Custom Cork Handles

A few months back I posted about looking for a solution to add a grip to my Daiwa Seiryu X45. I tried a few things, had tennis racket tape on for a while. One day it occurred to me to that I could probably have a cork handle custom made by a rod builder. I googled “custom rod builder near me” and found a gentleman that builds beautiful fly rods about 15 min from my place of work. He was happy to help and the results are pretty fantastic. I dropped off 3 rods and have 2 of them back in my possession. The grips
In my opinion look fantastic and they really do enhance the fishability of the rods in my giant paws.





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The handles look really nice. For me I thought I would never like the rods without a foam or cork handle but have found that I like the sensitivity.

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They look amazing, glad they now work perfectly for you. Would you mind telling us the cost ?

they look nice!

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The Daiwa rod was not bad without the handle, it was pretty thick and easy to hold and I admit the cork handle on that rod was largely just cosmetic. The Coco 290 and the Hakubai 240 handles just didnt feel great to me. I thought about the loss of sensitivity but in the places I use these rods my strike detection is almost entirely visible so the trade off for comfort was worth it.

He charged me 45$ per handle.

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This is the Handle on the nissin air stage hakubai 240. Hopefully picking it up next week.

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Ryan,
These are beautiful.

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Agreed! They really exceeded my expectations.

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Those are really beautiful grips! Nice!!

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Picked up the hakubai yesterday. Real happy with how the whole set turned out and cant wait to get them on the water.

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I have to say, the person did a very impressive job.