Frequently Asked Questions

#1 What is the recent history of the Payne Company?
After the re-opening of the Payne Shop due to the WW II shutdown, Jim Payne sold his ownership in the company to Wendell Collins in 1947. By the early 1960's Collins sold Payne to the Gladding Corporation. After Jim Payne's untimely death in 1968, the company went through numerous short-term shut downs during the 1970's until its sale to a Texas partnership in 1977. The company was then sold to Harold Bacon in 1980 and was moved to New Hampshire. In 1986, William Alley purchased Payne and moved it to Stowe, Vermont. In 1993 Mr. Alley sold the Payne company to Dave Holloman who has re-tooled and restored the equipment and company to its best shape since the untimely passing of "Gentleman" Jim Payne. Following several years of operation in Sisters, Oregon, we have recently relocated the company to new facilities in Bend, Oregon.

#2 Who are the craftsmen at the Payne Company today?
David Holloman is the principal rod maker and shop foreman. His rodmaking experience goes back to his teenage years in the late 1960's. He began hand planing bamboo rods in the 1970's making all parts of his rods by hand in his shop in the McKenzie Hills of Oregon. His splendid and refined craftsmanship has won the esteem and delight of both new and old customers. The late Cleve Speer, master metalworker and tool and die maker, with his intimate knowledge of the Payne rodmaking equipment, processes and operation, has advised us in the restoration and retooling of the original equipment used in our work. He began his rod making career as an 11-year-old apprentice at Payne in 1925. His finely detailed, free-hand metal work is unsurpassed in quality and beauty

#3 Why did the Payne Company move to Oregon?
After unsuccessfully trying to relocate the company back to Highland Mills, NY, it was decided with the advice of many long-time Payne customers and associates to move the company to central Oregon where the fly-fishing is exceptional and the high desert climate is ideal for fine bamboo rod making. Surrounded by the famous Deschutes, McKenzie, Metolius, Crooked and Williamson Rivers (many of which are just minutes away), our Bend location is inspirational for our flyrod and reel manufacturing business.

#4 What are the goals of the Payne Company today?
To continue the hand-made rod traditions of the Payne legacy. Making individual products of enduring quality is the ultimate gratification of all our craftspeople here at Payne. Our desire to uphold the originality of Payne products is unabridged. It was common knowledge among Jim's countless friends and customers that he desired to expand the Payne Company to a greater national prominence and enhanced exposure. This long-awaited goal is now being realized.

#5 What is the difference between a Payne Rod and other major brands?
Our rods are hand-made with the time-honored methods of a by-gone era. Our customers relish the fact that their rod was faithfully made to order, not mass-produced. The Payne rod is without argument the most copied rod of this century. Finely tailored, classically distinctive, enduring quality that never goes out of style. "PAYNE", an old-time company adhering to old-time ways for people with high standards.






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Bend, Oregon, 97701
Phone: (541) 549-1544















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