The Joe Tinko Collection: Graphite Rods

I have been honored to be tasked with finding new homes for my friend Joe Tinko’s fly tackle. I met Joe in 2004 through a mutual friend, Mike Laskowski, who owned Oil Creek Outfitters. At the time Joe was a very successful and brilliant attorney practicing in Western Pennsylvania. I was thrilled when Joe retired and settled in Coburn along the banks of Penns Creek. I was spending more and more fishing time in the area and it was always good to see him, and still look forward to my next visit.

Joe has an imposing intellect. He approaches learning with a voracious appetite, consuming and retaining all information he can gather with the goal of Mastering the endeavor at hand. Such was his approach to fly fishing: learn the history of the sport, the tackle and techniques, Master it. In retirement, he worked as a guide and sales assistant at the local flyshop, The Feathered Hook, where countless hours were spent on the front porch with owner Jonas Price and in-house rodmaker Jim Downes and other Friends of The Hook. What a time we had, it was our own Golden Age!

Joe’s meticulous nature is reflected in his personal notes of his tackle, which are here reproduced for each item. They provide a provenance and complete description. My notes concerning condition and description are provided separately and marked with an asterisk *. Every item listed was lovingly acquired and cared for and is in excellent, near mint or mint, unused condition unless otherwise noted.

If I may in any way assist you with a purchasing decision such as additional photographs or description, please don’t hesitate to contact us! All vintage tackle is sold with our 3 day inspection policy.

*Thomas and Thomas Two-Handed Spey DH1307-3 7 wt. Deep blue blank wrapped green/claret over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ringed strippers, 14” western foregrip and 5 ½” grip and pommel below reel seat, anodized D/L screw lock. Excellent with minor grip soiling. $695 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Hardy Proaxis Sintrix 9’ 12 wt. 4p. Deep green blank wrapped green over chrome snakes and 3 braced wire strippers, 7” full Wells, U/L screw lock with integral fighting butt, witness mark and ferrule plugs. Mint, appears unfished, original bag and covered case. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Scott Model HP889 9 wt. 3p. Black blank wrapped black over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, 7 ½” full Wells, U/L anodized screw lock with integral fighting butt, witness marks. VGC with some grip soiling and one minute scratch on reel seat barrel, bag and case. $275 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Scott Model S31008/4 8 wt. 4p. Black blank wrapped black/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, hook keeper, 7” full Wells, U/L anodized screw lock with integral fighting butt, witness marks. VGC with some grip soiling, bag and case. $225 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Scott Model SAS1006/3 6 wt. 3p. Black blank wrapped black over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, hook keeper, 7” full Wells, U/L anodized screw lock with integral fighting butt. VGC with grip soiling, bag built into case. $225 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model SLT 7100-4 10’ 7w. 4p. Dark olive brown blank wrapped brown/gold/black over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, hook keeper, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Excellent with minor grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model SLT 490-4 9’ 4w. 4p. Dark olive brown blank wrapped brown/gold/black over chrome snakes and ceramic ring stripper, hook keeper, 6 1/2”Western, U/L NS screw lock with varnished walnut spacer. VG with grip soiling, seat could use a polish to bring back to like new. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.


*Sage Model SLT 8100-4 10’ 8w. 4p. Dark olive brown blank wrapped brown/gold/black over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, hook keeper, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Blank excellent, grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model Xi2 890-4 8wt. 4p. Blue blank wrapped blue/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Excellent with grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model Xi2 1090-4 10wt. 4p. Blue blank wrapped blue/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Excellent with minor grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model Xi2 1290-4 12wt. 4p. Blue blank wrapped blue/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, 7” full Wells w/5” fighting grip, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Excellent +. Original bag and tube. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Sage Model Xi2 990-4 9wt. 4p. Blue blank wrapped blue/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Good condition, grip soiling with one minor ¼” scratch on mid 1. Original bag and tube. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model Xi2 790-4 7wt. 4p. Blue blank wrapped blue/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Excellent condition, minor grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model Xi2 690-4 6wt. 4p. Blue blank wrapped blue/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Excellent condition, minor grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model XP 7100-4 7wt. 4p. Black blank wrapped brown/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, hook keeper, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Good condition with a few superficial scuffs to blank, minor grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model XP 996-4 9wt. 4p. Black blank wrapped brown/silver over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, hook keeper, 7” full Wells, U/L black anodized screw lock with affixed fighting butt. Good condition with a 2 very small and superficial scratches on butt blank, grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $395 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model Z-Axis 5100-4 5 wt 4 p. Green blank wrapped olive/gold/black/claret over chrome snakes and ceramic ring stripper, hook keeper, 7” Western, U/L NS screw lock with wood spacer. Good condition with a couple superficial scratches on butt blank, one guide on tip replaced with non-original thread, grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model Z-Axis 6101-4 6 wt 4 p. Green blank wrapped olive/gold/black/claret over chrome snakes and ceramic ring stripper, hook keeper, 7” full Wells, U/L NS anodized screw lock with integral fighting butt. Very good condition with minor grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model TCR 590-4 5Wt 4p Maroon blank wrapped red/gold/black over chrome snakes and ceramic ring stripper, hook keeper, 7” Western, U/L NS screw lock with wood spacer. Good condition with a couple minute superficial scratches on butt blank, NS seat could use a polish, grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model TCR 490-4 4Wt 4p Maroon blank wrapped red/gold/black over chrome snakes and ceramic ring stripper, hook keeper, 7” Western, U/L NS screw lock with wood spacer. Very good condition, NS seat could use a polish, some scuffing to reel seat spacer, grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model TXL 3710-3 3Wt 3p Dark olive blank wrapped olive/claret over chrome snakes and ceramic ring stripper, hook keeper, 6” Western, U/L NS screw lock with wood spacer. Very good condition, NS seat could use a polish some minute scratches on butt cap, minute scuffing to reel seat spacer, grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model 9141-4 9 wt. Two Handed Spey Graphite IV. Brown blank wrapped brown/gold/black over chrome snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, 15” full Wells in front of seat w/4 ½” grip and pommel below, U/L black anodized screw lock. Blank good with some light superficial scratches on butt(fished from a boat?), grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $495

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Sage Model SLT 490 4wt. Dark Olive-Brown blank wrapped brown/gold/black over chrome snakes and ceramic ring stripper, hook keeper, 6 1/2” Western, U/L NS screw lock with wood spacer. Very good condition, NS seat could use a polish and some minute scratches on butt cap, no scuffing to reel seat spacer, light grip soiling. Original bag and tube. $350 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Heritage Rod 9’6” 7wt. 4p. Black blank wrapped black/silver over chrome single foot snakes and dual ceramic ring strippers, hook keeper, 7” Western, U/L anodized screw lock with integral fighting butt. VGC with some small scratches on reel seat barrel. Bag and plastic mailing tube with screw cap. $75 plus shipping.

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent