Dickerson Book for Sale (signed)
Though many classic bamboo rods for sale are listed below, I will begin with one of the great bamboo rod collections:
JERRY STEIN DICKERSON COLLECTION SALE
The following L.L. Dickerson rods, hardbound and softbound books, Ledgerand other Dickerson notebook copies, letters and photos have been acquired over the past 25 years.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing spontaneously sent me a copy of Dick’s first ledger.
We later found the second volume and other Dickerson notebooks which had been contributed to the Museum by Tim Bedford, who purchased “Dick’s” equipment when he decided he was not going to make any more rods.
I was very taken with the quality of Dickerson’s rods and the man’s character. Because of that quality and because “Dick” did all of his own work [as opposed to Jim Payne who organized an outstanding
group of rodmakers to work together on his rods], I believe that Lyle L. Dickerson is the greatest of the 20th century rodmakers, second only to HiramLeonard in overall work.
Rodmaker Jim Schaaf and I used the Dickerson Ledgers to contact hundreds of his old customers and learn about Dickerson from them. We also had the full cooperation of most of the Dickerson family. After discussing their relationship with Dickerson, I offered to help each of his customers contribute their rods to the American Museum of Fly Fishing. We were so successful that, at least at that time,
the Museum’s collection of Dickerson rods was the most extensive of any of their rodmakers’ work.
If the customer refused to donate their rod, I asked if they would sell them to me for my private use.
Some agreed. I also canvassed tackle shops in Michigan and around the country, purchasing used Dickerson rods for myself and Jim since about 1985.
The Dickerson Collection displayed here resulted from these 25 years of acquiring the best of L.L. Dickerson’s work. Most of the rods for sale here were not the first of these models which I acquired. For example, if I bought a good Model 861711 and later found an 861711 which I liked even better for its casting, appearance and/or originality, I would dispose of the first and keep the
second. Some of the rods for sale are the third or fourth generation of that model. A few of the rods do not have the original bags or tubes.
My Letters of Authentication will be sent with each rod.
Photocopies of the Dickerson Ledgers, notebooks, letters from customers and copies of photos of Dickerson are for sale individually.
I have a few mint/uncirculated copies of Dickerson: The Man and His Rods, numbered copies of the
limited edition of 500, signed by J.W Schaaf and myself for $495 and copies of the soft cover edition, signed by J.W. Schaaf and myself for $200 plus shipping.
DICKERSON 661510 Special, 6 1/2' 3 pc.
DICKERSON 661510 Special: 6’ 6,” 3 pc. with full tips for 2DT silk or 3DT synthetic line. Dated 1949. Brown wrappings tipped in black. D/L reel seat with walnut spacer In M/R condition [restored by J.W. Schaaf] with original bag & tube. This is the only 3 pc. 6’ 6” Dickerson rod which has been found or which is listed in the Dickerson Ledger Book.. The only other Dickerson rods made under 7’ which have been found or which are listed in Dickerson’s Ledger Book are two 2 pc. 6’ 6” rods. [One with one short tip which has long been in the American Museum of Fly Fishing.] I do not know of any other highly collectible rod made by a deceased, major rodmaker which we know was the only rod he ever made of that length and configuration. [If you buy a 6’ 6” 2 pc. Gillum, for example, how do you know how many more 6’ 6” 3 pc. Gillums are out there? It would be like buying a painting and not knowing whether it is a one-off or part of a series of lithographs. ] This 661510 is truly a one-of-a-kind rod which, by itself, would make any collection which included it, a very important collection.
Price: $ 17,500
DICKERSON 6611 AND 7012 Hollow Build
DICKERSON Model 6611. Model 6’6”, 2 pc with full tips for DT3-4 line All-cork grip. Brown with black tipping. all cork reel seat. Letter of provenance from J.W. Schaaf states that blank was given by “Dick’s” son oldest son, Glenn Dickerson, who said it was made by L.L. Dickerson in exchange for writing book and completing several rods for Dickerson family. Glenn took a very active interest in the book and his father’s rods and has always been reliable. Jim Schaaf elected to keep these unfinished rods as they were. He gave away or sold his remaining Dickersons just before his death.Ferrules were made on the Dickerson ferrule making machine . This rod was wrapped and varnished by R.D. Taylor. It is one of only three Model 6611s that we know of. One of the other two has long been in the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Price: $16,500.
DICKERSON 7012 Hollow Built [Not marked Hollow, but weight and feel indicates that it is hollow.] 7’ 2 pc. rod with two full tips and an all-cork handle with slide band seat. Fancy, agate stripping guide. Brown wrapping with black tipping. D/L reel seat with walnut spacer. In EXCELLENT ++ condition with original bag & tube. I’ve only seen two Hollow Dickersons before and one all-cork S/B reel eat in 30 years of collecting. So this is an extraordinary rod. even if it is refinished. Non-original bad and tube. Price: $ 14,000
Dickerson 7613 Hollow 7 1/2' 2 pc.
