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Barder Rod Co ‘The Chris Yates Merlin № 9’ 11’ 2-piece split cane Avon-style rod c1995 in outstanding condition.    

We developed the Merlin with Chris Yates over the course of two years until 1993, when I delivered the № 1 rod to him on the banks of the Railway pool on the Royalty Fishery.  I remember him christening it with a sea trout, which took the bread flake he’d intended for roach.  It tested the new rod nicely.  It has become one of our most popular models and has not really been altered in its character or performance in twenty four years.  It was always our intention to design and build the most versatile and effective contemporary Avon style rod and we are very pleased with the outcome.

This is the ninth Merlin we built and it is both unusual and compellingly fishable.  The butt section is hollow-built split cane, as were all early Merlins.  This saves weight, and interestingly, the special order nickel silver butt cap and sliding reel bands place a subtle amount of ballast at the lower end of the rod, so that it has exceptional balance and responsiveness.

The dead straight and steely blank was made from vintage bamboo, flame tempered by hand to a medium caramel colour, which contrasts wonderfully with the highly unusual special order whippings.  These are what we call pre-War Allcock's red Elephant brand silk, tipped with black shade № 9 Pearsall’s Gossamer silk accents.  It’s a really pretty and convincing colour scheme.

The stand-off intermediate rings are hard-chrome plated stainless steel with a matching Amberfin butt ring and a classically formed chromed frame tip ring that very usefully has an aluminium oxide centre (it looks pukka but won’t groove).

The blued and lacquered splint end suction ferrule was made by Beatson’s of Sheffield (once the largest supplier of high quality ferrules to the trade) and is a superb snug fit.  The stopper is our traditionally shaped hand-turned olive wood and cork pattern.

The 26” long cork handle has an elongated onion/short cigar shaped top.  Actually, it’s the shape of one of those banana shallots that you get from the greengrocers, but the term ‘Shallot-shaped handle top’ will never catch on.

There is a hook keeper ring secured with a hand-forged nickel silver strap, whipped on above the Indian ink inscription.

The rod has a flawless hand applied yacht varnish finish.

The rod comes in its tailored bag with press stud fastening and a pocket in the flap to store the ferrule stopper in.

Suitable for 4 – 6 pounds breaking strain reel lines.  Casting weights up to 1 oz.  Test Curve: 1¼ pounds.

The action is crisp, progressive and durable.  This is a wonderful rod for chubbing, tench, perch etc.  It isn’t too heavy for winter grayling and it can deal with light tackle trotting or ledgering for barbel.  It’s a great all rounder. 

Price: £1,600

All pre-owned rods supplied by us are issued with a specially printed and individually signed and dated certificate of ownership.

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