A little picture story about the change of the cork grip on a Vision Mag 3/4 10ft. I cut away the hook keeper and lenghten the grip some centimeters. Originally, the rod had a kind of mini full wells. Didn’t liked it at all and I changed the form with sanding paper by hand after a short while. The result was better, but far away from good. So, one evening I decided to remove the cork and then I started to rebuild the grip with good quality cork discs.
Original grip above. The pictures below are after the first shaping by hand.
Beaver attack at the grip ;-)
Half of the cork is cut away.
new cork discs
The result with a new winding check and a bit of lime green metallic thread.
My rod building project is now finished.
Blank: Sage One 1090-4
Reel Seat: REC Saltwater Reel Seat RSLL titan
Grip: 6mm Cork Discs
Fighting Butt: Rubber Cork and 6mm Cork Discs
Winding Check: Titan
Thread: Fuji Black A
Thread Inlays: Pro Wrap Metallic Lime
Stripping Guides: Fuji Concept SiC TKWSG Titanium 20mm & 16mm
Snake Guides: Recoil
Tip Top: Hardchrome
When it’s getting colder, I like to fish for perch with popper-sytyle flies. I don’t fish them the normal way on the surface as a topwater fly. I use a super fast sinking line and attach just a short piece of mono or fc with a length between 100-50 cm to the front loop as a leader/tippet. The popper will float above the sinking line. The height it floats depends on the length of the tippet and on the current. The current will push the popper down.
You should cast the line out and give it time to sink to the bottom. When you strip the line in, the popper swims towards the bottom. If you do a pause, the popper will rise towards the surface again. How often you strip and pause depends on the water you fish and the situation.
A very good fly even in murky water, because it makes a lot of shock waves. It also works great, when you have an uneven bottom and the risk to loose a normal streamer is very high.