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Russ Peak Graphite Rods
Posted by: Jack Duncan (---.sd.sd.cox.net)
Date: March 12, 2019 08:25PM

Russ Peak was of course famous for his fiberglass fly rods, which he rolled himself. When graphite became popular he also crafted a few graphites. Does anyone know who rolled the rod blanks for him? And about when they came on the market? I've found an 8' 3/4/5 wt. labeled "Cairnton Chalk Stream " and I'd like to learn more about it.
Thanks

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Re: Russ Peak Graphite Rods
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: March 12, 2019 08:38PM

I believe that Kerry Burkheimer purchased the remnants of Russ's operation. Not sure who rolled the carbon blanks for Russ but it may have been JK Fisher or Scott. I just can't quite remember.

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Re: Russ Peak Graphite Rods
Posted by: Ladd Flock (---.hsd1.ct.comcast.net)
Date: March 12, 2019 10:54PM

Hi Jack,

Talon Graphite rolls a blank series called Cairnton: [www.talon-graphite.com]

And, Talon rolls a blank series called Chalkstream for Anglers Workshop [www.anglersworkshop.com]

May want to give Talon a call to inquire about their older blank series: [www.talon-graphite.com]

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Re: Russ Peak Graphite Rods
Posted by: Bill Hickey (---.nycap.res.rr.com)
Date: March 14, 2019 10:29AM

According to a book I have on Fiberglass Fly Rods, Russ Peak did his fiberglass blanks at Conolon and Sila-flex. The book does not state where his Graphite came from, maybe try contacting Kerry Burkheimer, like Tom K said, he did wind up with the Peak equipment and they were friends, with Peak teaching Kerry about blank rolling and rod building. If anyone would know where the graphite came from, it would be him.

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Re: Russ Peak Graphite Rods
Posted by: Jack Duncan (---.sd.sd.cox.net)
Date: March 16, 2019 03:58PM

Thanks Guys. I will contact Kerry. I should have thought of that myself.

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