Commissioned: 15th May 2006. Delivered 12th January 2007.
The only evidence of use is the very slight silvering to the edge of the blued butt cap (often happens over the course of a couple of fishing trips). Everything else is flawless.
Smooth, accurate, versatile. 8’6″ really makes a difference to the amount of reach and line control one has, so useful on our weedy streams.
The fine compound taper tip facilitates accuracy (it flexes & recovers quickly without bounce) but has sufficient substance for durability. The middle has a convex taper that prevents it from collapsing when a longer line is aerialised and the butt, with its swell, firmly drives the rod throughout the casting stroke.
This isn’t a heavy rod, its handle is very comfortable and it’s easy to transport. Aesthetically & functionally it’s exceptional. This is a very popular model which doesn’t come up for sale very often. This is only the third one we’ve listed.
Split cane made from select, seasoned Tonkin bamboo, flame tempered by hand, grain split and straightened, before tapering to a tolerance of +/- one thousandth of an inch. Swelled butt, identical mirrored tips, perfectly straight and now seasoned to perfection.
Barder Rod Co Leonard pattern blued nickel silver ferrules. A perfect snug fit, with their olive wood and cork stoppers.
Exceptional flor grade cigar shaped cork handle -ergonomically perfect.
Barder blued nickel sliver reel seat and handle fittings, with a stupendous bird’s eye figured olive wood insert.
Brazilian agate lined nickel sliver butt ring.
Bronzed (by me) Snake Brand guides with transparent varnish impregnated Pearsall’s Gossamer silk whippings, tipped dark tan.
A flawless hand applied yacht varnish finish.
Tailor made bag and a hand stitched English bridle leather case with a heavy duty aluminium lining.
This is a really lovely, versatile rod. The price is extremely reasonable given that over one hundred hours’ of painstaking work went into its construction. It would cost you £3,300 today with a two to two and a half year wait.