Re: Cork Fly Rod Grips - Time to Accept Some Change?

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Posted by Mike McGuire on 2010-09-26 22:48:45 in reply to Cork Fly Rod Grips - Time to Accept Some Change? posted by Dan Blanton on 2010-09-26 15:34:07

I can't say I agree with that, at least in my experience. I have built about ten rods over the last five years, building up the grips with cork rings and shaping them. With just one exception, no bad voids turned up when I shaped them, and none of them has disintegrated. In all cases, I used the basic level rings available from Cabelas or Mudhole. Perhaps one thing that helps in my case is that I use a urethane glue like Gorilla to glue them up. As it sets, it foams and fill voids with a pretty tough material that's not too far off the color of cork. The one bad void that turned up was easy enough to fix with a mix of cork dust and urethane glue. That all being said, I do use one ring of burl or composite cork at each end of a grip, but for the look, not because I think it's necessary.

Mike McGuire

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