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Restoration & Repair 
Welcome To The Old Yankee Restoration And Repair Page,One Of My Most Ardent Pursuits During The Last 40 Years Tinkering With Fishing Poles Has Been To Become  A Top Notch Rod Smithing Mentor, Lets Face It "Basic Rod Building "Is Not All That Difficult, Over A 20 + Year Time Period Each Winter I Held Rod Building Classes,In The Process Managed To Successfully School A Great Number Of Folks On How To Build There Own Fishing Rods.

In My Time Spent Helping Others Enjoy There Pursuits In Rod Building In Just About Every Class Someone Wanted To Either Repair Or Restore Granddads Or Dads Fishing Rod,So Naturally I Added A Segment In My Curriculum For Just That Purpose,Understandably We Have A Connection To Our Own Or Our Earlier Generations Fishing Gear,Or In Many Cases The Gear We Had When We Were Just Starting Out That Link Us With All The Joyful Memories Of  Happy Days On The Water.

 In Recent Years Some Of That Connection May Have Been Lost With The Popularity Of New Age Mass Produced Equipment, More And More Fisherman May Actually Shop For Gear Based On The Ability To Return A Well Used Or Broken Item For A New Replacement Rather Than An Actual Feel For Or Kinship With The Equipment ?,

When I First Started Tinkering With Fishing Rods I Was Still Wearing Short Pants I Was Just A Child,I Didn't Just Wake Up One Day And Decide I Was Going To Be A Rod Tinker It Was Hatched Out Of  Necessity,My Dad Let Me Have An Old Bamboo Rod That Had Seen Better Days,If I Was Going To Be Able To Fish With It I Needed To Repair It Was Just That Simple. 

As Time Progressed I Got Rather Well Versed At Rod Repairs As  All My First Rods Until I Was 14 Years Old Were Someones Cast Off's  It Was Then That I Moved Forward To Building Rods From Scratch, First From Rod Building Kits, Then From Components Gathered From Mail Order Catalogs, By The Time I Was 16 Partly Out Of Thrift  Admittedly The Roots Of My Passion For Rod Tinkering Had Been Realized.

I Take Pride In My Restoration And Repair Work My Attention To Detail Is Paramount,About 65% Of The Work I Do Is In This Area Of My Expertise. Below You Will See Some Examples Of My Restoration And Repair Work,I Also Do Remakes Of Rods, Very Few Rod Smiths Offer This Service !

A Remake I Can Take For Example Your Old Fiberglass Fly Rod,Strip It Down To The Raw Blank And Refinish The Blank, Refinish/ Rebuild The Entire Rod Including Adding Glass Ferrules And Transform Your Favorite Old Fishing Rod Into An Amazing Remade Top Notch Fishing Tool In Most Cases Better Than It Ever Was.

Old Yankee Rod Smitting  Offers A Full Range Of Top Notch State Of The Art Rod Restoration  And Repair Work,Don't Hesitate To Contact Us First For A Free Consultation Before You Decide Or Someone Tells You Your Well Used Or Tired Even Broken Fly Rod Isn't Worth Fixing.

Services Include But Are Not Limited To The Following,Complete Bamboo Rod Restoration,Guide Replacement,Varnish Stripping & Polishing,Straightening,Varnish By Dip Method,Hand Finishes,Tip Repair,Ferrule Refitting Or Replacement,Reel Seat Replacement,Grip Replacement Or Repair.

Complete Fiberglass Rod Restoration And Repair,Broken Shafts Repaired,Loose Or Worn Ferrules Refit,Guide Replacement,Blank Refinishing,Reel Seat And Grip Repair Or Replacement, Most Anything Fiberglass Including Just About Everything And Anything From Basic Tune Up To Complete Restoration Or Remake. Don't Hesitate To Contact Me No Matter How Big Or How Small Your Needs Are.

