Gardner Tackle has launched its first set of rods since 2002, and they’re pretty special.
Unveiled at the Big One in Farnborough, the range features two distance rods, a short continental rod and a spod-and-marker tool.
Made with a blank that’s exclusive to Gardner, these rods, which cost between £160 and £220, make a strong statement about the Surrey firm’s renewed commitment to rod building.
The 10ft Continental (RRP £160) is ideal for boat work or stalking and boasts a 3.25lb test curve.
The 12ft GTD (Gardner Tackle Distance) rod has a 3lb 6oz test curve, while its beefier brother, the Distance+, has a 3.5lb test curve and is 13ft long.
The Application rod is the workhorse of the bunch with a 4.5lb test curve along its 12ft length.
All the rods have a lightweight blank with 3K carbon reinforcement just above the overfit joint for a fast and more responsive tip action.
There’s also a line-friendly carbon line clip on all of the rods (including the Application), but unusually it’s positioned almost halfway between the reel seat and butt ring for more precise use with indicators.
The 12 and 13-footers have full EVA handles, while the 10-footer gets a shrinkwrap version.
All the rods are rung with super-light Minima guides and anti-frap tip rings.
The rods are designed with a medium-fast action for long-range casting without being too stiff or unforgiving when playing fish.