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How do these rods compare to other high end rods?

I was told they make there own blanks & components. Which seems like a bit of a stretch
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Go talk to Dave. I know he bought Talon and their blanks are made in Woodland. I have a 9'6" 360 rod and it is as good as any rods out there. The components are as good if not better than many.
How do these rods compare to other high end rods?

I was told they make there own blanks & components. Which seems like a bit of a stretch
I believe they use North Fork Composites blanks designed and made by Gary Loomis in Woodland.
I've got a couple being built right now from blanks from North Fork Composites. But i can't tell you how they fish yet. I'm thinking this 15-40 - 360 blank is going to be a winner. Soft tip, with some back bone at the base.


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I've got a couple being built right now from blanks from North Fork Composites. But i can't tell you how they fish yet. I'm thinking this 15-40 - 360 blank is going to be a winner. Soft tip, with some back bone at the base.


Kirk
I built two of their 360 rods, a 12-30lb for the Columbia and a 10-20lb for the Willamette. They fish great!
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Dave is great. He built a rod for me about five years ago. It was nice that I was able to pick out the color of the wrap. 9鈥 6鈥 6-12#. My favorite steelhead rod.
I believe they use North Fork Composites blanks designed and made by Gary Loomis in Woodland.
I don't think he uses Northfork Blanks. I think Brad Loomis of Patriot Blanks builds the blanks for Dave. Like I said, go talk to Dave and ask him questions.
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Dave is great. He built a rod for me about five years ago. It was nice that I was able to pick out the color of the wrap. 9鈥 6鈥 6-12#. My favorite steelhead rod.
I went and talked to him about that very thing. He said he pretty much does not build custom rods. If I wanted a rod built it would have to be in bright green or orange. Also he said he said he used to work for lamiglas and does build his own blanks. The reason for the funny colors is you can see your rod well in low light conditions. I checked out a lot of his salmon rods. Had him bend a couple for me . I have to say there pretty sweet.
How do these rods compare to other high end rods?
In short, they don't compare.

Last I heard they were Patriot blanks, but I'm not 100% sure.


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I've got a couple being built right now from blanks from North Fork Composites. But i can't tell you how they fish yet. I'm thinking this 15-40 - 360 blank is going to be a winner. Soft tip, with some back bone at the base.


Kirk
The 360 pro 925, is a great rod, I run them a lot.


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I went and talked to him about that very thing. He said he pretty much does not build custom rods. If I wanted a rod built it would have to be in bright green or orange. Also he said he said he used to work for lamiglas and does build his own blanks. The reason for the funny colors is you can see your rod well in low light conditions. I checked out a lot of his salmon rods. Had him bend a couple for me . I have to say there pretty sweet.
I guess I got lucky. He personally didn鈥檛 build mine, but I was able to pick the color of the thread, teal.
In short, they don't compare.

Last I heard they were Patriot blanks, but I'm not 100% sure.


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You are 100% correct that they don鈥檛 compare, I didn鈥檛 have to pay $500 plus for mine.
You are 100% correct that they don鈥檛 compare, I didn鈥檛 have to pay $500 plus for mine.
Nice!
Have a question about NW Rods?
Call the owner up or stop by his shop and get the straight scoop. I stopped by yesterday to buy some blanks and grips and the front door was wide open. Shot the bs for 30 minutes.
Remember to factor in the divide by two theory when asking opinion on an Internet forum.


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I've got a Berkley Air 15-50 and another one 20-65# that i like the action on fairly well. I'm hoping for a similar action. I should have them fairly soon and find out... One of them is a birthday present for the Admiral. Kirk
I own seven of his rods and love them all and will get more. Only thing different with the edge rods they are lighter.
Also own loomis and lamiglas which are good rods but if I rated the four I would go this way:
1--Edge
2--NW
3--Loomis
4--Lamiglas
You are 100% correct that they don鈥檛 compare, I didn鈥檛 have to pay $500 plus for mine.
In my experience Edge, NW, Lamiglas, Talon, Loomis are all in the same range. I'm sure their are specific examples of certain rods being more but the troll rods are pretty close.

I have run most of the above and never spent $500.


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I have built many many rods on NW Blanks, same with NFC, and Lami. Have had great experience with all of them I don't think you can go wrong. For me though unless someone asks for another blank in particular I personally go with Dave at NW. Blanks cost me a little less, he will sell you components, and he is such a fun guy to bs with. Ninety percent of what I build are on his 10'6 herring and his 9' one or two piece scorpion blank (360 rod). These blanks perform.
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NW Rods, Seeker and Talon along with a host of other Rods manufacturers all get their blanks from Patriot. Patriot is wholly owned by Brad Loomis. Brad also has a minority ownership in Talon. So whether you buy an Edge rod, NW rod, Talon rod, or even a G loomis rod, they all lead back to the Loomis family, and in my opinion are all great choices. They all come from Woodland WA.
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