Complete Graphite Rod Repair And Occasionally Restoration,Seems Funny To Think About Graphite Restoration But Some Of Those Early IM6 Rods Just Can't Be Replaced,We Must Be Getting On In Years Because Some Graphite Rods Are Considered Collectible Or Family Heirlooms, We Repair The Graphite Rods  Others May Say Can't Be,Before You Give Up On That Older Favorite Well Used Graphite Rod Contact Old Yankee Rod Smithing.

Tight Lines And Renewed Loops


In House Blanks Avaiable For Custom Rods

   The Blanks
1@ Kennedy Fisher          8'         2PC  Fiberglass    # 5                  Weight Line.
1@ Kennedy Fisher          8'          2PC  Fiberglass     # 6                  Weight Line.

1@ Kennedy Fisher          8'6"      2PC  Fiberglass    #7  Or   8      Weight Lines.

1@ Hardy Fibatube         7'9"      2PC  Fiberglass    #5  Or   6       Weight Lines.

1@ Hardy Fibatube          7'           2PC  Fiberglass    #5 Or   6        Weight Lines.

1@ Reed Flex 2                  8'         2PC    Fiberglass    #4  Or   5      Weight Lines.

18@ Jenkins                       7'6"      2PC    Fiberglass            #5           Weight Line.

18@ Jenkins                       7'3"      2PC    Fiberglass             #4           Weight Line.

1@ Fenwick Yellow        8' 6"      2PC    Fiberglass           # 9            Weight Line .

3@ Net Craft                       8' 0"      2 PC Fiberglass            # 5             Weight Line.

1@ Daimondback             8'6"        3PC Fiberglass              #4             Weight Line.

1@ Daimondback             8'0"         3PC Fiberglass              #4             Weight Line.

1@ Daimondback             7'6"         3PC Fiberglass              #5             Weight Line.


2@ Fenwick HMG          8'          2PC   Graphite       #4  Or  5     Weight Lines.

1@ Lew Chandler           8'          2PC   Graphite       #6  Or  7     Weight Lines.

1@ Lew Chandler           7'6"      2PC     Graphite       #5  Or  6     Weight Lines.

2@ O.Y.R.S.                    8'         3PC        Graphite       #4  Or  5      Weight Lines.

6@ O.Y.R.S.                    7'6"      2PC        Graphite      #4  Or  5      Weight Lines.

1@  Lamiglas                  9'3"      3PC        Graphite      #5 Or   6      Weight Lines. 


Updated 4/24/15
Due To The Recent Acquisition Of A Sizable Inventory Of NOS Materials
The Current List Above Is Only A Partial List.
Scheduled For Up Date Soon,Keep A Close Eye For Things To Come.



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Currently  Being Updated , Please Contact Me With Your Needs


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I Hope You Enjoy My Connecticut Favorite Fishing Spots.
Tight Lines And Favorite Haunches Loops
Andy M

The Hammonassett Riverimageimage
Secret Brookie Water
Salmon River
The Farm River North Branford Connecticut Less Than a Mile From My Home
The Farmington Before Dusk Hatch Time
The Housatonic "There Is No Tonic Like The Housatonic"
Connecticut's Trout Management Areas
Nutmeg State biologists have responded to anglers' surveys by creating special regulations governing select trout waters statewide, including some that are new for 2003.
Photo by Ron Sinfelt

By Robert Sadowski

No matter what type of trout fisherman you are, Connecticut has a stream or river for you.

Connecticut's Trout Management Program is the culmination of a 13-year sport-fishing project. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) discovered that there were anglers who practice catch-and-release and others who like to catch and keep their fish. Some want to catch trophy-sized fish and others want to catch a lot of fish of any size. There are even anglers who prefer the fight of a wild, non-stocked trout to stocked hatchery fish. And then there are those whose quarry is sea-run trout.

