Originally Posted by imxer
While rod technology is a subject I find fascinating and will be following this latest example closely, I have to believe that the tackle distribution system being employed by Manufacturers such as Allen Or Colton etc will have more influence upon fly fishing than the latest "got'a have" wonder stick of this or any year.
I'm going to disagree. You guys (With Frank being the exception) aren't looking at the BIG picture. Not necessarily in any real time frame, I'll try to explain what I mean. In a galaxy far, far away- or, back in the olden days we all fished with fiberglass (or bamboo). Then some yahoo comes along and uses space aged material called graphite to build some fishing rods.
10 years later, you can't hardly find fiberglass rods for sale (new).
So the graphite is a hit, and it gets lighter (and more brittle) Boron, titanium and all sort's of cr@p go into rod building. Winston and their boron laced rods came and are still here. A few years ago Orvis gets some graphite and thermally (or something cool like that) infuses new "epoxy resins" in the graphite to make it lighter and stronger which they did, you can't deny that.
Again it's another start. Not from the beginning, but ..... The graphite and boron are still here, but the new resins will make lighter and stronger rods. Hardy's/Greys new rod line is coming out and in a month Rejeff/ Loomis have a new rod line out too. Anybody want to place a wager on it and it'll have something to do with the new thermoplastic supercalifragilistic resins impregnated in the good old school graphite?
Just like computers, one breakthrough leads to another and I think this is the next big thing. Unlike computers, it's more than 18 months between breakthroughs.
p.s. as for Allen Fly Fishing (Justin- don't get me wrong, I love your reels) all the stuff that is being built in China, is getting better and better. But it's still a copy of the original I still think Chinese build rods leave a lot to be desired compared to American built rods. Most Chinese rods are copy's of American premium rod tapers anyway.