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cohoaaron

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Shortening a rod handle?
« on: January 12, 2012, 10:08:08 PM »

Hey, i like this centerpin rod but the handle below the reel seat is a little to long for my liking. Could i take this to a rod builder and have him shorten the lower handle (about 4 inches) and put a new butt cap on? If so could you please give me an estimate as to how much this procedure would cost? Would this noticeably mess with the action?
Thanks in advance, Aaron.
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 10:10:09 PM »

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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 07:10:40 AM »

I would go with a rubberized cork butt cap. In that case simply cut off, turn the butt cap to match the existing cork size and glue it up.
A mortised or aluminum butt cap would require that the existing rod cork be turned.
No idea what it would cost, but any rod builder can do it.
It shouldn't affect the rod action significant, but will of course affect how it casts.
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cohoaaron

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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 08:24:33 AM »

Thanks guys
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 05:33:04 PM »

Aaron bring the rod with you when you come to Maple Ridge. I will take you too see Whonnock Joe and he will be able to tell you.
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 06:29:41 PM »

Hey geff thank you VERY much for the offer but i dont actually have the rod yet, it is a rod i am going to buy in the very near future.
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 08:07:01 PM »

bug pumper just did exactly that.  pretty easy task from the sounds of things.
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 09:06:24 PM »

Hi Aaron,
If you need this done we are happy to help. We do this type of conversion often in the shop without affecting the action of the rod. Contact me at info@valleycustomrods.com and we can review your options. Good fishing!!
Regards,
Mark
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2012, 11:36:49 AM »

What type of rod do you plan on getting/modifying?
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cohoaaron

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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2012, 11:47:23 AM »

 the amundson 11'6 cp rod. Its not real expensive but it has a realy nice action and up- locking real seats which is a bonus. Its rated something like 8-17lb test
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2012, 11:54:40 AM »

Decent rod for the price.
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2012, 06:39:52 AM »

I fish the same rod and have never found the butt section to be an issue. The butt section is only about 6" below the seat and if you cut 4" off of it I think it'd be too short. When fighting larger fish I find the butt very helpful as you can use it as leverage, otherwise you would be using only your wrist to support the rod while fighting a fish. I think you should buy and try the rod before you start getting multiple people spending time and energy helping you fix a problem that only exists in your head.
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2012, 09:02:14 AM »

I will try the rod first but i can already tell i wont like that long handle it is longer than 6 inches . And 4 inches is just an estimate i am obviously going to measure the butt section to see exactly how much i want off... Do you like the rod?
« Last Edit: January 16, 2012, 09:39:57 AM by cohoaaron »
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2012, 08:40:20 PM »

Yeah I love it. For the money I think it's the best rod available. The extra length is really nice for long drifts and line control in general. I think you'll be happy with it.
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Re: Shortening a rod handle?
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2012, 09:27:26 PM »

Awsome thanks. I wanted a users thought on it. I realy liked the action on it compared to the other pin rods in its price range
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