The DEP stocks trout raised at its two hatcheries, filling Connecticut's streams, brooks, rivers and lakes with about 700,000 to 800,000 brook, rainbow and brown trout.Mostly brown trout are raised," said Tim Barry, the DEP's Western District fisheries biologist. "Years ago, it was decided to stock browns because browns have a higher tolerance to heat and are more likely to survive when water levels drop during the summer months. Browns are also harder to catch than brook trout and rainbow trout."

According to Barry, stocking commences in March with yearlings averaging 6 to 8 inches in length and adults that are 9 to 12 inches long. In- season stocking is 50 percent complete by opening day (the third Saturday in April). After opening day, the remaining fish stocking is finished by Memorial Day. Lightly stocked areas receive a second stocking and moderately to heavily stocked areas receive two more loads of trout.

Through angler creel surveys conducted on more than 60 streams, the DEP found that fishermen favored alternatives, and liked the idea of stream-specific management to enhance trout fishing. The DEP also examined nearly 800 streams across the state to determine fish populations, physical habitat and water chemistry. The study identified streams that could support larger trout populations, confirmed the presence of wild trout populations and provided data about streams that could maintain trout populations through summer, as well those that could only support trout during the cool months.

The surveys revealed that the quality of fishing and the diversity of trout angling experiences could be enhanced.

"The creel surveys conducted on fishermen actually fishing the streams revealed that fishermen wanted a variety of products," explained Bill Hyatt, director of Inland Fisheries. "After conceiving the Trout Management Areas (TMAs) plan over a decade ago, and through the stream surveys conducted from the late 1980 to the mid-1990s, we discovered the best way to provide those products within the constraints of our resources."

In 2001, the TMAs were instituted via stream-specific harvest regulations, reduced creel limit and minimum length requirements.

Trout Management Areas feature area-specific regulations such as fly-fishing and catch-and-release only. These areas may also combine other Trout Management Program categories. For example, the Housatonic River in the western part of the state offers year-round catch-and-release fishing for flyfishermen only. This area starts from the bridge at the intersection of routes 112 and 7 in the towns of Salisbury and Canaan south to Cornwall and Sharon at the bridge where Route 4 crosses Route 7. Farther south on Route 7 in Kent is Bull's Ridge TMA, which is also open year 'round and is catch-and-release only, but it is open to all angling methods. There is also a trout park in Kent at Kent Falls State Park.

Farther south in Derby, Orange, Shelton and Stratford, the Housatonic offers tidal waters with sea-run browns and no closed season.

Here's a look at some other TMA rivers and streams that offer different types of fishing experiences.

Farmington River
The Farmington River flows from the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts through the northwest portion of Connecticut to Windsor in the south, where it meets up with the Connecticut River. This river has a year-round flow of cool water that ensures good fishing for trout.

Look for trophy-sized trout from the Goodwin Dam in Hartland downstream to the Route 177 bridge in Unionville. The minimum length here is 10 inches and the daily bag limit is two fish.

At the Farmington's confluence with the Connecticut River below the Rainbow Dam in Windsor, a sea-run trout 15 inches long is a keeper and two fish is the legal limit.

Hammonasset River
The Hammonasset River is heavily stocked along Route 80 from Clinton into Madison. The season is open year 'round from Lake Hammonasset Dam to Chestnut Hill Road, but anglers must release all fish from Sept. 1 to the third Saturday in April. After April creel limits are set at two and trout a minimum of 9 inches long. Sea-run trout are available upstream from the Interstate 95 bridge, but they must be 9 inches in length. Past the I-95 bridge, creeled trout must be 15 inches long. The daily limit upstream and downstream from the I-95 bridge is two fish.
Mianus River
Trout are heavily stocked in the Mianus River in the Greenwich-Stamford area from Merrybrook Road upstream to the dam. Sea-run trout can be found upstream from Mianus Pond Dam near Boston Post Road.
Pequabuck River
Expect to find wild browns mixed with hatchery fish in the Pequabuck River. The area from routes 229 and 72 in Bristol to Route 117 in Plainville is open year 'round under catch-and-release-only regulations, as are the West Branch Farmington River stretches one mile upstream from the Route 318 bridge and downstream to the Route 219 bridge in the towns of Barkhamstead and New Hartford
Saugatuck River
Year-round fly-fishing only is allowed in Westport from Dorr's Mill Dam to the Merritt Parkway in the William "Doc" Skerlick TMA on the Saugatuck River. Fishing is catch-and-release only from Sept. 1 to the third Saturday in April, after which the minimum length is 9 inches and the daily creel limit is two fish until Aug. 31. Expect some spots in the river to be heavily stocked.
Bladens Brook
From Woodbridge to Seymour, Bladens Brook is moderately stocked. Native browns can also be caught here. At the Legions Pool from Chatfield Street upstream to the footbridge over Bladens Brook is catch-and-release only. Intermittent sections along the Hockanum River in the towns of Vernon, Ellington, Manchester and East Hartford are heavily stocked.

