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Need Help with a Flyrod reel seat

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Hi all. Building my first light fly rod. The seat came to me in many pieces. There is the wooden piece underneath, then a couple of metal parts that hold the reel down and finish out the seat. Do I just glue it all together? I used masking tape bushings to make the main wooden part fit tight but the metal parts just slide off of it, particulary the bottom threaded part and the plug. Id like to glue it but afraid I might get excess glue on the wooden section. Thanks for your help.

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Tim,

 

Don't know if you did this already, but if you have not - then you might want to try this. It has been a while since I put a freshwater rod together, but depending on the reel seet - the uplcking reel seat hood is either in a slight recess of the cork grip, or it is a flush mount. i would lightly coat the end of the wooden insert where it meets the wooden spacer with a little epoxy - then slide the wooden spacer over the masking tape bushings that is also coated with a good amont of epoxy (fiberglass sheetrock tape works good for this too) and fit it into the reel seat hood up by the handle. So now you have the wooden reelseat snugged up to the handle and the top part of the reel seat in the proper location. Then I coat the bottom portion of the wooden reel seat where the threaded bottom of the reel seat is to be seated and slide that on. then expoxy any reel seat cap on and then make sure everything is lined up - that is why a longer setting epoxy is helpful (30min).

 

Good luck,

 

Pete

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