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Longevity of butt wraps.
Posted by: Peter Uveges (---)
Date: February 19, 2021 05:37PM

I've owned countless rods over the years and noticed the quality is cheap across the board in the finish quality. Heavily fished factory rods start to come apart a few years, and I was wondering about custom rods. How long do those 7 or 8 inch solid thread butt wraps last on a custom rod that was put together properly with high quality coatings.

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Re: Longevity of butt wraps.
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: February 19, 2021 06:06PM

I have many that are pushing 40 years of age and they're still fine.

Keep in mind that most commercially made rods are designed to last about 3 to 4 years. That is considered the lifetime of most fishing rods.

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Re: Longevity of butt wraps.
Posted by: Peter Uveges (---)
Date: February 19, 2021 06:13PM

Thanks.

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Re: Longevity of butt wraps.
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: February 20, 2021 10:46AM

The biggest problem I've seen with commercially made rods is in the very poor quality of the cork, which in time comes apart, and in the grip/reel seat epoxy failures. I think that cardboard is sometimes used for arbors, and not enough epoxy is used. I think others have seen their share, too, based on the many requests on forums for help in stabilizing a loose seat. Custom builders use better quality arbors and plenty of quality epoxy. Rods built as we build them should last generations if cared for properly.

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Re: Longevity of butt wraps.
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: February 20, 2021 11:55AM

My sturgeon rod's butt wrap was done in 1984, still looks nice as do all the other wraps and guides.

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Re: Longevity of butt wraps.
Posted by: Jay Burns (---)
Date: February 20, 2021 12:27PM

Agreed, i have a major name brand rod that has a cork grip peeling off. Quality is cheap, prices arent. Havent bought one off the rack since. Build quality to me is just different. I have and use heavily rods i built 10 yrs ago and look great.

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Re: Longevity of butt wraps.
Posted by: chris c nash (---.atmc.net)
Date: February 20, 2021 07:05PM

I have off the rack rods that still look and function perfectly after two decades or more of use but they are much pricier off the rack models . Well over the $100.00 mark , the cork is very very good and it came with top of the line Alps guides at the time .

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Re: Longevity of butt wraps.
Posted by: Richard Bowers (---.ptld.qwest.net)
Date: February 22, 2021 03:27PM

I have rods with diamond wraps that have been going strong for over 40 years. One of the advantages of an older rod is the finish that was used - it was typically Gudegbrod one part epoxy. if you have an old rod that has that epoxy, removing the thread and re-wrapping is very simple as that epoxy comes off very easily, much easier than a 2-part epoxy.

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