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Anyone heard of Kunnan Graphite Rods??


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#31 Sudsy

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Posted July 15 2007 - 7:32 PM


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Originally Posted by Crazy Alberto
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How many of you remember the original “Eagle Claw†(yellow) rods?




Gosh... after posting this... My age is showing.




“Crazy†Alberto






Still have, love and fish my old yellow Eagle Claw 3# fly rod - As a matter of fact I had it out popping for largemouth in the local lake yesterday




I also still have, love and often fish my old Kunan Advantage Plus, Sensor-Scopic freshwater bass rod. Turn a lock nut on the top of the handle and the thing extends or retracts from 5' 4" to 6'.


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#32 Fun King

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Posted July 16 2007 - 7:50 AM

I have a couple of Kunans that are still my go to sticks. One is about 7' or 7'6" and actually telescopes into the butt section, so that it packs at about 5'. I'd have to go home to check the model #'s.


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#33 Moonakis Monk

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Posted July 16 2007 - 8:27 AM

with Kunnans goes back to having bought one of the first available in central mass- according to the supplier- I have had a half dozen or so- and broke everyone, whislt I have lamiglass rods that I bought for my wife and I that are 30 + years old...

none of the Kunnans were smashed- all broke by either heavy load or rod to rod collisions...

I would definitely put them at the low end of the scale.


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#34 Shipwreck

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Posted July 16 2007 - 8:34 AM

Alberto,
I have 3 of the eagle claws spinning rods. They are fun to catch small fw bass on.
They were my Dads. I will always treasure them.


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#35 Rick7

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Posted July 16 2007 - 10:39 AM

MY 9ft competitor still is in the rotation.It has landed thousands of blues up to 21lbs,bass over 20lbs,drum over 30lbs,and sting rays of hard to fathom size
I couldn't imagine breaking that rod fighting a fish!
Their surf line had 3 lines of quality the advantage line (burgundy blank)being the cheapest,competitor line(dark green blank) was their mid grade,and the classic (black blank) was their top of the line.Wish they were still making rods,they were ahead of their time


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Posted July 16 2007 - 11:01 AM

My first fly rod, bought at Merrick Tackle Supply was a Kunnan Graphite Advantage 72910 9'0'' 274cm 10wt. I never really liked it much so it has sat in the rod rack for years. If anyone might be interested in this "rare find" PM me, maybe we could work something out.


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#37 Tunanorth

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Posted July 16 2007 - 11:16 AM

The Kunnan rod factory was owned by billionaire industrialist Kunnan Lo, who wanted to branch out from his graphite golf and tennis products.
The factory did indeed burn down, ending that venture.
It was longer ago than the old guys recall, reaching high popularity around 1985, and ending about 1988.
There was never a connection with Fenwick, just a couple of cool ads with sales manager **the late Bill Campbell** pointing at the camera and saying "Watch out Fenwick!", and announcing his intention to supplant them as the top name in factory-built rods.
This was when Fenwick was in Orange County and Kunnan USA was in suburban San Diego, most of the world thinks they are right next to each other.
They were excellent rods, I still have a golf-style shirt with the logo on it.


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#38 JimD

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Posted July 17 2007 - 10:24 AM

I still have a 7' Kunnan 96% graphite medium spinning rod in very good shape - anyone have any idea how much its worth these days?
When I purchased it new it was one of the "go to" plugging rods here in NJ.

Thanks in advance,

JimD


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Posted July 17 2007 - 11:17 AM

I have 2 noodle rods used for steelhead trout. I also had a couple plugging rods one of which I traded to Guzz. They were excellent rods for the money!


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