Ebony Fly Rod Grip

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Project by John posted 08-09-2011 03:09 PM 5141 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this TFO professional series 9 weight rod for a fellow Tippecanoe Fly Fishers club member. The grip is Macassar ebony, paduk and maple. The guides are American Tackle solid titanium ring lock guides. It’s a bit heavy and might be tiring casting it all day but it sure looks pretty. The finish on the grip is super glue.

Credit for design goes to Mark Blabaum.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 03:25 PM

Beautiful merge of two of my favorite activities! I’m going to have to upgrade my old rods…

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 03:33 PM

Beautiful work! I lived on a sailboat for 4 years and I have to confess… I’m too lazy to fish.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-09-2011 03:33 PM

Great job, I agree with Transition a beauty merge of my two favourite activities. Now you have to make some more for the 8,7,6,5, and 3 weight, lol. Can you tell us a little more about the finish you talk about with the super glue. I haven’t heard of that one.

-- Carpe Diem

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 04:29 PM

gorgeous..makes my 15 yr old cork handled one I use almost every summer morning look awful!! This might be too pretty to use!

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 07:02 PM

Knice Knot!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 08-09-2011 11:49 PM

nice rod :-)

yes a blog about the glue finish wuold be great


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#7 posted 08-10-2011 10:59 AM

Wow! Thats great work! You might think is heavy but once in your hand, fishing its lighter than you know. Will cast twice as much!

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#8 posted 08-10-2011 01:46 PM

Wow, thats fabulous. As another in the 2 passion/hobby club I salute you.

Can you talk a little about removing the existing cork grips and reel seats to fit this fine piece of work ?



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#9 posted 08-10-2011 03:28 PM

Thank you for the kind words guys.


I would use a less dense wood for anything smaller that a nine weight or the rod would turn into unfishable show piece because it was too heavy. I have glued up dyed burl cork rings for fly grips and they looked great.


Here are numerous search results on super glue or CA finishes.


The rod blank and guides were purchased through I have yet to remove a grip or guides from a rod. It doesn’t sound like much fun either.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#10 posted 08-10-2011 11:32 PM

That is beautiful and has got me thinking…......

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#11 posted 08-11-2011 01:46 AM

thankĀ“s :-)


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