Instead, I wonder why more manufacturers and shops don't start throwing curve-balls, change-ups and ... screwballs, instead of all fast-balls? Maybe the market I imagine to be there isn't really there at a large enough scale to make it worthwhile. Maybe it's only big enough for McFarland, Steffen, Paddock, etc. But guys like me who have e-v-e-r-y fast graphite rod they could use in a lifetime (they all have warranties that last that long, after all) are starting to look more and more for something different. That's what I see anecdotally, at least, and I don't mean the guys hanging out on this forum.
I agree a bit.
I gentlema I now who designs rods for a smaller company up here asked for input on any rods "not out there" on the market, and I had asked if he ever considered a fiberglass rod and essentailly brushed the idea off. This coming from the company that designed a graphite rod to act like bamboo (which aparently it does coming from a local boo guy) which is essentially what glass already does.
Companies are usually relectant to offer a series of rods that fulfills only a niche market because it is hard to build and sell enough o make costs worthwhile. That being said, you can see some of those niche rods coming out like the BASS series frrom Sage, or the 99 series.
The smaller guys like Mike, Fred, and Mark (Mcfarland, Paddock, Steffen)are able to build rods as the orders come in.