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Bernard Venables landing net AND handle by the E. Barder Rod Co – in mint unused condition c2011

From our final batch of nets, this is a unique Bernard Venables net and the best one made to date.

It has the flowing unique features:

- A one piece Y-shaped net block –all of the others were cast naval bronze, cast alloy or brazed brass.
- A rosewood and brass thread protector for the handle top.

The hand tied net bag has no seam at the bottom, which is something we pioneered.  The net bag can stretch to accommodate very long fish without harming them.  With mine, I have landed a number of twenty pound carp, and barbel in excess of sixteen pounds, but it isn’t too cumbersome for perch, tench or chub.  If you know of the whereabouts of some roach outside the digestive tracts of cormorants, it would be fine for landing them, too.  The one inch mesh is knotless and complies with Environment Agency rules.  I dyed the rot-proof nylon mesh with a superb Dylon colourfast dye that they no longer make – Forest Green.  It looks super.

The Tonkin bamboo handle was tempered, mottled, straightened and most importantly, not sanded back to the power fibres, so as well as eight coats of yacht varnish, it has its natural skin intact for extra durability.  It is waterproof and it floats, as does the net head.  The brass butt cap is engraved with our logo and has a red rubber button.  The handle comes in its tailor made bag.

The net frame itself is impregnated and permanently waterproof.  The net mesh is laced onto the frame as the accompanying pictures illustrate.

From our 2011 catalogue is the following technical specification: Designed and built at the request of the late Bernard Venables, these pear-shaped nets are vastly superior to all other types.  There are no moving parts to fail, and no infuriating draw cord to fold up or snag at the critical moment.  With a 6' circumference, measuring 26" front-to-back and 21" side-to-side, all but the largest fish can be landed comfortably.

Due to the difficulty of obtaining some of the materials required to make these nets, we have mothballed our manufacturing of them for the foreseeable future.  However, they remain the best of their kind both as efficient and practical tools and as the most beautiful and eye-catching items on the bank.

Price: £1,500


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