Originally Posted by Rip Tide
There was an article in a recent Field & Stream
about value priced fly rods. (I was at my dentist yesterday
The author (John Merwin ?) stated that because of the cost of shipping it was becoming less cost effective to have rods imported from Asia.
St Croix recently built a factory in Mexico for the production of their lower end rods for this reason.
You can ID them from the label that says "Made in North America"
I think this trend will continue, but at a much slower pace now that fuel costs have dropped WAY back down. $4 gas was actually expected to somewhat help the SA TX economy due to its proximity to Mexican Mfg, but that forecast has since decreased a good bit.
I can tell you I'd MUCH rather have a Korean built rod than a Mexican one though. If St. Croix does some deal where they can build them 95% in Mexico and still figure out a way to label them "MADE in USA", they'll be getting none of my nickels.