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Modification to Wright McGill
Posted by: Warren Bailey (---.washdc.fios.verizon.net)
Date: June 10, 2019 06:50PM

Hello all. I’m new here.

I came looking for advise on how to modify a rod handed down to me by my grandfather. It’s a Wright & McGill “Sweetheart” 6’ casting rod. It is two piece, the rod section and the reel seat/handle section. The handle section is the “drop” type and its not comfortable to cast or fish with.

The butt end of the rod section has a ferrule that mates to the handle section. I assume there is a way to mate the rod to a new reel seat and handle, but I’m not sure how to do this. I have built one rod before. It was a spinning rod and that was around 1978-79 or so. I fished that rod enough to wear a groove in the guide closest to the reel. Anyway.....

The current handle is 18” in overall length with the reel seat starting 5” back. It’s cork and I would prefer using cork. Is it a matter of removing the rod ferrule, measuring it’s O D and finding a reel seat section with a matching I D and adhere them? Or build a reel seat section that accepts the existing ferrule?

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.

Warren

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Re: Modification to Wright McGill
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (172.58.45.---)
Date: June 10, 2019 07:03PM

Go to our library and look for the article on extending rod blanks. See if that's got any relevance to what you want to do. Your ferrule may not need to come off.

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Re: Modification to Wright McGill
Posted by: Tom Wewerka (---.bltmmd.fios.verizon.net)
Date: June 11, 2019 08:58AM

Warren best of luck to you on extending your rod.

Tom

tomscustomrods.com

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Re: Modification to Wright McGill
Posted by: Warren Bailey (---.hsd1.va.comcast.net)
Date: June 11, 2019 10:14AM

Tom Wewerka Wrote:
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> Warren best of luck to you on extending your
> rod.
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> Tom
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> tomscustomrods.com

Tom,

I’m actually still going to send it to you.

Thanks

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