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    Default Re: ways to clean fly rod handles?

    One of my rods, a South Bend cane that belonged to my grandfather, still has fish scales on the grip from the last time he used it...... around 50 years ago.
    I'll never clean that off
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    Wonder Cloth works pretty well too.

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    yea..ill stick with warm water i can just see myself accidently taking a chunk out of the cork with sandpaper
    "A good cast is like a good whiskey- It's smooth and hits the spot" -Anonymous fly fishing guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigCliff View Post
    I'd be hesitant to use soft scrub as its got some bleach in it
    Correction.
    SOME Soft Scrub has bleach in it, some don't.
    After 20+ years of using it I can't say it has done anything to my grips but taken the grime and fish slime/bug dope/blood and sweat sheen off. It certainly has done less to abuse my grips than grinding the cork down with sandpaper... especially if the cork filler is softer or harder than the cork itself.

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    Hmmmm....I never allow the cork to get very dirty on my rods. If there is
    some dirt at the end of the day, I usually hit it with some water, either at
    the stream or in my sink. I did apply Tru-Oil to 2 St. Croix rods several
    years ago, and that has kept them looking great with just a rinse.
    The Tru-Oil give the cork a bit of a tannish hue, while rinsing bare cork leaves
    a bit of a grey hue. I actually wipe the entire rod down at the end of the
    day, and allow the cork to dry before packing it away. I had a rod grip get
    smelly from being put away once .

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    But there are those of us believe the soiling of the grip shows the experience of the rod and would be bad juju to wash it off.[/QUOTE]

    hmm good point
    "A good cast is like a good whiskey- It's smooth and hits the spot" -Anonymous fly fishing guide

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    mmm sounds tastey...lol
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    Default Re: ways to clean fly rod handles?

    Here's a pic of a grip treated with one coat of Tru-Oil about 7 years ago,
    and an untreated grip on a rod one year old:

    Tru-Oil on Top, and Untreated on bottom


    The Tru-Oil leaves zero residue on the cork, and it feels completely natural.
    The untreated cork has been washed a couple times when it was really
    dirty, but the grey color isn't nearly as appealing as the Tru-Oil cork. I've
    seen bait fisherman leaving the plastic on their cork lately, even if there's
    a label underneath...LOL!

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    haha i still have the plastic on my 8 wt fly rod and my new spinning rod but i did take the time to get the labels out of them...will any local hardware stores carry this tru-oil?
    "A good cast is like a good whiskey- It's smooth and hits the spot" -Anonymous fly fishing guide

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    Default Re: ways to clean fly rod handles?

    The best place to find Tru-Oil is at a sporting goods store or gun shop.
    Here's the product: CLICK HERE You could probably find it in the sporting goods
    section of Walmart if there aren't any outdoors shops nearby.

    EDIT There is a U-40 cork treatment, but the cork I've seen treated with that looks waxy.

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