This TMA is from I-84 in Vernon downstream to where I-84 crosses Laurel Marsh on the Manchester-East Hartford line. It is open to year-round catch-and-release fishing.

Moosup River
In Plainfield and Sterling, the Moosup River is heavily stocked with the TMA beginning at Route 14 to where the Moosup flows into the Quinebaug River. The lower portions are fly-fishing and catch-and-release only.
Salmon River
The Salmon River flows through the towns of Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton and Haddam and is heavily stocked, offering trophy trout fishing from Colchester to East Hampton. The daily limit is two 9-inch fish.

There is a trout park where the Blackledge and Jeremy rivers flow into the Salmon. Fishing is allowed year 'round. There are also posted sections along the Salmon River that are open to fly-fishing only.

At the junction of the Salmon and the Connecticut River, downstream from Route 151, there are tidal waters that offer sea-run trout.

Willimantic River
The Cole Wilde TMA in Tolland and Willington on the Willimantic River starts at the mouth of Roaring Brook and ends downstream at the bridge on Route 74. Fish are heavily stocked in various sections along the Willimantic from the town of Stafford Springs to where it joins the Natchaug River.

In Lebanon from Barstow Road downstream on the Yantic River to the bridge at the intersection of Fitchville and Schwartz roads fly-fishing- only rules are posted. Fishing is catch-and-release only from Sept. 1 to the third Saturday in April, after which two 9-inch trout fill the daily limit.

Easy access, ample parking and a frequent stocking schedule best describe Connecticut's trout parks.

"Trout parks have been a phenomenal success," said biologist Hyatt. "They are very popular and successful in attracting families and novice fishermen."

These waters are stocked weekly and offer plenty of open space for easy casting. Fishermen interested in trying fly-fishing for the first time might consider visiting a trout park. Open space and a long fly rod make a happy combination, and the abundant hatchery fish increase the odds of landing a trout on a fly. Spinning gear is also allowed. The creel limit is two fish per day and there is no minimum length.

Black Rock State Park's Branch Brook in Watertown is moderately stocked. The daily creel limit is two trout. Route 80 provides access.

In Killingworth in the southwestern part of the state, try the Chatfield Hollow Pond and brook in Chatfield Hollow State Park. Trout are heavily stocked here and the pond has easily accessible fishing.

In Kent Falls State Park, try Kent Falls Brook below the base of the falls. Trout fishing is good along the banks, but there are plenty of spots that are easy to fish. The area is lightly to moderately stocked.

Route 7 parallels the Housatonic River. If you care to hike and fish, a five-mile portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail skirts the Housatonic through the towns of Kent and Sharon. The trail can be accessed at North Kent Road and River Road in Kent.

Sleeping Giant State Park gets its name from a natural rock formation that resembles a reclining giant. Hatchery-raised fish are released into the Mill River, which runs through the park. The daily limit is two fish of any length.

Eightmile Brook provides easy-access fishing in Southford Falls State Park off Route 188 in Oxford.

