George Halstead was a bamboo rodmaker of considerable skill, one who has been overshadowed by some of the better-known names in the craft. Halstead's pedigree was unimpeachable, as he worked for the Leonard rod company from 1920-1925, then moved to the Payne rod company where he was integral in developing major improvements in reel seat and ferrule design. In 1937 Halstead left Payne for Connecticut where he built rods under his own name and developed a close association with Pinky Gillum. It is estimated that Halstead built fewer than 800 fly rods before his passing in 1961. If you are looking for a Halstead fly rod or have one to sell, please contact us.