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I have an 8 ft phenix casting rod that I would like to shorten. The handle is just ackward to me and I would like to shorten it. What would be the preferred method to do this? (Cut with bandsaw?) what glue or epoxy do you use to replace the but cap? This handle is a mixture of Eva and cork if but the part I'll be cutting is foam. All suggestions are appreciated. This rod is new I bought it about a yr and a half ago only fished it twice due to the handle issue just don't want to end up with a $200 junk jig pole thanks

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Once you determine that you do indeed want to trim the butt, keeping the cut square is the hardest and most imortant part. A thin kerf cut off wheel on a chop saw is nice. If you're careful you can wrap tape around where you want to cutand follow the line with a Dremel cut-off wheel, or a fine tooth hacksaw as a last resort. Think carefully before cutting and envision the effect it will have. Too short a handle on an 8 footer may not feel good. An inch or two won't be noticed, but 4-6" might be a game changer. Just take your time. 

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I primarily use car doors and ceiling fans to shorten mine from the other end.

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Can't quite get that precision cut with the car door yet although I do have some practice at it

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Rod lockers give you a much cleaner cut.

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After reading the link that bdfishing posted I'm not sure I will cut the handle. I tye jigs,flies, and make a few crankbaits as a hobby mainly during the winter, but I'm clueless when it comes to rod building. I just wanted to remove 2 or 3 inches of the rod butt because it hits past my elbow and makes for awkward casting. I didn't notice it in the shop when I bought it along with 2 shorter rods ( just assumed it was the same length as the 7`4`` rod I originally picked up )now it's a wall hanger. I guess I need to do some research before I destroy it.

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I use Rod Bond paste epoxy when gluing up handles, but just about any kind of epoxy will work fine, including anything that comes in a double syringe at your local home center store.

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The tape and dremel method is my preferred way. It's a little slower but sometime  you concentrate more going slow to achieve the results you want.

 

 

I primarily use car doors and ceiling fans to shorten mine from the other end.

 

I personally know that the ceiling fan method is a great way to remove guides... :eyebrows:

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After reading the link that bdfishing posted I'm not sure I will cut the handle. I tye jigs,flies, and make a few crankbaits as a hobby mainly during the winter, but I'm clueless when it comes to rod building. I just wanted to remove 2 or 3 inches of the rod butt because it hits past my elbow and makes for awkward casting. I didn't notice it in the shop when I bought it along with 2 shorter rods ( just assumed it was the same length as the 7`4`` rod I originally picked up )now it's a wall hanger. I guess I need to do some research before I destroy it.

I'm a beginner, never did any before, easier than u think, I just measured it up to one of my other rods, put tape around it, marked it & cut it with hacksaw, ordered a new butt cap & epoxy it on, if u do all this other hobby stuff, this will be easy for u

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Regarding the method to use to cut the handle off if you choose to do it, I use a table saw with a very fine carbide blade, moving the blank/rod through it VERY SLOWLY after carefully mounting it to a sliding vise to ensure perpendicularity.  The vise is used against the sliding fence of the saw.  This is very steady, one clean, continuous cut, that is perpendicular/square with the axis of the rod/blank.

 

Of course the perpendicularity depends on the accuracy of your set-up.  I've never been able to get a truly straight, continuous, square, cut with hand tools.

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I've done it once. Wrapped some masking tape around the blank. Marked the spot I wanted to cut and took a hacksaw too it. Took a 7'6 blank down to 6'8. Worked fine for me.

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Shorten a rod - no problem.

 

Just let me take it to Mexico . . 

 

:eyebrows:

 

A-Jay

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I have an 8 ft phenix casting rod that I would like to shorten. The handle is just ackward to me and I would like to shorten it. What would be the preferred method to do this? (Cut with bandsaw?) what glue or epoxy do you use to replace the but cap? This handle is a mixture of Eva and cork if but the part I'll be cutting is foam. All suggestions are appreciated. This rod is new I bought it about a yr and a half ago only fished it twice due to the handle issue just don't want to end up with a $200 junk jig pole thanks

which model is it ??

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