Got this today from Capt. Mike Pedersen at Riley Rods. Most of you know he’s been the major proponent of the foam-core/carbon-fiber grips over the past few years and certainly pushed the envelope with their continued development. It took awhile, but this may well be the major commitment that brings them to the mainstream fishing public.
Here is a big positive for you. 2500 carbon grips on the way to Shimano GLoomis by Oct 15, 2015 (w/500 per month to follow for three years for one rod series). Another 2300 by May 1st 2016 (w/500 per month to follow for another three years on the second series). With one article you created a half a dozen jobs and injected over a million dollars into the economy! More once these hit the streets and the big name catalogs.
Andy and I knew these were going to be big when we introduced them, but the fact that they were so very labor intensive to make made them a risky proposition for any manufacturer to undertake. No doubt they will still be a hard sell, initially to the public, but with the resources and weight of the Shimano/G. Loomis companies behind them I fully expect they will be the future of grip and handles for many rod types in the years to come.
And by the way, Mike will be presenting a new seminar at the 2016 Expo on his advanced carbon skin techniques, such as creating differenct shapes, painting, coatings, etc. This will go well beyond the basic seminars he has been presenting the past few years.
Capt. Mike Pedersen and his wife Vikki are owners/operators of Riley Rods. Find them at www.rileyrods.com
2015 RodMaker Magazine Article/Photo Submission Fee Schedule
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I’m often asked to provide sample issues of the magazine to interested parties. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of producing and mailing the product, it’s something I’m unable to do. Even one sample copy mailed to you would require that you buy at least a 3 year subscription in order to make up that initial cost of providing and mailing the “sample.” For that reason it’s not something I’ve ever been able to do.
As such requests have yet to abate in our nearly 18 year publication history, I have decided to offer a short term offer in order to gauge response.
So for a limited time, I’m willing to split the cost of a “sample” (70/30 actually with the bulk being on me). Anyone that will send sufficient postage ($2.50) will be mailed a sample copy at no further charge nor obligation. You provide the postage and I’ll provide the magazine and envelope. I’ll even kick in a free International Custom Rod Building Symbol Decal to boot!
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Finally, the first of the final promised CDs featuring the last few years of RodMaker is available. The Volume 10-12 CD includes all issues as found in Volumes 10, 11 and 12. They are faithful electronic reproductions of the hard copy issues and include a total of 18 individual issues (3 years). Hard copy versions of all these issues are currently still available but would cost you just over $143. By CD, you can have these same issues for just $44.95 ppd.
The initial burn will be for 750 CDs. I suspect this will be sufficient to fill any orders I get this year. A subsequent order may be placed when or if these run out, although there is no guarantee.
I expect to have the new CD listed on the magazine website within about two weeks, but if you’re wanting one a little sooner you can mail a check or money order for $44.95 to: RodMaker, PO Box 1322, High Point, NC, 27262.
The final back issue CD for volumes 13, 14 and 15 is expected to be ready towards July.
Several years back I released the first 9 volumes of RodMaker on CD. It has been a tremendous hit and allows would-be readers to obtain bulk copies of this magazine at price which is less than the same in hard copy version, and in what many feel is a more convenient form for them.
About a year ago I mentioned that I was considering releasing volumes 10 through 15 on CD as well. During these past months I have been diligently working an hour or so each day to convert the hard copy versions to electronic PDF versions. It’s not easy – it takes more than the push of a button to convert the PostScript Printer PDF files to Computer Viewing PDF type files. In fact, it requires laying out each and every page of each and every magazine all over again.
It’s been a lot of work but it’s nearly reached fruition. I have decided to release two CDs, one featuring volumes 10, 11 & 12 and another featuring volumes 13, 14 & 15. The reasoning behind the two volume set is to expedite the completion and availability of at least the first 3 volumes more quickly, and to reduce cost for those who may have at least some of the latter 3 volumes. I expect each CD to retail for under $45. The same set of 3 volumes in hard copy would cost you about $145.
As of today, I expect to release the Volume 10, 11 &12 CD on June 1st. The CD featuring volumes 13, 14 & 15 will quickly follow on July 1st. They will initially be sold via the RodMaker Magazine website but may be available at selected dealers in the fall of this year.
The Origin of Foam Core, Carbon Skinned Fishing Rod Grips
How many of you are old enough to remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup advertisement? The one where some guy eating a chocolate bar walks around a corner and bumps into a guy who’s finger scooping peanut butter out of a jar. They look up and as they regain their senses, one shouts “You got peanut butter on my chocolate bar!” The other responds with “You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” All ends well as they taste the combination and decide that something delicious has just happened.
Back in 2003 I began searching for a good do-it-yourself method for creating flocked grips. For those unaware, flocked grips are made from embedding short nylon fibers onto an underlying base, generally of cork. Such grips had long been available from a couple of commercial sources and were often referred to as “the Cadillac of rod grips.” But there was no simple, inexpensive do-it-yourself method for rod builders to create their own. If you desired a flocked grip, you paid the price – which often exceeded $30 for a single grip!
Borrowing and then modifying a process used by custom furniture makers for lining drawer bottoms, I developed the method I was looking for. I published an article on the technique in the Volume 7 #4 issue of RodMaker.
Shortly thereafter, I decided that there was no need to use expensive cork as the core for flocked grips. I began experimenting with mixing, pouring and shaping my own urethane foam to use as flocking cores. Hold this thought
Down in Texas Andy Dear had purchased a large quantity of cork grips from the old All Star Rod Company operation. In an attempt to salvage some of the lesser quality cork and create something more novel at the same time, Andy had begun experimenting with glass and carbon sleeving as a covering for the cork. Hold this thought €¦
In 2006, shortly after researching and publishing an article on Rod Grip Ergonomics (Volume 10 #3) I began toying with the idea of fitting a fly rod with a carbon fiber grip. The increased rigidity it would provide over a standard cork grip was bound to increase control and reduce fatigue. Trouble was, any such grip would be limited in size and shape to the commercially available non-tapered carbon tubes often sold for making Tennessee handles. Or so I thought.
One afternoon while conferring with Andy on another matter, we spilled our current projects to each other. In an instant, peanut butter and chocolate collided. A unique idea was borne that day – combining a lightweight, rigid, shaped urethane-foam core with an outer skin of carbon-fiber. Within 72 hours afterwards, the world’s first urethane-core/carbon-fiber skinned fishing rod grip was a reality.
Maybe not exactly delicious, but innovative and important nonetheless, that first grip appeared on the cover of the Volume 10 #5 issue of RodMaker. An article on making your own cores and how to €œskin € them followed in the Volume 10 #6 issue. Scores of rod builders picked up the technique from there and a few are even producing them commercially today. Now you know how they came to be.
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