Barder Rod Co 8'6" #4-weight 3-piece 2-top fly rod.
In unused new condition with its hand stitched vegetable tanned English bridle leather case.
This is our model 31024. It has been stored correctly since its completion in September 2019 and is in effect a new rod that has reposed in the dark while its varnish cured. It’s ready now. Just like good wine, it’s benefited from maturation. In this sense, it’s better than new and it’s available now. I’m afraid the usual lead time is well over two years.
It is built to our preferred and long established specification in terms of finish and fittings. I trust that my rather amateur photography does it justice. Full technical information about this model is to be found here: https://www.barder-rod.co.uk/fly-rods-split-cane/
When we moved away entirely from derivative tapers and formulated our own, informed by our combined fly fishing experiences and that of our customers and friends (who we have refrained from referring to as our Pro Team), this was, along with its 8′ sister, our first outstanding success.
If you like a rod with length for reach, finesse and remarkable accuracy, attach a vintage Hardy LRH Lightweight to this one (loaded with a correctly AFTM rated #4 floater) and I guarantee that you’ll be entranced and delighted until someone, hours later, finally manages to prize the rod out of your hand.
We’re always told it’s unhealthy to have favourites but I think this might be our most refined rod. It won’t do for everything -no rod will, but this is very much a rapier rather than a cutlass. Eight and a half feet long for a #4 line. Light, poised, alive in your hand, roll casts beautifully. Puts your very small but not absurdly miniature fly on target at point blank range and up to 45 feet. You’re thinking about it now. You know just where you’ll use it.
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