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#1 pennman

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Posted October 15 2006 - 8:04 PM

I have 3 really pretty Kunnan rods in like new condition. Does anyone have any idea as to what they are worth? I don't see many of them at the "fisherman's flea markets", so I have no idea as to their value. I've used the 7' boat rod for blues and stripers and the 7' spinning rod for fresh water species and find both to be every bit as good (maybe better!) as the Fenwicks and customs I normally use. Anyone know anything about these beauties?


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Posted October 15 2006 - 8:15 PM

I had a Kunnan fresh water spinning rod years ago. First time fishing it, was very cold and rod broke on hookset, first and last time that has ever happened to me, needless to say I never bought another Kunnan rod. Funny thing is I have heard alot of good things about Kunnan rods since then, not sure what thir value is but they are difinetely not in the collectible category



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Posted October 15 2006 - 8:25 PM


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Originally Posted by Seidner


I had a Kunnan fresh water spinning rod years ago. First time fishing it, was very cold and rod broke on hookset, first and last time that has ever happened to me, needless to say I never bought another Kunnan rod. Funny thing is I have heard alot of good things about Kunnan rods since then, not sure what thir value is but they are difinetely not in the collectible category





That's pretty much what I suspected. These are rods which will probably remain in my "to use occasionally" collection since I really like the two I've used (haven't used the 8' down rigger yet). Speaking of rods breaking, I once had a St.Croix which, for the lack of a better description, practically exploded on hookset.......scared the bejeebers out of me! I haven't used another St.Croix since.


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Posted August 23 2009 - 3:24 PM

Kunan Rods were produced in California. They manufactured (at the time) one of the best production fiberglass rods availble. The plant burnt down and they rebuilt it, started producing rods again then ... yeah thats right, it burnt down again. This time they never came back. They are extremely sought after on the west coast and still in my opinion one of the very best glass rods I have ever encountered.



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Posted August 23 2009 - 3:49 PM

I have 6 Kunnan's 8 & 9' Models They are all Kunnan Graphite Classic 96's 2 ea 9' casting 2 ea 9' downrigger or mooching rods and 2 ea 8' spinning. Got them some years ago at Kmart on a closeout for $25.00 bucks apiece. Great little rods especially at that steal of a price.Don't us them a bunch anymore,but a great rod when you need one for out of town guests.



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Posted August 23 2009 - 4:17 PM

I have 3 really pretty Kunnan rods in like new condition. Does anyone have any idea as to what they are worth? I don't see many of them at the "fisherman's flea markets", so I have no idea as to their value. I've used the 7' boat rod for blues and stripers and the 7' spinning rod for fresh water species and find both to be every bit as good (maybe better!) as the Fenwicks and customs I normally use. Anyone know anything about these beauties?


They were low end stuff. Not worth much.


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Posted August 23 2009 - 6:22 PM

It's true that they were inexpensive. I bought a whole bunch of the 8' steelhead blanks from Dale Clemens at closeout prices. I built them all out as downrigger rods for the steelehead and salmon charter boats in Sodus Pt., NY. The captains who got them loved them and they were very dissapointed to find that they could not get anymore. They were used hard day in and day out. The failure rate was very low considering the abuse they took.
I know they are not really collectable, but they certainly wern't junk. I still have a few of them myself.
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Posted August 23 2009 - 6:47 PM

FYI , i was at the rissa show and there was a man who had purchased the rights to manufacture the kunnan rods again and he had a whole both of them on display, i have used kunnan rods and still have my salmon and steelhead rod and fish them in january and febuary in pulaski and never had an issue with them and would purchase more without thinking twice great rod for the money



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Posted August 23 2009 - 6:58 PM

I have a couple of Kunnans I use and they're definitely not junk. Use em and abuse em


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Posted August 23 2009 - 7:45 PM

Well I have 14 AND ALWAYS looking to add a couple more ,i have some great trolling rods, with 6 aftco rollers, fuji seat which i am sure sold for more than 24.95 same as couple other trolling rods with aftco rollers, then regular boat rods, (spiral graphite tech) Fuji Guides these are the Hot rails and Boat master, also have several Kunnan Graphite Competitor (spinning rods) all 7ft ,they are a deep green and one is a honey brown, also have a real pretty blue boat rod, One or two members on this forum made a mistake and sold/traded me for a spinning rod and boat rod and now sort of hinted they would like them back, Not A Chance.

Kunnan are now made in China, some tackle shops still have a few blanks laying around, most wont part with them.
I have been told the spiral tech graphite was ahead of it's time ???

I am not ready to part with mine Al



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Posted August 23 2009 - 8:25 PM

I have seven of them, most are 8 to 8-1/2 foot steelhead rods. All graphite.

Bought them back in the early 80's.

Not cheap as most say, but good moderate priced rods.

NW Steelheading is tough on rods, they have held up well. Enough backbone for plunking and good sensitivity. I have even used them on the boat for King Salmon.

If they came back I would not hesitate to buy more!



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Posted August 25 2009 - 1:51 PM

FWIW, I'm a big fan of the old Kunan graphite rods.



I saw a rack of new Kunan fly rods at one of my local shops not even a week ago. No, not the classic Kunnans rather the new "made in China" Kunans.

Seemed like an OK rod, bit pricey perhaps (but that could be the shop, it's one of the more expensive stores in the area).



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Posted August 25 2009 - 4:26 PM

The old Kunnan's had a lifetime replacement policy.That was untill they burnt and went out of business.They were great rods for a resonable price.


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Posted August 26 2009 - 8:36 PM

Kunnan made a great rod! They were only cheap because the remaining stock was auctioned off after the the company went out of business because the two fires. Before their troubles, I remember the rods being in the $70 to $100 dollar range. I bought 3 boat and bait casting rods at the clearance prices over 20 years ago and still use them. Great stiffness and really durable. Wish I had bought more. Use those rods! I have also heard that the new rods are made in China and are Kunnan in name only.



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Posted August 26 2009 - 10:25 PM

I have two graphite Kunnan trollers as well.... my Dad bought them back in something like the mid 70's to early 80's... I keep them attached to the overhead of my cuddy as backup's for guest. They are trees compared to my Lamiglas and Shimano graphites, but they are work horses and take abuse from kids or those 'stick bangers' from the city. Mine look like the have some version of early Fuji style guides.... heavy and clunky by todays standards...
I actually walked out to see what I have mounted on them.... one has an old Penn 706 and the other is a Edward Vom Hofe 'Universal Star' #621 reel with one of those old leather thumb drags (wonder what it's worth) still decked out with some of that old heavy multi-colored dacron braided line (just when I thought he only used Mono). They are kind of cool.... real 'old school' gear.

It would be really interesting to dig around and see the 'what-where-when-why' behind these rods. And the value of some of the old equipment that went with it. I have six packs of mooching rigs from the old Beaverton Bazaar store... it went out of business back in the late 70's.


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