Edward Barder coarse rods are designed and made entirely in-house
from the finest selected raw materials, their workmanship and function
reflecting our uncompromising devotion to their production.
Rigorous quality control throughout the sixty hours of skilled
craftsmanship needed to build each model creates rods that are the first
choice for split cane connoisseurs.
“Regarding Edwards's rods: I met Edward when he was working at
Hardy's in the mid-80s and we had a good discussion about split
cane. I mentioned my favourite rods and said it was a pity no one
was making any really good split cane at that time. Edward then told
me about his plans to leave Hardy's and create a new split cane
collection, refining the design and construction until he had
progressed to a new level of production.
Almost 20 years later, I can honestly say that Edward has completed his
mission - in fact, he did that years ago. I have used his rods almost
exclusively since '91 and have caught some magnificent carp, barbel, chub, tench and perch on them. The fact that my old
favourites are now gathering dust tells you all you need to know
about the quality of Barder rods.” (From Chris Yates, 6th April
Our coarse rods are made in two series: the Chris Yates and the Richard
Walker MK IVs. Please refer to Coarse rods,
Models & prices
for full details.
Since 1989, Chris Yates has been intimately involved in the design and
field-testing of the rods bearing his name. They feature extensively in the
Passion For Angling television series and descriptions of their exploits can be
found in numerous books and articles. These exclusive and original rods
represent excellent value for money.
For fifty years, Walker's MK IV rods have been used by thousands of
anglers. Historically, it is probably the most prolific rod ever
designed. Indeed (as noted in The Bishop details), in 1980 Chris
Yates landed his 51½ lb. record carp using an original Walker-built
We believe that Richard Walker would be
proud of our production of this classic rod.
Each of our rods has its details inscribed in Indian ink above the handle, comes
in a best quality 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 his signature.