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How can I add a grip to a factory rod?

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I bought a Shimano Tescata rod for light fluking. It's meant to be used with their Lucanus jigs; it's one of those skinny rods that will lift your dog off the floor if you want to bend it double, but the first third of the rod is soft and progressive and I think it's going to be just what I like.

 

BUT look at the thing. There's no foregrip - there's nothing to hold onto if you want to lay line with your thumb, or lift a skate.

 

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So I'm looking for suggestions for adding a little more foregrip. Three inches would do it, but I'd take six. I tried to slit a cork ring and slip it over the rod, but it cracked. I steamed the hell out of a couple more and they bent more, but still broke. Maybe it's going to be cork tape, or cord. In that case I'll need to know how to build up the foundation. The rod looks stupid enough already that I'm not overly concerned with appearance.

 

Any ideas will be appreciated.

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View Post hold it like a gun thats what it was meant for.smile.gif

 

You're right about that. You're intended to fish it with a Calcutta levelwind reel. From time to time, though, I like to have something to say about how the line's going down on the spool. Not to mention that the Calcutta seems to cost $300 more than that pretty little blue Avet. biggrin.gif

 

Maybe it's dumb to try to make the rod something it's not, but the action feels nice, it's amazingly light, and I hope I can make it comfortable to fish.

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For a split cork foregrip application , I would put the two halves on with epoxy and then wrap them tight with D thread not continuous but maybe a 1/2 inch band thenn a wide spiral up 2 inches then another 1/2 inch band etc and finish with another wide band on the top end. Then of you want , put the heavy cord and shrink wrap or just the shrink wrap.

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