Gary Marshall uses traditional hand-planing methods to build fine cane rods in his Derbyshire workshop. His Elite series of rods are hollow to reduce weight while maintaining strength. Lightweight components enable a faster recovery and allow the use of lighter lines. Gary’s rods range from 6 ft brook rods up to more powerful 8 ft 6 in models (prices from £620 to £850). Each rod is built using the very best materials and components. Tapers are designed to suit each rod’s specific purpose. Computer programmes and 14 years of experience are used to determine line ratings. Ferrules, guides and the reel seat can all be customised and every rod is finished with the finest-grade silk whippings and marine spar varnish.