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CND Update

As has been reported elsewhere, many things have been happening for CND here in North America. I am now at liberty to make much of it public.

The first news is that CND is alive and well.

CND North America no longer exists, as that entity was associated with our former distributor. In the short term – until new distributorship is settled – the parent company, CND Japan has taken steps to continue providing service to its North American customers. At present, I have been acting as the interim distributor for a number of the shops close to me. CND Japan has contacted the retailers further from me and indicated that it will deal directly with them from Japan. Nobuo has personally assured CND customers and dealers that stock as well as any warranty issues will be handled in an expeditious manner and that customer service and satisfaction will be paramount.

In the meantime, we are in very positive discussion with a potential new distributor and hope to reach a successful agreement very soon. Once the new distribution is in place I will be very happy to go back to doing what I love to do – fishing, casting and talking about fishing and casting!

To give further evidence of the positive attitude of CND in North America there has been a number new developments that came to fruition during this “quiet time”. First, as has been reported at the Denver Show, we introduced the newest rod in the CND arsenal – the North Fork Specialist. This rod was developed in answer to the request for a lighter version of the very popular Skagit Cast Specialist.

The North Fork – as in the North Fork of the Stillaguamish – is an 8 wt.13’3” Specialist using CND’s cutting edge IM8 graphite with the progressive action that its big brother is so well known for. All those who cast it at Denver were very excited about it. While the North Fork was intended to match the Skagit Casting method we very quickly found that it also excels at longer line casting. This should not have surprised us since the sweet casting 13’4” Solstice was the base model for the North Fork. The rod is in production at the factory as I write this and will soon be available to retailers.

The other great unveiling at the Denver Show was the new CND Spey line. Nobuo has applied his design wizardry to a new concept in spey lines. While the R&D is done and the line has been sent into production we are still in the process of naming it. At present it is known as DPG or “D-Point Gravity” line as the design incorporates the most mass in the section of the line that forms and carries the loop in the cast – which results in an exceptional turnover even at distance.

As well, the heavier models – 10/11 and 11/12 are made with a denser material to create a narrower profile that penetrates the air better and increases distance. The lighter lines are made with the standard less dense material as they are more likely to be used for summer fishing on smaller waters with skaters and low water flies. These lines were a major hit at Denver with the “big boys” definitely taking notice!

While in Denver, we placed the first production order with RIO - the manufacturer - with delivery expected for the heavier models (8/9 – 11/12) sometime in the first part of October, followed by the lighter lines. Keep your eyes open for a review of the lines as Dana has received a set of samples to check out and as soon as they are ready Nobuo plans to make lines available to some Spey Clave members to test.

While I definitely do not wish to jump the gun with any premature announcements I feel that in light of recent talk here on Spey Pages and elsewhere on the net, that it is necessary for CND to clarify the state of the union – so to speak. The rod and the lines are in production, the prospective new distributor is keen and ready to get involved – CND – “The Spey Underground “ - is alive and well and ready to move into an exciting new time.
 

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OK KUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHERE IS MY NORTH FORK !!!!!!!!!!!!



:D
 

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Too cool! Look forward to the line! Hopefully the lighter ones will available in time for the fall too, but if not, that's one more thing to look forward to next year. A lighter skagit specialist! In the same awesome sage color! I just have to repeat. Too cool! Glad all is well in CND land.
 

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The RIO folks figured that the rest of the lines would be done by mid-November. I hope that is true - but you know how production goes...
 

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I look forward to trying the new lines.
 

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keep in mind the following comment is coming from someone who cant cast their way out of a paper bag with a head longer then 54' on anything under 14'.

the lines absolutely rocked!...i absolutely loved the 7/8 or was it the 8/9 on the North Fork (75' on a 13'3") and i was having way too much fun with whatever verision was on the steelhead.
 

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Kevin,

I am awaiting the spec sheet from Nobuo so I can give the exact belly lengths, but I can tell you what I know.

The lines are being made by RIO. There are 7 line weights - 5/6 through 11/12.
they are long belly lines who's lengths increase as the line weight increases for example the belly length of the 5/6 is 55' and the 11/12 is 85'. It is here that I need the specs to accurately outline the rest and will do so once I get it.

The lines are factory interchangeable tips, they will come with the dry tip and 15' type IV and VI tips as well as a special 20' density compensated intermediate tip will also be available.
 

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Belly lengths - DPG Lines

I have the spec sheet now - so here are the belly lengths:

5/6.......55'
6/7...... 60'
7/8.......65'
8/9.......70'
9/10.....75'
10/11....80'
11/12....85'
 

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If I understand correctly these are progressive taper lines, if so (other than the tips) how do they differ from the Wulf triangle tapers?
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I don't know if I would call these a progressive taper. The DPG stands for D-Point Gravity. Now I am not enough of a techno-geek to explain the physics but Nobuo's design incorporates a large portion of the mass in the section of the line in which the D-loop forms. This centre of gravity creates the tight d-loop and carries the cast out and ends with an extremely good turn-over.
 

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kush said:
Nobuo's design incorporates a large portion of the mass in the section of the line in which the D-loop forms.
sounds carronesque, what others refer to as a pyramid taper
 

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How would you describe the front taper of the new lines? Will they have the typical outer coating that rio uses in thier spey lines or something a bit different?
 

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Stephen,

As yet there is not an arrangement for CND distribution in the UK - though there has been some serious discussion. Will you guys be able to get some lines? I am sure that it will be possible - but it will need to be discussed with Nobuo.
 
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