Ebony Fly Rod Grip

  • Advertise with us
Project by John posted 08-09-2011 03:09 PM 3676 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.

11 comments so far

View Transition's profile


339 posts in 1631 days

#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 -

View HalDougherty's profile


1820 posts in 2325 days

#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

View peterrum's profile


141 posts in 1767 days

#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

View michelletwo's profile


2463 posts in 2103 days

#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!

View lew's profile


10692 posts in 2843 days

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

Knice Knot!!


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

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10850 posts in 2203 days

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

nice rod :-)

yes a blog about the glue finish wuold be great


View BlueStingrayBoots's profile


769 posts in 3090 days

#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!

View TMcG's profile


183 posts in 2088 days

#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 ?



View John's profile


173 posts in 2881 days

#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.

View Broglea's profile


676 posts in 2178 days

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

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

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10850 posts in 2203 days

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

thankĀ“s :-)


Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics