Barder Rod Co 8½’ #4-weight 3-piece 2-top split cane fly rod & leather case c2007.

A particularly beautiful example of our popular model № 31024 in outstanding condition.


Ordered on the 16th of September 2006 and completed on the 20th of December 2007, this is a particularly striking and fine example of our very popular model № 31024 in outstanding condition.

We think his is as refined and precise as it’s possible for a fine split cane fly rod in this format to be. We took inordinate pains over the development of this model and it is one we are particularly proud of. We sent the first example to a split cane rod dealer and connoisseur in America who had this to say about it:

‘Carefully I fitted the reel and threaded it through the exquisite guides.  I carefully navigated out the front door to the long section of lawn in front of my house.  I stripped off about 50’ of line and started false casting.  One word escaped my lips, wow.

This rod is the finest I have ever picked up. Period.  If this is the taper you and your math friend figured out, do not lose it.  Not only is the entirety of the rod perfect, it also casts perfectly.  I was able to do anything I wanted it to do with ease.  The long wait for both of us was well worth it for me.  The rod is simply the most elegant piece of perfection I have laid hands on in the tackle business.  I could not be happier.’

This example is finished in our standard format with a completely clean unsoiled cork handle and only the slightest silvering to the bluing on the edge of the butt cap and one or two of the snake guides (none of which is immediately apparent). The rod comes in its original silk rod bag and a hand stitched leather case.


Hand made split cane sections made from flame tempered vintage Tonkin bamboo, with classic 3 x 3 node positioning. The flawless strips of bamboo were straightened by hand from end to end and the nodes were straightened and pressed. The blank was built to a tolerance of +/- one thousandth of an inch.

All guides are hard chrome plated stainless steel to which I applied a traditional bronze finish.

The reel seat has our own delicately knurled and engraved nickel silver metal work, blued and lacquered. The spacer is an exceptionally figured piece of Olive wood.

The whippings are varnish impregnated transparent Pearsall’s light olive (cane coloured when varnished) silk with ultra-fine tan tippings.

The finish is hand applied yacht varnish.

The rod comes in its tailor made pure silk bag complete with stiffener and of course, a superb aluminium lined hand-stitched English bridle leather case.