Stratton Brook State Park offers an easy place to fill a two-fish limit. Stratton Brook in Simsbury is moderately stocked.

The Natchaug River offers a variety of angling options on one river. The trout park is in Natchaug State Forest in Eastford. The daily creel limit here is two fish with no minimum length.

The Natchaug is also a trophy trout stream.

The Salmon River Trout Park is at the junctions of the Blackledge and Jeremy rivers downstream to the Route 16 bridge. There is a posted fly-fishing-only section about midway. Anglers may keep two fish over 9 inches from the third Saturday in April until Aug. 31. Trophy trout angling is also available.

Large trout is the name of the game at these TMAs.

"Our Trophy Trout Areas are also very popular," said biologist Hyatt. "More people catch fish in these areas thanks to the creel and size limits and catch-and-release areas. On the Farmington River, for example, the size limit was 10 inches, but in 2003 that has been increased to 11 inches."

The DEP stocks larger trout in these spots. Minimum lengths depend on the stream or river. The daily creel limit is two trout.

From the Goodwin Dam in Hartford downstream to the Route 177 bridge in Unionville, two trout fills the daily limit on the Farmington River. In the West Branch Farmington, about a mile upstream of the Route 138 bridge downstream to the Route 219 bridge, anglers must use only barbless hooks while catch-and-release fishing. Expect larger trout from the confluences of the Naugatuck River's east and west branches to the Kinneytown Dam in Seymour. The daily limit is two fish.

In Trumbull, find the Whitney Avenue bridge and follow the Pequonnock River through Trumbull Basin State Park to the bridge on Daniels Farm Road. The DEP stocks the Pequonnock with a mix of large and small fish.

The Pomperaug River from Woodbury and Southbury is heavily stocked. The bigger fish are between Route 47 and the junctions of the Pomperaug and Lake Zoar.

The entire Natchaug River from Eastford through Chaplin to Windam is trophy fish water. The river is heavily stocked, and the creel limit is two trout per day.

From Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton, the Salmon River is open to trophy trout angling. Except for the trout park, which is clearly posted, the daily limit is two fish at least 9 inches long.

Trout are heavily stocked on the Shetucket River from Windham through Scotland and Sprague to Norwich. Expect this river to hold larger trout. From the Scotland Dam to the Norwich Dam in Occum, the DEP releases surplus brood stock Atlantic salmon each fall. Salmon fishing is catch-and-release only during specific times of the year, and anglers may keep salmon caught on a fly or lure with a single hook.

Sea-run brown trout migrate up rivers from the sea to breed in fresh water. These streams are stocked with fingerling and yearling brown trout and have no closed season. The daily creel limit is two fish with a minimum length of 15 inches.

Hyatt said that more research is needed on the types of fish to stock as well as what size and when to stock them.

"The migration factor is a part of the process that can't be controlled, but initial findings are very good and anglers can expect more sea-run fishing in the near future."

For a chance at migrating trout in western Connecticut, try the Farm River and the Hammonasset River above and below I-95, the Mianus River upstream of Mianus Pond Dam in Greenwich-Stamford, and the Saugatuck River downstream of Wood Dam.

In the eastern part of the state, try downstream of the I-95 bridge on Oil Mill Brook and Latimer Brook, downstream of the Route 184 bridge on Whitfords Brook, Devil's Hopyard State Park and sections below to Hamburg Cove on Eightmile River.

Connecticut's WTMAs offer angling for self-sustaining wild trout. These natives average about 6 inches, though you may encounter fish in the 10- to 14-inch range.

"WTMAs do not attract mass anglers like the trout parks do," Hyatt said, "and they are not designed to. These areas are mostly comprised of smaller streams with limited access."

The WTMAs are broken into three classes. Class 1 offers abundant wild trout with no stocking of hatchery-raised trout. There is no closed season and it is catch-and-release fishing only using barbless, single-hook lures or flies. Class 2 features some wild trout and stocked trout with a creel limit of two fish and a minimum length of 12 inches. Class 3 streams also have a mix of wild and stocked trout, with creel limits of five fish, and a minimum length of 9 inches.

