CND's founder and owner, Nobuo Nodera, started his double-handed journey in 1983 when he became the chief rod designer for Daiwa Sport UK. As well as designing some of the all-time classic double-handed rods like the famous Daiwa Amorphous, he also gave a young Simon Gawesworth his first job in the industry.
From the beginning, CND was an industry leader in rod design. The Specialist Series featuring the Thompson Specialist and later the Salar, Steelhead and the Skagit Specialists along with the I-Speys solidified CND as the industry leader in cutting edge design.
The owner of the very first Steelhead Specialist, none other than Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard, dubbed CND as this "funky little underground spey company making cutting edge stuff".
To this day "The Spey Underground" continues to lead the industry in design.
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