Unibutt question

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by Lucky 13, May 31, 2012.

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  1. Lucky 13

    Hi guys,

    I am going to be building a heavy stand-up rod and will be using a unibutt. Is it better to cut the rod to match the inner diameter of the ferrule, or cut it smaller and tape the difference? Will one of these provide more strength? Does it matter?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Zombie

    That kind of depends on what you want the overall rod length to be. I prefer to have the rod blank somewhat match the ferrule vs. having to use thick shims. Now, having said that, I do like small shims so that there is sufficient glue in the voids to really secure the blank to the ferrule. If the rod blank is too tight there might not be enough glue to really hold it.
  3. FAT CAT

    I'd second Randy's answer and add that I use Marine-Tec paste epoxy for this connection and have never had a failure.
  4. Lucky 13

    Ok thanks guys.

    What kind of shims do you use?
  5. Zombie

    I use masking tape shims. I like to have the thickness of about a MM and width of 1/2" -3/4." Space them apart so there are about 1" voids. I also make sure and scuff the blank and ferrule inside. That's just how I do it.
  6. Lucky 13

    Thanks for the advice. It is greatly appreciated.