Installing Butt Caps Gimbals
Editor’s Note: Read a little more about Salty Dawg Bill’s background and then enjoy his step by step demo of how to install gimbals and but caps (Installing Butt Caps Gimbals) on your fishing rods.
My Step grandfather first taught me how to hand wrap rods in the late 60s, mostly bamboo rods on a notched cardboard box and a phone book for a thread tensioner. I would do my own repairs and build an occasional rod over the years. Went to work as a sign painter working for 2 different uncles who were master sign crafters. When the computer industry started taking over the sign business I went to work as a cabinet finisher until the doctors told me after 25 years of breathing lacquer and other exotic finishing fumes I should quit or die young. I started a painting contracting business in the 90’s, But really missed doing something creative. In 2004 I saw some pictures posted on bdoutdoors.com of a few guys that were wrapping some really nice rods and decided to pick up where I had left off. The materials had all changed since the last rod I had done, But with my background in exotic finishes it didn’t take long to get up to speed. I’ve found I can take a little bit from all my sign painting and cabinet finishing knowledge and incorporate it into design and building custom fishing rods and restoring and repairing old rods. So there ya have it. Give me a call and order your custom rod today!
Hope to see ya on the water sometime.
Salty Dawg Bill
Step 1: Build up the butt end with masking tape so the cap or gimbal will fit snug on the rod.
Step 2: Next with a sharp razor blade cut a strip or two out of the masking tape, leaving a channel and exposing the blank. This does two things, 1. Allows contact between the cap and blank and as a vent for air to escape when the cap is pushed on.
On heavier gear using gimbals I do at least 2 or 3 of these grooves so there is plenty of actual glue contact between the gimbal and the blank.
Step 3: This step is not needed with gimbals, as there is no pinhole in the bottom of a gimbal. For butt caps, there is a small pinhole in the bottom of the cap, I cut a small piece of black electrical tape and stick it down on the inside of the cap to cover the pinhole.
Step 4: Next I mix my epoxy right in the cap itself, enough to have the cap about 1/3 full after both parts have been added. Mix well and coat the inside walls of the cap well with the epoxy, sort of like frosting a cake.
Then make sure to dip out some of the glue with the stir stick and smear some glue on the edges of the tape where you cut out the strips.
Step 5: Twist the cap on, rotate it several times as you push it on, and that’s it, stand the rod up so the weight of the rod keeps everything in place while the glue sets. This works with 5 or 20-minute epoxy or paste epoxies