Working on a switch rod, 6 wt, 10'8" Rainshadow blank for the upper grip I used two full wells cork grips to start, plus a 1/2 inch composite rubber/cork ring for the top end. The lower part of this long grip was made with the full wells cork, minus about 1/4 inch removed. The upper end was turned down a little to match up with the next piece of cork... Then a piece of another full wells grip, reversed, so the recess was toward the top, the recess cut off, and a section at the other end cut off. then the composite ring, turned to create a shape. I turned the upper portion of the upper grip, where the bulge was on the original full wells piece, to a smaller diameter until if felt right in my hands to avoid gripping fatigue. total length of the upper grip is 12 1/4 inches Jay (the lower grip is unremarkable, with a composite cork base, not shown.