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The past few tournaments (Pro Tournaments) I have been to, I have noticed a lot of the pros wrapping their rods where the spinning reels are clamper to their rods. I have seen them use electrical tape mostly. I have noticed people like Gary Klein, Aaron Martens etc... all doing this.

How many of you do this? I must admit I dont even know the purpose of doing it. Cushion since they are holdin the rods all day? Extra security to keep the reel seat from loosening? Something else I am unaware of? I dunno. :dunno:

Does anyone here know?
 

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They are using rods without reel seats. The only method to hold on the reel is by taping them on. The tape isn't electrical type, it usually is high strength fiber glass reinforced tape or golf club handle tape. The reason for this is to place the reel exactly where you want it for balance, plus rods with seats are lighter weight because there is no metal hardware.
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I was also told, and seen a few indications at an out of the way Amistad tackle store, that some folks do it for grip. Similar to a baseball bat when you were young.

Perry
 

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jared,
that's known as a "tennessee wrap" ... when i build spinning rods, most of the time i'll put just a simple reel seat & a very small piece of cork. ----this picture is an ultra-lite reel i built & a little bass i caught on it's maiden trip-----

for my own reels, i just put a piece of cork, adjust my reel for perfect balance, then tape it in place. ..i don't know if there's a lot of advantage or not, it's just something that i've done, i've grown used to it & You Know How Old People Are????
notice how the "tape thing" carries over....
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hey guys,
i began "modding" rods because i wanted split grip, spiral wrap, etc.

this is a st croix avid i "modded" because i didn't like the "hump" on the handle




that led to building from scratch, then, a few friends wanted some, then//////////... and you know how it goes! LOL
 

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but, anyway, i forgot to answer in previous post ... Yes, i build rods. i've built ultra lite & just finished a 7'9" mag bass rod for a carolina rig, and, anything in-between.

pm me w/some kind of idea of what kind you'd like & i'll be happy to quote you a price... btw, the shipping cost just kills the price of rods today. ....so, if any of you guys want to come visit for a few days, we'll build you nice ones, or, re-model the ones you've got. (hear that yankee?... the offer is open.)
 

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redranger,
i was typing while you were posting, but, yes, you can "mod" your rods so that they will have split grips. i did about a dozen of mine to begin with. i spiral wrapped the guides as well & now, i've got some rods as nice as many "high dollar" rods, without the "high" price

ronnie
 
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