Installing The Tip Top Guide On A Fishing Rod

Installing The Tip Top Guide On A Fishing Rod

Tip Top Install and Replacement

The tip top guides are the easiest component to install, and even repair.

As long as you have the right size for your rod, all you really need to do is make sure the tip area is clean (especially if it is a repair), and that you follow the gluing procedure listed below.  It is not complicated, but does need to be done correctly.

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Installing The Foregrip On A Fishing Rod Blank

Installing The Foregrip On A Fishing Rod Blank

What Are Foregrips and Winding Checks?

Fishing rod handles and foregrips (the part above the reel seat) are highly customizable and can be built for lightness, durability, ease of use, and even for specific applications.

The Winding Check is a small ring of rubber, metal, or plastic that goes on the front end of the foregrip.  It hides rough edges from the fitting process and adds a finished appearance.

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Mounting The Reel Seat On A Fishing Rod Blank

Mounting The Reel Seat On A Fishing Rod Blank

What Is A Reel Seat?

A reel seat is a fishing rod component that basically holds the reel to the rod, usually using locking metal rings or sliding bands.

Reel seats always have larger inside diameters than the fishing rod blanks they will be installed on.  To get the reel seat to fit properly on the blank, we need to build arbors.

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Building The Handle On A Fishing Rod Blank

Building The Handle On A Fishing Rod Blank

Rod Handle Options

Fishing rod handles are one of the most customizable components in custom rod building.  Rod handles can be built for lightness, durability, ease of use, and even for specific applications.

Handles made from cork and EVA foam are extremely popular due to price, durability, and ease of use when building a custom fishing rod.

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Finding The Spine On A Fishing Rod Blank

Finding The Spine On A Fishing Rod Blank

So What Is A Fishing Rod Spine?

Almost all rod blanks are produced by wrapping graphite and/or fiberglass around a steel mandrel.  This process causes a slight deviation in the material which results in softer and stiffer sides to the rod blank, and is commonly referred to as the spine.

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