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Taping reel to rod

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I have seen a bunch of people that tape their reel to the rod. Can you guys get into this for me. I am thinking of having a 136 2m/3m lamiglas built. Should I put a reel seat in?

thanks
post #2 of 16
You can tape it on if you wan't but if you wan't it steady I would use fiberglass reinforced packing tape first followed by electrical tape. Don't just use elctrical tape. I was out fishing yesterday and had a rod that I used just the electrical on (could't find my reinforced tape) The reel was moving around quite a bit while fishing under some stress bringing in large stripers. I never had a problem with the 2 tape system. You could use a plate reel seat too and just tape that on or just use a regular reel seat (the most stable option)
post #3 of 16
I like a reel seat and if the proper size for the reel is used it will lock in perfectly with little to no wobble.

A lot of people tape their reels on , especially spinners, with black electrical tape. I think most do this so that the blank and rod diameter where they grab the reel is as small as possible in their hands.

Its also a lot easier to adjust the reel position if you tape it on so many who are not sure where they will weant the reel on a particular rod tape it on and move it up and down by retapeing until they find the exact spot they like.

Its also easier to build the rod in the first place with no seat as you have no junction fore and aft of the seat to account for. Its also easier to replace the handle material like cork tape and foam if there is no reel seat. many easier things about taping the reel on but I still prefer a reel seat.
post #4 of 16
I agree Saltheart. The rod in question that I was using was built in one hour a while back, total rush job, didn't have a suitable seat on hand. It had a cord grip fore and aft of a cork tape section for the reel. It will be getting a seat when I have the time. On smaller duty setups though the tape thing is quite comfortable and rarely do I have an issue.
post #5 of 16
i just like being able to take the reel off for storage and cleaning. you can tape it one and get it secure, and in nov/dec it will be a lot warmer for your hand but i just know i would cut the grip up when it comes time to take it off
post #6 of 16
Why not use coasters? The ones designed for a rod; not hose clamps? C2
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks for the replys
post #8 of 16
with a spinner taping is an option.
with a conventional it is not an option.
post #9 of 16
i have a 704z taped to a 1362m and at first with just tape it was too loose so i went back and wrapped the reel on with size d thread like a guide foot then one lite coat of finish just to seal the thread then tape over that and its pretty solid, it flexs slightly with a fish on but its not moving.
post #10 of 16
I have a GSB 120 1M, no reel seat. Just electrical tape nice and tight. No problems.
mtkstriper
post #11 of 16
Another option if you have cork tape on rod. You can get Fufi fs6bplate type reel seat. You can wrap the ends with thread and epoxy. Then attach reel(better with spinning) It has locking slide. Then if you want to put more tape

on it is easy to remove. Have used it with out extra tape and worked fine.
post #12 of 16
If you are going to use tape you should consider the tape sold by West Marine - self annealing - used for sailboat rigging. You stretch it as you put it on.
I only build fly rods so I am not a good source of info - but I would put a graphite seat on it.

Herb
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
fisherguy,

you have the setup I want to build. I dream of walking the beaches but in truth, I have a boat and only fish the beach in the fall and spring. This would be my first beach rod and feel it would be pretty versatile.

Thanks again
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by sinfish View Post
fisherguy,

you have the setup I want to build. I dream of walking the beaches but in truth, I have a boat and only fish the beach in the fall and spring. This would be my first beach rod and feel it would be pretty versatile.

Thanks again

actually i might not have been clear or maybe i confused the modle number mine is an SB136 2m the honey glass rod, not something i like to use for walking the beachs most days due to the weight and the action is really best suited for live lining off jetties or pencil popping or big swimmers. it will throw just about anything but its a heavy rod to work for more then a couple hours..
i would actually like to have a graphite version for more all purpose use.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by FISH BUCKET View Post
with a spinner taping is an option.
with a conventional it is not an option.


Why is taping not an option with a conventional reel?

Not being a wise acre; just wondering why. Thanks. C2
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