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Old 07-03-2013, 11:01 AM
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Default Re: Favorite Grip

In single hand fly fishing rods the 2 rods I have used the most both have a 'Superfine' grip. When you hold the same cork for 34 years it just feels normal.

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:10 AM
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I prefer a full wells. If you'll form your hand as though it's holding a fly rod, thumb extended on top, and look at the outline formed by your thumb and the heel of your hand, you'll see it's approximately a full wells shape. Consequently, a full wells feels most natural and comfortable to me.

Unfortunately, only one of my rods has a full wells grip, the others being cigar grips.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:23 AM
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Honestly, you might as well just ask everyone what weight rod they prefer or what type of fishing prefer. These are large factors in grip shapes for rods and if you fish one way enough, you are pretty likely to eventually get used to and prefer that way, and thus that grip style.

For instance, its pretty hard to find a full wells on anything less than a 6 or 7wt, and it is conversely hard to find anything OTHER THAN a full wells on 7wt and up. If all you ever do is saltwater, you will probably prefer a full wells as that is what you have been using for years.
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I prefer a western grip on my trout rods in 3, 4 and 5 weight. Reverse full wells or Wells on anything larger.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:32 AM
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I have big hands and like Sage's new "custom snub nose half wells grip" they are using on their ONE and Circa rods.

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:36 AM
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I prefer a western grip on my trout rods in 3, 4 and 5 weight. Reverse full wells or Wells on anything larger.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:52 PM
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For instance, its pretty hard to find a full wells on anything less than a 6 or 7wt, and it is conversely hard to find anything OTHER THAN a full wells on 7wt and up. If all you ever do is saltwater, you will probably prefer a full wells as that is what you have been using for years.
That's one of the great things about making your own grips for rods. You can choose the grip style, length, and thickness you prefer. Want a full wells on a 3wt, have at it! I'm putting one on a long 4wt turned a bit thicker than you'd find on many rods for sale in shops.
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Default Re: Favorite Grip

I like a cigar grip on most anything 3wt and below, and full wells on 4wt and above.

Just to complicate matters, for short 4 and 5 weights, and for long 3 and under weights, I'll use a reverse half wells or western grip. *shrug*
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I built a 3 piece, 7 1/2 foot, fiberglass 5 weight one time, and I built a Fenwick style grip out of a full wells. Man, that was a comfortable grip and a dandy rod to cast. I kick myself for ever having sold it. I paid just over $160 for the components then. Now they would cost well over $250.

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I think I'm a full wels guy. But it's rare I have a rod that fits my hand perfectly.

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