05-09-2012, 04:16 PM
It's real easy to switch out a reel seat as long as they're about the same size
The grip though, not so much.
You can cut the foam off easy enough but to get the cork to fit tight, it needs to slide on from the skinny end. If its a two piece rod, that 2-3 guides plus the hook keeper and any decorative wraps that will need to come off and then put back on after the grip is in place.
Personally, when I do a project like this, I avoid messing with the grip unless I have to.
I recently stripped a rod to the blank and completely rebuilt it. Of course I like the rod much better this way, but it was double the work of building a new one. And it was a cheap rod to begin with.
Still, the rod was unusable as it was and I wasn't about to throw it out.
It was worth it to me.
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart