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Old 04-08-2011, 01:10 PM
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I am planning on building a couple new rods 4/5wt 8feet and 7.5 feet. I have ordered some cork grips then I saw a wood grip that looked very cool but I thought it would unbalance a light weight rod. Then I started thinking about light weight woods. Of course balsa comes to mind but it is very fragil, then I thought about aspen and thought that might work. Just curious if anyone has tried wood grips or if it a bad idea all together. I know during World War 11 rods came with wood handles due to cork shortage. Any thoughts on the subject?
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Gary Anderson is a custom rod builder based out of Southern Oregon. He makes some of the most beautiful rods that I have ever seen. Gary is known for making grips from wood and different types of cork. Check out his website for pictures of his work.

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One of my favorite grips was crafted by a friend from birch bark. Beautiful, light weight, non-slip! Plus, it warms in your hand!
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I had not thought of bark. Hmm I thought I smelled something burning but I must have been thinking.
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Yep, small-ist circles of flat bark, glued up, and shaped to fit! Finished off with varnish. Absolutely beautiful.

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I have made several wood grips. I have used cherry and spalted maple mostly. I haven't weighed them, but I doubt there is a huge weight difference.

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Very nice Lee. I really like splated maple.
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Very nice craftsmanship.
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Very cool!!!
I may be going a new direction with my rods.
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Gary Anderson is a custom rod builder based out of Southern Oregon. He makes some of the most beautiful rods that I have ever seen. Gary is known for making grips from wood and different types of cork. Check out his website for pictures of his work.

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Have one of those on my Anderson 5wt 2-hander. I think he called it a 'Cobra Hood.' Sweet stick bye the bye for summer run fishing. Long/light enough for small Steelhead (our usual) but if you hook one of our October 'B-runs' it will meet the task of a 10#'er.

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Edit: Random thought here only as the full wood handled rods above are BEAUTIFUL! But wouldn't those be pretty slippery when wet?
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