Our cane is well tempered to give a more steely feel and action to
the rod and each blank is inspected and tested thoroughly. A well
made blank, if treated with respect, should not take a set.
All rods go through various stages of varnishing with the rod rings
taking several coats of hand-brushed varnish before going into a dip
tube for their final coat. All blanks are checked thoroughly
throughout this process to check for impurities within the varnish
finish and no rod will leave my workshop until I am happy with the
finish. Each blank is hung to dry in a cabinet between coats to make
sure that each finish is thoroughly cured before the next varnish
coat is applied. Once the final coat of varnish has been applied it
is left to dry in the heat cabinet for many weeks and thoroughly
inspected before being despatched.
my cork handles are built using the finest quality cork available
and finished to a silky smooth finish. Handle shapes vary and the
customer has a choice of either onion, doughnut or flared trumpet.
High quality polished aluminium slide bands and end caps are used
although I can offer these in an alternative nickel silver. End
caps are finished off with a black rubber button.
quality ferrules are used throughout and are usually made from brass
and are reinforced where required.
I can also offer ferrules in nickel silver and although more
expensive than brass, prove to be far more superior. All ferrules
are blacked and then lacquered for protection and come with a wood
Whipping Threads and Silks
are some excellent silks and nylons available today with a variety
of colours to suit the taste of the modern traditional angler. On
coarse rods I use a grade A on the rod rings only. I only use a
very fine grade silk for the intermediates and have found the finer
range of silks to be excellent and although very thin, they do hold
up very well to high tension when tying off the intermediate whips.
The beauty of using finer thread on the intermediates is that it
reduces the “ridging” created by using heavier grade silk for this
type of work along the blank.
As mentioned in the restoration
section, good quality traditional lined rings are becoming
increasingly more difficult to find. I do carry a good stock of
traditional rings to suit cane rods in a variety of colours from
various shades of red to the old amberfin style rings. Intermediate
rings are good quality hard chrome and maintain a traditional look
not so far removed from the original rings used on the original cane
rods from the past.
Rods can be supplied with
Nickel Silver fittings rather than the standard alloy fittings.
Nickel Silver ferrules are available for the MK IV Carp and MKIV
Slide bands, End caps and Winding checks all made from Nickel Silver
are available for all the rods in the range.
Silk Whippings. All the rods I make come with standard 1"
intermediates and graduate closer towards the tip, finishing at 1/2"
Rods can be finished in closer tie intermediates with 1/4" spacing's
as the original MKIV rods from the B. James stable. Rods can be also
be built and finished with no intermediate whippings.