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Reel Tape Job Questions

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So I just picked up my first rod without a reel seat. It will be my first time taping a reel to a rod. Wanted to know anything and everything about setting up this way.

 

What type of tape.

What are your own ways of protecting the rod/cork or wrap.

What's the best way to figure out the distance from the butt to the reel stem... etc.

 

Again, any info will be welcome and greatly appreciated.

 

JC

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Determine where you want the reel to be positioned. For me it's a feel thing.

 

2 layers of friction tape then tape the reel on top of the friction tape using electrical tape.

 

That's how I was shown to do it around 40 years ago.

 

Bernzy

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I have always used a partial roll of tape to wrap the reel stem to the rod.

 

This allows you to put a lot of pressure as you wrap it.

 

I like to use good electrical tape 3M

 

Cheap stuff will stretch then pull back always leaving a sticky mess.

 

If you wrap right up the stem also it will be warmer in cold weather.

 

I wrap one way say clockwise, check the reel position then I go counter clockwise over this.

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Thanks for all the info guys. Just some more questions.

 

How do you center the reel? By eye? From the collecting guide?

Is friction tape the same as hockey tape?

Do you take the spool off while taping to make it easier to get the roll of tape around the rod/reel stem?

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Taping reels on, I believe, started when reel seat designs were bulky, of poor quality and tended to loosen...especially in cold weather. When I started, I taped on my reels at the suggestion of more experienced guys. I hated it. It is a pain in the @ss to tape a reel on straight so that it lines up with the guides. Even if you do, the reel will often turn making it out of line. I much prefer using a Fuji reel seat. Fuji seats are not bulky and do not loosen. I had my rod builder tie one on my rod. But you can also tape a reel seat on using electrical tape. If you tape a reel (or seat) DO NOT use cheap tape....use high quality electrical tape such as 3M brand. It won't stretch as much and is more likely to hold things in place. Good luck.

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