It's not rubber. I believe it's solid hardwood. And I believe it's original. This is not a Grant vibration Rod. It was made by "Anderson and Sons" in Edinburgh,Scotland. It's called THE DUNKELD, And all of that is stamped on the brass portion of the handle.Thanks for your response. It sounds like you are having a lot of fun with the rod.
One question: It looks like the rubber butt cap on your rod is in great shape. Is it the original or a replacement?
This line was made for me by Steve Godshall. It is a single taper with the headlength the of 53 feet with an additional 65 feet of running line. It is not silk.the custom line you have for this rod, what are the specifics? big double taper? silk or not? thats sweet!