I didn't think I'd need to ask, since another BB covered this subject, but alas, shut down a few years back, so I can't retrieve it. It's rod building forum covered at length several ways to remove reel seats from rods that are being rebuilt. I recall some advice about the use of heat, but am skeptical about using that on a graphite rod. If no one has used a slick technique they can share, I think I'll just put a small cutting wheel on the Dremel tool and cut it lengthwise. It's an all aluminum seat. Sincerely, Salmo g.