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Old 01-31-2005, 03:47 PM
Gary W Gary W is offline
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I would suggest hacksawing the reel seat in a spiral and then "peeling" it off. Some heat may be required to soften the bonding agent/glue.

Obviously, you would have to remove the bottom handle but, as the taper is relatively steady at this point on most blanks, a new one could be made, reamed and slid on from the bottom of the blank.

I have not tried this myself but did put the same question to a rod builder of considerable experience and that was the answer he gave to me. I'm thinking about doing the same to two rods that I own. One is a badly balanced single hander that I think would make an ideal switch/short spey rod(11ft). So I'll have to strip the whole handle and probably the stripper guide off it.

If I get round to it soon, I'll let you know how I get on.
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Gary W
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