The Edward Barder Rod Company
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.