Does anyone remember Kunnan rods?

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  1. Bill Johnson

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    Gatorator - that's a 3 wt? That is impressive.
     
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    Do you still have your noodle rods and would you be interested in selling one. Mark Piper=mgp0657@shaw.ca
     
  3. Jerry Daschofsky

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    You sure? Wonder if its a majorly old stock sitting on the shelf? I know when they stopped making fishing rods (a fire I believe) they still had their golf shaft division still operating.

    I still have several Kunnans. 2 of the noodle rods being sought after (were my Dads doubt I'd sell them). Have a bigger 3 piece 12'. Looks like a heavy pinning rod. Small eyes like a pin/baitcaster.
     
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    the fishing tackle store in sandy oregon was selling them last summer bought two 6wt fly rods 50 bucks a piece with labels attached.
     
  5. Manofsteelhead

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    I own a Kunnnan 5/6 wt 8'6" fly rod that I purchased about 4 years ago, this little fly rod casts very accuratly and is fun to fish with, because it is so easy to use, these guys still make fishing rods but only one fly rod the model KIM7-862F-56, these guys are not cheap just very inexpensive. I have used mine alot and it has held up very well, still looks new, this rod looks alot more expensive than it actually is, it is a two piece rod with full wells handle and nice reel seat with a cherry wood insert. When I purchased this fly rod I did so to replace a rod that had broken and the only fly rod the store carried at the time, but after I took it fishing I realised what a bargan this rod truly is...
     
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    they still make them,maybe not a noodle type rod but a good rod, I just purchased an 8'6" Kunnan medium action 8-17lb line weight bait caster this spring, it is a good looking rod dark green finish with cork handles and it is sensitive and light weight, I really like mine.
     
  7. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Hmmmmm, they must literally put them back into production. I know they've been making golfshafts for years, and since they were making broom handles, they were making some deep sea rods. I loved thier old brown blanks. Those were the best (spiraltech) rods, especially for the money. Had thier 8'6" 8-12# spiraltech and that baby landed alot of fish until I finally got rid of it when it hit it's service life.
     
  8. jay.bauer@salestechnics.com

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    the same thing just happened to me, behind my freezer in my garage i found a dirty tube in it was a Kunnan backpacking rod that i purchased from REI in the 80's and may have used twice. it is a 74775 7'6" 4-5 wt rod 4 piece and it only cost 39.75 the sticker is still on the tube. in searching the web i found this thread.
     
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    Had the good fortune to find a 9 foot mooching type of salmon steelhead casting rod this week at a thrift store. It is labeled as follows:
    Kunnan Graphite Northriver, N7690XH 9' 0", 274cm, x.hvy. 15-30 Lb LINE. I've found good condition gear in thrift stores before but this is one of those exceptional finds. It appears never to have been used. Butt shows no abrasions. The cork handle is slightly longer than the usual steelhead/salmon rods I've seen. The fit and finish is really great. It does have the Fuji style reel keeper. By the way, paid $6.99.
     
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    I am a huge fan of Kunnan. I own 3 rods that were bought in the late 70's . A spinning, bait and fly. The original rods were not brown. The brown rods were the Taiwan rods. The green rods are the original and the better of the two. They were a big deal on the east coast. There factory was in South Carolina. This is where the fire was. If you can find a green rod in good condition, buy it. You won't be disappointed.
     
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    I've got a Kunnan 9' 8 wt, bought it to use steelheading, but for some reason never got used to it. Still around, though. Open to offers.
     
  12. freestoneangler

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    Yup. Still have a baitcaster in the rack that was my summer-run plugging rod. It's caught a bunch of fish from Blue Creek down to Bear-Rug Hole.
     
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    I had an old Kunnan 7wt. I think I got it at the Sportsman's show in Portland. Pretty slow for a graphite rod as I recall, casting a sink tip was an adventure.
     
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    I have a 6 or 7 wt. and a little spinning rod for trout with the grand-kids. The fly rod is very slow compared to the stuff I have now. I got them back when Outdoor Emporium was up on Pontius. Does anybody know that approximate date of when they moved?
     
  15. Jerry Daschofsky

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    They also had Kunnan in California. Unfortunately they sold the Green, brown, and black blanks at virtually the same time here in the NW. I'm not sure how many spiraltechs you fished, but they were fantastic! I still have two spiraltech noodle rods, one being my Dads. I also have a green blank centerpin rod by Kunnan. I also had a couple of the green mooching rods, they were great. But wouldn't say the best. I wish I hadn't sold off a lot of those brown blanked rods.