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Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« on: September 25, 2017, 10:07:27 PM »

What happens to a fishing rod if one cuts off a few inches of the handle/end?

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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 04:27:55 AM »

It has a shorter handle. Lol

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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 06:08:52 AM »

It has a shorter handle. Lol

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If you don't move the reel seat, you'll change the balance and it will probably have an effect on casting and comfort. Of course, it the rod is unbalanced or butt heavy, you might improve the balance. Shortening the handle/butt could also change the ability to manage a big fish as well. 
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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 08:45:51 AM »

I agree with Princeton_Man.
Cutting the butt end shorter and not moving the reel seat can really affect the balance on the rod. A well balanced rod makes your wrist happy when fishing all day.
A Friend of mine had a rod shortened by a custom builder here and he is totally happy with it. Not sure what Tom did to balance it out but it works for him.
I would see where it balances with the reel on it before cutting it. If you remove enough to affect that balance you might want to add some split shot epoxied inside the blank. Test fit the rod with all the parts and weight before epoxying it.
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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 10:16:51 AM »

You will also change the amount of leverage and control you have when fighting a fish.  Longer rods help in fish fighting not because to the length from the reel seat to the tip, but the length from the reel seat to the butt.  Next time you hook a fish, hold the rod at the butt with one hand. then use one hand to hold the rod above the reel seat.  You have much more control with a longer butt to brace against your arm or your body.
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 12:10:58 PM »

Itís a jigging rod, one of those with a long handle. I dropped it the other day, and it cracked two inches from the butt end.
I thought about cutting those two inches off or doing something to it to at least be able to use it for any other technique.

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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 09:27:39 AM »

Split grip? Cracked or broken?  Cracked you can wrap with rod winding thread and finish it off with epoxy and it should last. Broken, you can run a dowel or a graphite or fiberglass rod (tip of a broken rod) up the handle and glue in place.  If you have to cut the handle down it might be awkward to cast and fish with....or it might also turn out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread.. I would try to fix it first, cut it down last.
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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 04:05:42 PM »

Casting or handling it should not be a problem.
My main concern is if it changes the rodís power and action.
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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2017, 04:10:13 PM »

Casting or handling it should not be a problem.
My main concern is if it changes the rodís power and action.

No. Only if you take some length off the tip of the rod will it alter the overall action a bit.
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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2017, 04:14:32 PM »

No. Only if you take some length off the tip of the rod will it alter the overall action a bit.

Thanks! That answers my main concern.

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Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2017, 03:53:23 AM »

The action is defined in the top 18 inches of the blank for most rods. Only a moderate action rod is impacted in the middle third of the blank. Two inches from the butt will have zero impact on the action.


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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2017, 03:43:54 PM »

Thanks FD!

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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2017, 09:18:29 PM »

I actually purchased a rod while on vacation years ago and later found the split handle was just too long for
my comfort (this was a spinning rod).  I had my custom rod builder shorten and redo the cork in the rear as well as the butt cap.  It turned out great, of course I lent him my reel to see how the balance was after the change. It was actually better then Okuma made it.  That rod handles light cranks like floating Rapalas like magic. It casts them a country mile and has a perfect action for light jerk baits and minnow baits.
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Re: Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2017, 10:16:41 PM »

I have custom rod on order made with 7'6" blank shortened three inches - it can be done.
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Cutting off a few inches of a Rod.
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2017, 08:49:42 PM »

Any particular tool or method to cut the 2 inches?
I have everything from a dremel tool to an electric saw.
Anything I should be aware of?

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