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If you are like me, you hate having gear that never gets used. Not that it isn't fun to have a bunch of fly rods in the closet, but gear was meant to be used. To that end, this page will feature used equipment that needs a new home. If you are interested in purchasing something you see here, please contact me via email at to discuss. Help me clean out the closet to make room for new gear and get a bargain in the process! I prefer to not deal with shipping as I generally don't have time to go to the Post Office during business hours. All prices are for local pickup only. I'm willing to work with you a bit on that location, so let me know when you contact me where you would want to meet to pick up your purchase. I'm glad to let you inspect items and even cast the rods before purchasing. 

For Sale, June 9, 2021

Brand New Fishpond Chaco Sandals, size 10 - $50 - Sale Pending

I originally bought these but realized they were a size too small. I have only tried them on indoors once, otherwise they are brand new albeit without the original box. These are the same sandals I wear all the time on the drift boat for float trips, just one size larger it turns out. An amazing sandal that will get you a ton of use and enjoyment!

Like New Dakota Carry-on Rod and Reel Case, standard size, $125 OBO

I bought this for trips that would hopefully include some fly fishing. This rod and reel case will hold standard 9' 4 piece rods and several reels among other things. It has been used a couple of times, but overall still looks brand new. The only reason I'm selling this one is because I got a longer case to fit some of my 10' rods. This is an amazing case that holds a ton of gear. I usually throw in extra fly boxes, extra spools of tippet, leaders, rods, reels, spare spools, etc. A very nice piece of luggage!

Sage Accel 590-4 Fly Rod, Gently Used with minor scratches, $300 OBO - SOLD

I got to try this rod out when the sales rep brought it by Little River Outfitters before it officially hit the shelves. I fell in love with the medium fast action and immediately bought it in a 9' 4 weight and a 9' 5 weight. Unfortunately, I just haven't found myself fishing the 9' 5 weight enough to justify keeping it when someone else could get some enjoyment out of it. I may part with the 9' 4 weight for the same reason in the near future, but for now I'm keeping it for a dry/dropper rod in the Smokies. This one is the 590-4 which is a 9' 5 weight 4 piece rod. This is an excellent tailwater trout rod and does a good job at throwing nymph rigs and can also throw a dry fly or dry/dropper rig nicely. While they are currently going for $450 and up on Ebay, since this one is used, and I want it to have a good home where it will get used, I'm selling it for $300. This is mostly because there are a few cosmetic scuffs on the blank and on the reel seat, especially on the butt of the rod. Pictures of those are below. If you want/need better higher resolution pictures, don't hesitate to email me at the address included at the top of this page. Rod tube included.

Sage Fly Fishing Vest - $25 OBO

I picked this up used a few years back and intended to start using a vest again. That never happened. So, now someone else can get a steal on a really nice traditional fly fishing vest. If you've been contemplating going with a vest or want to upgrade your current one, this is an extremely well made vest. It is used but still in excellent shape. Size medium.

St. Croix Legend Ultra U904.4, 9' 4 weight 4 piece fly rod - $135 OBO SALE PENDING

I originally purchased this rod used for backpacking trips. The extra length beyond my favorite backpacking rod (an 8' 4 weight) would be useful for high sticking. That said, this rod has only gotten minimal use and has been sitting in the back of the closet for the last few years. When I was cleaning the gear closet out, I remembered this rod and hoped to find it a new home where someone would use it. It is a nice stick for fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains. It has enough backbone to handle nicer fish, but also works well for dry/dropper fishing. I picked it up at a good price years ago and want to pass it along the same way. I still have a 9' 5 weight Legend Ultra and a 7.5' 3 weight Legend Ultra. In other words, I really like these rods but this one just isn't getting used. The rod does have some discoloration on the reel seat from the reel foot and some soiling of the cork grip as most used rods do. The grip can be cleaned up with a little sandpaper. There are a couple of scratches on the rod blank, but overall this one is in excellent shape considering its age. Glad to let you try casting it before buying. Rod tube included.

TFO Triangular Rod Case 9'0" 4 pc. MULTI - $35 each

I have two of these Temple Fork Outfitters rod cases. This is the multi case designed for up to 4 rods. It will fit 4 piece rods up to 9' long. You might want to pick this up with one of the TFO rod combos below. These are excellent rod storage tubes for traveling, I'm just using a rod/reel case instead these days so want these to get a good home. Both are in excellent shape. 

Two TFO BVK 3 weight 8.0' 4 piece rods - $150 each OBO

I have two Temple Fork Outfitters 8' 3 weight BVK rods for sale. They are barely used and you probably wouldn't even notice that they had been used. These are in the best shape of any of the rods I have for sale right now. I originally got them for fishing in the Smokies, but ended up with a couple of other rods that get more use so these need a new home. The BVK is a very fast rod, so these are good for those who want something to high stick with. If that is your goal, check out the conversion kits below to turn this into a 10' nymphing rod. Rod sock included. 

Two TFO BVK 10' 3 weight Conversion Kits - $75 each OBO

This extension handle converts your 8' 3 weight BVK into a very nice 10' nymphing rod. In other words, for about the price of one rod, you can actually have two. Get one of these extension handles with the 8' 3 weight BVK above, and you'll have both a smaller stream rod and a bigger water rod. The length of this rod at 10' will help you reach across those currents in the mountain streams. The extension consists of two sections, a handle and one section above that. If you already have an 8' 3 weight BVK and want to turn it into a good high sticking rod, this is what you need. These handles were used a couple of times, so there is some slight discoloration on the handle and a small scratch or two, but overall these are barely used. Rod sock included.

Redington Hydrogen 10' 4 weight 4 piece rod - $200 each OBO

This is an excellent heavier nymphing rod and also does very well on bigger water. I have two of these rods and they have seen their share of big fish on the Clinch River and also on smaller water where I expect to catch monsters. The first place I fished these rods was on Hatchery Creek in Kentucky for some huge run up rainbow trout. They cast nicely both up close and also at distance for those midging tailwater fish. If you are chasing trophy brown trout in the Smokies, this rod has the backbone to fight those big fish. These rods got a fair amount of use on guide trips, especially on the Clinch River out of the drift boat, but they are still nearly flawless. Pictures are of just one of the rods, but they look almost identical right now. If you're needing a heavier nymphing rod with some reach, try these out.

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