Originally Posted by privateer
Fancy wraps and grip inlays look handsome and get lots of compliments for sure but don't catch fish. They do add a significant amount of $ to the rod cost with the labor involved..
I try to avoid this stuff, but I just can't let it go.
When you build ona $20 blank, use Fuji guides @ $8 for a set, teh handle cost @ $15 - you can sell a rod for $175 > $132 in labor
When you use a $120 blank, use $40 Fuji guides, and $15 on the handle, $132 in labor = $307.
If I put a Dec WRap on a $175 base price rod, I would charge $150, putting the cost @ $325.
SO you could spend $325 and have a pretty wrap on a lower quality component rod, or spend $307 on a better quality component rod. I would much rather spend the significant amount of money more on a better blank and better guides which has no artwork.