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Old 30-07-2009, 05:06 AM
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I've got a spinning rod with a full cork handle and sliding reel attachment rings. I'd like to replace the entire handle with full cork (again) and a Fuji winch reel seat.

Due to the taper of the blank, will I have to strip off all of the guides on the bottom section to slide the cork rings and reel fitting down?

Advice from any experienced rod builders / repairers would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 30-07-2009, 10:08 AM
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http://www.guidesnblanks.com/tips.php has some tips on removals ive never stripped down a rod before so maybe someone more technical will come along but if its a cherished rod might be worth giving it to a rod repair like foxons in north wales (highly recommended)

or someone local

sorry i cant give you any more advice but hope that link gives you some help

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Old 30-07-2009, 12:59 PM
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Hi John,

I guess it depends on how much the rod tapers under the handle. The butt section may be parallel or more likely have only a small taper under the existing handle. In which case you could use masking tape on the blank at the top of the handle and form a parallel section, sliding the corks and reel seat on from the butt end. Add a suitable sized winding check to cover any gap between the top of the handle and the blank.

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Steve / Pete,

Thanks for your advice. The rod is cherished but low value, so much as I would love to send it to a repairer, I think a DIY approach is probably best.

In terms of the winding check, I guess this is going to be the really difficult thing to get right, as if the blank is tapered under the cork, getting a winding check to fit flush to the blank is going to mean sliding it down from the ferrule end. Then again, a rubber / flexible one could be the answer, can you buy such a thing or are they all metal / rigid?

Many thanks again

John
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In terms of the winding check, I guess this is going to be the really difficult thing to get right, as if the blank is tapered under the cork, getting a winding check to fit flush to the blank is going to mean sliding it down from the ferrule end.
Yes I didn't really think that through.

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if your using a plastic winding check good tip is to soak it in boiling water causing it to expand making your job that little bit easier to run it up the blank
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Blanker,
I could replace your cork for you etc, fit the reel seat, windining check etc. Could do a deal with you against reel?

I am experienced rod maker!
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Old 31-07-2009, 01:29 AM
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As I don't know what your rod looks like, it's a bit hard to say, BUT as opposed to worrying about a winding check, you can fill the void and create a taper up to the grip (if installed from the butt, which is what I would do.) with epoxy.

It's not hard and you can add a keeper in the new wraps you'll be using to cover the epoxy "bridge". It will work well if you have a wrapping motor turning it until it dries. If you don't have a motor... uh, stay up late... and keep turning to avoid sagging.

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