CharkBait! is very pleased to announce
our expansion into the rod building category of sportfishing products. We've
long carried blanks from the best manufacturers, United Composites USA. In 2015 we added Rain Shadow blanks to
our product line as well as finished rods from Rain Shadow and United
Composites. We now also supply rod building
products at our Huntington Beach and San Diego retail shops from Alps, Fuji, and other respected manufacturers.
the past 17 or so years we've offered a product
from Better Ways (which is listed on our
which provided some protection of the foregrip
material. We had charter guys making use
of the material to keep their rods looking great
for when they sold them off at the end of the
season. Others like me used the material to both
protect the grips as well as distinguish my old
Calstars (given plenty of rental-rod guys using
some of the same fiberglass rods, before I
graduated to UC's rods several years ago). A new
firm to sportfishing, but very well known in
other fields, golf, bikes, tennis... Wherever
there's a hdndle, chances are Winn has a product
being used in the application. Winn has designed
some wonderful new wraps for protecting your
hypolon. I own a UC CP series deckhand rod
which is a bit narrow for my hands to fish
comfortably. Also a bit narrow for the reel I
planned to run on that rod (Seigler/Truth LGN).
So, I bought a roll of this tape to build up the
handle a bit, improve the grip. Perfect for my
application. XWrap is another alternative
which we sell, but that material requires use of
some heat to shrink and is probably a bit more
of a pain to take off a rod. The Winn
material is darn easy to work with, easy on,
easy off, with an nice squishy feel.
area of use, more recently employed by long
rangers on their rail rods, is cold shrink.
This innovative material was first developed by
3M, that's what UC (United Composites) uses on
their rail rods. The firm distributes
RainShadow blanks, ALPS guides and other rod
building components also offers a product which
serves the same purpose, very similar to 3M's
product and costing about half as much. I
have a couple of UC's in my collection which get
used as rail pieces...quite often. A very nice
custom Raptor which SaltyDawg built for me 7
years ago and a UC70HP Mega. So, while preparing
for the recent RRIII charter, I bought a couple
pieces of the material to upgrade my own rods.
The Stuff is WONDERFUL!!!
Rod Handle Wraps
offers two styles of grip material. Each is
applied in a spiral on the handle of your rod,
offering protection, a tad more width, and is
easy on and off, both able to wrap 32 inches
worth of rod, both 96 inches in length.
The material used by Winn is unique, its a
highly advanced dry polymer material. The wrap
works well on all surfaces, cork, EVA, hypolon
or directly on the blank. It's tacky and
comfortable in wet, colr, hot or humid
conditions. It's durable, will last for years.
We're stocking the products in some great
colors, two styles. Their Saltwater Edition Wrap
is stocked in six flavors, all with a tuna logo
- with one exception which presents dorado
coloring and fish image. These run $17.99-18.99
per roll. We're stocking two flavors of Winn
Contour Wraps. The Contour Wrap provides a bit
more substance for building up a rod's diameter
and improving grip a tad more, and run $19.99.
Both products are non-stick in application, both
come with finishing tape and very good
stocking more rod building gear at both our
our San Diego shop offers a bit more depth in
the rod building department, plus the shop
manager is a rod builder.
Staff at the HB shop also has experience in this
regard, with Beta and Tom having build many,
many rods over the years.
Forecast has recently brought a hard to find
product to market, an item most of us have seen
on better quality rail rods. We have stocked the
XWrap material at our shops for a few years now,
that's a product you also see on many factory
rods either replacing or used in conjunction
with corktape. The new Cold Shrink product from
Forecast takes the XWrap to another level.
The product arrives as a tube
with a hard core,
almost 2 inch
diameter. Put the tube
over the area of the rod you wish to enhance,
pull a tap on the end and you will pull out the
hard core as a spiral one piece.
As the core is removed the material shrinks down
tightly, offering a durable XWrap type feel.
It's a great way to add a durable outer layer
over an existing grip that's worn, or a dandy
way to build a new grip. Some make use of
the product on their deckhand style rods, some
will use it on the foregrip of their rail rods
to add protection and a non-slip durable area on
their rod for use on the rail. I'll suggest that
this is mandatory on a properly built rail rod.
Another thing I really do like
product is that if it gets worn, it's easy to
replace! You don't have to cut off your old
grip, remove the reel seat, etc. All you have to
do is slip on Cold Shrink, pull the tab and
presto! You've got new material on the rod with
no installation hassle or expense. So, I guess
you can say it saves some money and time long
term. Now for the downside, it's pretty
expensive stuff. That's one
of the factors which make rail rods rather
I'm going to put this on a couple of my own
rods, one deckhand rod of mine uses sine-cord
rather than corktape, a common build, but for my
hands that's not so comfortable. This
stuff will make a big difference on that rod...
And, then there's that other rod that spent some
hard time on the rail fighting a bluefin for too
many hours..., a rod not made for that purpose.
That 6 1/2 foot custom UC RCP65HP really got
hammered on a charter a couple years back. This
material will fix the problem I created by
damaging the hypalon foregrip. Now it's going to
look better, and perform better should I get
stuck in a similar position again. This is some
neat stuff that a lot of fishermen and rob
builders have been trying to find. Look no
further, we've got it!
(This item is very similar to
what United Composites uses on their Rail Rods,
but it's not exactly the same product. UC makes
use of a more expensive USA made 3M product on
their rail rods to
protect the foregrip and add a bit of tackiness
to prevent the rod from slipping on the rail.
The Forecast product is an import. Works and
same way, does the same job, and is more
readily available to rod builders and fishermen
looking to enhance their rods.)
caveat for buyers, rod blanks and components are non-refundable. Blanks
and components are
subject to a 20% restocking charge by the manufacturer. Know what you're looking for BEFORE you
make your purchase, or contact our staff prior to ordering if
you have any question regarding application for a particular blank or part.
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