Cutting down a UC terminator.

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I have a 8/0 GP terminator blank that I’m considering cutting to 7/6. Will this completely ruin the fulcrum point and affect the end product detrimentally?
 
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    I've had between 2-5 inches cut from the bottom of other UC blanks and IMO I dont think it effects the action.
     
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    Hi 7,

    Since this came up on the forum, in my opinion, cutting 6 inches off any part of that blank, especially the bottom, will completely change the dynamics of that amazing GP Terminator.. When the angler efficiently bends most any of the GP products or most any rod into that last 6 inches of the bottom of the rod, this is where the power really develops, and ramps up brilliantly on that GP Terminator. In my opinion, The bottom action of the rods is what makes the GP series so amazing and even more so on the Terminator.

    The shorter leverage point on the rail or standup when taking away that 6 inches off the bottom will change most of the benefits of that stick, at least in how we use it here.. The GP Terminator is so special specifically because of how the entire stick behaves as the angler gets it to bend deep into and below the reel seat..

    Now, can you remove 6 inches, as it may not seem like a lot... Absolutely, but like John Holmes, if You reduce 6 inches off the base, the audience, the girl or the fish will not feel or see the same result... And the user may not appreciate their stick as much as they should.

    In short, I would not cut that stick down unless you have no other choice. Depending on what you are looking to do with that version of the rod, perhaps the GP 76 Predator might be more appropriate as it is designed for that length (Note, to my knowledge the 76 is not a cut down version of the 8 footer rather it is a different build). The 76 Pred is an amazing stick but very different from the Terminator.

    Respectfully,

    Jamie
     
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    I have a 8/0 GP terminator blank that I’m considering cutting to 7/6. Will this completely ruin the fulcrum point and affect the end product detrimentally?
    If Randy wanted that rod to be 7/6 , he would have designed it that way. I have a terminator and I love it. United composites makes 7/6 rods in that same line class! Too me, cutting that rod down would be a mistake! The dude is a mad scientist as far as rod building is concerned.
     
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    I’m definitely taking everyone’s advice and NOT cutting the blank, thanks to everyone for the advice!
    You would be amazed how hard you can pull on that rod! Plus the bait casting ability that a 8 foot rod gives you. It's a great all around workhorse of a 40# rod. I've caught a lot of wahoo on jigs fishing 50#. Great Guadalupe bait rod when there only eating 40# and in a pinch 50# . I've caught several Guadalupe yellowfin over 100# on it. I personally would want that rod in my quiver.
     
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    What reel did you pair with your Terminator? I have a Predator with a Mak 15T and love it.
    Move your 15T to the Terminator and you’ll never take it off. I fish one of mine with the 15T and the other with a Mak 15 both with 60lb top shots. The 15T and that blank are mad for each other and to fish the Lupe. I’ve had no issues with that Lupe grade YFT on that combo
     
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    Move your 15T to the Terminator and you’ll never take it off. I fish one of mine with the 15T and the other with a Mak 15 both with 60lb top shots. The 15T and that blank are mad for each other and to fish the Lupe. I’ve had no issues with that Lupe grade YFT on that combo
    And then get a 16 for the Predator, or would it be silly to just get another 15T?
     
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    You would be amazed how hard you can pull on that rod! Plus the bait casting ability that a 8 foot rod gives you. It's a great all around workhorse of a 40# rod. I've caught a lot of wahoo on jigs fishing 50#. Great Guadalupe bait rod when there only eating 40# and in a pinch 50# . I've caught several Guadalupe yellowfin over 100# on it. I personally would want that rod in my quiver.
    Which Terminator? Using the RGP Terminator for 40# would be disrespectful! I use the US Tilefish for 40#, it works for 50# too… great stick!
     
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