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Old 05-02-2002, 05:22 PM
Nooksack Mac Nooksack Mac is offline
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I do it about the same way as John. If you have a favorite rod handle, work with it close by as a visual/tactile template. With calipers, you can copy and match a grip's diameter at any point.
Working freehand, you can custom-fit a grip. I frequently leave a flat or gentle concavity on the top/front of a single-handed fly rod, for my thumb, and sometimes I make a slight concavity on the rear side of the grip for the pad of my hand (on the left side, since I'm a port-sider).
Work slowly; test frequently. You can grind cork off, but you can't put it back. (Except as glue/dust caulking for the pits.)
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