Edward Barder – Maker Chris Yates Barbus Maximus № 3 c1991

In original as-new condition c1991



This is number three of the limited first edition of 21 Chris Yates barbel rods.

11¾’ long in the 2-pieces + detachable handle format, made in 1990-1991 by Edward Barder at The New Barn, North End, Near Newbury, Berkshire.

The rod is made from split cane throughout, including the detachable handle. The middle section is hollow-built.

The 27” long handle has a ⅞” diameter turned from Flor grade (the best) cork with a classic ‘onion’ shaped top, alloy sliding reel fittings and a tapered alloy butt cap with a black 1¼” rubber button.

The butt ring has a milky grey semi-opaque agate centre set in a German silver frame (only 21 of which were available, one for each of the rods in this first limited edition) and the hard-chromed stainless steel bridge rings were made and supplied directly by Hardy’s of Alnwick.  The German silver tip ring has a reddish brown agate centre.

The bronzed splint end suction ferrules were made by Beatson’s of Sheffield and retain their original snug fit.  The matching cork & alloy ferrule stoppers have very attractive knurling and detailing.

There is a neat hook keeper ring incorporated into the male ferrule whippings on the mid-section.  Above the handle, the inscription is written onto the split cane in Indian ink.  From the bottom, travelling spirally up the rod section, it reads: The number three “Barbus Maximus”11’9” Chris Yates Barbel rod. Made in 1990, 91 by Edward Barder, Newbury.

All whippings are apple green Pearsall’s silk, with no tippings or intermediates.  The split cane is a very clean medium caramel colour, and was made from exceptional bamboo.

The rod is absolutely straight and the finish is as new, without any blemishes.  The bag was made for the rod from best heavy duty cotton drill and has a pocket in the flap for the ferrule stoppers.

The rod comes with its original alloy tube.

The signed certificate of ownership was specially created for the limited edition Chris Yates rods. It is inscribed number 3 and is signed by Chris Yates and Edward Barder.  It is not dedicated to anyone and like the rod, it is in perfect condition.

The rod is rated for reel lines of 4 – 8 lbs BS and has a quick, progressive through action.  It would be suitable for refined barbel fishing, chub, tench and big perch.

The № 3 rod represents a very rare opportunity to acquire a superb example of this sought-after rod.

All pre-owned rods supplied by us are issued with a specially printed and individually signed and dated certificate of ownership.