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

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Posted by Earl Hamilton on 2010-09-28 11:59:36 in reply to Re: Cork Fly Rod Grips - Time to Accept Some Change? posted by Morsie on 2010-09-28 00:00:22

I think you hit the nail on the head there Peter, and I agree wholeheartedly that composites and burls offer a huge benefit to the mass market, pretty much as Rick Pope said. For good quality solid cork then the craftsmen rod building community should be able to benefit too. Its very difficult for a high end company to furnish 20,000 rods consisting of 600,000 cork shives procured in the best quality cork every year, but a rod building craftsman should be able to supply enough for his business needs, and he should be able to build the grip for each individual rod that he builds. I personaly dislike EVA foam for fly rod grips, though I'm quite happy with composite trim rings on a fighting butt and other areas of excessive wear. I do use a hard EVA for a fighting grip on my heavy blue water fly rods. As a fly fisherman that builds rods, I always build the grip with cork rings glued individualy to the blank with an expanding plyurethane foam glue-I rarely need to fill the cork, but I pay about $2.50 per cork ring to get the quality, which works out at about $50 for a single handed grip with fighting butt for cork alone.

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