How Do I Replace My Fishing Rod Grips?

Replacing your fishing rod grips is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to give your rod a much needed upgrade. Fishing rod grips are an important part of the overall performance of the rod, as they provide comfort and stability while casting and retrieving.

Over time, these grips can become worn or even cracked, making them uncomfortable to use and potentially dangerous. Luckily, replacing them is a straightforward process that only requires a few basic tools.

To begin, you will need to make sure you have the correct size replacement grips for your specific fishing rod. Most tackle shops carry a selection of standard sizes, but if you have an older or custom-made rod you may need to contact the manufacturer for the correct size. Once you have found appropriate replacement grips, it’s time to start the process.

Begin by removing the old grip from the rod blank using a small knife or pliers. Carefully remove any tape residue from around the blank with a cloth before applying some contact adhesive to both surfaces for added grip strength. After allowing enough time for it to dry completely, apply some heat shrink tubing over both ends of the new grip and use a heat gun to shrink it down firmly.

Finally, affix the new grip onto the blank using either epoxy glue or contact cement. Allow sufficient time for it to dry before giving it one final trim with scissors if required. Your fishing rod should now be ready for use with its new grip!


Replacing your fishing rod’s grip is an easy and cost-effective way to upgrade your equipment without having to invest in an entirely new set-up. By following these simple steps and taking care with precision when applying adhesive and heat shrink tubing, you can easily get your fishing rods looking like brand new in no time at all!

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Michael Allen