116 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, Minnesota

507-467-2101

Root River Rod Co

Fly Fishing Rod Shop and Guiding Open 9-5 Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods

Custom Bamboo Rods

We offer custom built bamboo fly rods built by the owner of Root River Rod Co.
Steve Sobieniak

We offer custom built bamboo fly rods built by the owner of Root River Rod Co.

Steve Sobieniak

Bamboo Repair and Restoration

Experts in bamboo fly rods, restoration and repair services for fly fishing rods.

We are experts in bamboo fly rods and their history. We offer restoration and repair services to keep these rods on the river. 

Bamboo Rod Collection

We have an extensive collection of vintage bamboo fly fishing rods and related literature.

We have an extensive collection of vintage bamboo rods and related literature. 

Bamboo fly fishing rods for sale in Lanesboro Minnesota Root River Driftless area.

Bamboo Fly Fishing rods for sale

Purchasing: Call or email the shop for additional information and 

photos as well as instructions for purchasing. 

507-467-2101


Shipping: Purchases are shipped insured Priority Mail via USPS at cost. 

Root River Rod Co Custom Fly Fishing Rod

RRRCo 8'2/2 5 wt "Pallisades"

This taper I fished for a week straight on larger western rivers and it never let me down. Flamed finish with blued hardware and light olive silk wraps. The cap and ring reel seat is over a box elder burl filler that came from a large piece of driftwood found at the "Pallisades" Madison River. Rod weighs 4.1 oz. It is a hollow built progressive taper with fast action. 

Made by Steve Sobieniak of Root River Rod Co, 

$1,250

R1809

Custom Bamboo fly fishing rod made from Box Elder, Bamboo and driftwood. Root River Rod Co Lanesboro
Custom Bamboo fly fishing rod made from Box Elder, Bamboo and driftwood. Root River Rod Co Lanesboro

De Gere Fly fishing Rod

7' 5wt De Gere

 This rod is "as new" with plastic still on the cork. Made in 1992 this is Francis De Gere's fast action rod. Serial Number - FD103 2/2 format. Transluscent brown silk wraps, walnut burl slide band reel seat. This is a wonderful example of Digger's work. 

$950 or best offer. 

R1801   SOLD 

Francis De Gere's fast action fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co Lanesboro Minnesota.
Francis De Gere's fast action fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co Lanesboro Minnesota.

Orvis Battenkill Fly Fishing Rod

Orvis 7 1/2' Battenkill

Serial number 35537. Label on tube calls for HDH line (6 wt), although it casts a 5 wt line nicely. Excellent impregnated rod with very smooth cork. This rod is the sweet spot of fishing bamboo fly rods. In excellent condition, this rod weighs 3.8 ounces. Original bag and labeled tube.

 $450 

R1803   SOLD

Orvis 7 1/2' Battenkill Bamboo Fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co. Lanesboro Minnesota.
Orvis 7 1/2' Battenkill Bamboo Fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co. Lanesboro Minnesota.

JM Reid Fly Fishing Rod

JM Reid 8' 5" 2/2 4 wt

Impregnated and with ferrules, this rod is everything you would expect from a spring creek 4 wt rod. Excellent condition. 

$1100 or best offer.   

R1808     SOLD

JM Reid 8' 5" 2/2 4 wt. Bamboo fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co. Lanesboro Minnesota
JM Reid 8' 5" 2/2 4 wt. Bamboo fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co. Lanesboro Minnesota

Orvis Battenkill Fly Fishing Rod

Orvis 7 1/2' Battenkill "Pat. Pend."

 This rod was made in 1949 by George Reid, and is an early patent pending impregnated 2/2 rod. The original label on the synthane tube calls for a HFG line (4 wt). The reel seat has a cork filler. Overall rod condition is excellent. Rod sold for $82.50 in 1959. Serial number 8865. It weighs 3.6 ounces. 

$800 or best offer. Sold

R1802

Orvis 7 1/2' Battenkill Bamboo fly fishing rod from 1959. reel seat has a cork filler. Lanesboro MN
Orvis 7 1/2' Battenkill Bamboo fly fishing rod from 1959. reel seat has a cork filler. Lanesboro MN

Kusse Baby Catskill Fly Fishing Rod

Kusse 1 oz 1 wt Baby Catskill

 A very special rod labeled "Prototype 94" this 6' rod casts a 1 wt line with authority as long as the wind is not blowing. 4" cork handle is smooth, butternut slide band reel seat with honey-colored silk wraps - all done in the Leonard tradition. Original tube and bag with hang tag. Excellent condition. $1400 or best offer. Sold

R1804

Kusse 1 oz 1 wt Baby Catskill bamboo fly fishing rod butternut slide band reel seat. Lanesboro MN
Kusse 1 oz 1 wt Baby Catskill bamboo fly fishing rod butternut slide band reel seat. Lanesboro MN

Kusse Black Troll Fly Fishing Rod

Kusse 3/2 7' 4 wt Black Troll

Another special rod from Ron Kusse. This flame finish rod with black tipped red silks and blued hardware is gorgeous. Swelled but all in the Leonard tradition, the hang tag reads "Serial number 4470 1 of 100, 3 3/4 oz. Black Troll" Both tips are 1/2" larger than the butt and mid. Original brass tube and bag. 

$1100 or best offer. 

