04-24-2008, 02:36 PM
Re: Replace reel seat and cork?
I replaced the reel seat and grip on a 7'6" St. Croix Pro Graphite without
removing the stripper guide. St. Croix used the same hardware on the PG
regardless of the rod size, and it was way too big. The difference in the blank's diameter at the top and bottom of the grip was less than 1/8", and I
simply reamed the handle until I was able to slide it on. The extra epoxy might
have added .001oz of weight to the rod, but its weight is within .2oz of my
7'6" St. Croix Imperial 4wt. The Imperial has a much smaller factory grip, however.
Boil water in a sauce pan, and lower the reel seat in for a minute. That
should be long enough to loosen the reel seat so that it will slide off. The
cork can be carefully cut away until it's close to the blank, and then some
judicious scraping/sanding will remove the remainder. In the case above, I left the winding check in place, reamed out the cork until it slide in place,
removed it and added epoxy before sliding it on for good. The reel seat
is pretty straight forward, but might require spacers if it's I.D. is too large.
Tight wraps of masking tape at the top and bottom of the reel seat are
usually recommended. Leave space in between the wraps of tape so that the
reel seat is glued to the blank, and not just the tape.
I owned a Sage DS2 about 6 years ago. The reel seat performed poorly, and
the grip was too small for my hands. I sold it for just about what I paid, but
should have replaced the hardware. It was a nice casting rod......