Carbon Fiber grip and fighting butt

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  1. NIrodneck

    NIrodneck Active Member

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    Here is a photo of a full wells carbon fiber grip and fighting butt. This grip was made for a customer of Vince Holcombe of H&H customs in Superior, WI. The blue anodized butt cap came from Mudhole.
    If you click on thumbnail you will get a bigger piture(you probably already knew that)
     
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    What are the benefits of a carbon fiber grip/fighting-butt?
     
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    They are lighter(20-30%) and much more rigid than cork. This makes the rod even more sensitive to the user.
     
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    Thanks for the info. 20-30% lighter than cork is significant. Two more questions. 1.) Are they slick/slippery when wet? 2.) Are they expensive?
     
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    here is a quote from Rodmaker Magazine where I learned to make these grips about the difference between cork and carbon fiber:
    Serious fly rod builders owe it to themselves to try a carbon-skinned foam-core grip. These are superior to cork for the same reasons that cork is superior to EVA or Hypalon on a fly rod. The increased rigidness and lighter weight allow more of the angler's hand and finger input to go directly into rod movement. Less input is wasted and less effort is required due to the firmer grip. You really have to try one to believe it. And no, it's not slippery - in fact it's more tactile than cork.

    As far as cost goes They are no more costly than any custom handle or High end cork (the stuff that cost $2per 1/2" ring).
     

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