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AS PROMISED TONY AND I SPEND THE BETTER PART OF
A DAY DIGGING AND FINDING STUFF I HAD NOT SEEN IN A LONG TIME AND
STUFF THAT CAME IN WHILE I WAS OUT SICK. THE LIST IS TOO LONG TO
PRINT ALL AT ONCE SO LOOK FOR IT IN NEWSLETTERS ON THIS PAGE FOR A
For the real fly fishing historic collectors
some great stuff. Helen Shaw,the "First Lady" of fly
tying we have a package of 6 trout flies,a color photo of her at
the tying bench, and a letter from Lang's Sporting Collectables
stating that these items were consigned by her estate and
auctioned on Nov.7,2008.
Maybe by the end of this month we will get
things straightened out so we will know where we have moved things
and know what we have coming in for the new year.
Tied up with illness and business. Rods are
going out fast as usual at this time of year, and the fly-tyers
are busy buying feathers for cold-weather tying. Some lucky people
like my youngest son, Joel, are down in Argentina fishing with
some fishing friends who come up to Quebec with us in August. As
you can see, they grow their trout big in Argentina and summer is
just beginning there. Here are some photos we've received from
Argentina, where it's a bit warmer than here. This is my
youngest son at the brand new lodge at Carilufo.
White swan feathers flew out of here and there
is going to be a lot of dying going on. At 3.00$ a pair they're a
steal and we will soon run out.
The old man and 9 year old Teo discussing what flies to
use. We were right as he landed a 30# Atlantic salmon. Teo is
as good a fly caster as you hope to be! His biggest problem is being
towed downstream by a big fish. Teo's dad owns one of the finest
lodge in Argentina with trout in numbers and size that is hard to
WE HAVE A ONE OF A KIND "WALKER
REEL" OUR LAW OFFICE HELPED SHIRLEY WALKER, ARCHIE'S FORMER
WIFE, LIQUIDATE THE WALKER REEL COMPANY. ASSETS TO HELP HER IN
RAISING THEIR TWO SONS. ONE OF THE ITEMS WAS A REEL ARCHIE
WAS WORKING ON UNLIKE ANT OTHER WALKER. A SINGLE ACTION REEL BUT I
NEVER OPENED IT UP TO SEE JUST WHAT THE DRAG SET UP WAS. HE FISHED
IT THEN MADE CHANGES. HE PUT IT UNDER THE CELLAR STAIRS WITH A
STICKER ON IT WHICH SAID" PROTOTYPE DO NOT SELL . THE
BUYER FROM THE WEST COAST DIED AND WE BOUGHT THE REEL BACK AND
STORED IT WITH THE "STEENROOD " PAYNE ROD. (see bottom
of the page for more info) WE WILL TAKE OFFERS
ON THE REEL AND THE ROD.
WE FOUND ABOUT 5 LBS OF THE NICEST WHITE SWAN
FOR DYING THAT WE HAD TUCKED AWAY YEARS AGO. ABOUT 6-7 INCH .$3.00
PR PLUS MAIL.
- Almost fully recovered from the accident and with my daughter
coming home from Denmark, where she lives, things went well. ROD
BUSINESS HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING . MORE PEOPLE HAVE SENT US ROD
BUYERS AFTER BUYING OR USING A HERITAGE ROD THEN WE THOUGHT WAS
POSSIBLE. WE ARE OUT OF STOCK IN SOME SIZES.
YES WE HAVE BEEN GONE. HAD A LITTLE ACCIDENT
THAT WAS A SKULL BUSTER AND WAS LAID UP. NOT BACK 100% BUT WILL
TRY TO CATCH UP ON THINGS. MY SON JOEL TRIED TO GET ORDERS OUT AND
NOT A COMPLAINT . WE WILL BE TAKING INVENTORY AND WILL POST
ANYTHING WE FIND OUT OF THE USUAL
ON FRIDAY WE FOUND A PURPLE THROATED FRUIT
CROW (VERY RARE) SOME WESTERN TRAGOPAN FEATHERS, SOME GREAT SCARLET
MACAW, YELLOW, RED, ETC,FAIRY BLUEBIRD AND A BANDED PITA. WE ARE
STILL WORKING ON THE SHOWROOM.
