Anybody ever saw off 3 inches of rod handle on the butt end and then put a cap on it with some weights to rebalance it? Iím thinking this is the best thing for me to do to get the rod I want for jerkbaits and topwaters and have a short enough handle on the back side to keep it out of my mid section as Iím working the bait. I can order a balancing kit from Mudhole for $10.
Iím thinking a St. Croix Premier spinning rod in a 6í length, cause I fish from a really small boat and sometimes the shoreline also, so I want one that wonít touch water or ground when Iím jerking the lure with the tip down. The handle is still too long though. Taking about 2-3 inches off would be ideal. I already know the reel I would want balances pretty well on the 6í6Ē version, and might be a touch heavy on the 6í0Ē rod. Taking a little off would help with that but then it also might just mess it up but good, too! A balance kit might be just the thing then, right?
Would I need to do any sort of epoxy on the rod after I cut it to preserve the graphite fibers from splintering inside? I have a very fine tooth Japanese pull saw for woodworking that I would use to cut it. It leaves an extremely smooth cut in wood.