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

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Posted by GES on 2010-09-27 16:38:19 in reply to Re: Cork Fly Rod Grips - Time to Accept Some Change? posted by Ken @ the Spot on 2010-09-27 00:42:51

Ken, I'm not so sure that the traditionalists are motivated by nostalgia. Who among us would use oiuled silk fly lines; or greenheart rods.

I for one have no interest in rosewood or other fancy wood or stone looking marble reel seat inserts; and I wouldn't consider any German Silver reel seats or rod ferrules for any reason.
With me it is function; but within the bounds of function then certainly aesthetically pleasing is nicer than crappy looking. So I do like the woven carbon fibre reel seat inserts on some rods but mostly because it does save some reels eatt weight on smaller rods. I never use any sort of inserted reel seat on salt water rods.

The cork for me is purely functional besides it being traditional. It has almost the same "TEMPURPEDIC" foam material that is advertised for fancy foam matresses.

Cork has an unusual and uncanny feeling to it, and as Ralph has pointed out those feel properties aren't jeopardized when wet.

I've never seen a rod handle made out of the wine cork phony cork; but one factor thast would be of concernto me, would be workability. Unless it is as hand workable as cork; it could be a real pain trying to get faux cork rod handles that were shaped the way you want; specially since I don't like the shape of any commercial rod handle (fly).

I did make one ultralight glass Browning #2 rod and I used a skeleton ring reels seat on that where the base cork forms the reel seating zone, and it is held on by two sliding metal rings that are maybe a tenth of an inch wide, and maybe a mm thick, and they work by gripping into the cork, when cocked at an angle; you can't get lighter than that; unless you have Beryllium rings.


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