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I'm going shopping for a heavy action, fast flipping type rod about 7'4" or so. Prefer USA made. Found a  Kistler at about $275 includes free Fedex Ground. I don't know much about that company. No complaints about the two or three St Croix I own. Not too fond of the one Falcon I have but will give it another season. I know made in America costs, but I try to do my part.

 

Any others out there I should consider. BTW switched to Lews reels and happy so far with the ones I have.

 

Bil

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I own more St. Croix rods than any other company. I love supporting American companies, and I also love a good, high quality rod. 

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Big Bear Rods, you can have them made with lots of options at a fair price. Brian.

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NFC, Lamiglas, GLoomis, Falcon, ALX, St. Croix,

Kistler

Of course you could maybe have a build done on a batson blank, rainshadow etc..,

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Cousins rods are American made and are really nice. You can find them on tackle warehouse.

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NFC, Lamiglas, GLoomis, Falcon, ALX, St. Croix,

Kistler

Of course you could maybe have a build done on a batson blank, rainshadow etc..,

The last lamiglass rod I looked at was made in china. It was a lower end Excell rod though.

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Give Mike a call at Delaware Valley Tackle and have him build you a custom. It'll be American made and built just for you.

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Hammer rods makes a nice product. Kistler makes a fantastic rod, using the NFC blanks on their KLX and Helium rods. ALX rods are outstanding. St Croix rods are time tested, though I think you can get better values from other manufacturers. There's plenty of options out there, just depends what you're looking for.

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Seeker rods are also American Made. The Bushido Samurai series look really nice on TW.

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Seeker rods are also American Made. The Bushido Samurai series look really nice on TW.

 

I thought the Seeker rods that have graphite blanks were imported blanks and the rods are just assembled here? I was wondering where ALX got their blanks from.

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I thought the Seeker rods that have graphite blanks were imported blanks and the rods are just assembled here? I was wondering where ALX got their blanks from.

Not to burst your bubble, but all so claimed "American-Built" fishing rods are not American Built. 99.999% of the guides are imported. Even St. Croix, which has such a good reputation for being an "American" rod does not use American built guides.

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I thought the Seeker rods that have graphite blanks were imported blanks and the rods are just assembled here? I was wondering where ALX got their blanks from.

ALX gets their blanks from Hydra. The owner of Hydra is also the owner of ALX. Similar to the Edge-NFC relationship.

The blanks are rolled and assembled in South Carolina.

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All the major guide companies FUJI, Pac Bay, Kigan, etc. are outsourced. Pac Bay guides are made in China, Fuji in Malaysia or Japan, and Kigan probably in South Korea. Correct me if I am wrong. 

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All the major guide companies FUJI, Pac Bay, Kigan, etc. are outsourced. Pac Bay guides are made in China, Fuji in Malaysia or Japan, and Kigan probably in South Korea. Correct me if I am wrong.

What does that have to do with a rod being built in America?

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What does that have to do with a rod being built in America?

Guides are part of a rod, are they not?? :Idontknow:

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Guides are part of a rod, are they not?? :Idontknow:

I'd rather use a couple components to finish an American made blank, than use an entire rod assembled overseas.

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Guides are part of a rod, are they not?? :Idontknow:

I see you're point, as the same with reel seats.. I was under the impression the OP was inquiring about rod blanks, plus assy. In USA... That was my impression.

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All the major guide companies FUJI, Pac Bay, Kigan, etc. are outsourced. Pac Bay guides are made in China, Fuji in Malaysia or Japan, and Kigan probably in South Korea. Correct me if I am wrong. 

REC guides are made in the USA

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I was wondering where ALX got their blanks from.

ALX blanks are rolled in the US.

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Not to burst your bubble, but all so claimed "American-Built" fishing rods are not American Built. 99.999% of the guides are imported. Even St. Croix, which has such a good reputation for being an "American" rod does not use American built guides.

If someone in the US would produce a good guide, believe me, companies will use them. Until then, its Fuji for me. I should clarify, ceramic ringed guide, I know Rec guides are US made.

Snake Brand guide are made here, and I use them as running guides on my fly builds. For strippers, its Fuji too.

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