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Leo Moore

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I would like to try this product and have watched some videos. My question is, do I do the burled (I believe that's the correct term) cork butt cap? The rod also has burled cork rings on both ends of the reel seat and at the front end of the cork. Do these too?

Thank for any help.

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Cork filler is usually not used on the butt cap, as the cap is subject to more abuse than the other end-pieces of the handles.
Most rod builders use rubberized cork on the butt cap. It's more durable than cork burl. Some  use shellac, varnish or super glue as a sealer on the butt cap. It does bring out a richer color, but it creates a very smooth, slippery surface and it slides around on your clothing when fighting a fish. I like having a "grippy" surface as an anchor point.

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Leo Moore

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I'm talking about cork sealer, not cork filler. The rod in question is a Guideline LeCie. The butt cap is not solid black. Maybe it is rubberized cork. I don't know much about rods.
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If I remember correctly, the butt cap and trim ring on the LeCie were a rubberized material. U-40 sealer is a penetrating compound and I doubt it would soak in properly. You may get some peeling and flaking... I would probably just do the normal cork, and leave the butt cap and trim alone. My $.02
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My bad, Leo. I meant "cork sealer", not filler, as you clearly indicated in you original post.
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Just finished this rod with (sealed) burl cork-ends and an (unsealed) rubberized cork end-cap.
Have fun with your project.

MIke's comp rod.jpg  MI Handle.jpg


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Rob Wennersten

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Very nicely done!
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Originally Posted by Rob Wennersten
Very nicely done!


I'll second that.
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