This is Part 3 in a series on building your own custom rods. If you haven’t already, I suggest checking out the previous installments before watching this video.
Part 1 – Getting Started
Part 2 – Fitting the Rod and Choosing a Wrap Style
Once you’ve purchased your components, decided on your wrap style and measured the rod to fit it to your body style you’re ready to build and that starts with assembling your handle. There are three basic handle styles and from simplest to most involved they are the deckhand style, the standard grip with reel seat and the split grip with reel seat.
Installing a deckhand grip is as simple as wrapping one or two layers of cork tape over the blank. If you want you can add shrink tubing or Winn Grip Over Wrap. To install the other two handle types you will need epoxy and I recommend u40 Rod Bond. Batson Enterprises offers both ALPS and Forecast reel seats that will cover any style of rod you’re building and also provides EVA grips.
The beauty of using EVA grips is that you can cut them to whatever length you’d like and they are easily shaped using sand paper.
Pick up those rod components and get that handle installed because my next video will be covering laying out the rod, guide prep, wrapping and finishing.