Richard Walker MK IV made in 1998 by the Barder Rod Co.
In outstanding condition, built in the style of Walker's own MKIV, to his exact tapers.
We built this rod to the exact dimensions given by Richard Walker in his book Rod Building For Amateurs. We, professionals, have made a point of adhering to Walker’s tapers because the resulting rods are superb and Richard Walker’s design for this 10′ rod is peerless.
The vast majority if MK IV carp rods are not particularly close interpretations of Walker’s design. Our are!
Having examined, measured & photographed Richard Walker’s own MK IV when it was jointly owned by Chris Ball and Chris Yates, we have been able to build a number of these rods as facsimiles or, as here, with very similar aesthetic qualities to the original rod. In this case, by whipping it with ‘The Celebrated Elephant Rod Binding Silk’ shade 10 size 40, saturated in varnish, we achieved a colour very close to Walker’s original rod. The tippings are Pearsall’s Naples black silk.
We turned the handle with the same shaped top as the Walker rod and kept other details of whippings and fittings in the same style.
The rod has been very lightly used and perfectly looked after. It is absolutely straight and in close to 100% mint condition.
I have said before that there is no better rod for traditional carp fishing in smaller waters with baits such as floating crust. I have not changed my mind about this. For anyone wanting to fish under a tree canopy at close to medium range (up to about 40 yards) with reel lines of 8 – 12 lbs, this is THE rod.
It’s also useful for fishing with plugs, spinners and wobbled sprats etc for pike and it makes a super barbel rod. Even today’s monster chub are within its scope.
I expect that you’ve been hankering after just such a rod for a while now. Eureka! Your search is over.
Vintage Tonkin bamboo, flame tempered, grain split and straightened by hand. Precision tapered to tolerances of +/- one thousandth of an inch. The blank is straight and true.
Whippings are varnish impregnated Elephant silk in the Walker style. The rings are Amberfin butt & tip with hard chrome plated intermediate bridge rings. There is a hook keeper secured with a hand forged nickel silver strap.
The hand applied marine grade varnish finish is impeccable, as always.
The 26″ handle has a Walker-style top and finely knurled nickel silver fittings throughout.
The reinforced, blued & lacquered nickel silver ferrule is a perfect honeymoon fit and has its hand-turned hardwood and cork stopper.
The bag has bronze press stud fastenings and a pocket in the flap for the ferrule stopper.