The Ed­ward Barder Rod Com­pany

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Split-cane Rods -

Ed­ward Barder rods are built us­ing grade A Tonkin bam­boo, which is tem­pered by hand over an open flame. This process helps to drive out any ex­cess mois­ture and in­creases the strength and dura­bil­ity of the al­limpor­tant power fi­bres. The pro­pri­etary ta­pers are pre­cisely milled to de­liver fine tips for crisp cast­ing, a ro­bust mid­dle and the sig­na­ture swelled butt that helps di­rect the stroke. The han­dle is turned from cham­pagne grade Flor cork and mounted above the Proven­cal olive wood reel seat. Blued fer­rules and rings are whipped on with fine silk and an en­graved butt cap is added. Every rod is var­nished by hand, and supplied with two mir­rored tips (num­bered and with dif­fer­ent-coloured tip­pings), olive wood fer­rule stop­pers, a tai­lored rod bag and hand­made leather case. The model num­ber and line rat­ing are in­scribed in In­dian ink. The at­ten­tion to de­tail and stan­dard of fin­ish are sec­ond to none. Two-piece rods are avail­able in lengths from 6 ft 6 in to 8 ft, rated for lines from 3 wt to 5 wt. Three­piece rods are avail­able in lengths from 7 ft to 8 ft 6 in for lines rated from 3 wt to 6 wt. All rods start at £3,000 with op­tional ex­tras such as ti­ta­nium fit­tings, in­ter­me­di­ate whip­pings or an agate butt ring avail­able for an ad­di­tional cost. A 50 per cent non­re­fund­able de­posit is re­quired at the time of order.

The ex­pertly crafted Ed­ward Barder rod on a bed of ra­nun­cu­lus.

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