R1805

Kusse 3/2 7' 4 wt Black Troll Bamboo fly fishing rod. Original brass tube and bag. Lanesboro MN
Kusse 3/2 7' 4 wt Black Troll Bamboo fly fishing rod. Original brass tube and bag. Lanesboro MN

Norling Fly Fishing Rod

7 1/2' Norling 5 wt

 This is the classic Norling "perfectionist" taper that the Norlings' have made for years. Never fished, this rod was made in 2017. This 2 piece rod is hollow built from a maker with very high standards. 

$1,200  Sold

R1806

7 1/2' Norling 5 wt Bamboo fly fishing rod. 
Root River Rod Co. Lanesboro MN
7 1/2' Norling 5 wt Bamboo fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co. Lanesboro MN

Pennington Fly Fishing rod

Pennington 8' 6 wt 2/2 E

This Garrison Torper 2/2 E single tip rod is very high quality. Blonde cane with dark maroon wraps tipped in green. Like new and in excellent condition. 

$250 or best offer. 

R1807      SOLD

Pennington 8' 6 wt 2/2 E. Bamboo custom fly fishing rod with cork handle. Root River Ro Co Outfitter
Pennington 8' 6 wt 2/2 E. Bamboo custom fly fishing rod with cork handle. Root River Ro Co Outfitter

Edwards Fly Fishing Rod

Edwards 7 1/2' 4 wt

This classic rod from the Edwards-Bristol era is a fine 4 wt dry fly rod. Hang tag is from Cook, Newton, and Smith - a tackle house in Boston that Edwards made some rods for. All sections are straight and onp is down 1/2" at the ferrule end. 

$450 

R1810

Custom Bamboo Fly fishing rod, Edwards-Bristol era, Edwards 7 1/2' 4 wt. Lanesboro MN Root River
Custom Bamboo Fly fishing rod, Edwards-Bristol era, Edwards 7 1/2' 4 wt. Lanesboro MN Root River

HeddonFly Fishing Rod

Heddon 3/2 7 1/2 4 wt

This classic trade rod from Heddon was made for Max Cook Sporting Goods and is named Stuick Special. This is a 1 1/2 f  3 peice  4 wt. The rod was restored by Scott Whitman several years ago. Mostly original with several new wraps and new varnish. One of the prettiest Heddons ever made IMO. sold

$525

R1811

Heddon 3/2 7 1/2 4 wt Bamboo fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co, Lanesboro MN
Heddon 3/2 7 1/2 4 wt Bamboo fly fishing rod. Root River Rod Co, Lanesboro MN

Leonard Fly Fishing Rod

Leonard 38 ACM

This rod has never had a line on it. It's the last generation of Leonard rods made.  Serial #115. Exquisite workmanship and node work. Perfectly straight and flawless varnish. The only slightly parabolic taper produced by Leonard designed as a 7 ft 3 wt. 2.5 oz.

$1200 or best offer.

Leonard 38 ACM Fly fishing rod. last generation of Leonard fly fishing rods made. Lanesboro MN
Leonard 38 ACM Fly fishing rod. last generation of Leonard fly fishing rods made. Lanesboro MN

Leonard Fairy Catskill Fly fishing rod

8' Leonard Fairy Catskill 39

 This pre-fire Leonard is a 3/2 has an actual weight of 2.3 oz. Whisper soft artistry with 2 wt or 3 wt line. Unbelievable elegance with translucent green wraps tipped with full intermediates. With a smooth 4 1/4" cork grip of 3/8" rings, butternut SB reel seat. Patent marks on 13/64 and 8/64 ferrules. English tungsten guides with snake stripping guide and Leonard hand made silver tip tops. Original bag and tube. Varnish and wraps are all very good as also the ferrule fit. 0ne tip down  4 3/4 '' other remaining sections full.  One of the rarest  slow-medium action true 3 wt 8' rods ever made.

$1.695. 


8' Leonard Fairy Catskill 39 Fly fishing rod. 4 1/4" cork grip butternut SB reel seat.
8' Leonard Fairy Catskill 39 Fly fishing rod. 4 1/4" cork grip butternut SB reel seat.

Leonard Catskill Fly Fishing rod

Leonard Catskill 38 1/2 7 1/2' 2 3/8 oz 3/3

Honey wrapped english twist guides with a snake stripper. this rod has three tips , one full one 1" down and one 1/2' down. Patented  ferrules 13/64 and 8/64. A fine lightweight classic having a swelled butt, 4 1/4" cork grip with butternut SB reel seat. Original bag and tube Actual rod weighs 2.6 oz. Varnish, ferrule fit and guides are all very good to excellent.  A very fine instrument for a 3 wt line.

$1,495.

Leonard Catskill 38 1/2   7 1/2'  fly fishing rod. butternut SB reel seat. Lanesboro MN Root River
Leonard Catskill 38 1/2 7 1/2' fly fishing rod. butternut SB reel seat. Lanesboro MN Root River

Orvis Battenkill Fly fishing rod

8' Orvis Battenkill 4 1/8 oz 2/2

This is a fine and lighter 8' Battenkill being the 4 1/8 oz model for a 5 wt modern line. Serial # 80450. Condition is excellent with only sign of use is a bit of soiling on the grip. Hard to find a nicer Battenkill in this configuration. Truly in excellent condition.

$750


8' Orvis Battenkill 4 1/8 oz  2/2 FLY FISHING ROD. Root River Rod Co. Lanesboro Minnesota.
8' Orvis Battenkill 4 1/8 oz 2/2 FLY FISHING ROD. Root River Rod Co. Lanesboro Minnesota.

Fishing Inspired Art

Another Place and Time

 Painting by Les Kouba Original watercolor commissioned in 1959 

$2,500

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