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Shorten a rod?

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Category: Saltwater Fishing
Forum Name: Rod Building
Forum Description: Rod building chat here
Printed Date: 04 Jul 2020 at 2:02am

Topic: Shorten a rod?
Posted By: BlindFishingNZ
Subject: Shorten a rod?
Date Posted: 27 May 2017 at 9:20pm
Guys, quick question, I have a rod that I wish was a foot shorter, is it viable to just cut off a foot and re tip it?
I realise it will change the line weight and action etc, that's ok, just want to know if it's worth doing, or just get a already shorter rod!

Posted By: Catchelot
Date Posted: 27 May 2017 at 9:32pm
Can you explain why you want it shorter?

Most rods are designed and then manufactured for a specific action and line weight. With this comes rod length also.

If you chop the end off it will lose sensitivity, casting ability and soft/forgiveness when you need it...

Posted By: jonocoogee
Date Posted: 27 May 2017 at 10:08pm
i would say no, most blanks are designed with a certain taper/action etc. A foot off is a lot, I would sell it and get something similar but shorter. out of interest what kinda of rod is it?

TAS - Its a real disease

Posted By: Norseman
Date Posted: 28 May 2017 at 8:25am
If you still want to shorten it you don't have to remove all from the top. Maybe take 9 inches from the butt section and 3 off the top or any combination of 12 inches.

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." St. Francis de Sales

Posted By: muchalls
Date Posted: 28 May 2017 at 9:52am
Done properly you'd need to strip to the blank and put on a new grip, reel seat and guides...
Get another rod, sell this one

Posted By: Steps
Date Posted: 28 May 2017 at 9:58am
My okuma 7' 6" 6 to 10 soft bait/stray line, I snapped 10" off the top in the truck couple yrs back... gutted.
Replaced with my nano matrix, both now within an inch overall length of each other.
Did want to eventually have a dedicated soft bait and a dedicated stray line rod
Anyway since the tip was so fine, cleaned it up and put a new tip on it.
And Damn, its  considerably better than a Catalina or extreme, nearly as good as the nano.
And recently updated the okuma reel on the nano to a 4000 thunnus... dont underestimate the effect a good reel has on casting.. distance and accuracy.. once you get the distance right again.
 Put the thunnus on the old fixed okuma.. again huge difference.
So much depends on what rod, what what reel and what using it for and how deep the pockets are..

Posted By: BlindFishingNZ
Date Posted: 28 May 2017 at 10:04am
Thanks guys, new rod it is, damn, have to buy more fishing gear, bummer!
It's a Shimano backbone given me by Uncle here on the forum, it's 7', I can't see and need to reach the tip quite often for various reasons, and the 7' rods are just that little bit too long to make that easy!
My last rod had the top 4 or 5" snapped off in a van door, and when I went to throw it away, someone said they'd take it and get it retipped, now they're using it quite happily, so thought I'd ask about this one!
Wouldn't necessarily have to be a foot, even 6" would probably do, but I'm not interested in changing the whole rod to make it happen!
Thanks for the replies!

Posted By: gtrbaby
Date Posted: 29 May 2017 at 3:12pm
Just do it - yeah it will effect the "manufacturers intended performance"  but it's yuour rod dude - do with it as you please
hell, I'll do it for you if you want Smile

Posted By: Uncle
Date Posted: 29 May 2017 at 7:50pm
imo, it would be a shame to shorten it Tony.
Ok if it gets the treatment in a car door but otherwise, no.LOL

There must be oodles of rods out there, not being used.
Can anybody spare one, say 6' or 6'6" 6kg overhead?

Tony is doing a great job getting his blind fishing club up & running.
A bit of help from our community would be a good thing.

Posted By: muchalls
Date Posted: 30 May 2017 at 3:27pm
Well if it's for a good cause....
How about this?
Abu Garcia PE 0.8 - 1.5

Just pm me the address

Posted By: Uncle
Date Posted: 30 May 2017 at 4:30pm
You're a good man Charlie.

I'll get hold of Tony & let him know.

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