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Old 10-08-2013, 01:18 PM
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I purchased a used Winston Boron II 10wt. I like the action of the rod but I wish it had a thicher cork handle. Has any removed a cork from an already built rod and replaced it with a different one? Is this feasible for someone with no rod building experience? What is best way to do this? The rod is a 4 piece so no guides on the butt section. Would it be better to replace butt and reel seat along with grip? A lot of questions but would like input from anyone.
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Default Re: replace cork on fly rod

Winston would probably do it for a fair price.

I'd think that any custom builder could do it pretty easily.
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Since it’s a Winston and your first rod modification I would send it to them or a master rod builder. Yes it can be done the cork does not extend into the reel seat and can be cut off with the proper tools, making your own grip would require a cork press, mandrels for the glue up and reamers to fit the grip to the rod and then you would still need to shape it. I would also suggest some cork tape to enlarge your grip, cheap, easy and reversible.

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Default Re: replace cork on fly rod

+1 on sending it to Winston. If for no other reason that I'm sure the rod has a warranty and cutting the cork grip off the blank and replacing it might cause warranty issues.

Cutting a grip off isn't too hard to do (just need to be careful), turning a cork grip is pretty easy. For a cork press I just use a 1/4" threaded metal rod, washers and wing-nuts, keep it on there to turn using sandpaper (60 grit up to 600 grit) putting the metal rod in my drill chuck. But in this case I'd call Winston.

If Winston wouldn't do it or said you can without warranty issues and it was a lighter weight rod I'd say wrap the cork in rattan. Looks and feels great but might be odd on a 10wt. The cork tape could work too.
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You can also buy premade corks, just reem it out to fit.
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"I like the action of the rod but I wish it had a thicher cork handle."

Unless you have huge hands (I don't) I found a few rods (2handers) that I've had to have the cork sanded down to a smaller size. That aside, as this is a 10Wt I probably couldn't cast same at 71.
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Default Re: replace cork on fly rod

Thanks everyone. All good suggestions. Winston, to my surprise, said they don't have any corks that would be any thicker. From what I've heard from others I'm not the only one who thinks Winston's corks too wimpy. I have found a rod builder who can do the job for me.
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Thanks everyone. All good suggestions. Winston, to my surprise, said they don't have any corks that would be any thicker. From what I've heard from others I'm not the only one who thinks Winston's corks too wimpy. I have found a rod builder who can do the job for me.
Even though its Winston, they're still a production shop. Which means they probably 1) get the handles pre-made 2) if they make their own, they have templates they have to follow to get the same shapes everytime.

Good move going with a custom builder . We can save you a lot of time and money since most of us are already geared up to make our own handles.
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Even though its Winston, they're still a production shop. Which means they probably 1) get the handles pre-made 2) if they make their own, they have templates they have to follow to get the same shapes everytime.
I'd love to know if anyone has any information about option #1 being true! Winston has some nice freaking cork, and I would love to get a hold of some of similar, if not the same, quality.

I already know it's hard to get a hold of prime quality cork rings, so I'll take a pre-made grip if it's available in Winston quality.
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Thanks everyone. All good suggestions. Winston, to my surprise, said they don't have any corks that would be any thicker. From what I've heard from others I'm not the only one who thinks Winston's corks too wimpy. I have found a rod builder who can do the job for me.
I don't find that surprising, I have a 15' 7/8 weight 2 hand rod from them and the corks are considerably thinner than my Hardy's. I don't mind the grips but got used to the rod.

Having someone who knows the ropes do this for you is wise.

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