Previously Owned Equipment

A compliment to the builders, to a pride of ownership and respect in maintenance, bamboo rods from as long ago as the 1920's are still in circulation, looking for new homes. Check our website for a listing of current and classic rods being resold to further their lives on the stream. Updated monthly.


Mint Farlows Rods

A pair of mint condition never been used Sharpes Farlows rods. An 8'8" Scottie 2/1 for 5/6 weight line and an 8'6" Norm Thompson 2/1 for 6/7 weight line.

The Scottie is priced at $755.00

The Norm Thompson is priced at $725.00

Please contact Carl for more information or availability

Gus Nevros

Gus Nevros came on to the cane rod building scene in the 1970's. Living in Long Island with a summer home in the Catskills on the Roundout, he lived the classic fly fisherman's life from his return from serving in the army in World War II on. In this time, his kind and thoughtful nature gained him entry and friendship with all the noted first tier east coast builders, the likes of Garrison, Jim Payne, H. S. Gillium, Leonard allowed him entry to their shops and the time to discuss rod building. Over these years he built up a formidable working collection of these maker's rods. Once he started to pursue actual building, the doors remained open. Since Gus was an amateur builder he could take the extra time to finesse a rod to a level the working builders could not. His rods are jewels in their finishing. The thoughtful approach to hardware, wrapping, ferrule plugs, appointments, etc. is obvious. Every aspect of the rod is finished out with conscious attention, and it shows to the delight of any owner/user. Still building at 90 years old, Gus has produced over 300 superlative rods in his career. His insight and sixth sense into rod taper design make his rods also beautiful casting instruments. Gus has taken the craft of bamboo rod building to a higher level, deserving of a place in the history of the craft. Like many quality builders, absence of his name in the known books in no way diminishes the excellence and deserved recognition his work should command. We are pleased to have three Nevros rods for sale as follows;

All rods come in brass capped Rodon tubes, The Nevros heavy rod bag pocketed with two rubber ferrule pulling grip pads, Garrison node stager. See rod pictures for all rods to get a feel for the total rod.

Nevros, 8'0", 2/2, 5 wt.

Built in 1978 this mint unused condition (other than fond lawn casting) rod reminds me of a Payne 102. It is a very easy casting rod anyone would like. Medium blond cane, marked "Super Z" ferrules, 3 color wrappings, Nevros turned "King" ferrule plug out of Koa wood, with matching high quality uplocking aluminum over Koa wood reels seat.

Price:r $2,850.00.

Please contact Carl for more information or availability

Dickerson 8616 Special 2/2 8 wt.

Unique in that there is only one recorded as being built. This rod is an exceptionally strong, smooth casting 8 weight. Throws out an entire line and then tugs at you reel for more. Received in poor surface condition and as a one tip rod, so I had John Pickard build a new tip out of pre-embargo cane and fabricate a new ferrule using the Dickerson ferruling machine. He also refinished the original tip. The two tips match almost perfectly. The original tip was down ¾ of an inch, the butt full length. The grip is well worn but still in very good condition. The original rod was built by Dickerson to 8'5" when put together. New bag and tube.

Due to the fact it is the only one every made and with the excellent restoration/replacement, asking $3,750.00

Please contact Carl for more information or availability

Dickerson 861611 D 3/4 6 wt.

Rare as there were only three 861612's recorded as being built in Dickerson's record book. A very smooth easy casting 6 weight with that definite reserve Dickerson power in the butt section, like a strong Payne 204 with Michigan attitude. This rod belonged originally to a Detroit doctor; his name and contact information were engraved on the Dickerson tube cap. One can tell he used this rod a lot and it shows this service. The grip is ridged and the tips are both down four inches, so I had John Pickard build two completely new full length tips with all Dickerson materials as only John can do. So now the rod has four tips.

Four tip very good condition rod, original bag and tube, due to its rarity, asking $4,895.00

Please contact Carl for more information or availability
Wanigas Supreme 9'0 2/2 8 wt.

Wanigas Supreme 9’0” 2/2 8 wt.

This is an Uslan built 5-sided rod, sporting original super Z ferrules. According to Art Neumann (original owner of Wanigas Rod Company) this was the only one made up for Wanigas. It was a prototype Michigan big water steelhead rod. Bob Summers rewrapped the stripper guide and added a Dickerson hook keeper to it in the 1990’s. Excellent minus condition in original Wanigas labeled Champion tube.

Price: $795.00

Please contact Carl for more information or availability


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