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23 July 2009
Chris Yates reviews The Edward Barder Rod Company in The Daily Telegraph

The golden age of rod making is alive and well in Newbury

Chris Yates

While you can read the full article in The Daily Telegraph at www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/5888189/The-golden-age-of-rod-making-is-alive-and-well-in-Newbury.html, we are delighted to share some of the highlights.  All quotations are from Chris Yates.
Edward working Waterlog photo
(Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph)

One of the reasons I have always preferred cane to slick, mass-produced carbon is that cane never looks out of place by the waterside and I can feel my way into the fishing more completely when I think the natural inhabitants haven't noticed me.  Aesthetics aside, I regard cane as superior to any other rod-making material. It is tough, durable and flexible; it can be tapered to a needle-thin diameter, casts beautifully and transmits a very direct connection with the fish whenever it curves into action.

the good news is you can still track down a magic wand from the golden age of rod building, I believe the best rods ever made are being produced right now by a Newbury craftsman who, had he been a violin maker, would probably have outstrung Stradivari.

Edward Barder is 43 and has been professionally whittling bamboo since he left the old Hardy outlet in Pall Mall, 20 years ago... anyone who has ever inspected a Barder rod is always slightly amazed at the quality of the finish. Barder has obviously devised certain secret techniques over the years, just as Stradivari did.  Despite their elegance, even the finest, lightest fly rods are virtually indestructible 

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