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RBF: Handle rework on an older Scott Spey Rod
Posted 11 May 2014 - 05:15 AM
I took my original Scott 1409 and did the following:
Sanded the upper grip down to a smaller diameter (from about 1.2″ to 1.0″), and removed the upper hand finger notch.
Remove 1.5″ off the lower handle and add a new butt fitted in a double tenon onto the rod and then cork.
Add a 1.3 oz lead bar into the lower handle.
The butt is constructed from African Blackwood and a Raspberry Rhino-Plastic Turning Blank. The pieces where independently turned, but turned to be a tight and double tenon adjoining fit. There is no varnish and relying on the properties of the material for protection. The African Blackwood was finished with 600 grit, while the plastic was finished to 6000 (wet mesh). The red was chosen to match the Scott writing above the handle.
Why? As a short-arm Scandi-Skagit caster, were full arm extension is painful for me, I need to move the balance point down, ligthen the reel and make the handle more comfortable to hold on the swing.
This has allowed me to remove weight off (T17) the reel, and the balance point is now 16.5″ from the butt, versus 19+" with the weighted reel.
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