Fixing and Enhancing Fly-Fishing Rod Handles

Fly-fishing takes a keen performance that depends as much on patience and focus, as it does on comfort and confidence with your equipment. The wear and tear of fishing causes handle grips to chip or slough over time, but with Winn Overwraps, you can fix your favorite fly rods for a second chance at top performance.

5 Simple Steps to Fix Fly Rod Handles

Anglers worried about weathered grips often weaken their fishing performance. Uncomfortable and distracting, damaged handles clearly don’t bring any benefits, but adding Winn Overwraps can repair and improve your handle assembly to maintain peak performance.

Repair Fly Rod Handle with Winn Overwrap

Give your favorite fly rod and its damaged handle the second chance it deserves.

Whether you use cork or EVA grips, Winn Overwraps maintain a comfort that outlasts your day and an enhanced tackiness you can trust in the toughest weather conditions.

Here are the five simple steps to fix and enhance your fly rod grips:

Step 1: Cut off the Corner to Start a Straight Edge

First, the underside of the Winn Overwrap has a backing that protects the adhesive. Keep this on until the Winn Overwrap is sized and ready for application.
Since the grip will be a spiral wrap, start from the top at a 45-degree angle and wrap the Winn Overwrap grip tape around once. Make sure you overlap the traction edges as you go, these will keep your Winn wrap from unraveling.

One wrap around will leave a corner of grip tape hanging over the edge of the handle. Mark the exposed corner and remove the grip tape. Then, cut off the exposed corner along the mark so that the start of the spiral wrap is flush with the top of the handle grip.

With the Winn Overwrap cut to fit along the top edge, dry fit the remaining grip tape and cut about an inch past where the wrap will finish.

Step 2: Place Double-Sided Tape inside Wrap

Now considering the Winn Overwrap has been roughly sized to fit, lay the grip tape down so the adhesive faces up, and then remove the backing. Next, apply double sided tape along the entirety of the Winn Overwrap’s adhesive side.

Although the Winn wrap comes with an adhesive backing, the double-sided tape only increases the adhesion to maximize your trust and confidence while fishing in the future.

Step 3: Spiral Wrap the Grip Down the Handle

With the double-sided tape in place, begin wrapping the Winn Overwrap in a spiral from the top of the handle grip to the bottom. Again, make sure the traction edges overlap on each turn around the handle to ensure the Overwrap never unravels.

Spiral Wraps are easy to install with Winn's traction edge and with a variety of colors, you can choose the best option for your custom rod.

Spiral Wraps are easy to install with Winn’s traction edges and now in a variety of colors, you can choose the best option for your custom rod.

Once you have wrapped the handle completely, repeat the first step on the bottom edge by marking and removing the Overwrap that extends past the bottom of the grip. Simply make a mark of the exposed Overwrap and unwind one turn to accurately remove the extra material.

Then, finish the grip so that the Winn Overwrap lies perfectly flush along the bottom edge of the handle.

Step 4: Measure and Apply Quick Grip Caps

As you will notice, the corner that finishes the Winn Overwrap will want to peel away. The Winn Overwrap includes a finishing tape to wrap around this edge and secure the wrap from unraveling.
Despite the adhesion of this tape and how well it works, it often leaves a look that lacks the professional finish anglers love. This is where CRB Smooth Heat Shrink Grip Tubing helps. Simply measure out two end caps and cut them from the CRB Tubing.

CRB Heat Shrink Tubing

CRB’s Smooth Heat Shrink Grip Tubing is an easy way to get a professional edge on any handle assembly.

Then apply one to the bottom edge, where the Overwrap can unravel and using a heat gun, shrink the tubing to fit around and over the end. Acting as a butt cap that holds the Winn Overwrap in place, the CRB Tubing can be used to do the same to the top edge of the grip.

Step 5: Finish Quick Grip Caps with Epoxy

The grip will now look and feel solid, but one more step ensures this peak performance will last. Use an epoxy finish, like the two-part epoxy ProKote, to seal the area between the rod blank and the CRB Tubing end caps. Sealing this weak point off keeps moisture and damaging contaminants from deteriorating the handle from the inside out.

Taking the extra step to epoxy the grip in turn preserves the handles renewed lifespan even further.

Enhance Fly-Fishing Grips

Adding Winn Overwraps to damaged grips gives your favorite fly rod that second chance it deserves. If you have chipped cork handle assemblies or EVA that’s started to deteriorate, simply add Winn Overwraps to resurrect your handle with a grip that works as great as it looks.

From repairing handles and enhancing grips, to adding more comfort and confidence to your fly rod, Winn Overwraps restore and maintain your grip’s peak performance. Simply follow this 5 Step method using your favorite Winn Overwrap,

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