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Old 03-26-2013, 01:13 PM
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Default Re: Diamondback Rod Company

I worked at for Diamondback fly rods from 1991-2007. I was in charge of rod design from 1996-2007 (Cortland closed the Vermont plant in 2007). I was in charge of the design of the "All American series"......"VSR series".........."Backwater series"............."Diamondfly series"............"Americana series"............."Saltwater series"................"Stu Apte series"............."Diamondglass series" (my favorite rod of all time)...........a series of one piece hybrid spin rods that were fantastic but, never made it to market due to the timing of the Vermont facility closing............to mention a few.

The equipment is pretty much all gone. A rod builder by the name of Mike Mcfarland from Mcfarland Fly Rods purchased the equipment so that he could start building his own blanks. Mike is an absolutely fantastic guy and makes incredible rods. His product, made in Pennsylvania, is American made. His attention to detail is second to none. Mike is a avid fly fisherman who knows rods and rod actions just as well, if not better, than just about anyone out there. When Mike first purchased the equipment, I helped him navigate the initial set up and many of those questions pop up when such endeavors begin.

Concerning the thought that some were interested in trying to bring back Diamondback, I think that it is a very noble idea but, trust me......it is a tough gig - lots of money and lots of time, not too mention lots of competition and no guarantees. My suggestion to you would be to put your positive energy and desire to buy American product and check out Mcfarland fly rods. I "have no rod in this casting contest"/dog in this fight......Mike just strikes me as great individual who makes great product.