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Join Bennett-Watt and learn how to make a fly fishing rod with focus on fitting the fly rod's grip.
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How to Make a Fly Fishing Rod - the Grip
Now we’re going to start to work on the butt section and what I’m going to put on the butt section is the grip in the reel seat and the winding check. First thing we’re going to do before we start using the rat tail file to enlarge the opening inside to fit all the blank, then we take piece of this masking tape and fit it right over this edge for the reel seat. The reason for that is see how thin that is right around here, it’s very easy when you’re using this to guide you against it and crack it.
So let me go ahead and these do it on here, and just enough to get a little bit of stability and there that it hold it a little easier. So if I do it actually I can seed it. There’d be something on the outside edge you get to holding it together. Let me just take the rot file start on from the backside here. We don’t’ want to take too much off the outside, the leading edge right here. Go through this little bit, put this out and I’m just taking a little bit off, now I want to get this too wide down here. We’ll recheck it, should be pretty close now.
This is it, that’s pretty tight fit little gap, little around there but that won’t be bad all like a nice tape fit up here. The winding check will cover up anything there. Back here, there’s a little bit of gap but the gap filling epoxies will help that and also when this reel seat that fixed hood is down inside of here. When the reel seat is shimmed in there, this all be one solid piece in. I’m going to fit the reel seat on here and this going to start moving this down until I find where it’s going to have to be exactly. You can see too.
On this end, we have a butt cap right here and it’s got a little knob that fits inside the reel seat. So I’ve got to make sure that the blank so that the blank is right there is inside far enough so that will work. All right, there, that’s where the finish drive will be right there, but take the piece tape that will put right around the forward into the grip. Right here, so this will tell me when I’m sliding this grip down with the epoxy smooth all over the blank, it will tell me where to stop. So when this is to stop here, I can move this up to here and that will be okay. Is that all? We’ve got it all taped up, measured, got the distance so I’ll pull this back off here. Set this aside, and one of the reasons that tape is on this because when I put epoxy on you’ve got to put the epoxy on here and not in there obviously, because but it’s not so obvious actually, because a lot of people have done this. I’ve talked to them. They put it on the inside and then try to slide it down the blank to fit in there and it just rolls without grouping up for the whole blank here.
So you put the epoxy right here and I put it and the reason I’ve marked this so I don’t want to stop it and also I know where to start the epoxy and start it moving down. We’ll put it on generously because there are gaps down in here and I want this to expand and to be a nice tight fit. So we’ll get this started and I’ll see if I can’t get it. Roll that back in there a little bit, mix this up thoroughly, this is a 5-minute epoxy and I wanted to set up not so fast that I do not have time to adjust it. But I do want to set up so I don’t have to set it somewhere and leave it all night long so I can continue working with it.
Sometimes it’s a double edge sword in that even though you do the five minutes to work with sometimes it’s not quite long enough so, I can work against you. So try to have everything to set up and in your mind how are you going to do it so that it goes on without any problems. This is an artistry folks just slap in on. How much you have on here will depend somewhat on how tightly or how loosely you’ve filed out the inside of the cork grip. Get a fairly loose grip, this epoxy that I have here is gap on and so it does expand a little when it dries that’s why I like it for this.
That will do it. Come up to the marker, right there and hold that in place here until it starts to harden up a little bit. There’s a little bit on the inside, it’s hard to see. There’s a little bit on the inside that when I push it on the epoxy flow it up to the inside but it hardens up a little bit so that this is in place. I’ll reach in and get some of that out there because this inside tight. I don’t want hardened epoxy on the inside.