Fishing is a pastime that you can do alone or with other people. It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to unwind after a hectic workweek. Whether you intend to catch some fish to take home or just enjoy fishing and releasing the fish that you caught, it can be an invigorating experience that you will want to do again and again. If you are an avid fisherman and have a favorite fishing rod, chances are the grip of your rod has been worn out from constant use. You can get a professional to regrip your fishing rod but this is one thing that you can do yourself. Once you have learned how to do this you will be glad that you took the time to learn as this is quite easy to do and will save you some cash. Here are the steps on how you can regrip your fishing rod.
- You can use a sharp blade to carefully cut through the foam on the fishing rod grip and stripping it off slowly or you can fashion a makeshift saw using two pieces of eight-inch long dowel rods and a short length of sixty to eighty-five pound braid. Tie each end of the braid to the two dowel rods securely.
- Anchor the fishing rod to make it steady as you work on it. Hold your makeshift saw in both hands and place the braid near one end of the fishing rod handle, as close as you can get underneath he foam. Move your hands in a sawing action to cut the foam to remove as much as you can.
- Use 400-grit sandpaper to remove the rest of the foam without damaging the blank underneath the foam. Remove any glue residue that may have been left. The blank should be very clean before you install a new grip.
- Get the new EVA pre-formed grip and slide it over the rod, pushing until you cannot move it anymore. Mark the point on the blank that the bottom of the new grip reaches and remove the grip. Apply epoxy glue generously starting at about two inches above the mark that you have made and down to the bottom of the blank where the new grip will rest against the butt.
- Soak the new EVA grip in very hot water for at least ten minutes to make it looser and easier for you to place it over the rod. Protect your hand by wearing work gloves so that you can slide the grip from the top to the correct position on the blank. Clean off the excess epoxy glue with acetone or epoxy cleaner.
- Replace the guides that you have removed initially prior to removing the foam. Make sure that you secure them firmly on the rod by using thread wrapped around the guides and then adding epoxy glue to the thread.
Although the process of removing the foam and replacing it may take some time on your first try, it will get easier as you become used to doing it. Use slow-drying epoxy glue which will allow for glue to cure slowly and make the foam stick better to the blank. Foam will soak up water so you should wash your grip and blot it dry before storage to prolong its life.