What's happening with Calstar Rods?

Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by Marc S, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Whalebreath

    Whalebreath Well-Known "Member"

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    Blame Salmon fishermen-they started it.
     
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    IMG-20180506-WA0000.jpeg I know there is someone still alive that can make the old harnell ,and trueline jig Sticks.

    Or at least clone one. I also have both graphite and glass rods.

    I love my unite composites rods, I have two that are almost my favorite sticks.
    I fish my calstar 100j 690j and 540. You know, when you buy a calstar blank it is just quality. Calstar is also very reasonably priced. Sam at island tackle has them both in stock calstar ,and ,United composites. He also has great advice for rod builders.

    But ,I have two Harnells, that are my favorite rods. And boy do they chuck jigs a country mile. It's like the rods want to cast for you, they are smooth and comfortable.
     
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    This is for Randy Penny, " United composites". Twenty pound yellow tail on an fx 90. The same rod won a jack pot on the indeIndepend two years ago. It is my go to stick for everything.
     
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    Not related to the OP, and necro thread to boot... Would probably be better off to start a new thread? Likely get more traction and direct input I would think.
     
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    swami 805 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I still fish my calstars, never been a fan of all graphite in the salt.Seeker makes Truline clones, would be cool if they made a 724,count me in. Every business has bumps in the road hopefully Calstar will be around for a long time.
     
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    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You mean a XF90? Damn, I would have loved to see the bend in that rod while fighting that fish.

    I used to have that rod and looking back, probably should have kept it. Traded it for a dumb SKB that I don't even have anymore. OTOH I am happy with my 80Mag.
     
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    Calstar, Seeker, and UC need to start adding Reel Seats and thinner grips on their rods particularly the 9-foot rods. These rods need to become baitcaster friendly, that's one of the reasons for the popularity of Phenix.
     
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    Leon Tood wrapped my 1st rod, a 7ft Roddy when I was in High School in
    the 60's. Caught my 1st everything with that rod on Pacific Queen with
    the late Legend Eddie McEwen. Now a 10 Calstar owner for years. I miss
    seeing Leon and chatting at shows. Few years ago I heard at show he had an
    illness (unknown), and heard they were looking for a buyer worthy of taking
    over the legendary Company and quality rod making. Hopefully they will, or keep going,
    and Leon is OK. Anyone else know?
     
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    I think a Calstar is back up and running at full speed. They've added new rods to their catalog. A year ago Bob Sands in Van Nuys had very few Calstars now they're fully stocked with Grafighters GG's and West Coast rods.

    Like I said earlier their rods need to cater to the new saltwater baitcaster like the Lexa.
     
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    Island tackle has calstar in stock. Pretty much anything you want.

    The question, or statement about ,United composites, thickness.

    The XF series is very ,bait caster, friendly. I had to build up the blank to mount the FX 400 in my pic.
    Get your next rod custom wrapped, it doesn't cost much more, and you can get any thing you want. Including reel seats. Remember you will have the rod the rest of your life.

    http://www.unitedcompositesusa.com/rods/gusa/
     
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    the Long Fin has always had plenty of Calstar Rods in stock.
     
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    The 9' rods don't come with reel seats. Most new Anglers who want to buy a high-end Rod are not going to go the custom route.
     
  15. ☆THRASHER☆

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    Lexa 400 is some fun stuff. 20180610_215707.jpg
     
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    What you making fun of ME?
     

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