Replacing a reel seat/uplocking hardware
This is not really about building a rod nor am I a rod builder, but I figured this would be the best location to ask this question:
About a year ago, I bought a nice 8ft 5wt bamboo rod from a gentleman in TN. The hardware is good, it casts well (although a bit slower than I'm used to but that's good). The one ding I have on it is the uplocking hardware. the tolerance between the reel seat band (?) and the fine threads is very tight. No play whatsoever. So, when I fished with it, I torqued down the uplocking nut. I couldn't get it off because the tolerance is so tight that it wedged the back of the band on the threads and would not come off. It took a screw driver and a hammer to remove it so I could get the reel off.
I like the look of the reel seat, it matches the pale blond blank really well. I'm NOT happy with the uplocking. I've discussed this with a buddy who builds rods (not bamboo) and he said he MIGHT be able to replace it. I can't get in touch with the builder (lost his contact info).
Is it possible to remove the seat and uplockhardware from the handle and not damage the rod? I'm OK with a new reel seat, but I don't want to destroy anything in the handle or the blank.
Any info would be appreciated.
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