Is the cork on your fly rod important?

If you take a lesson from a golf pro, your grip is the first thing he’ll look at. Grip might not be that important when it comes to casting a fly rod, but for many of us, the way we hold the rod is almost an afterthought – and it is. is a mistake.

I know for sure that the type of grip on a fly rod is rarely considered by many. But you’d be surprised how much a grip (usually made by squeezing and gluing Portuguese cork rings together, then shaving the grip into shape) costs in the first place, and how that can influence how you cast.

Much of this has to do with the action of the rod, as well as the fisherman’s throwing stroke. For example, the most common handles these days are probably the half wells, which are flared at the top (with an area of ​​depression – a full well has two), and the western handle, which has a cone shaped instead. cigar.

I prefer a half well most of the time, because I throw my thumb on the grip, and I like to choke on the rod. Plus, I really like to feel the rod load right into the grip. that this zone of depression accentuates, especially when I throw distance.

On the other hand, if you throw with your index finger on the top of the grip (like Lee Wulff did), or even if you just like a lighter feel, the cigar cone might be the best for you. These grips also seem better suited to lighter rods designed to make more delicate presentations with shorter casts.

Another thing I really take care of these days is the diameter of a handle. I sometimes oversize my golf grips to prevent my hands from over-tightening, and I like a slightly larger grip on a fly rod for the same reason. If my hand is a bit more relaxed, I throw more straight and I’m certainly less tired at the end of the day – and not just my hand, but my entire arm and shoulder as well. It all starts with getting started, in my opinion.

If you are in pain after a day of fly fishing I suggest you consider changing the grip. You can DIY to fix any handle as well, but I appreciate rod makers who think about handles beyond cosmetics.

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