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JULY 29 ,2017
 
MY OLD DAD USE TO SAY,"SOMETIME YOU ARE LUCKY AND SOMETIME YOU ARE GOOD, YESTERDAY I ASKED MY YOUNGEST SON WHOSE LAW OFFICE IS ON THE SAME FLOOR AS OUR SHOWROOM TO CHECK TO SEE IF WE HAD A CERTAIN 3WT ROD A DEALER NEEDED BECAISE I HAD SEEN AN EMPTY CARTON IN THE 3WT SPACE EARLIER IN THE WEEK. AN HOUR LATER HE CALLED AND SAID HE FOUND 2 CARTONS OF 3WTS, AND ONE OF 8WTS AND A BOX OF SWITCH RODS . HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS  7',7-6 2PC CORK SEAT@$100.00 8'6" WOOD SEAT $125.00 . ALL  MED.FAST. 3PC FAST 9-0 ,MED FAST 9-0 $130 4PC MF 9-0 $145.00 
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                       *****IMPORTANT TO HERITAGE ROD OWNERS******
WHEN ASKING FOR INFO OR NEEDING A NEW PART FOR ONE OF OUR HERITAGE FLY RODS WE NEED THE ;LENGTH OF ROD, NUMBER OF SECTIONS,,WHICH SECTION NEEDED, LINE WEIGHT , DEALER BOUGHT FROM, YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER.AND RETURN ADDRESS. WE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE SOME OTHER RODS USING THE "HERITAGE" NAME THAT ARE GOOD RODS AT 3 TIMES THE PRICE OF OURS .WE DO NOT REPAIR OR REPLACE BROKEN PARTS FOR THESE RODS
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REMEMBER WE WILL BE CLOSED AUGUST 15 FOR 10 DAYS AS THE GUYS AND GALS THAT KEEP THINGS GOING ARE ON VACATION, SOME FISHING ON THE GASPE AT CAMP BONAVENTURE.

 

 
FISHING IN FULL SWING
We have been remiss in keeping this page up to date but things keep piling up and we are slowing down. I think we have all the orders shipped and we have run out of some rods. We had to turn down an order for 50 7wts 9-0 rod. They have been going out as fast as we can pack them.
 
Friday I answered the phone and the voice said ,"Hi Phil this is Bill Hunter.Remember me?"Those of you from New England will remember "HUNTERS " as the prime fly fishing store in New England for many years.It  was located in New Hampshire. After Bill and his charming wife made their second fortune they move to Florida and Bill took up golf as his eyesight was bothering him and he could not see well enough to tie flies. After chewing the fat for quite a while he said he now was going to get rid of all his fly fishing stuff. A inventory is on its way so stay tuned.
 
YUP WE FINALLY GOT SOME OF OUR RODS RESTOCKED AFTER THE BUSIEST WINTER/SPRING WE HAVE EVER HAD. MY SON EVEN BREAKS AWAY FROM HIS LAW PRACTICE TO FILL ORDERS WHILE I RECUPERATE.Thats him down bekow with some trout he caught in Argentina. HAVE A WILD BOAR SKIN.WILL CUT YOU A GOOD PIECE FOR $5.00 plus shipping.
 
We found about 8 skins in cleaning up the showroom but most were sought by tyers on the want lists. will try to list the rest next week.Now that i've reached the age of maturity I'm starting to slow down..but if you E-Mail me I'll get back to you ASP. Now that we have stopped raising birds we have to rely on other breeders who lose birds or are overseas suppliers who have their own problems.
 
After many years of doing business and speaking to one another we got to meet, face to face, a great tyer from Oregon, JOHN HARRANG from Redmond. In his very early twenties when I first sold him some tying material he is now the father of 3 pretty girls (they look like their mother, thank goodness) and he now works for the state in the agriculture field. John, Tony Smith and I had a great time together and if possible I'm going to get out to the west coast  soon .
Still have some items from the 2 estates we bought o have stuff we don't carry usually' ..
SO ASK WE MAY HAVE IT!
Spring has started here in New England but heavy rain and some snow has the Eastern Canada rivers very high and hard to fish. 
 
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 believe.

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.
 
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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 PHEASANT; 
 
 
rooster 1
 
 
rooster 2
 
FOUND IN CLEANUP: 5 ONLY RON REINHOLD HANDMADE GOLD LABEL WILLIAM BARTLET 3/0 LONG SHANK D HOOKS. PRICE $50 EACH.
 
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 QUESTIONS.
 
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 school. 
 
 
 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.
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 and some scattered Steelhead.
 
 
AS PROMISED...JUST A LITTLE LATE.  SKINS ON HAND RIGHT NOW. MAYBE NOT TOMORROW.
 
AMHERST/AMGOLD CROSS BREED $250
VULTURINE $200
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 BREEDS $25-$50
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 ground.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 year.
 
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 supply.  
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 beautiful. 
 
 
 
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 very soon.

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 deal.
        
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 that rod.

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 week.

 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 at shows. 

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.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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