Hi, need to submit a 2000 words paper on the topic Fishing Rod Manufacturing. Fishing rods require to be made light, pliable and tough. This paper discusses the different manufacturing processes applied in the production of fishing rods including the Early and the modern production methods, the advantages and limitations of each method, Quality control and quality assurance.
Early fishing rods were referred to as gorges and materials used for their production included wood, bones and stones. The rods were through carving. The types of wood used were bamboo, ash wood, ironwood, lancewood, maple, Calcutta reed and malacca cane. The gorges were pointed at both ends and short with only a length of 2.54 cm. Longer rods made from simple tree branches with a length of 90cm were developed which allowed fishing from the shore. Like modern rod designs, early fishing rods also had three parts including the butt, midsection and tip. The butt had a boring base and was made from maple. the midsection was made from ironwood and the tip made from bamboo. Flexible materials such as bamboo made the tips. Strings and adhesives such as Irish glue and bone glue were used to join the three sections. Irish and bone glue absorbed water resulting in weakened rods. Developments led to the adoption of Hilton or cement glue which had waterproof qualities. Longer rods of approximately 16 to 18 feet came into the conception that had six parts for easier transportation. Wood was used as the raw material and the tip was made from whalebones (Fishing museum online, n.d)
Materials used for the production of the rods were wood, bones and stones which have high densities and low youngs modulus. They have a low ratio of youngs modulus to the density that results in heavy rods that are cumbersome to use and transport. The materials are also brittle and required great care when transporting. Production of rods was mostly on a small scale and for individual use.