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Rod modification

  • April 26, 2016 12:38 PM
    Message # 3986923

    I'd like to ask your opinion about changing reel seats on a rod I have. The rod has a hardwood reel seat now and I'd like to put an aluminum reel seat on it, to make it an all water rod. Is it as simple as it sounds or am I about to ruin my rod? Any advice on shopping for a good all water reel seat?

  • May 21, 2016 12:58 PM
    Reply # 4032358 on 3986923

    Thanks to Jim Higgins and Mike Gallavan who I saw at the meeting May meeting. Both suggested keeping the wood real seat. They said to see what happens after some salt water exposure. Take good care to rinse and clean after each use and they also recommended soaking it or applying a generous amount of wood oil, like gun stock or teak oil. The oil should provide a level of resistance that it does not have now. 

    What a simple solution. Thanks for your help Jim and Mike.

  • October 23, 2016 5:32 PM
    Reply # 4328795 on 3986923
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It really depends on how you go about the change.  First, I'd just use the rod as is until the wood goes, if you still like the rod, a new handle is pretty straight forward.  You can heat the end cap till the glue softens and pull it off, Then you can use a Dremel to slit the reel seat and heat it and pull it off.  A lot of them just have paper spacers that come right off.  Then just glue on the seat of your choice.  Ebay, mudhole and any number of other places have them.

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