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Hey guys and gals.

I I want to get some boat rods that could double as bar rods. I'm thinking something like a 9-10.5 heavy. The problem is most have trigger grips. They don't sit 'nice' in the rod holders.

Is is it a big deal to replace the reel seats?

I don't build rods and have no clue what's involved. Maybe cut the trigger off and epoxy/ sand it smooth is a better option?

Any insight would be helpful here.

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That's pretty much it. For smaller rods you can often put the grip in boiling water to loosen the epoxy, but for a larger rod it's probably best to cut it off with a dremel. The entire bottom end of the rod needs to be rebuilt (cork, foam, or whatever the bottom grip is made of).
I have seen an interesting one where the bottom grip was sanded on a lathe to be uniform size, then a new grip slid on from the bottom.
This is a pretty advanced job - not sure I would try it without experience.
 
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