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