DICKERSON 7613 HOLLOW 7 1/2’ , 2 pc , 2 tips for DT4 line. I have seen only four Dickerson hollow built rods. This one's butt section has every-other-node pattern; tips have staggered node pattern. [1975 Dickerson 8014 rod and a few other late rods have random node pattern on butt and every-other-node on the tips.] Letter of provenance from J.W. Schaaf states that blank was given to him by Glenn Dickerson who certified that it was made by L.L. Dickerson. Given in exchange for completing several Dickerson rods for Dickerson family members. Jim Schaaf elected to keep these unfinished rods as they were. He gave away or sold his remaining Dickersons just before his death. Ferrules were made from the Dickerson ferrule-making machine. Because Jim was unable to do fine finish work in
his last two years, this rod was wrapped and varnished by R.D. Taylor who does superb work and had actual Dickerson rods as models. In excellent +++ condition. Non-original bag & tube. Price: $ 8,900
Dickerson Model 8014, 8' 2 pc.
DICKERSON 8014: 8’ 2 pc. with full tips for DT5 or DT4 silk line.
Brown wrappings with black tipping. Usual Dickerson D/L reel seat with walnut spacer.
Unusually dark, lovely cane. [Butt has every third node pattern; tips have every other node pattern. Not unusual for late Dickerson rods.] Letter of provenance from J.W. Schaaf states that blank was given to him by Dickerson's son, Glenn, who was certain the blank was made by L.L. Dickerson. Glenn sent it in exchange for our writing Dickerson book and Jim's completing several rods for Dickerson family. Ferrules using Dickerson equipment. Wrapped and varnished by R.D. Taylor. In N/M condition. Non-original bag & tube. Price: $ 4,900
Dickerson 8' 6 Models 2 pc and 3 pc
DICKERSON 8615, 8 1/2’ 2 pc. with full tips for DT5 silk or DT6 synthetic line. Dated 1965. Yellow-gold wrapping with black tipping. D/L reel seat with walnut spacer. In excellent-minus, condition with original bag & tube. Price: $ 5,900
DICKERSON [marked:] 8 1/2’ 4 1/4 oz. This is one of the very earliest Dickersons; only the 8th rod listed in the Dickerson ledger, dated 1931. 8 1/2’ 3 pc. with full tips for DT3-6 silk or DT4 synthetic line. Maroon wrapping without tipping. Uses earliest D/L reel seat [F.E. Thomas] with Bakelite spacer. In good, original condition with original bag & tube. Price: $ 2,750
Payne Model 95, 6' 2 pc.
E.F. PAYNE 95: 6' 2 pc, 2 tips [one scarfed] for DT2 line. Brilliantly delicate and a fine casting rod. Rarely available. Brown wrappings tipped in maroon and yellow. Spanish cedar, S/B reel seat. In N/M condition with original bag & tube.
TIM BEDFORD MODEL 7816 7’ 8” 2 pc. with fulL tips for DT6 wit D/L reel seat with yellow-gray wraps, in excellent, original condition. Non original bag & tube. Value: $1,500
E.W. EDWARDS Autograph Deluxe 7’ 2/2 with one tip down 3/8” for DT4 line. U/L reel seat. Mint restored. Original bag/tube. Value: $ 1,850.
GRANGER WRIGHT & MCGILL 9’ 3 pc with two full tips for DT6 line. Metal, down-locking reel seat. In excellent condition, probably restored. Origial bag & tube.
H.L. LEONARD 50 1/2 Tournament, 8 1/2’’, 3-piece with full tips and agate tip tops for DT4 line. Pretty Pre-fire rod in M/R condition. Original bag & tube.
E.C. Powell 7' 2 pc. and 7 1/2' Hollow
E.C. Powell Hollowbuilt 7' [exactly 6’ 11”] 2 pc. with three full tips for 3DT silk or 4DT synthetic line. This is the only 7’ E.C. Powell rod I have seen. U/L reel seat with Bakelite spacer and E.C. Powell stamp. Price: $ 3,900
E.C. Powell Hollowbuilt 7 1/2’ 2 pc. with full tips for 3-4DT line. U/L reel seat with Bakelite spacer and E.C. Powell stamp. In excellent, original condition with original bag & tube. [In an article for the American Museum of Fly Fishing’s publication, I described this rod’s dropping a line as smoothly as a shadow falling on the stream.] Price: $2,900
Dickerson Salmon Rod
DICKERSON [marked Detroit] Two-Handed Salmon Rod, 15’ 5,” with two full tips.
The only such two handed model which has been found or which was listed in Dickerson Ledger. One wrap redone. Dated 1938. Brown wrappings tipped in black In EXCELLENT ++ original condition with non- original bag, no tube.