EDWARD BARDER 11′ “MERLIN” SPLIT CANE AVON ROD

EDWARD BARDER 11′ “MERLIN” SPLIT CANE AVON ROD

£1,850.00 £1,750.00

Out of stock

Description

In very good condition as it has only been lightly used and very well looked after.

An 11-foot Avon is perhaps the single most useful rod for the all-round angler.  With this in mind, Edward Barder designed an extremely well balanced model suited to today’s sophisticated float fishing and light ledgering styles.

The first Merlin was delivered to Chris Yates at the Railway Pool on the Hampshire Avon’s historic Royalty fishery.  Here, nearly sixty years earlier, FWK Wallis landed his record barbel, using the original Avon-style rod that bore his name; It is thought that he would very much approve of the Merlin.  In an article, Chris Yates described the rod as “the best I’ve ever used”.

The compound tapers result in a rod with a supremely sensitive and forgiving tip, a smooth, flexible mid section, and enough power in the butt to pick up a long line and strike quickly.  The Merlin is so crisp and well balanced that it amazes anglers familiar with the rather floppy, top-heavy rods of old.

The 24″ handle has an elegant onion shaped top.  The butt cap and sliding bands are made from aircraft grade aluminium, which saves a considerable amount of weight.

If you are looking at an Edward Barder rod then I presume you know what you are looking at and do not need reminding that Barder is the Rolls Royce of rod building and someone the British are proud to call one of their own!

Whether you are buying this rod to use, collect or just as an investment it will be a pleasure to hold and to own!