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

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Posted by Morsie on 2010-09-28 00:00:22 in reply to Cork Fly Rod Grips - Time to Accept Some Change? posted by Dan Blanton on 2010-09-26 15:34:07

Composite cork is still made from cork so cork trees will still be required ...... The reason the premium wine industry has turned to composite cork (especially in Champagne) is to eliminate those same natural voids in cork that so bedevil our rods grips. Those voids taint the wine (you've heard of 'corked' wine well that's what caused it) and allow air and bacteria to enter the wine. By grinding the cork up into dust then mixing it with inert 'adhesives' and reshaping it under pressure you get a superior product (for wine bottles anyway). It can be compressed and then it returns to its shape to seal the bottle.

I think moulded cork grips made from this same product have a HUGE future on fly rods, perhaps not the premium rods but certainly on mid to lower level price rods. I can't stand hypalon on a fly rod. I think it forms an insulating barrier between the rod and the hand........... cork conducts feel, hypalon kills it and it gets slippery very easily.

The wear and tear on cork grips can simply be called patina, its like the wrinkles and laugh lines on and old sun worn face. It makes a grip interesting, it gives a rod history.


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