Class 1 WTMAs in western Connecticut offering wild browns include Eightmile River in Southington. In Easton, the Mill River holds browns, and the Quinnipiac River in Southington and Cheshire also is home to native fish.

Look for wild brookies in Hawley's Brook in Easton and Weston. Both brookies and browns can be found in the Wachocastinook River in Salisbury downstream of South Pond within the Mt. Riga Corporation property.

In the eastern part of the state, expect Class 1 WTMAs to hold both wild brookies and browns. The Tankerhoosen River in Vernon, Deep Brook in Newtown and Beaver Brook from Route 14 to Merrick Brook are good bets.

Furnace Brook in the town of Cornwall Bridge contains the Heather Reaves Class 2 WTMA. Expect to catch native browns in this western-region hotspot.

The Salmon Brook Class 2 WTMA is home to native brookies and browns along its entire length in Glastonbury downstream of Addison Pond.

Three brooks categorized as Class 3 WTMAs in the west offer both wild browns lightly supplemented with stocked hatchery fish. These include Beacon Hill Brook from Route 63 in the town of Naugatuck downstream to the Naugatuck River, Morgan Brook in Barkhamsted, and Salmon Brook from Route 20 in Granby to the Farmington River. More heavily stocked rivers and streams that also hold native browns include the East Branch Naugatuck River from Newfield Road in Torrington to the West Branch Naugatuck River, Farm River in North Branford from Mill Road downstream to the Route I-95 bridge in East Haven, the Norwalk River in Wilton and Ridgefield upstream of Wolf Pit Road, and the confluence of both the Blackberry River from the Whiting River and the East Aspetuck River from Lake Waramaug to the Housatonic River.

For more information on Nutmeg State trout-fishing opportunities, contact the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127; or call the Inland Fisheries central office at (860) 424-FISH (3474). Anglers may also visit the DEP's Web site at

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During November of 2014 I was contacted by a gentleman seeking a qualified rod maker to finish building two 7' 3 piece fly rods he was given to build by Vince Cummings many years earlier,   
That gentleman's name is Mr Dennis Abrams,Mr Abrams had a very interesting story and background involving his relationship with Vince Cummings,Working side by side with Vince in his shop helping out by turning reel seat inserts,Helping Vince at the trade shows as a traveling companion,loading everything in, setting up the booth,working the booth ,demonstrating rods for Vince on the casting ponds just to name a few of his activities.
Vince Cummings and Dennis Abrams were good friends that was very apparent to me from the start.

We left it that we would get back in contact after the first of the year after the holiday season,I wasn't quite sure I wanted to take on any projects after over a years absence from the bench to care for my Father, then the recent loss of my Father my being grief stricken made my getting back to the bench very difficult if not seemingly impossible.

In early February 2015 Dennis contacted me again,Dennis had spent time researching different rod makers to take on the work as I had suggested back in November,During the time lapse since we last spoke I had given the project more thought as well,we decided to get together to talk over the project face to face.

Dennis visited me at my home we hit it off right from the start,our first task was to settle on an action plan for the completion of two rods Vince Cummings had started,Dennis had ferruled going forward,Next was to talk over what to do with the remaining fiberglass rod blanks, hardware etc from Vince's shop that Dennis had purchased when Mr. Cummings Passed Away. 

After considerable consideration we decided that we would work together to produce a Vince Cummings Tribute Series Of  Rods, making certain the best the materials had to offer would be realized, a last batch of  amazing fiberglass fly rods that would pay homage to an amazing pioneer in fiberglass rod making.

Dennis had brought the Rod Blanks And Hardware with him,Dennis left the blanks with me to asses and get a feel for the material,I had a few other rod projects in process,I decided to finish up the other projects to clear my bench so I could devote my full attention to first completing the 2 rods Vince started had started 20 some odd years ago, while also working with Dennis to culminate an action plan for the Tribute Series Rods.

