Introduction: Established in the late 1940s by Charles and Ronald Chapman, the family firm of R.Chapman & Co. has been synonymous with the manufacture of bamboo fishing rods and blanks for over fifty years. Throughout the 1950's and 60's the Company introduced many innovative rod designs such as the Peter Stone Ledgerstrike and the Fred.J Taylor Roach Rod both of which have become part of angling history and much sought-after by collectors and traditionalists. The Company was also one of the first to introduce five-strip bamboo fly and coarse rods to the British angler. Today we are in our third generation of family members and still practise the traditional skills of the bamboo rod-maker.
For more see R Chapman & Co - Split Cane Blanks by British Craftsmen
R Chapman 500 De Luxe, three piece rod, two lengths of cane and a detachable
handle. This particular rod is in terrific condition. It was fully restored by Watsons
in the late 90's and has not been used since. Even the original Chapman bag is mint.
Full length is 10 feet, with maroon whippings and widely spaced intermediate whipping.
The rod is perfectly straight, ferrules are nice and tight.
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This is a very rare fishing rod, it was made by R. Chapmans & Co, Ware, Herts,
the rod is called the "Bayford",it is 13 foot long. Whole cane middle and bottom
sections, with a split cane top, the rod needs a varnish has patches where the varnish
has peeled off a bit, the rings are all fine.
From R. Chapmans of Ware, The "BEANE" cane rod. Gold early label with no
chips and the name "Beane", a Hertfordshire stream made famous as housing Dick Walkers
LILY PAD HOLE in Favourite Swims by FJT. It is 10ft 6 inches long with exquisite
light action and in cracking condition and new old stock bag.
Chapman Roach Rod Green Whipped Original Condition. A rare Chapman Roach Rod
complete with all original green silk whippings and in very good clean condition.
The Chapman oval gold label has a slight chip but the letters are all intact. The
white mark visible on the pictures above the gold oval label is the residue from
some kind of tape or similar, possibly a retailers or name label. The rod is unusual
in that it is of whole cane /split cane combination and has a traditional roach
style action. The bottom and middle joint are all whole cane and the top joint is
1/4 whole cane - 3/4 split cane. The split cane section has intermediate whippings
in green silk. The majority of Chapman rods are all split cane such as the Walker
MkIV type rods the 500 and 550. This rod has its original rings throughout and has
not been restored or otherwise fiddled with. The butt and tip ring are red agate
lined and have no cracks or chips. Perfectly usable the other interesting thing
about this rod is that it has no model name. Normally Chapman rods have the model
name hand written in indian ink along the blank but not this one, just the oval
gold transfer. It is similar to the all split cane and very rare Chapman Arun and
may be a variation on that rod. The rod is 12' long in 3 sections, full length,
straight, has plain bronzed suction ferrules that fit perfectly, a 19" cork shive
handle with turned alloy reel bands and a screwed alloy butt cap. All in all an
excellent rod and teams perfectly with an Allcocks Aerial for a spot of trotting.
With its original cotton rod bag.