Chris Yates Barbus Maximus MK II 11′ barbel rod.

Made by the Edward Barder Rod Co in 2010. In outstanding condition.


This is a super MK II Chris Yates Barbus Maximus. We completed it in 2010 for a gentleman we know well and like very much, so it was a pleasure to build. He’s got two modes of transport now: a pair of scooters and a Fiat 500. 11′ 2-piece rods are out, or he’d have kept this one.

It has been lightly used with great care. We have given it a minor service, which is pretty well standard for rods that have been used and even for unused ones in some cases. Therefore, it is in outstanding condition and available this instant, just in time for June the 16th. Ah, the 16th. The heather shimmering in the haze, the shock as a pack of barbel whooshes over the butts, just in time for you to take one in front and one going away with the Purdey.

Hang on a moment. I’ve got my Glorious dates mixed up haven’t I.

Have you ever tried catching a grouse with a barbel rod on the 12th of August? They don’t like it.

Some technical information about this one:

Hand-made split cane blank built to a tolerance of +/- one thousandth of an inch.

Nickel silver fittings throughout, including finely knurled handle fittings and a reinforced waterproof splint-end suction ferrule.

A hand turned Laburnum wood & cork ferrule stopper.

Pearsall’s bottle green ring whippings with fine red tippings and matching graduated intermediate whippings.

Sapphrite Laurels hard chrome plated stainless steel bridge rings and Amberfin butt and tip rings.

For grade cork for the handle.

A hand forged nickel silver strap to secure the hook keeper ring.

Test curve: 1½ pounds.

Reel lines: 6 – 8 pounds breaking strain.

Casting weights: 1 ounce +.

The rod comes in its immaculately tailored bag.