Dennis also left Vince Cummings Handwritten Note Book With Me,"The Book Mr Cummings Referenced As His Rod Making Bible".
Reading Vince's in depth notes with many just being written  on scarps of paper jammed between the pages gave me just amazing  information, some insights that were unimaginable,Very Refreshing and Inspirational  material while also confirming concepts and ideas that have become my methods only after many years of my trial and error at the bench.
I wish I had known Vince Cummings we would have had a hoot comparing notes no doubt !

One thing that I gleamed is we both had very much in common,first is a love for rod making, seemingly at times we had both tried to get away from rod making,however we were both always drawn back in.this project came to me at a time I thought I was getting close to the end ,only to have Vince's Inspiration thanks to Dennis pull me back only to renew my passion and love for the craft.
Thank You Both !

The blanks were all one piece master blanks,the blanks obviously had been hand worked by Vince,after my stringent quality assurance regiment & flex characteristic assessments it was determined these blanks with the aid of a few of Vinces pencil mark clues that 3 of the blanks were intended to be FL- 470 rods,Also there is a 6' Tobacco Glass blank very obviously intended to be an Elf.

The 3 Master blanks were then cut and ferruled using original blank material for the spigot ferrules, harvested from some bit's and pieces that were also with the blanks,While going through the spare parts I discovered additional tip materials that I encorperated into the rods as second tips.

At that point considerable time was spent reading over Vinces notes looking at guide placement charts,there were a few slightly different charts,it was then I decided to use the placement that worked best with the flex profile of these particular blanks,through static deflection samples.

The decision was made that a guide upgrade would be appropriate for this Tribute Series batch of presentation quality rods, R.E.C. Recoil Guides were the natural choice.

I could go on for pages about all the little nuances that went into the making of these rods,rest assured these rods are made with every minute detail painstakingly accounted for.


4 Vince Cummings Tribute Series Rods Were Made.
3 Each Superlite Tribute FL-470 7' 2/2 3/4 Weight.
1 Each Elf Tribute FL -3601 6' 1 Piece 3 Weight.

FL- 470  Tribute 7' Superlight Specifications 

Vince Cummings Superlight Hand Dressed 7' Fiberglass Blank 2/2  3/4/5 Weight.
N/S Reel Seat Slide Band Hardware With Original Walnut Butt cap.
AAA Grade Cork Superlight Style Cork Grip and Reel Seat Insert.
Chrome Plated Small Horse Shoe Style Hook Keeper.
Mildrum Carbide Inserted Size 9 Stripping Guide.
R.E.C. Recoil Snake Guides 16@
Perfection Size 5.0 Stainless Steel Chrome Plated Tip Tops 2 @
Gudebrod Original NOS Size A Number 541 Medium Brown Nylon Thread.
Epoxy Base Binder Coat With 4 Coats Of Spar Thread Finish.
Red White and Blue Signature Wrap.
Scripted In Original Cummings Style Custom Made With Your Name.
Original Aluminum Black Shaft Brass Tone Caped Rod Tube With Engraved Cap.
Custom Cummings Style Rod Sock.
Letter Of Provenance From Dennis Abrams.
Representation Copy Of The Vince Cummings Catalog
Old Yankee Rodsmiths Rod Care Guide and Specifications Build Sheet.

Thanks For Your Interest,The Rods Are Sold,No More FL-470 Tribute Rods Will Be Available In The Future.


F-L 3061 Tribute 6' Tobacco Glass 1 Piece Elf Specifications.

