Help with wraps - Modified Maniform Grip
Posted 17 June 2006 - 07:31 PM
Pain is a great motivator and finally today I decided to do something with that broken grip. Because of it's werid shape, regular cork rings wouldn't fit. So I bought a peice of sheet burl and cut a couple of pieces to fit (they became "accent pieces) and glued cork rings between them (1 @ 1 1/2 and [email protected] 1 1/4"). Than the I cut 1/2" off the rear of the grip to reduce the length (I have small hands) and weight. The grip is about 1" shorter than a regular mainform grip.
I mounted the grip on a Damon 8'6", 5wt Chateaugue blank (glossy chestnut brown) that I had on hand and added the lightest acrylic reel seat (Dave Winslow's Insert /cappucino/black hardware) I had.
What a weird Ugly Duckling it turned out to be! I am almost embarrassed to be seen with it. My only hope now is to find the right thread colors to match the reel seat. Kinda like putting a flower hat on a donkey!
The Cappucino reel seat has deep shades of brown with a golden-tan glow. I am going to use black singlefoot guides to match the reel seat hardware. WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE I USE FOR WRAPS & ACCENT?
Posted 20 June 2006 - 08:36 PM
I'd have to agree with Whirnot, dark brown and copper would look nice with that seat. It looks almost flame-like in the picture.
Posted 20 June 2006 - 10:31 PM
I'll let you know how the rod grip works out. I can tell that one disadvantage is that it doesn't fit in a slim rod tube and if I keep it I will have to use a 3 inch or one of the triangle tubes that I use for 3 piece rods.
Posted 22 June 2006 - 09:02 AM
Better planning required next time.
If I had made a few wraps on the butt of the rod blank and covered them with epoxy to experiment with colors it would have saved me some anxiety and they would have been covered by the grip later.
Live and learn!
Posted 22 June 2006 - 09:45 AM
I usually just try a test wrap anywhere on the blank. then put some water on it. It gives you a real close idea of the finished look.
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