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I started taping, but found I was relying on it too much, and I couldn't properly tighten them. Now I've gotten into the habit of checking them usually after each run.
 

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I tape. I had a single hander come apart at the ferrule once and snap about 3" off the top of the butt section. I learned my lesson and always check on a regular basis, but I prefer the added security taping gives my tiny mind. Even checking regularly, I don't trust the tightness of the ferrules on a two hander. There is just so much more torque on a 14' two-hander rod than you get on a 9' single hander, and I would hate to have the rod loosen up on the cast just before the one I hit my first steelhead on. :thumbup:
 

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I don't tape but probably should! I have never boke a rod from the furels coming loose but it might happen one day. Some rod manufactures have made it part of the warranty, no tape, no warranty! My problem is I am so excited to get on the water; nine times out of ten, I forget. You no, got to make use of every second available! :beerchug:

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I taped up with my first 2-hander, but found it a waste of time as I was on the water quite a bit. I am now on my fifth 'spey' rod & never tape anymore.

Tape glue residue can make getting your rod apart a real chore :'( and makes a mess.

80% of my casts are snake-rolls, which are very hard on our ferrules, and have never had a problem. Tape if it makes ya feel confident...it's all about being dialed in.

PS-Seen a fellow spey caster last week with duct tape on his stick...I took a second look and yep....duct tape....must've been Red Green. LOL :cheers:
 

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this is a great thing to see because i have just gotten another spey setup. I took more time to shop around and im very pleased with my choice :thumbup: and the taping thing I have heard good and bad things. I personally dont want to tape but would if it was needed. I hate tape residue :mad: :mad: and im always checking the tightness of my rods when fly fishing. my problem is getting them apart most of the time :-\ :-\
 

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I used to tape, but gave it up in favour of regular checking.
None of my rods have broke yet.
I said yet.
One thing to keep in mind on extended trips, if the ferrule gets a little loose
while it is taped, you would never know and it will increase the wear significantly
on the ferrule under the tape.
The out come is not pretty.
So an occasional tear down and re-tape is a good idea.
Just food for thought.
 

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Jack Straw said:
I taped up with my first 2-hander, but found it a waste of time as I was on the water quite a bit. I am now on my fifth 'spey' rod & never tape anymore.

Tape glue residue can make getting your rod apart a real chore :'( and makes a mess.



PS-Seen a fellow spey caster last week with duct tape on his stick...I took a second look and yep....duct tape....must've been Red Green. LOL :cheers:
Duct tape? I haven't seen that one yet. :thumbup: I've seen all sorts of different colors of electrical tape though. I'll still resort to keep checking.

Finder. ;)
 

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I have to say that I prefer to check. pending on where I am going the rod is getting broken down too often and tape is a pain. I find checking regularly easier and it forces me to check instead of letting it go thinking that it's taped so I don't have to worry about it.
 

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I found that on my 10151-4 Sage if I don't wax I can't get the sections apart!! So now I use a little tee light candle for lubrication and then tape. The tape that I found works well is a 3m electrical tape that has a "cold weather" rating, no residue what so ever left on the rod.

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The tape comes with it's own plastic case, I lost the paper inside the case but on the inside of the roll it says (Scotch Super 88 Vinyl electrical Tape) I'm almost positive it stated the the tape was for use in "cold weather conditions" otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. And so far I havn't had any "residue left on the rod, but I have only used it in cold conditions, maybe in warmer conditions that might change?.

ps. Bought it at HOME DEPOT.

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I wrap the ferrules from the joint down 1 inch then back up past the joint 1 inch. From a lot of the info I have read "wrapping" is highly advised, I now also wrap my single handed rods after I shot out the first section 20 feet into the lake one day! I believe the reasoning behind "wrapping" double handed rods is the amount of force they are subjected to and the twisting action from all those fancy casts
 

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if you get tape residue on the rod, dampen a cotten cloth with WD 40 and wipe the residue off, then clean the WD 40 off with another cloth dampened in rubbing alcohol. Neither will harm the epoxy finish.
 

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stinky said:
The tape comes with it's own plastic case, I lost the paper inside the case but on the inside of the roll it says (Scotch Super 88 Vinyl electrical Tape) I'm almost positive it stated the the tape was for use in "cold weather conditions" otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. And so far I havn't had any "residue left on the rod, but I have only used it in cold conditions, maybe in warmer conditions that might change?.

ps. Bought it at HOME DEPOT.


Just picked up another roll of the electrical tape. $5/roll rated to -18 degrees


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I'm just starting out with a 2hander and since I don't know much......it would be wise to tape - off to get some of that cold weather 3M.
thanks for the info everyone....
Never knew taping was done on single handed? only heard it for Speys.
cheers....
 
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