Chris Yates ‘The Barbus Maximus’ MK II

In unused, as-new, mint condition. An exceptional 11' 2-piece barbel rod completed on 16th July 2009.


This exceptionally fine example has not been used and remains in the same condition it was in when completed in 2009. Actually, it’s even better because the notoriously slow curing yacht varnish I insist on using has hardened fully and the rod is positively vibrating with verve and energy, pulsing with an almost irresistible urge to be taken fishing.

I had one exactly like this. Used it to catch a six pound nine ounce Kennet chub and several double figure barbel. Felt no rod maker’s remorse and so pleased was I with this MK II iteration of the Chris Yates Barbus Maximus that I haven’t altered it since.

After less than a season with it, I took pity on his old friend who had had a bit of a fright. He’d anticipated imminent ruin and sold all his rods. Life was soon back on track but he hadn’t got anything to fish with. He persuaded me to sell him my almost new Barbus Maximus. ‘Sure’ I thought ‘I can always make myself another one’. This was over fifteen years ago and I still haven’t got round to it.

I should buy this one, but I’m so good hearted and generous that I wouldn’t dream of denying you the opportunity.

Don’t hang about though or I might change my mind!

The price represents superb value -the rod has nickel silver handle fittings and you will avoid the usual (clearing of throat) two and a half years average lead time.


An as new example of the MK II version of the barbel rod I developed with Chris Yates in the late 1980s and early 1990s, this rod is built to our very highest current specification. It incorporates the following:

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 beautiful olive wood ferrule stopper.

Pearsall’s burgundy silk ring & ferrule whippings with perfectly graduated Pearsall’s ‘Old Gold’ intermediate whippings.

For grade cork for the handle.

Amberfin butt and tip rings.

Sapphrite Laurels hard chrome plated stainless steel bridge rings.

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 +.