LOOK WHAT WE FOUND IN THE SHOWROOM! TWO
HYBRID ROOSTER SKINS ALONG WITH BABY FLAMINGO, BLACK FRANKLIN,
REEVES PHEASANT, TRAGOPAN TEMMENICK, IMPEYAN MONAL, SILVER
FOUND IN CLEANUP: 5 ONLY RON REINHOLD
HANDMADE GOLD LABEL WILLIAM BARTLET 3/0 LONG SHANK D HOOKS. PRICE
WE STARTED OUR YEARLY CLEANUP AND WILL TRY TO
START LISTING SOME OF THE ITEMS WE COME UP WITH. AMONG THE
FEATHERS WE FOUND ARE YELLOW CONURE, WESTERN TRAGOPAN, KORI
BUSTARD, FLORICAN BUSTARD, FAIRY BLUE BIRD, RED/BLUE/YELLOW MACAW
AND A CHATTERER SKIN. HERE ARE PICTURES OF JUST A COUPLE:
OLD FRIEND.MASTER FLY CASTER
AND TEACHER, DAVID BENOIT CALLED AFTER SPENDING THE SUMMER IN
WYOMING CATCHING LOTS OF TROUT. HE ORDERED A COUPLE MORE HERITAGE
FLY RODS WITH REELS AND HEADING SOUTH SOON TO FISH FOR THE
WINTER. DAVID HAS TAUGHT MORE PEOPLE TO FLY CAST THAN ANYONE I
KNOW AND THEY ALL RAVE ABOUT HIM.
IT'S HARD KEEPING UP WITH THE EMAILS,
ANSWERING CALLS AND SOLVING PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE WHO CAUSED THEM.
WE HAVE FISHED EXACTLY ONE WEEK ALL YEAR. IT'S NOT FAIR!
WE GET QUITE A FEW EMAILS,CALLS,ETC FROM
PEOPLE IN THE JEWELRY DESIGN FIELD AND WE TRY TO HELP THEM .
FISHING WE KNOW...JEWELRY, WE ARE LOST.
WE ARE STILL GOING THROUGH ALL THE ESTATE
MATERIALS( SEE BELOW) WHEN WE HAVE TIME. EMAIL US IF YOU HAVE
The Atlantic Salmon season is drawing to a close
in most locations, with the majority of the rivers reporting good
catches. Here's our South American representative, eight year old
Teao Panza, fighting and catching, a 15 lb. Atlantic salmon with
one of our 6 wt. rods on the Bonaventure River on the Gaspe.
Here's a new picture of Theao with a typical
Argentinian trout caught on his Christmas vacation from
WE WILL GO INTO THE SHOWROOM AND
SEE WHAT IS DOING SINCE WE LEFT. I DO KNOW THAT ONE OF OUR GUIDES
PICKED UP THE 6WT 9-0 FT HERITAGE RODS I WAS USING WITH 8 WT LINE
AND CAST ALL THE LINE AND ABOUT 25 FT.OF BACKING AT LUNCH TIME AND
QUICKLY MADE A DEAL TO BUY IT WITH A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE. WE
ONLY GET ONE WEEK OF FISHING IN EACH YEAR AND WE SPEND IT ON THE
GASPE FISHING THE BONNIE,AND THE PETITE AND GRAND CASCAPEDIA. WE
SHOULD HAVE PHOTOS LATER THIS WEEK.
and some scattered Steelhead.
AS PROMISED...JUST A LITTLE
LATE. SKINS ON HAND RIGHT NOW. MAYBE NOT TOMORROW.
AMHERST/AMGOLD CROSS BREED
REEVES PHEASANT $150
TEMINICK TRAGOPAN $200
IMPEYAN MONEL $175
SILVER PHEASANT $200
LITTLE FLAMINGO $450
BLACK FRANCOLIN $25
AMHERST PHEASANT $200
GREY PEACOCK PHEASANT $250
BLUE EARED PHEASANT $250
SOME EXTRA LARGE TAILS CROSS
ALL PLUS MAIL/INSURANCE
Heard from GEORGE "TERMITE"
ROBERTS maker of the "FLY TYER" tying bench.
. We have one that has been hammered, pushed, pulled and shoved to
many a show, and still looks like new and in a lot better shape
than me. He is still building them along with some custom cigar
humidors in St.Louis,MO. George bought one of our earliest
Heritage Fly Rods 20 years ago and called to say he went f ishing
with a friend and let him try his 3 wt and could we send him one
pronto as he wants his back from his friend who is holding it as
ransom until the new rod arrives.
We will have more loose feather from the Buckley
collection to go with the few skins that have not been sold. Just
need the time to get to them with everything else that's going on.
