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Can you Shorten a Rod handle?

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Hey guys,

I have a rod that I love for jerkbaits it has the perfect action for me, but the handle is about an inch and a half too long.  Does anyone know how to cut the handle down?  That extra length catches on everything as I am using it.

Thanks

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Dremel tool cutting wheel should leave a nice clean cut.

i have never done it, but if i was gonna do it, thats what i'd use. i'd remove the cork with a razor and pliers, and then cut the grahite with the dremel.

it might damage the integrity of the rod, so i'd be careful if you decide to do it.

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I've shortened the handle on a couple of rods just by sawing off the part I didn't want. One was just this year and I put a rubber butt cap on it that's sold by Cabela's. The other one was a few years ago and my butt cap for that one was a rubber chair tip from a hardware store.

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Might screw up the balance, but maybe you don't care about that.

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Balance is not a big deal, I will be using it for jerkbaits.  It was  a rod that I have used for cranking in the past, but the handle is just too long.  Does anyone build rods on here, because I would like some tips, I might even try to get fancy with it.

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I used a hacksaw to cut an inch off my handle.  Just be careful and go slow.  I left the cork on and just cut through the cork and blank.  

The rod is more tip heavy than before but it's not a big deal. But the shorter handle is so much more comfortable!

You can search through the Tacklemaking forum on here for more ideas and tips.  

Good luck!

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There are several members that build rods. Ask the question on the Tacklemaking Board...

                                     As ever,

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If you do it and it does screw up the balance, just make a hollow cap for the end and mess around with some lead weights in the handle. You could even get some lead powder and put it in a little bag and mess around with that. Problem solved.

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