Built on a CTS blank, this is a really fine and versatile contemporary ten footer. This is widely regarded as the in vogue all round format for river fishing. Dry fly, wet fly and nymph fishing are all within its capabilities. I’m afraid that carbon fibre makes a very good rod of this sort. Split cane, on the other hand, is not suited to the long, light line rod (mind you, I’ve got a Leonard nine footer for a #4 line that’s lovely and it’s over a hundred years old).
We spared no effort in the building of this rod. The reel seat is a down locking cap and band made from Titanium with a highly figured olive wood spacer.
The cork handle is made from 1/4″ hand cut Flor grade cork shives. It is 7″ long with a very subtle cigar shape that won’t annoy anyone, whatever their preferred grip or hand size. Excessively shapely handles are invariably extremely uncomfortable.
The guides are pewter-coloured Snake Brand Universal Lightweights, whipped on with varnish impregnated Pearsall’s tan silk. The butt ring is nickel silver with an agate centre. A lovely feature, and functional.
The joints have hand turned Olive wood stoppers.
The tailor made bag has a stiffener. The Barder Rod Co aluminium tube will protect the rod from almost anything except, perhaps, the boulder that finally got Road Runner at the bottom of that canyon back in ’68.
The rod has had very light use and I’ve serviced it. It’s in near-mint condition with one or two tiny marks to the spacer and butt cap, as you’d expect, and a few marks on the tube which are also typical of a lightly used rod.
I’d expect to quote in the region of £1,000 for this rod with a four to five month lead time. This one is available now with a £200 saving. It really is a super rod. You could make an appointment to come here and try it out.