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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Did a half ass search here & Google but was curious who's making/rolling the "name" brand rod blanks these days...rods u find in most fly shops/chains, Redington, Orvis, Sage, TFO, Cabelas, St. Croix, Scott, LL Bean, Hardy ect.

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Scott makes their own in Colorado.
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The fantastic new lightweight graphite Meiser is now using is made in Japan I think. I guess Meiser is a “big name” in a little different way than you originally meant. With some notable exceptions like Sage and Burkheimer to name a few more, as was said above, it’s mostly done in the Far East. There are companies like Orvis and I would assume some others that only use domestically built for their most expensive line of everything. But in my experience most of the rod companies do not, and generally will not advertise info on which specific company fabricates their blanks to their provided specs. It’s easy to think of a few reasons why they (and the companies they use) would not, but those would only be guesses on my part. It would be very interesting to hear more about the process from one of the rod designers themselves, but I’m guessing it’s one of those “what happens in Vegas” type things when not done in house.

It’s one of those economy-of-scale things - it’s difficult to make it economical without very high volume in addition to lower wages - like iPhones etc. Plus the technology and facilities of building a blank are also pretty expensive, and do not overlap at all with assembling the rod. But even the latter also often gets done over there these days. So most rod designers, even some very fine ones, just send the fabrication specs for both their prototypes and the final designs out to the factories.

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I think there's information around that one building in South Korea makes the blanks for the high end rods from Hardy, Loop, and Douglas.
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St Croix have a factory in Mexico, and blanks are sold under the Rod Geeks brand. Not sure if they have any other factories, but is one that I know. I also have tried dealing with the chinese supplier of The A.R.E. blanks and wouldn't be surprise it they sold lower end blanks to other North American Brands.

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RavenBC, did you have any success with the ARE supplier? Were you able to score any blanks?

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RavenBC, did you have any success with the ARE supplier? Were you able to score any blanks?



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Not directly, but got a local supplier to bring some in. Will Send u a PM.

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One thing is Where the blanks Are made, more interesting is What kind of carbon being used. Some great rods/makers use Japanese carbon(more expensive) but the best
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One thing is Where the blanks Are made, more interesting is What kind of carbon being used. Some great rods/makers use Japanese carbon(more expensive) but the best
Things made in Japan are usually of very good quality and always have been.
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Also, the South Koreans really know how to roll one and machine a reel.
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