Finding the words "Made in USA" printed on a fishing rod or reel is a rare experience these days. The pressure to provide consumers with priced-right products that feature high-end components forces many manufacturers to make their products overseas. During our testing, we were delighted to find five manufacturers who still make rods--great-quality rods--in the United States.
The BuCoo Micro and Cara T7 are good examples of the light-yet-durable rods for which Falcon has become known in recent years. Each is handcrafted in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
St. Croix continues to create some of the most innovative fishing rods in the world in their Park Falls, Wis., facility, where the company's engineers continuously strive for advancements in high-modulus and high-strain-rate materials, such as its new LegendXtreme rods.
Lamiglas is a rod-building giant that many American anglers have never heard of. Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, in Woodland, Wash., the company builds each rod one at a time. With more than 300 models, that's quite an undertaking. The components of every Lamiglas rod work together in perfect harmony, as evidenced by 2013's Infinity line.
But Lamiglas isn't the only rod maker in Woodland. G.Loomis has been producing quality fishing tackle from its headquarters there for decades. As is the case every year, Loomis continues to bring unique rods to the marketplace, and this year's GLX is no exception.
Trey Kistler, the son of one of the founders of All Star rods, started making rods in his garage, but his company now churns out some of the finest bass-fishing rods money can buy at Kistler Rods' Magnolia, Tex., facility, including the new-for-2013 Carbon Steel line.
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