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The Chris Yates MK IV Carp Rod.  10’ 2-piece split cane.  Special limited (to one) edition.  Made by Edward Barder in June 1990  

This historic rod was made just before I launched my firm (two months before my twenty fifth birthday).  It was a specially commissioned one of a kind rod to be awarded to the winner of a caption competition run by the Addlestone Angling Centre in the fishing press.   

The picture used in the competition was of Chris Yates being flung out of the shop.  He was wearing his Norfolk jacket, matching tweed deerstalker and fake beard.  In the background is the Hercules bicycle he used to ride around on before he discovered Toyotas.  The winning caption read: ‘Chris, tackle and bait we will sell you, we draw the line at mending punctures!’  

The same picture appears on page 113 of Chris Yates’s second book The Deepening Pool with a different caption: ‘It’s difficult finding a tackle shop nowadays that will give you credit’.   

This unique Chris Yates MK IV differs from the Richard Walker MK IV in that it has a very slightly more flexible butt section, which slows the action down marginally and takes the strain off the tip section when the rod is under full strain.  It remains absolutely straight and appropriately, has only been used in earnest on one occasion, at Redmire Pool.  It is a great rod for free lining light baits and will cope with holding on to fish in tight corners.   

The 26” Flor grade cork handle has an elegantly flared top.  The alloy butt cap retains its original red rubber button.  The sliding alloy reel bands, blued splint end suction ferrule and hard chromed stainless steel bridge rings were all supplied by Hardy’s of Alnwick (who I had worked for previously) and were made in their factory.  The butt ring is a classic Amberfin and the tip ring is German silver with an Agate centre.  A hook keeper ring is fitted and the female ferrule retains its hand turned hardwood and cork stopper.   

The rod is close whipped throughout with medium red silk from the stock I acquired in 1990 from the estate of well known rod maker Cliff Constable of Bromley.  The original yacht varnish finish is still bright and sound.  The rod is in superb condition, having had very little use and it has been correctly stored.  The rod has its original tailor made bag which has a stopper pocket in the flap.   

The rod’s original owner asked me to reposition the two rings on the butt section early in the rod’s life, and there is very slight and unobtrusive ghosting where the original whippings used to be.  The Indian ink inscription is as follows: The original owner’s name and № 1 Special Edition.  Beneath this –Chris Yates MK IV Carp 10’.  Underneath on the bottom flat of the rod is inscribed –Hand made by Edward Barder.  June 1990.   

This is an eminently fishable rod with impeccable provenance and significant historical interest. 

Price: £2,000

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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