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Address: P.O. Box 272
Frazier Park, CA 93225
Check out our current selection of Handyman Specials!
These project rods (Handyman Specials) range in condition, from needing simple repairs to put them back on the water too requiring a full restoration to bring them back to their former glory.
Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, there is most likely a project rod listed that matches your personal skill level.
We do our best to represent the accurate state of the rod in the description and images, and as a result sell all items on this page "as-is". However, we do try our best to meet our customers expectations. If you purchase a rod and feel the state does not match what you viewed on our website, we're happy to discuss this with you to find a resolution we're both happy with!
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SOLD! Maker? (Not Sure Who Made This One-Please See Detail of Scripting Below) – 7’6” – 2/2 – 5/6wt – 14/64F
Two tone (silver/Black) anodized aluminum down locking reel seat-6” mild torpedo style grip-Ornate nickel silver winding check-Quality nickel silver ferrules-Fancy orange & black wraps-Scripted in white ink: H.E. Pearson and 1949 and in black ink: R.L. HESS - BERWYN ILL – 7 ½’ HDH LINE-Sorry no bag or tube
Shortcomings = This one is in need of a total redo as the varnish has softened and ferrules are loose to the cane-Both tips down approx. 1 ½” but with that being noted it doesn’t effect its casting ability: I gave it a short workout with a Wulff TT5 line and it performed beautifully at all practical distances (20-50 feet)
Once redone, this one would be a handy and good-looking stick for medium and or big water!
Inv. Number: HS46
SOLD! Goodwin Granger GS9050 “Special” - 9’0” – 3/2 – 5/6wt – 18/64 & 12/64
Early Goodwin Granger “Special” with the Slide Band reel seat, which is factory stamped “Granger Special”-Early coke bottle style grip-Nickel silver winding check-Nickel silver ferrules (all have an excellent fit)-All original factory guides in place-Granger “Special” green/yellow wraps over dark ammonia treated cane-Varnished finish-All sections full length-Comes with original bag, which has the original wooden tip protector. Bag also has the original label, but unfortunately it is all but illegible. Never the less a bonus to have still in place!
Shortcomings = Its butt and mid female ferrule’s are loose to the cane and need to be reset-Cosmetically at some point this one could probably use a total redo, but with that noted it has been over coated with fresh varnish and other than having to reset the two loose ferrules it is fishable as is-Before the two ferrules loosened up I fished this one with a Wulff TT5 line
A rare and hard to find package: The slide band reel seat, coke bottle grip and bag with the wooden tip protector all contribute to this one’s uncommonness!
Inv. Number: BR232
W&M “Queen Of Waters” 9053 – 9’0” – 3/2 – 19/64” & 13/64” F – 7wt
W&M nickel silver uplocking reel seat-W&M RHW grip-Nickel silver winding check-W&M nickel silver ferrules (have Ex fit)-Granger green wraps tipped black-Dark ammonia treated cane-Finish in good serviceable shape-Original W&M bag and original W&M factory case
Shortcomings = Reel seat mechanism is frozen and needs to be removed and repaired or replaced (I’m furnishing an extra correct W&M reel seat-Please see photo)-First snake guide is missing on mid section & second has a foot protruding through its wrap, also a few of the snake guides are oxidized and should be cleaned up-Lastly mid female ferrule and one tip top guide are loose and need to be reset
A rare rod in need of some TLC
Inv. Number: BR356
William (Bill) Arend – 7’6” – 2/2 – 13/64 F – 4/5wt
Arend all metal screw down locking reel seat (stamped with “P.W. Arend Rod”)-6” Arend hammer style grip (soiled but excellent)-Typical Arend Bakelite winding check-Yellow/gold wraps trimmed black-Varnish finish-Quality guides-Good ferrule fit (ferrules appear to be Montague)-Comes with orig. bag-Sorry no tube
Condition: Ferrules are loose to the cane and need to be reset-One tip top guide is loose-Some of the script has been lost, but I can provide an example of what is missing if a person wanted to ink it back in-Both tips are short (Tip #1 = 1” – Tip #2 = 2 ½”) WTBS and reading from my notes before ferules had loosened; this rod casts and fishes beautifully and really liked a Wulff TT5 Line!
This is a rod that really needs to be fixed up and put back in use!
Inv. Number: BR198
SOLD! Fred DeBell “Kibby Gart Perfected” - 8’6” – 3/2 – 17/64 & 11/64 F - 5/6wt
Fred made the “Kibby Gart Perfected” series of rods for the Gart Bros. Sporting Goods store in Denver, Colorado probably in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s–This one is a very attractive rod with red anodized reel seat and red wraps!
Phillipson anodized screw down locking reel seat is in excellent condition-6 ½” RHW grip-Nickel silver winding check-Quality blackened stripping & snake guides-Wright & McGill nickel silver ferrules-Red wraps over dark varnished cane (cane looks like it could be from W&M stock)-Comes with original bag & fiber tube
Condition: Ferrules are loose to the cane and need to be reset-Tip Top guides are loose and need to be reset-All hardware including the reel seat, grip, guides, ferrules in Excellent shape as is the cane and finish!
