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The Barder 'Wizard' 11' 3-piece 2-top split cane rod c1991 in as new unused mint condition

This is a sleeper and a rod I'm rather covetous of.  I made it with one standard Avon top and one heavier barbel strength top.  This alone makes it incredibly rare, if not unique.  The middle and butt sections are very slightly hollow-built.  The bamboo used was very well aged indeed and the  rod remains needle straight.  The action is lively and crisp with the Avon top, and firmly progressive with the barbel top fitted.  In fact, when I attached a reel and line to the rod to assess its action recently, it felt as good as any barbel strength rod I've handled.

The pristine cork handle is 26" long with a 'trumpet' shaped flare at the top.  The sliding reel bands and butt cap are alloy, finely knurled and of our own make.  The blued brass splint end suction ferrules were made by an ex-Hardy ferrule maker and retain their original cork and hardwood stoppers.  The rings are Amberfin butt and tip, with the very best hard chromed stainless steel intermediate stand-off rings made by Sapphrite Laurels of Redditch (the best).  A hook keeper ring is located just ahead of the handle.  The rod is whipped throughout with lovely mid red silk obtained from the late Cliff Constable of Bromley.

The tailor made bag was also made using material obtained from Constable, and exquisitely sewn on a very early hand wound Singer machine by my friend Caroline Jones.  It includes a pocket in the flap for the ferrule stoppers.

With its super specification, two tops and perfect condition, this rod is that rare thing, a tool to please the river angler who wants one rod to cover most situations.

Price: £1,800

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

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