Barder Rod Co Kennet Perfection 11’3″ 2-piece + handle.

Made in 1995, in outstanding condition.


This Kennet Perfection doesn’t have intermediate whippings, which gives it very clean lines. It has a superb specification and remains in outstanding condition, dead straight with firm ferrules and a perfect finish. Although the rod was used by it original owner, it was not abused and there is no wear and tear about it. When I removed the original personalised Indian ink inscription, I over-varnished the whole rod so that it has the best possible finish.

As I have said many times before, the Kennet Perfection is a great favourite here and it’s the rod we chose to produce in a limited edition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Barder Rod Co. If you need an Avon style rod with a little extra reach and power, this is the model to choose, for tench, barbel, chub, large perch and big, tasty bream. I’ve eaten bream, in Italy. Not bad. Chris Yates told me that the ones he used to catch from the Hampshire Avon were good with a lemon sauce and a bottle of premier cru Chablis. Waste not, want not.

I recommend this rod without reservation and it happens to be very reasonably priced. Good to know in these straitened times, is it not?


Two sections of hand built split cane with a detachable split cane handle.

Ferrules are very firm fitting waterproof splint end suction type by Beatson’s of Sheffield. Bronzed and lacquered with their original hand turned cork and poplar wood stopper.

Rings are hard chrome stainless steel with an Amberfin tip ring. They are plentiful, so line won’t cling to the rod when it’s wet. Silk whippings are very dark jade green Perivale shade 684 with scarlet Pearsall’s Gossamer tippings.

The handle has a very nice trumpet shaped top, traditional alloy conical butt cap, rubber button and our finely knurled sliding alloy reel fittings.

A hook keeper is incorporated into the lowest ferrule whipping, above the handle, and the rod has a very nice Indian ink inscription stating the make, model and date.

The rod comes in its original tailor made bag with bronzed press stud fastenings and a pocket in the flap for the stoppers.

Reel lines: 4 – 8 lbs BS. Casting weights up to 1 oz.