Rail Rod questions?

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Reel Fancy

Newbie
Aug 14, 2015
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Oregon
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Jim Underwood
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24' Northriver
I'm starting a new rod for myself, its a United Composite CX70 Viper and I'm not sure how long of a foregrip to put on. I usually put a 12" one on my Albacore rods, but I see some really long ones on the LR boats.

Also, the rear grip, I normally use a 10" rear grip that put a Alps reel seat about 15" to center from end of a butt cap.

But I see guys with the butt of the rod under their arm pit with the foregrip on the rail while they are putting the beans on a large Tuna.

Any input would be greatly appreciated as I don't want to mess up this blank.
 
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Chandler Carpenter

@doublecrods on Instagram
Aug 29, 2016
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Chandler Carpenter
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I just build a CX76 Viper. My fore grip is 18" and my rear grip I did a 12" piece of hypalon with butt cap and the reel seat threads to the rear, it put my reel in the right spot for me. I used a saw horse to imitate the rail and tested various lengths of each until it felt right.
 
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Hector Garcia

@hectorscustomrods on instagram
  • Dec 28, 2017
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    Lake Los Angeles, CA
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    Hector Garcia
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    I need a ride.
    Rail foregrips range from 16-18in. I put 18in grips on my rail rod builds with a 10-12in rear plus butt cap. Its all preference. Ive made 15in rear grip so a guy could mount the rod under his legs and straddle the rof while pulling on huge fish.
     
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    mike garrahan

    TheSabreGuy
    Sep 7, 2007
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    la habra hts
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    mike garrahan
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    23 ft. crestliner
    I have built a bunch of railrods for fishing Guadalupe the last few years. Through trial and error I have found what works best for me. I like a front grip that is about 16" to 18" long. I have also found that I like a pretty good size diameter on the front grip. Skinny grips just don't feel right.
    I have tried straight hypalon, EVA, cork tape, tuna cord etc. for the front grip but what seems to work best for me is cork tape covered by shrink tube. I usually use two layers of 1/16" cork tape covered by X flock shrink tube with a thin layer of rod bond to keep the shrink tube from slipping around. For the rear grip I usually use 12" hypalon with a 1.5" but cap. I have tried longer rear grips but they are awkward to move around when you are changing positions with the rod and the 13.5" rear grip works fine for the way I fish the rail.
     
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    Intrepid Fan

    No Cal Lou
    Oct 1, 2009
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    Green Valley, Az
    Name
    Lou Salatich
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    none
    Rail foregrips range from 16-18in. I put 18in grips on my rail rod builds with a 10-12in rear plus butt cap. Its all preference. Ive made 15in rear grip so a guy could mount the rod under his legs and straddle the rof while pulling on huge fish.

    Putting thr rod to pull on a big fish would decimate my balls
     
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    LB.

    Lb’s Customs
    Aug 29, 2018
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    La Crescenta CA
    Name
    Ralph ‘Lb’ H.
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    Outrider-Mirage-Excel-Shogun-Endeavor
    I usually do 12”-13” rear, and 14”-16” front with the ALPS centra lock seat.
     
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    Reel Fancy

    Newbie
    Aug 14, 2015
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    Oregon
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    Jim Underwood
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    24' Northriver
    Thanks for all the input.

    I think I will start with a 12" rear and a 16" fore grip as that is what I have in stock.

    I just realized I ordered too small of guides for it, I think I should use size 12 runners and tip. I have size 10, but think that will be too small for 100# topshots.

    I also ordered a size 20 for my stripper guide, but think I need a 25.

    I haven't ordered a new reel for this rod yet.

    Thanks again for all the help with this, it really give me something to think about before I start gluing things up.
     
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    LB.

    Lb’s Customs
    Aug 29, 2018
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    La Crescenta CA
    Name
    Ralph ‘Lb’ H.
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    Outrider-Mirage-Excel-Shogun-Endeavor
    Thanks for all the input.

    I think I will start with a 12" rear and a 16" fore grip as that is what I have in stock.

    I just realized I ordered too small of guides for it, I think I should use size 12 runners and tip. I have size 10, but think that will be too small for 100# topshots.

    I also ordered a size 20 for my stripper guide, but think I need a 25.

    I haven't ordered a new reel for this rod yet.

    Thanks again for all the help with this, it really give me something to think about before I start gluing things up.
    I’d go w 25 for the stripper, and in my opinion, 10’s are fine. Good luck.
     
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