I haven't personally tried it (yet), but have seen photos posted on other forums of very happy fisherman that swear by heat shrink tubing grips. I don't see why it wouldn't work well over the foam.Yes I am thinking if going the heat shrink road, but did not know how well it would adhere to the foam, either that or buy a blank and build my own, though I have never built a heaver
Thanks for the feedback, hope you enjoy!I met a custom rod builder local to me here in SW Florida and bought a couple of rebuilt rods from him today. By coincidence, the heavy 8' rod I was after came with a new reel seat and foam grip covered in heat shrink tubing, just like we were talking about here. It looks and feels really nice!
Maybe after I use it a bit I will give a little more feedback. But so far, I am really impressed with it. It's very light overall, good balance, and it's nice and thick and feels very nice in the hands. I have mild arthritis, so a thick grip that stays put in my hands really helps out a lot after hours of active fishing.
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