RODS GOING OUT LIKE CRAZY AND EVEN FOUND A COUPLE OF 10-6 I
DIDN'T KNOW WE STILL HAD . THEY ARE 7/8 WT. ,3 PC. NO
GUARANTEE. $125.00 FOR ROD ONLY.
WE STARTED CLEANING UP THE
SHOWROOM WHICH REALLY NEEDS IT. AS USUAL WE FOUND ITEMS WE DID NOT
KNOW WE HAD. FIRST DISCOVERY:
.We try to answer all calls
the same day they come in but we have had phone problems on top of
just too busy for "old guys" trying to stay above
I'VE BEEN OUT OF CONTACT FOR A WHILE AS THEY
TOOK OUT ANOTHER OF MY WORTHLESS ORGANS AND I CAN'T DRIVE FOR A
WHILE. "GETTING OLD AIN'T EASY.
FISHING MUST BE GOOD BECAUSE WE SHIPPED
MORE RODS IN MAY THAN WE HAVE EVER DONE AND WE ARE RUNNING LOW ON
SOME SET UPS.
The only thing I can say is
there are going to be alot of flies tied with Jungle Cock this
I've heard from quite a few
tiers I had not spoken to in many a moon. There must be a period
like menopause in a tiers life where they change attidude,wants
and life style and then in a year or two revert to their old
original habits. I'VE NOW REACHED MATURIYY,87 AND AM JUST AS
LOUSY AS WHEN I WAS 20.Thanks to all who have stayed alive and
with me all these years.
Going to list the hair/fur we
got in a couple of estates to see if any of you are interested.
Things like wild boar, fallow and red deer stag etc.
- We are out of Indian Crow, excepted for a little of the rare
Mesoni, and Chatterer is getting very low.
We are out of English Jay and can't find
any for sale. We always had 50 or more on hand so a lot of
people are not happy. Kingfisher are also going to be in short
For those of you who have been calling for a
catalog, we discontinued these many years ago when e-mail became
so popular as catalogs were very expensive to print and mail. What
we now suggest, is that if you are looking for a particular
feather(s) or other fly-tying material, please send an e- mail and
we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Old friend, Dr. Jim Goggans from Colorado, has
very quietly kept his fly-tying talents out of the limelight for
more than the 20 years or so we have known each other. An ardent
fisherman, he even traveled to Labrador with our group one year;
the only trouble was that Jim, who is about 6'6" could walk
across the river we were fishing, without getting his knees wet as
it hadn't rained in a month. Here's his latest work of art. I
can't count how many married feathers there are but the fly is
After six weeks of hospitalization and rehab due
to a bad fall, I'm back! Thank goodness my younger son
undertook getting most of the orders out by working at night as
his days are very busy with his law practice. On a much deserved
vacation, he's in
Argentina at Patagonia Fishing Hosts trout fishing. Take a look at this picture. The
message attached was, "Tomorrow I'm going for the big
ones". He reports the new lodge is beautiful and is walking
distance from some fabulous small trout streams. And those hills
in the background are the Andes.
This is the newest member of our HERITAGE ROD Pro Staff, TEAO
PANZA ,7 years old .Will toss almost a whole line with one of our 9'
8wt rods. His father, Pancho is the owner and head honcho of a new
lodge in Argentina ,PATAGONIA FISHING HOSTS where the trout are as
long as your arms and fight to the bitter end. We will publish some pics
- We still have a lot of the furs we bought from
a couple of estates. Call,write,wire your needs we will give you a
- The past 2 weeks have seen rods fly out of here and a lot of
nice things said about our HERITAGE RODS. SHIPPING A LOT DOWN TO
Terra del Fuego. TALKING ABOUT ARGENTINA WE SAW PHOTOS OF THE NEW
LODGE OF "PATAGONIA FISHING HOSTS" WOW! Talk about
class. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who hid in the area
would never have left if they had this place and knew how to fly
fish for big trout.
We received a call from the
West Coast from an owner of a Heritage rod he bought 4 years ago
from a dealer who no longer in business. Loves it and was broken
hearted until he found us and Knew he could get a new section. The
rod a 6wt he has used for Pacific salmon. Broken when a buddy sat on
it in the boat. Had a hard time understanding, after landing
many salmon over 30 lbs , that a 30# salmon and a 200 lb rear end
ain't the same thing.
