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Old 11-25-2012, 07:38 PM
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Default Making cork grip "thicker"?

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Is there a way to make the rod handle thicker, short of having a shop install a new cork grip? I have an older rod with a more skinny cork and I prefer the more modern, thicker grip. I ride bikes 365 days a year and have experience wrapping handlebars...so I've thought about doing that at times...but I thought that maybe the more sage folks on the fly forum had a solution .

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i think this would work....
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Default Re: Making cork grip "thicker"?

You could wrap it in rattan. I've done three grips that way and really like the feel of it. Here's a pic of a 2wt.

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It's actually pretty easy, you wrap the rattan over the cork base. Just need a razor blade, thread, super glue, and wood glue (I used titebond III). If you're interested I can let you know how to do it.
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You could wrap it with some rattan.
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Default Re: Making cork grip "thicker"?

the "dual post"....love it
btw, rattan would be waaaaay nicer than that grip wrap

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Default Re: Making cork grip "thicker"?

I might as well start some, ummm... debate!
You said you like the more modern, thicker grip but some of modern rods seem to be in slim grip mode.
The first time I tried a rod with a slimmer grip I thought for sure it wouldn't do. I'm 6' 3" tall with very large hands and always thought I needed a thicker grip. After using the slimmer grip for a season on what ended up being my go-to rod I noticed I had no traditional, end of season casting callus on the little and ring finger large knuckles and I never once had my hand cramp up that season.
On all but the heaviest weight rods I found the slim grips give me more control and seem to be far easier on my hands.
I will say the rods I use with the slim grips are a bit slimmer than was usual a few years ago but I have no idea how they would compare with the size of the older rod you spoke of.
Though grip size and shape isn't discussed much for some reason the grip is the main connection to the rod and should be considered more IMHO just like you're doing. I'm just tossing this out there for consideration.
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Default Re: Making cork grip "thicker"?

Good point Jack,

I too have some old rods with very petite corks when you speak of diameter. I too like the finer feel of the more narrow grip and wouldn't want them fatter. But this is for sure a matter of personal preference.

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Default Re: Making cork grip "thicker"?

That rattan grip looks great, so I'll bite. How is that done?

I'm also positive that I hate the skinny grip. I find myself having to grip it harder with my small hands, and I get aches from it versus the other rod I use which has a thicker grip. I also notice the same problem with skinny bicycle grips/tape.

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I might as well start some, ummm... debate!
You said you like the more modern, thicker grip but some of modern rods seem to be in slim grip mode.
The first time I tried a rod with a slimmer grip I thought for sure it wouldn't do. I'm 6' 3" tall with very large hands and always thought I needed a thicker grip. After using the slimmer grip for a season on what ended up being my go-to rod I noticed I had no traditional, end of season casting callus on the little and ring finger large knuckles and I never once had my hand cramp up that season.
On all but the heaviest weight rods I found the slim grips give me more control and seem to be far easier on my hands.
I will say the rods I use with the slim grips are a bit slimmer than was usual a few years ago but I have no idea how they would compare with the size of the older rod you spoke of.
Though grip size and shape isn't discussed much for some reason the grip is the main connection to the rod and should be considered more IMHO just like you're doing. I'm just tossing this out there for consideration.
I'm as tall as Jackster, big hands also. And I prefer smaller grips. When fishing stilllwaters, I usually take 3 rods- all different lines. BIIx, McFarland GTX and an Orvis T3. If I use the Winston and switch to one of the others, boy I notice a difference in the grip. Much love for the BIIx grip over the others. My Orvis One Ounce and F&F grips are good for me too.
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Default Re: Making cork grip "thicker"?

Maybe it's a small hands thing then. I have huge, monster feet and I tend toward lanky....but I have pretty small hands. My wife and I wear the same gloves actually and she's more on the tall side, but certainly well-within what would be considered "normal".

BTW - I'm really more of a function >> beauty with most things in life, but those rattan grips are really suave on those fly rods .

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