carrying serial number GA80-16 indicating this was the 16th GA80 model created by Charlie! I like this rod best with a 4wt line.
Inv. Number: BRC2021
Goodwin Granger GF7633 “Favorite” - 7’6” – 3/2 – 4wt – 15/64 & 10/64 F
Goodwin Granger stamped nickel silver up locking reel seat (has a single dent, which is pictured)-RHW (Western) grip is new-Nickel silver winding check-Granger
Favorite stamped on butt-Granger “Favorite” wraps (variegated main wraps trimmed yellow with yellow intermediates) over dark ammonia treated cane-Varnished finish-Comes with Original Bag & Tube (tube has partial label)
Condition: EX Restored-Complete restoration done by South Creek Ltd. in 2012-One tip appears to be a Wright & McGill replacement and is of the correct taper and 3x3 node spacing-This one has not been fished since it was restored
A gorgeous and rare rod!
Inv. Number: BRC2111
Goodwin Granger GS8040 “Special” - 8’0” – 3/2 – 4/5wt – 15/64 & 10/64 F
Goodwin Granger stamped nickel silver uplocking reel seat-RHW (Western) grip-Nickel silver winding check-Granger Special stamped on butt-Granger “Special” yellow/gold wraps over dark ammonia treated cane-Varnished finish-Comes with original bag & tube (tube has partial label)
Condition: EX Restored-Complete restoration done by Dwight Lyons of Oregon-One tip has blind (all but undetectable) repair wrap over hook dig below tip top guide and first snake guide down from TT and is perfectly sound-Slight ridging of grip, but remains quite comfortable-This one has only been fished a handful of times since it was restored!
Special Note: This rod is from the Phil Snyder collection. Phil was the original Granger expert and is pictured in the book “Goodwin Granger-The Rod Man From Denver” by Michael Sinclair. Please see the Dedication Page of this book where Phil is honored and pictured. Dwight Lyons, whom I referenced above, handled all of Phil’s restoration work.
I have had an intimate relationship with this rod for years, as it was once part of my Granger collection. I am currently selling it for a friend, who purchased it from me. I had the pleasure of meeting Phil Snyder and have been friends with Dwight Lyon’s (the restorationist) for years. Dwight is now retired.
Inv. Number: BRC2112
W&M Granger GF8642 “Favorite” - 8’6” – 3/2 – 5wt – 17/64 & 11/64 F
Wright & McGill stamped Granger nickel silver uplocking reel seat-RHW (Western) grip is Ex-Nickel silver winding check-Granger Favorite and Wright & McGill stamped on butt-Granger “Favorite” wraps (variegated main wraps trimmed yellow with yellow intermediates) over dark ammonia treated cane-Varnished finish-Comes with Original Bag & Tube (tube is missing its label)
Condition: Excellent, SAVE one tip ferrule has been expertly replaced
Inv. Number: BRC2113
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