The letter box closed with a harsh snap as the latest edition of Trout & Salmon hit the coir mat. With it was the usual insertions of mailings and a copy of the Glasgow Angling Warehouse catalogue. Within it a list of new cane rods by Hardy detailing 3 new ranges and some made with Tonkin Cane.
Without question Hardy make fine rods, if not the best in the world and these new cane rods are no exception except the price is eye-watering at over £3595 and that’s not the most expensive! Flamed Tonkin cane and fine fittings will leave you little change from £4000 in order to buy a reel to go with the rod. Is this really the way to go I ask myself.
The next time I see a CC de France rod at a car boot or antiques fair I can assure you I’ll be buying it.
A good second-hand cane rod if restored or refurbished will still give you a lifetimes use if looked after properly. Master rod builder Paul Cook will build you a fine cane rod to exacting standards, the sheer craftmanship and finish is second to none. See http://artofangling.net/paulcook.html he will also restore and rebuild to better than new standards.
David Mott of Cambridge is a competent rod builder, restorer – artisanal craftsman. Chapmans of Ware http://www.chapmanblanks.co.uk/ still produce good cane blanks and many of their rods go to specialist rod builders. They still flame blanks so there are options unless, of course you want the Hardy name