Fishing rods made out of carrots

I might have known – as soon as I purchase a new carbon rod (more on that in a few weeks) they bring out a new material for rods – Carrots

carrot rod

Two Fife scientists have developed a new material made from carrots to replace glass fibre found in everything from fishing rods to car parts.

The inventors, Dr David Hepworth and Dr Eric Whale, plan to start selling fishing rods made from the material, called Curran, next month.

They then hope to move on to carrot fibre snow boards.

The material is billed as a revolutionising performance product with unique strength and weight.

I can just see us all in 20 years – “oh yes, I was there at the start of the carrot revolution”

Source: BBC Rods will be a carrot to the fish

[tags]fishing rod design,carrot rods [/tags]


  1. Raif · February 9, 2007

    I heard about the carrot business on Radio 5 Live in the small hours last Wednesday – I thought I might be hearing things. In fact, I posted something to that effect on my blog ( about the same time you posted here. I searched the news pages at the BBC but couldn’t find anything. Your post and your link to the BBC article has cleared everything up just great – Thanks!

  2. Alistair · February 9, 2007

    I think we all posted at roughly the same time – I thought I had a nice wee scoop and then found that just about everyone had got there before me πŸ™‚

    Nice blog – I will add you to my links !


  3. David · February 9, 2007

    Before you get too excited about a carrot vegetable ror revolution. Read the patent. It does not state and improvement over carbon fibre composites. The patent only “suggests” and improved stiffnes and strength ove glass fibre composites. See the patent link attached.

  4. Alistair · February 9, 2007

    Great find David πŸ™‚

  5. Raif · February 9, 2007

    That’s a pity about the patent, I was looking forward to the ‘carrot take-over’ when I’d have been able to call myself ‘old school’ with my carbon rods πŸ˜‰ Changes in technology are interesting but what is their worth in fishing..?

    OK, sometimes quite a lot!

    But, if my old glass fly rods had not worn out I’d still be using them. My homemade 8 1/2′ Fibatube was lovely, none of my carbon rods compare.

  6. Alistair · February 9, 2007

    I think some manufacturers are starting to produce glass rods again are they not ?
    Its funny that – I always wonder what happens to all those great fly rods from, say, 20 years ago. Are they all just sitting in cuboards somewhere ?

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