Taper appears to be the Granger/Phillipson 8642/8 ½’ variety
Inv. Number: BR103
Heddon #125 “Expert” – 8’6” – 3/2 – 2 F (18/64 & 11/64) – 5/6wt – Standard Trout
Circa 1947-1952 (Heddon Neo Classic-Post Classic Era)-The #125 was made by Heddon for the Sears and Roebuck Co. during the late 1940’ early 1950’s and is of Heddon #20 grade-It is embellished with a down locking reel seat, which has an attractive “Tenite” spacer and gold japanned hardware-6” cigar grip-Wrapped over winding check-Gold Japanned ferrules (have good fits)-Gold plated guides-Antique yellow/gold wraps trimmed black-Script reads: “Heddon Expert” & #125 – 8 ½’ –
2 F – HDH or E-Comes with a Original labeled bag and original labeled case
Shortcoming = All ferrules are loose at their stations and need to be reset-Otherwise this one is in beautiful and excellent original condition!
Inv. Number: BR283
Heddon #125 “Expert” – 9’0” – 3/2 – 2 F (18/64 & 11/64) – 5/6wt – Standard Trout
Circa 1947-1952 (Heddon Neo Classic-Post Classic Era)-The #125 was made by Heddon for the Sears and Roebuck Co. during the late 1940’ early 1950’s and is of Heddon #20 grade-It is embellished with a down locking reel seat, which has an attractive “Tenite” spacer and gold japanned hardware-7” cigar grip-Wrapped over winding check-Gold Japanned ferrules (have snug fits)-Gold plated guides-Antique yellow/gold wraps trimmed black-Script reads: “Heddon Expert” & #125 – 9’ – 2 F – HDH or E-Comes with a Original labeled bag and original labeled case (case cap is correct but original screw with hanging loop has been replaced with another type (please see photo)
Shortcoming = Mid section was broken behind female ferrule station and is 2” shorter than butt & tips; could be scarfed back to full length, but with that being noted the ferrule has been remounted and just needs its wrap replaced; then take it fishing (please see photo)-Save the one ferrule station issue, this one is in beautiful original condition!
Inv. Number: BR277
Sold! Heddon #125 “Expert” – 9’6” – 3/2 – 2 1/2 F (19/64 & 12/64) – 6wt – Bass/Trout
Circa 1947-1952 (Heddon Neo Classic-Post Classic Era)-The #125 was made by Heddon for the Sears and Roebuck Co. during the late 1940’ early 1950’s and is of Heddon #20 grade-It is embellished with a down locking reel seat, which has an attractive “Tenite” spacer and gold japanned hardware-7” cigar grip-Wrapped over winding check-Gold Japanned ferrules (have snug fits)-Gold plated guides-Antique yellow/gold wraps trimmed black-Script reads: “Heddon Expert” & #125 – 9 ½’ –
2 ½ F – HDH or E-Comes with an original labeled bag and original labeled case
Shortcoming = Female Ferule on butt section has a stress crack (please see photo)- Might be something to address in future, but for now the rod still functions perfectly and is without any ferrule click
This is a light and rare configuration for the Heddon 9 ½ footer that has a pleasing medium action when paired with a #6 line; hence worth putting the effort into if/when the time comes to address the ferrule-For now I would take it fishing!
Inv. Number: BR296
Sold! Goodwin Granger “Denver Special” (DS9050) – 9’0” – 3/2 – 18/64 & 12/64 F – 5/6wt
Goodwin Granger nickel silver slide band reel seat (stamped Goodwin Granger & Company and Denver Special) is in EX Condition Save one ding on butt end-Coke bottle grip is soiled and has one small hook dig at rear otherwise fine-Nickel silver winding check-Bright nickel silver ferrules have good tight fit-Hardened steel line guides-Original Granger red with red intermediates-Blond cane-All sections full length-Sorry no bag or case
Shortcomings: Several snake guide are loose under their wraps and should be addressed-Mid female ferrule is loose and needs to be reset-Stripping guide is missing (I am furnishing a nice Shakespeare replacement)-The Denver Special is one of Goodwin’s more beautiful grades, so I would recommend giving this one a full restoration and bring it back to its former magnificence!
Inv. Number: BR398
Sold! Wright & McGill S-8633 “Granger Special” Spin Rod – 8’6” - 3/2 – ¾ oz
Anodized locking reel seat-Nickel silver ferrules-Chromed guides-Granger Special green wraps over dark ammonia treated cane-Comes with original bag
Shortcomings = Butt ferrule is loose to the cane and needs to be reset-Also this ferrule is stuck in the grip section and would need to be extracted if you desired to reverse the grip for other spin fishing options. With that pointed out after gluing up the loose ferrule it is quite serviceable as is
A good-looking rod!
Inv. Number: BR420
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