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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:56 pm • #  
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Hey Mates,

Here is some 1958 Narmco Conolon advertising material.

First a letter about the "Selling Book" to retailers.
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5800 Conolon sales_letter.jpg

Next more about the Selling Book from the 4-page, so-called "Counter Attack" mentioned at the bottom of the letter. Hmmm ... facts for the sportsman and the retailer. So, is this a trade catalog or a consumer catalog?
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5800 Conolon Counter_Attack 2 Selling_Book.jpg

And then, the actual cover.
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5800 Conolon catalog 001 cover.jpg

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:03 am • #  
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Here is more from the Counter Attack.
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5800 Conolon Counter_Attack 1 front.jpg

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OMG a mouse pad prior to the invention of the personal computer. Does anyone have some of this cool stuff?


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Pages 8 and 9 mentioned in the letter.
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5800 Conolon catalog 008 Color.jpg

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A couple more selling points.
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5800 Conolon catalog 005 Conolock.jpg

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:13 am • #  
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The 1959 catalog with some high tech marketing.
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Whoops, I forgot to include content from the 1958 catalog introducing Missilite - Narmco's biggest selling point at the time.
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Hi John,
Great advertisements and information. Beautiful scans. Thanks for sharing with us.
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John,

A very informative and interesting post. :clap
After reading the various pages I had many questions and a desire to read the entire history of the fiberglass fishing rod. I would especially like to hear how the progression from fiberglass to boron, to Kevlar, to graphite was made although I'm not sure that was the correct order of evolution.

Does anyone actually have a Conolon Missilite rod? Does it feel quite different from other fiberglass rods? Does it really not have a spline? This post sure gets your curiosity going, at least mine anyways.

Thanks John,
Kind Regards,
Bill :tup :tup


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Hey Dennis2149 and GreatLaker,

I’m glad you like the images and information.


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Does anyone actually have a Conolon Missilite rod?

Well, the Teeny-Tiny fly and spinning rods have Missilite blanks (although not labeled on the decal – whereas there are also Missilite-labeled rods).
Teeny-Tiny Twins ~1957 by Narmco Conolon

I would also speculate that it is likely Garcia Companion rods with Thermotex blanks (’59) and Garcia Conolon rods (‘60+) were Missilite. Otherwise, Narmco would have needed 2 different manufacturing processes – 1 for Garcia-branded rods and 1 for Conolon-branded rods.

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Does it feel quite different from other fiberglass rods?

The comparison would be to earlier fiberglass rods. Yes, Missilite is noticeably stiffer, but still with soft/slow action. First generation fiberglass rods are much wispier.

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Does it really not have a spline?

Well, likely less of a spline compared to earlier blanks – but even modern graphite blanks get spine tested/placed by custom rod wrappers.

Just by rotating a couple Missilite rods between my fingers, I could not feel a spline. I did not do bend testing for the spine.

I could feel a spline in a couple of my early ‘50s custom-wrapped Sila-flex rods. I got a little angry that it was 90° to the right of the line guides versus aligned with or opposite to the guides. But then, I read that was also a recommended approach - providing equal forward and back flex, while aligned or opposite is never perfect resulting in a slight sideways flex (or so the argument goes).

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... I had many questions and a desire to read the entire history of the fiberglass fishing rod. I would especially like to hear how the progression from fiberglass to boron, to Kevlar, to graphite was made although I'm not sure that was the correct order of evolution.

I would try some internet searching. You will likely find some helpful articles and blogs. (Books I have, I would not recommend for your interests.)

John


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