Vince Cummings Superlight Hand Dressed 6' Fiberglass Blank 1 Piece  3/4 Weight.
"                     N/S Reel Seat Slide Band Hardware With Original Walnut Butt cap.
AAA Grade Cork Superlight Style Cork Grip and Reel Seat Insert.
Chrome Plated Small Horse Shoe Style Hook Keeper.
Mildrum Carbide Inserted Size 8 Stripping Guide.
R.E.C. Recoil Snake Guides 6@
Perfection Size 4.0 Stainless Steel Chrome Plated Tip Top 1 @
Gudebrod Original NOS Size A Green Nylon Thread.
Spar Thread Finish.
Red White and Blue Signature Wrap.
Scripted In Original Cummings Style Custom Made With Your Name.
Non Original Aluminum R.E.C. Rod Tube With Engraved Cap.
Original Cummings Rod Sock.
Letter Of Provenance From Dennis Abrams.
Representation Copy Of The Vince Cummings Catalog
Old Yankee Rodsmiths Rod Care Guide

Offered at $562.59 Delivered.
Only 1 Available
Currently On Hold Pending Payment 4/27/15
Expected to be ready for delivery 5/5/15


In closing this has been a wonderful experience thus far,I will have more offerings in the future however the rods pictured here are the last of these models.

Tight Lines And A Fitting Tribute Loops
Andy Manchester Jr



                                               Old Yankee Rod Smiths Custom Made Rods
                                                    CONCILIO ET LABORE

Here You Will See Pictures Of Old Yankee Rod Smiths Custom Made Rods ,I Am At Heart A Custom Rod Maker At The Bench
Producing Fiberglass, Bamboo & Graphite Rods Since 1972. Over The Last 40 Years My Personal Interest Has Been Primarily In Fiberglass Fly Rods,I'm A Firm Believer That A Fly Rod Is Really Just A Tool That In Some Cases Become An Extension Of One's Self, I Will Not Enter Into What Materials Are Better, Each Including The Old Steel Fly Rods,Hardwood Rods Etc Etc
All Have A Place, The Fish Sure Don't Care What Material Your Fly Rod Is Made From. For Me Maybe Because When I Was 6 Years Old My Dad Handed Me A Fiberglass Fly Who Knows ?But My Preference Is In Most Fishing Situations I Encounter Is A Fiberglass Fly Rod,However With My Personal Fishing Preference Aside I Have A Deep Affection/Passion For Bamboo Fly Rods.There Is Just So Much To Admire About Them.

I Like To Think My Bamboo Passion & Work Spills Over To My Fiberglass And Graphite Creations ,To View My Rods For Sale Listing Please Look In The Column Left It Includes Custom Made Rods Also Used Rods And Reels,Fishing Collectibles, Occasionally Some Over Stocked Rod Building Components,If You Are Interested In Having A Custom Rod Made,A Rod Restored Or Repaired,One Of The Items I Have Listed Please Contact Me At


i preciously horde my fly rods,whether there is any value to them or not.the thought of having repairs done was not an option for me.i was too scared to let anybody touch them.
this changed when my wife bought me a custom built fly rod by master rodsmith Andy Manchester.a beautiful and long casting rod,everyone who has seen it,and those who have cast it,are truly envious.
i love the rod so much,that some rods that were important to me before seemed less so.that ,and,if this guy could do a build so well,imagine his repair work?
i brought the two main rods that were in need of repair to the salmon river in Connecticut.even though it was out of his way,Andy met me and we discussed the work.
one of the rods was completely is now lighter and casts better.oh,you might want to know,it is drop dead beautiful.
the other rod is a phillipson that had some motorcycle travel battle scars that Andrew was able to leave intact at my request,yet otherwise repair the rod perfectly.
if you want a rod that is excellent in every aspect,buy one of his custom builds.if you have a rod that is cherished ( like i cherish the rod he COMPLETELY rebuilt and refinished) ,and need repairs, Andrew Manchester is the rodsmith to go to!
shakey lyman,philadelphia


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                 Fall 2013 Housatonic River Fiberglass Gathering.
A Great Time Was Had By All Whom Attended, Looking Forward To Next Years 2014 Northeast Fiberglass Fly Rodders Gathering On The Battenkill