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Old 01-26-2005, 08:03 PM
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changing a reel seat

Hey guys I need some direction on swapping a reel seat on a Two Hander. The foot on the reel won't fit and the reel is worth more than the rod.

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Old 01-31-2005, 04:47 PM
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Andre,

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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Old 01-31-2005, 07:31 PM
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I've done this too. It helps to clamp the rod in a shop vise by its reel seat or lower grip; you don't have to worry about damaging them. Make a spiral cut with a hacksaw; I hope that neither end of the reel seat is buried under the upper handle. It helps to use two pliers to pull the sawed-through reel seat apart. Carefull; they're sharp.
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Old 02-04-2005, 05:17 PM
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Thanks, gives me a projrct for the late spring sounds like a plan...

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