origin of a blank
Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:43 PM
Posted 18 November 2013 - 07:14 PM
That doesn't mean that one factory makes all of their rods, just what they accepted as the bid. PacBay may supply the fly rods, Lamiglas may produce some casting rods,etc. Loomis may supply some of the higher end rods while AmTak or PacBay may supply the lower end rods of just one kind of rod, like the spinning rods.
Take for instance the fly lines. The prestege fly line is made by Cortland but the Prestege plus is made by Scientific Angler. You can buy the Prestege plus cheaper than the SI line on the same display board.
Also, this information is held pretty close to the vest,as Cabelas doesn't want this info released. If would hurt their sales with the parent company and the parent company could be hurt with future orders. In my conversation with Gary Loomis 2 years ago, he rattled off who he used to make rods for. He did Bass Pro, Cabelas, Browning,etc. He even made rods for these companies that he wouldn't sell himself. He didn't (and still doesn't) have any use for boron but made all of the boron rods for Bass Pro shops. He wasn't allowed to release that info when he owned the company(G.Loomis). Now, he does and he's proud to tell you he makes the rod blanks (spinning) for TFO and a few others. Why not? To use his name is a big deal and a great selling point.
There are very few companies on American soil that roll their own blanks. Part of their business is to supply rods to the bigger chain stores. Also, lets not forget that a lot of rods come over from the big pond.
Posted 08 December 2013 - 10:23 PM
So I guess there's no way of knowing where my blank came from and that's it's just a Cabelas Whuppin Stick. I was asking because I just stripped down a Whuppin Stick and built an all new rod out of it and was wondering if it was like an Ugly Stick or something?
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