Hey there looking for the recommended guide spacing/grip length for the new GSA1082H.
Thanks in advance,
4 1/2, 9 1/2, 15, 21 1/2, 28 1/2, 37 1/4, 47, 57 1/2, 69. Starting at the stripper guide, # 16 double foot, #12 df, # 10 df, than # 8 sf to the tip.
Tip top tube size depends on the blank itself, it's well within standards for it to be 1 size smaller or larger than the # 6, or 6/64ths listed in the catalog. If you haven't the blank yet, your supplier can size the tip top and ship it along. So your tip top could be a 5.5, 6 or 6.5 tube with a #8 ring.
No one knows as much as all of us.
Thank you for the info. How about the grip dimensions?
Rear grip somewhere between 13 and 14 inches, 14 seems to be a popular premade grip length, it can be shortened as needed. What you don't want is a length that allows the grip to go past your bent elbow in length, as this will keep the grip from snagging your outer clothing,coats, or life jackets while fishing.
Fore grip in the 3 1/2 to 4 inch range. Just love the original Kenai foregrip shape and size from the earlier Lamiglas rods. It was 4 inches long, no taper and same diameter as the rear grip, but the last 1 inch had a rounded end much like a cigar tip that had been trimmed, there was a small flat area on the tip for the winding check to seat against. Not the prettiest, but super comfortable to carry, or fish with, I make my own for salmon rods.
One last thing I've seen, size your reelseat on the rod to the size foot on the reel your using, not the diameter/size of the rod blank. Many saltwater style reels have a larger and wider reel foot and the smaller reel seats that may fit the rod blank will not fit all reels. Shimano Tekota reels are popular here, they won't fit all salmon rods from many manufacturers I'm told. My C3 & 4 Abus and Quantum Cabo PTs aren't a problem as they have the small foot.
Thanks for all the info. This is only the second rod I've wrapped but I am thoroughly pleased with my first tod I built. I have an an c4 that I'm putting on this rod so what size seat would that require? I thought the size was the id of the reel seat. Please school me on real seat sizes. Thanks so much for the help!
C4 reel seats are average sized so I would not worry to much about it, but if you are going to use say a shimano Tekota than you will need to use a larger saltwater sized reel seat as they have a larger reel foot. Hope this helps.
Using generalities because I haven't checked all seats, and this info is on all the good sites like for instance Mudhole, 16 mm casting trigger reelseets are 4.5 in long, 17mm are 4.9 in., and 18mm are 5.3 in. The hoods and pockets are correspondingly larger also.
If you look in rod catalogs some casting rods don't have triggers, you woulden't want one one a rod and reel set up you can not palm. Now the trigger starts getting in the way as the reels get bigger and hand position gets real uncomfortable, here you see the straight grips that don't restrict hand movement.
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