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To help ensure the longevity of your Edward Barder rod we would suggest that you:

  1. Clean the rod often.  Wipe it down with a damp cloth, then with a dry one.  Wash the cork handle from time to time, using warm water and a drop of washing up liquid.

  2. Keep the ferrule slides clean by carefully wiping with a handkerchief, firstly with a moistened corner of the cloth, finishing with a dry part.  They may be lubricated by the lightest application of hard hand soap - nothing else whatsoever - to the male slides, but only when absolutely necessary.

  3. Store the rod in its bag, thin ends uppermost, hanging from a hook in a dark dry place.

  4. Make sure there is plenty of room about you when assembling and taking down a rod.  Push ferrules together with hands together, and pull apart with hands spread apart.  The male ferrule should be inserted at least ⁷⁄₈ of the way into the female ferrule before use.  If a ferrule becomes stubborn, dont force it.  Contact us immediately if any ferrule trouble is encountered.

  5. If hooks become snagged, point the rod straight down the line, or put the rod down and handle the line beyond the tip ring.  Never yank at a fixed object or fish, or over-strain a rod in casting.  Using a split cane rod in circumstances that are outside the limits of its specification may result in the bamboo fibres becoming stretched beyond their capacity to return to their original position.  A moments carelessness can ruin a rod that would haven given a lifetime of good service if handled correctly.

  6. When playing and landing fish, the rod butt should be at or close to 90 to the line beyond the tip ring.  As more pressure is applied, the lower, stronger part of the rod will take the strain, relieving the relatively fragile tip section.

  7. During protracted struggles with big fish, try holding the rod with the rings facing upwards: easier than it sounds, this distributes heavy loads on both sides of the rod.

  8. Use a landing net with a sensibly long handle.  Short net handles may seem convenient but at less effective and require the rod to be held up almost vertically whilst landing a fish.  This places a lot of unnecessary strain on the rod top, and should be avoided at all costs.

  9. Check your rod regularly for damaged rings, varnish etc. Your rod is made to the closest tolerances, using the finest materials.  If accidentally damaged or strained, the split cane blank, the silk whippings and other components may fail.

  10. In the event of accidents or wear, please seek our advice, and if necessary, return the rod to us for repairs and servicing.

  1. Store a damp, dirty rod in a damp, dirty bag.

  2. Varnish, oil or wax a cork handle.

  3. Stick hooks in a cork handle.

  4. Twist or wrench a ferrule.

  5. Put a wet or dirty ferrule together.

  6. Lubricate or coat a ferrule with anything whatsoever.

  7. Let ferrules drop onto or stand on hard, rough surfaces.

  8. Never twist the rod when assembling it or taking it apart.  Always hold the rod sensibly and securely, pushing and pulling in a straight line when inserting and separating ferrules.  A sensible mantra is "Rod together, hands together - rod apart, hands apart."

  9. Try to pull snagged hooks free with the rod bent.

  10. Play/land fish with the rod pointing up at an acute angle.  This is inefficient and places all the strain on the rod tip.  The lower the angle the rod is held at, within reason, the more the lower, stronger portion of the rod can absorb strain and apply pressure.

  11. Allow the tip section of the rod to be bent severely.  It is both unnecessary and inefficient, and in the case of split cane, may cause irreparable damage.  Try to turn the rod over, rings uppermost, when landing a fish or during a protracted fight.  

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