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#1 Tex

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 01:50 PM

I come from the aftermarket auto industry and I know that there are a few manufacturers of parts and a ton of people who put their badge on an item and sell it as their own. When it comes to blank manufacturing, how many of these companies (large and small) make their own rods vs. how many get made on the same assembly line and painted/badged differently? Does anyone around really know who makes their own blanks? And does anyone know who happens to share manufacturing lines?

I am just curious

#2 Bingham Enterprises

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 02:33 PM

St.Croix, North Fork Composites, HYDRA , Talon and Sage make their own blanks. These companies MAY OEM for others but most are just an import. No one is going to say who OEM's for who it is a matter of customer / mfg. confidentiality.
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#3 Carlin


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:27 PM

CTS in NZ and Burkheimer in the US roll their own blanks. Tom Morgan has Burkheimer roll his glass blanks, though I don't know if he does his graphites as well. I'm not sure about the other custom makers.

Any idea how many overseas blank makers there are? I'm thinking Asian high volume not European or custom.



#4 Washougal

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 06:11 PM

G Loomis and Lamiglas in Woodland, Wa. Steffen Bros. and McFarland glass fly rod blanks. Gatti in Italy, there are manufacturers in Britain and Germany, just can pull the names out right now. Zipplex surf blanks in S. Africa.

#5 Goduster

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:51 PM

No such thing as a G Loomis blank any more, except for a few NOS ones still out there. Gary's blanks are North Fork Conposits, but are manufactured in Woodland.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 08:30 PM

Don't forget Global Dorber which are made in house in Arkansas.


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#7 Cody

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:58 PM

Have you used a Global Dorber blank??

#8 MHF

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 07:06 PM

After reading here I ordered a short, light 5 wt. about 2-3 months ago. It finely came in the middle of last week. I am tickled to death.
I bream fish and there are always trees overhead, limbs hanging down. I got a 5 1/2 ft rod that weighs 1 1/2 Ozs. Yes half of most high $ rods. I don't know how they get the weight down that light, but it's really nice. Cigar grip with twin ring cork seat.

#9 John T.

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 05:43 AM

I have a 6 ft. 2 wt. that is a blast for small streams- bream and trout.

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