ROD BUILDING TIPS
Underwraps

By Tom Kirkman

Here's a Question from Volume 5 - Issue #3 issue of RodMaker magazine:

RodMaker Magazine

Are underwraps necessary to protect the blank from the guide feet? ~ Ben . . .Bend, OR

Assuming that your guide feet have been properly prepared and no sharp burrs or edges are present, then underwraps serve no real functional purpose.

The exception would be on very heavy duty offshore boat and trolling rods which utilize high frame guides. In this instance, the underwrap can help stabilize the guide on the blank and help prevent slipping or twisting under extreme loads.

For more information on how to quickly and easily prep guide feet, consult the Volume 4 #3 issue of RodMaker. ~ Tom Kirkman

Publishers note:

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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