Read about the all-new premium molded winding checks and learn some cool ways to customize rods with these colored winding checks.
Why Add Winding Checks to Your Fishing Rod?
Winding checks are an easy way to upgrade any rod build with a smooth, sleek finished appearance.
Adding these CRB Colored Silicone Winding Check is not only easy, it also produces the professional look that custom rod building is all about.
Winding Checks in 8 Cool Colors!
Considering each winding check is designed to accentuate the rod’s unique yet professional exterior, CRB added these 8 awesome new colors for rod builders to choose from…
CRB Colored Silicone Winding Check Colors:
Sizing Your Rod’s Winding Checks
Although all rod blanks have a taper from the butt to the rod tip, this taper can look quite different depending on the rod blank and it’s designated application. For example, the taper of an offshore trolling rod is much different than that of an ultralight rod for freshwater.
This tapered feature is important for the blank’s performance, yet it makes accurate blank measurements more difficult to find. Since winding checks serve as decorative and professional accents, you want each one to fit on the rod blank with precision for a clean, custom look.
Whether resting against your fighting butt, reel seat, or foregrip, winding checks come in accurate inner diameter sizes to fit and enhance the appearance of your custom fishing rod.
I.D. Sizes for CRB Colored Silicone Winding Checks:
- 0.300” (7.62mm)
- 0.375” (9.53mm)
- 0.450” (11.43mm)
- 0.520” (13.21mm)
- 0.600” (15.24mm)
O.D. Measurements for New CRB Winding Checks:
- 0.501” (12.73mm)
- 0.587” (14.91mm)
- 0.661” (16.79mm)
- 0.743” (18.87mm)
- 0.856” (21.74mm)
7 Basic Steps to Size Custom Winding Checks
Since rod blanks have various tapers, follow these steps for the proper way to measure your rod blank and add winding checks:
1. Prepare Rod Building Tools
To accurately add winding checks, you will need your handle materials, some epoxy, a china marker, and a tool to measure the rod blank. For blank measurements, we recommend the precision of Digital Calipers because whether measuring in millimeters or inches, digital calipers give you the exact measurement.
2. Plan Out the Rod’s Handle Assembly
Next, lay the rod blank down on a work table to decide where to want to mount the reel seat. Once identified, move on to the marking the location for the other handle components.
By lining the remaining parts of the handle alongside the rod blank, it creates an exact blueprint of your handle assembly and its spacing.
3. Mark Spots for Winding Checks on the Rod Blank
Popular spots for winding checks are areas up against grips that could benefit from the slope of the winding check back down to the rod blank.
To identify and later measure the spots for winding checks, start by taking a china marker and labeling each spot where you want to add a winding check.
4. Get Measurements for Each Winding Check Location
Digital Calipers gather precise readings, making them perfect for measuring the many components of custom rod building and among these custom components are winding checks.
To best fit your winding checks, record the location and measurement of each winding check together. Recording this information and keeping it organized helps when it comes time to select and order the individual winding checks.
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5. Order Your Winding Checks
Now with the measurements for each winding check, go to Mud Hole’s Winding Check category and pick out the ones you want to add to your custom rod.
6. Double Check the Winding Check Sizes
As you decide what winding checks will look the best, some may not come in the exact measurement you have, but that’s OK. When this happens, order the size above your measurement if it’s aluminum or another hard, inflexible material.
For example, lets say the measurement for your winding check is like the one above: 11.76 millimeters, yet the only sizes online are 11.5 or 12. Simply select the size 12 winding check because it will give you the most adequate fit with epoxy underneath.
But if it’s rubber, vinyl, or silicone, you can stretch the winding checks in order to fit slightly wider measurements on the blank.
7. Install Your New Winding Checks
The first thing to remember is you need to install the winding checks as you build your handle assembly. For example, if you are building a split grip, you typically install the butt end first.
Once the butt end has been glued, you can slide the two winding checks down the rod blank before gluing up your rear grip. Then continue gluing the reel seat and foregrip, but finish off the top of the foregrip with another winding check to bring it all together.
Winding checks are an awesome upgrade that really puts the “custom” in custom rod building.
Read more about How to Size Winding Checks in our blog.
Frequently Asked Questions for Winding Checks
Below are some common questions that rod builders ask about winding checks.
What if the exact size of my rod blank isn’t available in a winding check?
This answer depends on the material the winding check is made from.
For instance with aluminum winding checks, builders will have to go up an I.D. size so that it will fit in the correct place. But with rubber, vinyl, or silicone, builders can stretch these winding checks to an extent and fit a slightly larger inner diameters.
Are silicone winding checks compatible with epoxy?
Yes—if you only apply the epoxy up to the winding check, but if you are looking to encompass the winding check in epoxy—then silicone winding checks are not your best bet.
Do winding checks really do anything?
For appearance purposes, yes. Winding checks add a sleek, professional profile to the rod that custom rod builders and customers alike love to see. Although winding checks don’t effect performance, they definitely boost a custom rods finished look.
Custom Rod Building Ideas with Winding Checks
Check out these cool custom ideas for winding checks to get your gears turning for your next rod build!
Match the Winding Check Colors with Your Rod Blank
Try Stacking the Winding Checks
Use Winding Checks as Trim Bands with Decals