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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-17-2011, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Making fancy cork grips

One of my favorite parts of putting together my own spey rods is lathing the grips- I like them streamline and slenderish I'm trying to improve with each one- I guess I'll come right out and say it, How do you get those fancy flares on the ends like Bob Mieser does? Anybody else any good at making these- mine are getting better, but I'm a firm believer in quitting while I'm ahead

When I first started casting a spey, I wore myself out constantly with whatever rod I was casting, because I was not in a state of graceful symbiosis with the rod...Erik Helm

With swinging, you are seeking to draw the fish off it's lie to take your fly. Typically, a smaller percentage of fish sitting in a run are willing to move off station to take our flies so, when we are swinging, we are leaving money on the table as we search for the players in a run...Todd Hirono (808steelheader)
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I tried that myself a few times... for the reverse flare at the top of teh grip, i used a round file.... it worked alright... his grips have to be the prettiest... burkie makes some stellar grips too.... man oh man....


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Making fancy cork grips

I use a small 1/4 gouge and make sure it really sharp turning about 1750
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Sandpaper wrapped around various diameter dowels. Hold it at a slight angle to the cork, not perpendicular, to avoid grooves rather than smooth taper.
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Having no lathe, I wrap emery- or sandpaper around round cans or bottles of various diameters. A round-back file can get the early reduction done.
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I don't have a lathe either, just built a simple holder out of wood and hose clamps to secure my hand drill and it does the trick. I use anything cylindrical laying around my garage and wrap sandpaper around it to make tapered ends of grips.
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SLSS - Hit it right on

Sandpaper on dowel, as SLSS stated. I think I start off with 120 and touch up with 300+. Using a no-load (low-load) sandpaper and a vaccum where you are sanding is a good thing.
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Thanks Guys for all the ideas

Thanks for the great Ideas, got me to thinking, and experimenting with a little more focus and effort and purpose. I only disintegrated the rear grip once during the reaming process.




When I first started casting a spey, I wore myself out constantly with whatever rod I was casting, because I was not in a state of graceful symbiosis with the rod...Erik Helm

With swinging, you are seeking to draw the fish off it's lie to take your fly. Typically, a smaller percentage of fish sitting in a run are willing to move off station to take our flies so, when we are swinging, we are leaving money on the table as we search for the players in a run...Todd Hirono (808steelheader)
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that looks awsome !
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DAMN fine work!
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SM: Very nice.......... is that the ARE 11' 5/6 ??
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Batson Rainshadow 6126 - great stick!

When I first started casting a spey, I wore myself out constantly with whatever rod I was casting, because I was not in a state of graceful symbiosis with the rod...Erik Helm

With swinging, you are seeking to draw the fish off it's lie to take your fly. Typically, a smaller percentage of fish sitting in a run are willing to move off station to take our flies so, when we are swinging, we are leaving money on the table as we search for the players in a run...Todd Hirono (808steelheader)
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Batson Rainshadow 6126 - great stick!
Sorry to get off track, but what type and grain line are you throwing on that? Have you had a chance to see what it can throw yet?
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Sorry to get off track, but what type and grain line are you throwing on that? Have you had a chance to see what it can throw yet?

I got a chance to cast it this morning. Two different lines- a 27ft 375 grain SSG skandit with a 10' polyleader- casted very nice- a little on the light side for this rod- Steve and Gary recomend 400 grains for scandi.

Next I threw a 420 grain Airflo Rage with a 7ft 60 grain floating tip, 10' floating polyleader with 4 feet or so of mono tippet and a small maribou fly. It casts extremely well. Its a great little rod. Fairly fast action but not stiff, smooth, powerful, creamy.

I'll cast a sinktip on sunday with a Skagit compact or SGS Skagit or Airflo Rage- which is a dandy line so far, and try to report.

I cant say enough about the action of this rod. I think Gary Anderson and SPG are largely responsible. I highly recommend it if you like medium fast action rods.

When I first started casting a spey, I wore myself out constantly with whatever rod I was casting, because I was not in a state of graceful symbiosis with the rod...Erik Helm

With swinging, you are seeking to draw the fish off it's lie to take your fly. Typically, a smaller percentage of fish sitting in a run are willing to move off station to take our flies so, when we are swinging, we are leaving money on the table as we search for the players in a run...Todd Hirono (808steelheader)
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