One of the most under fished
rivers here in Mass. is the Conn River from the VT line to the Long
Island Sound. Bass, both smallmouth and largemouth,trout, carp, etc.
are in this great body of water that is now so clean it makes for
great boating and swiming.
Fred Brand, fly tyer
extreme,says the fishing up and around Pulaski,NY is holding well
and the Salmon River has some awesome trout ..
The weather has been the
controlling factor in the mid-west and Rocky area. The wild storms
they have been having are wrecking havoc in many areas.
Montana/Wyoming/Colorado seem to be offering the best fishing
right now. Dave Benoit in West Yellowstone says fishing is good and
it must be because we had rush some rods to him. We made a small run
of extra fast 9-0 5wt rods ,3 pc upon request for some of our very
good casters. Dave B. says he roll casts the 95 ft line with
We received a fine mounted multi
colored kingfisher,$70.00 and the last of the cured junglecock
capes. Mostly "B" grade,$60.00 plus shipping.
- David Benoit formerly of Worcester area here
in Mass. is now in West Yellowstone ,MT healing from two bad knees
hurt in an accident. He's giving casting lessons out there and you
couldn't get a better teacher.
- We are running low of some rods ,4 wts and 7
wts and switch rods but will take care of present orders in a
MOVED ALOT OF THE FUR THAT WAS
IN THE ESTATES WE BOUGHT BUT STILL HAVE SOME LEFT. WILL TRY AND
INVENTORY IT IF THINGS SLOW DOWN. THIS TIME OF YEAR THE ROD/REEL
BUSINESS KEEPS US MOVING FAST .SENT SOME SAMPLES OF NEW REELS OUT
FOR TESTING. REPORT IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.
PETER O'REILLY, BALLY
BATTER HOUSE, NAVAN, COUNTY MEATH ,IRELAND,ONE OF OUR FAVORITE
PEOPLE IS AN UNTAPPED SOURCE OF FISHING INFO FOR THE OLD SOD. HE
ALSO HAS A GREAT FLY CASTING SCHOOL AND A STOCK OF RODS,ETC ON
HAND IN CASE YOU HAVE A DISASTER WHILE VISITING.
WE HAVE A PILE OF VARIOUS FURS
FROM ESTATES WE DON'T NORMALLY CARRY...CHEAP. OUR NEW STOCK OF
KINGFISHER HAS ARRIVED.
- An old friend, Dr. Jim Groggans ,DDS, from
Colorado`who had the unhappy experience of coming to Labrador
salmon fishing with us the year we had no water, emailed us for a
spey rod to take to Ireland this spring,.Jim is about 6'-6"
with hands like bear paws yet ties classic salmon flies better
than most of the "big name" tiers you read about or see
We just about have the showroom
cleaned up along with the items from 2 estates. We have fur (big and
small patches) from humpteen kinds of animals. Ask us for what you
can't find elsewhere.
Rick Boccaccio has been using
Heritage rods for over 6 years now and broke his son into using them
at a very early age. Look at the results!
Talking about breaking the sons
into using heritage rods early in life, take a look at Pancho
Panza's son at 5 years old. He can cast a 3 or 4 weight seven foot
Heritage rod almost 50 feet and catches 4 or 5 lb. fish on his home
rivers in Argentina.
Sorry we our sold out of our
9/10 reels. Will be awhile before the are restocked.
We have for sale a historic fly fishing
collection! Those of you who have any interest in the history of fly
fishing in America will recognize the name of ROY STEENROD.
GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR MORE INFO.
We just received photos of the
new lodge Patagonia Fishing Hosts is building in Argentina which is
about 80% complete. Beautiful and sits on a hill overlooking the
river we fished with great luck a couple of years ago.
Here is a historic rod and paper
documentations which can't be matched. Roy Streenrod's Payne fly
rod, letters from Roy to Jim Payne, affidavit from Roy's daughter
signed by her and the Darbees, an appraisal from the Catskill Fly
Fishing Center & Museum ($3000) where it was on loan in 1985 and
2 flies,one by Steenrod and one Darbee. There is no other collection
in private hands to match this one. Roy was the only person that
Theodore Gordon ever taught to tie flies and is called the
"Father of the Catskill School of Fly Fishing".
The rod is a 8-0 2/2 with both
tips short. It was built in the early 1930's and is in very good+
condition. Rich brown wraps with black tipping, brown intermediates
with hour glass ferrules. Varnish and wraps are near perfect
,sliding ring seat.