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Modifying casting rod

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Dear Al:

I have an 8'6" casting rod which I find to be

too "whippy" to handle the lures I wish to throw with it. My thoughts were to begin taking inches off the end until I reach the desired action. I know you might say why did you buy it but we all make mistakes and I don"t feel like buying another rod as I already have a smaller rod which handles 1oz.

quite well. If I don't change the rod it will continue to sit idle.


Now is my idea feasible,and if so is there

any tricks or warnings?



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I trim blanks all the time to get the action I want.


First, is it a custom or production rod. If it's production, the odds are that it has too few guides and the guide positions are not correct. Then I would completely strip off all the guides. Trim the tip to the desired action and then reposition your guides with the proper number and rewrap.


If it's a custom rod then I would slowly cut from the tip in half inch segments until I acheived the desired action. If there is sufficient tip left to the first guide then just glue on a new tip. If there is not much tip left then you may have to reposition the first two or three guides.


Let me know how you do.


Al G.

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