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.

(Video tutorials included below).

Cork Foregrip Installation

This is the portion of the rod that you can customize the most.

Begin by reaming the inside diameter of the cork foregrip to fit the blank.  The best way to accomplish this is with a razor wand or Extreme Reamer.

Be careful not to ream out too much.  Ideally, the cork should fit snuggly over the blank.

Once you achieve a snug inside diameter, apply epoxy glue to the rod blank and slide the grip down the blank and into position about the reel seat.

EVA Foam Installation

Slide the grip down the blank to the binding point, where the grip first meets resistance and must stretch to continue down the rod blank, and mark your end point.

Apply the epoxy glue from the mark you made all the way to the top of the reel seat on the blank.  The glue will also act as a lubricant.

Slide the foregrip down over the glue in a turning motion and push the grip down into position.  If you need some leverage, try placing the blank’s butt end on the floor, and stand over the blank while pushing down.

Winding Check Installation

Apply a small amount of glue just in front of your foregrip, now slide your winding check down over the blank flush against your blank.

Remove any extra glue with alcohol if necessary.

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.

Foregrip and Winding Check Installation Videos

Building The Handle Refresher

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