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Jerry Kollodge at his rod building bench

Jerry was a retired aerospace engineer, that became the co-inventor of the Compound Rods, had a background for invention and development. His desire to improve the performance in fishing rods led to the development of the Compound Fishing Rods (C-Rods).

The inventors, Jerry and Debbie Kollodge, founded Sisters Compound Rods, a cottage industry, in 1996 to develop and perfect the Compound Rod. Jerry worked on the development while Debbie took care of the business matters.

Jerry had a formal background in physics and math and over 34 years experience as an aerospace research engineer. Debbie has a formal background in accounting and computer science. Collectively they had over 90 years experience fishing in freshwater lakes and streams throughout the United States as well as both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Their formal and informal backgrounds are important ingredients to the successful development of the Compound Fishing Rods.

The inspiration for the Compound Rods came early in 1995 during Jerry's maiden sturgeon fishing trip on the Columbia River. Jerry said the boat was small and the long and heavy rod, supplied by his fishing buddy, was almost unmanageable. That experience inspired some serious thought; "How could the size and weight of a rod be reduced, while increasing its casting and fishing performance?" After reviews of the options developing the Compound Rod was chosen.

Developments were first directed towards the heavy action rods (E80 Glass) for sturgeon fishing. The developed rod improved the performance in fishing and also showed excellent casting performance. That same concept was next applied to both the lighter bait rods and to spin rods. After success in those areas the same concept was applied to fly rods.

The fly rods proved to be the most challenging but were finally brought to maturity with the assistance of Phil Hager, AKA "flyfishingphil" (ffp). Phil assisted by testing, keeping records of problems found, and giving Jerry all of the info available on those problems until one was finally developed that met all of Phil's expectations in a fly rod. Phil has since acquired a license to build, market and further develop the Compound Rods.

Jerry developed these rods that are totally opposite of the "standards", in a search for a better producing rod, and here is how they are different:

With the standard rod you apply pressure (the casting movement of the arm) to the butt of the rod. This "loads" (flexes) the rod in a bending method and, when you stop moving the rod, it recovers and imparts the inertia of the flex into the line, or weight at the end of the line, and sends it off in the direction the rod is pointing. Most rods do their major flex at about the middle of the rod delivering about 50% of your effort into the casting results.

With the Compound Rod tip the slightest movement of the casting hand results in the tip "loading" (flexing) and this is immediately transmitted into the rod. Now, instead of needing to apply a great deal of power, to get the rod to "load", and "unload", enough to get a decent cast, the tip loads the rod from the top down, and recovers faster when you stop moving the hand, imparting greater inertia into the line resulting in easier, and longer, casts. The tip also amplifies what is happening at the end of the line so you better feel fish "playing" with what's on the end of the line.

If you have any questions about the rods feel free to email them to me and I'll do my best to answer them. (If they are "high-tech" questions, check the "Techie" page for answers and don't count on a "high-tech" answer from me.)

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