Edward Barder - Maker. Chris Yates Barbus Maximus MK I.

11'9" 2-piece + handle made in 1992. Outstanding near mint condition.


The Chris Yates Barbus Maximus MK I c1992. 11’9″ 2-piece + handle barbel rod in 99% of mint condition.

This rod came to us in very lightly used condition. We have brought its finish up to our current standard and fitted it with new sliding reel bands of  our own make (the originals were of a type that we always replace given the chance). It is, apart from the aforementioned reel bands, in completely original condition with a perfect finish to the rod, ferrules and handle fittings.

This model was made entirely by hand in my original North End workshop, located in the wild hills to the south of Newbury. In those days, we wanted barbel rods with plenty of backbone, ample length for holding line above weeds, and a sensitive tip for bite detection. This was the rod that Chris Yates envisaged, and I built.

By the late 1990s, barbel had become quite widespread, far bigger on average and fishing for them became more nocturnal and winter orientated. The MK II version of this rod was the result. We’ve come full circle and on today’s best barbel rivers -the Wye and the Trent in particular- this rod, the MK I version, is again the tool for the job.

This is a really nice example in incredible condition and I’m so keen to see it in use that its price is pre-Brexit digestible.


Solid built hand made split cane tip, hollow built hand made split cane butt and detachable handle. The bamboo was split, formed into un-tapered triangular strips, pressure wrapped and baked, as per the Garrison method. The resulting cane colour is a very attractive medium straw.

The Flor grade 26″ long cork handle has a very elegant trumpet-shaped flared top, conical alloy butt cap, red rubber button (I don’t know what it is with you rubber fanciers but you do get excited by red buttons) and new Barder Rod Co sliding ally reel bands.

Ferrules are Barder Rod Co reinforced nickel silver middle-to-tip and Beatson’s of Sheffield middle-to-handle. The ferules are perfectly fitted, waterproof, blued & lacquered and retain their original hand turned hardwood and cork stoppers.

Rings are Amberfin butt, hard chrome plated stainless bridge intermediates and an agate lined nickel silver tip ring. There is a hook keeper ring above the male ferrule on the mid-section.

Silks are transparent varnish impregnated Pearsall’s bottle green throughout and the yacht varnish finish is flawless.

The Indian ink inscription reads: Chris Yates Barbus  Maximus. Hand made by Edward Barder. 1992.

The rod comes in its original tailored bag with press stud fastenings and a pocket in the flap for the ferrule stoppers.

Test curve: 1¼ pounds.

Casting weights: Up to 1 oz

Reel lines: 6 – 8 lbs breaking strain.