A Documentary History of Sila-Flex Fishing Rods, 1948-1963
Todd E.A. Larson
BOOK DETAILS8.5" x 11" Softcover • 254 Pages • Black and White Images
Sila-Flex was the product of five men who originated the first hollow fiberglass fishing rods while working for National Research & Manufacturing Company (NARMCO) in Corona Del Mar, California in 1946. Having gained experience impregnating fiberglass for airplane parts during World War II, the NARMCO team, led by Herb Jenks, developed the first fiberglass fishing rods made by using a removable metal mandrel, leaving the glass rods hollow.
In 1948 five men who founded the Conolon rod division at NARMCO left to found their own company, which they called Pacific Laminates Company in Orange, California, soon moving to a state-of-the-art factory in Costa Mesa. Here, the firm utilized the methods they had pioneered at NARMCO and added new developments, aided by Herb Jenks' numerous patents, to launch the legendary Sila-Flex line of fishing rods. Considered by many to be the finest rods of their era, Sila-Flex launched in 1949 and in the ensuing thirteen years crafted blanks and finished rods for all types and kinds of fishing, from delicate fly rods to deep sea trolling rods.
Here, for the first time ever, is the history of this great firm as told by the documents, catalogs, and articles that it produced. It also contains a detailed history of the firm by Dr. Todd E.A. Larson and a foreword written by Warren Jenks, brother of Pacific Laminate's co-founder Herb Jenks and himself a manufacturer's rep for Sila-Flex up until the time it was sold to Browning in 1963.
This book contains all Sila-Flex catalogs for the entire era that it produced rods, as well as the introductory Browning-Silaflex catalog from 1963, as well as a plethora of appendices, ads, etc..