Suitably proportioned grade-A bamboo culms
are selected for quality and
then tempered by hand over an open flame. This
process properly tempers the power fibres, drives out
excess moisture, and imparts great resilience.
As a consequence, the bamboo darkens beautifully, creating
rich tones from caramel to chestnut.
The tempered culms are hand-split with the grain and the
resulting strips are straightened with heat. We
also heat-press and stagger the nodes, rendering them
neat and strong.
for the six triangular strips of each
section are precisely milled to our exact
specifications, maintaining tolerances of
+/- one thousandth of an inch. Ensuring that the power fibres are on
the outside, these six 60 segments are then seamlessly and
permanently bonded together with heat resistant, waterproof
are made from aerospace grade aluminium alloy, discreetly engraved with our logo, and fitted with a rubber button. Their delicate knurling and trim lines (also a feature of our sliding bands) emphasise the quality and refinement of these rods.
are turned to a velvety finish from the best
champagne grade cork shives. We only use the very
rare and highest quality Flor cork.
A pair of sliding bands secure the reel.
For lightness, durability and elegance, we also make and fit these precision turned, delicately knurled sliding bands from aerospace grade aluminium alloy. There is a subtle shoulder collar at the handle top and we whip on a hand-forged nickel silver strap to secure the hook keeper ring.
Waterproof splint-end ferrules
are also made
by us from the best hard-drawn waterproof 18% nickel silver. Hand-lapped to a perfect suction
fit, they are then oxidized and fitted with a hand-turned wood and cork stopper.
Uniquely, the fitting of these ferrules to the blank is so exact that the
whippings over the splint ends will not crack.
are made from hard-chromed stainless steel and Amberfin
lined butt and tip rings are used for all of our
coarse rods. Stand-off intermediate rings are used on the Merlin and MK IV Avon
rods, while our exclusive pattern lightweight bridge intermediates are used on
are all in subtly tasteful
colours (refer to Coarse rods, Models & prices
for details) and owing to our varnish, which actually saturates the silk;
they are rendered permanently flexible and waterproof. Seamlessly hand-tied, these
whippings are never bulbous or irregular.
is hand-applied to the cane blank and silk
whippings, creating a lustrous, flawless, and translucent
enhances the beauty of the rod and will protect it from the rigours of
use for decades.
Each rod has its details inscribed in Indian ink above the
handle, comes in a fitted cloth bag, and is issued with a
special signed certificate of ownership. In the case
of rods endorsed by Chris Yates, the certificates also bear