Chris Yates Landing Net made by the E Barder Rod Co in 2003.
In exceptional condition. As we steadfastly maintain, this the best big fish net you'll ever use.
This is the same model of Chris Yates net that I use for my carp and pike fishing. It works outstandingly well in every respect, and rather annoyingly, all any passerby ever wants to talk about is the net. They don’t ask about the rod, the fishing, the weather, how my health is, nothing. Just the bloody net!
The handle is strikingly well mottled, the fixtures and fittings are crisp and clean and the frame is very nicely impregnated finely grained ash. The mesh is dyed in what we call Sharpe’s green, because our net mesh maker at the time was also making meshes for the famous Sharpe’s of Aberdeen Gye nets. They’re quite unusual and very nice.
The naval bronze block is engraved on one limb ‘THE YATES NET’ and on the other ‘E.BARDER MAKER’. This is also quite unusual. Shortly after this period our engraver packed up and so did the foundry who cast the naval bronze spreader blocks for us!
Here is the technical information from our 2011 catalogue:
Designed and built at the request of the late Bernard Venables, these pear-shaped nets are vastly superior to all other types. There are no moving parts to fail, and no infuriating draw cord to fold up or snag at the critical moment. With a 6’ circumference, measuring 26” front-to-back and 21” side-to-side, all but the largest fish can be landed comfortably.
The Chris Yates version, as used by him, has a 7’ circumference, measuring 30” by 25”, and is big enough for the hoped for monster.
The hand tied knotless mesh has loops at the top, which are fastened in the holes around the frame by a flush-fitting cord. There is no seam at the bottom of the mesh, so it expands to accommodate the fish. The 1” mesh size allows the free passage of water, thus reducing drag.
Only the best straight-grained ash is used for the frame, which is permanently impregnated with a waterproof resin, and given a hand-rubbed satin finish. The specially machined and profiled brass block is engraved with the maker’s details, and polished to a high finish. It is secured to the frame with flush-fitting stainless steel screws.
The 6’ detachable handle is made from seasoned, tempered and bored-out Tonkin bamboo. It is straightened, beautifully mottled, and impeccably varnished. There are brass fittings at each end, with a rubber button fitted to the butt. The handle comes in a fitted bag with a hanging loop.