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    Default Custom fly reel handles?

    I just purchased an Allen Trout 2 fly reel and am fancy to the idea of getting a cool new handle. Are there any knurled handles or other decorative quality accessories available in the market place? I see Abel makes replacement handles for their reels. Are most handles universal?

    Anyone else know where to get the neatest accessories for rods, reels, etc?

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    I have never heard of it, but I suppose you could get someone that turns pens to make you one. If you went with wood I'd definently use stabilized wood though.

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    You could start this and make some money haha, but yeah same as Dan I have never heard of anyone messing with the handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver Dan View Post
    If you went with wood I'd definently use stabilized wood though.
    Is stabilized wood treated or something like that?

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    Just typically means it is dried and stable so it wont move much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trout333 View Post
    Is stabilized wood treated or something like that?
    It's pressure cooked in a resin. Some of it they dye the resin. Some of it is even dyed twice. It soaks into the harder parts last so you get a two or three color effect. I put it in my rods a lot.


    My 10 wt. with double dyed/stabilized box elder burl.

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    There was someone at the Denver Fly Fishing show who makes some pretty amazing custom rod grips and other accessories out of wood. Look up Green Drake Rods, he's down here in the Denver area. He's a really nice guy and gave me some good pointers making wood grips. I don't know if he replaces reel handles, but could be worth an ask. I've bought reel seat inserts from Dave Winslow, whose in the Denver area as well and he could be another good person to check with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver Dan View Post
    It's pressure cooked in a resin. Some of it they dye the resin. Some of it is even dyed twice. It soaks into the harder parts last so you get a two or three color effect. I put it in my rods a lot.


    My 10 wt. with double dyed/stabilized box elder burl.
    Beautiful woods! I'd love to have a shiny custom wood carved or turned handle. Maybe even painted. This is overboard but wood trimmed in aluminum, nickel, anything. Maybe set a couple diamonds, lol!!! Who doesn't want the setup with a 14k gold trimmed brazilian cherry handle? That would be so cool...

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    I got a Venelli Nickle/Silver hardware, Cherry crotch seat I'm saving for the right rod. I did a Brazilian Rosewood Burl insert for a rod I did for a friend. That was one of the prettiest pieces of wood I ever saw. I promised it to him before I turned it or I might have put it on a rod for myself. The reason I said to use stabilized wood is that it will be small and your wet fingers on it all the time. When they are stabilized they are as much plastic as wood and you don't have problems like swelling when they are wet or the humidity is high, split along the grain first time you crank it hard or bang it. It's good stuff and you can get it in a lot of woods. Burls are something you can get in stabilized form. There is even a company that will stabilize your wood for you. It's not cheap to have done though and you can't just send them a handle sized piece to do. The best thing for a small project like that is a pen blank. In fact the best person to turn it for you is a guy who does pens. They have the small mandrels you need. I have the stuff to turn seat inserts and make you a really nice table leg but I'd have to buy a smaller mandrel to turn a handle that or turn it on a live center with the hole in it on a bigger piece..... It could be done, but I'd find a pen guy.

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    Default Re: Custom fly reel handles?

    Quote Originally Posted by trout333 View Post
    I just purchased an Allen Trout 2 fly reel and am fancy to the idea of getting a cool new handle. Are there any knurled handles or other decorative quality accessories available in the market place? I see Abel makes replacement handles for their reels. Are most handles universal?

    Anyone else know where to get the neatest accessories for rods, reels, etc?
    I suspect you are talking about the little black plastic handle on your Allen reel?

    Stabilized wood, is treated to where the wood basically has the propertiess of hardened plastic due to the resin impregnation process. The wood will never get truly wet and swell and crack from moisture.

    I am sure someone makes a custom reel handle if you dig enough. I wouldn't mind one myself for my Trout II.
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