Cork tape is an essential item for anglers when it comes to outfitting their fishing rods. It provides a comfortable grip and helps protect the rod from wear and tear.
Installing cork tape on a fishing rod can be a tricky process, but with the right tools and techniques, you can easily do it yourself. Here’s what you need to know to get the job done.
Gathering the Necessary Supplies
The first step in putting cork tape on a fishing pole is gathering all of the necessary supplies. You’ll need cork tape, an adhesive (such as epoxy or contact cement), scissors, and sandpaper. You may also want to have masking tape or electrical tape handy in case you need it for any finishing touches.
Preparing the Rod
Once you have all of your supplies, you’ll need to prepare the rod for taping. Start by using sandpaper to rough up any smooth spots on the handle of your rod where you plan to attach the cork tape.
This will help ensure that your adhesive will adhere properly. Next, clean off any dirt or debris that may be present on the surface of your rod with a damp cloth or paper towel before allowing it to dry completely.
Applying the Cork Tape
Now that your rod is prepared, it’s time to apply the cork tape. Begin by unrolling a few inches of cork tape and placing it onto your rod handle with one end slightly overlapping onto itself so that there are no gaps between sections of tape.
Apply pressure along its length until it adheres securely in place then repeat this process until you have covered your entire handle in cork tape. Once you have finished applying the cork tape, use scissors to trim off any excess material around each end so that there are no loose ends sticking out from underneath your newly installed grip material.
To make sure that your new grip stays in place for years to come, you’ll want to add some adhesive along its length before giving it time to dry completely according to instructions provided with whatever type of adhesive you chose for this project (epoxy or contact cement). Once dry, inspect your work one final time before getting ready for some fishing!
Conclusion: With just a few simple steps and supplies, you can easily install cork tape on a fishing pole yourself! Start by gathering all necessary materials and then prepare the rod by roughing up any smooth spots with sandpaper before cleaning off dirt and debris from its surface with a damp cloth or paper towel. Then apply pressure along its length when attaching sections of cork tape until they adhere securely in place before adding some adhesive along its length and allowing it time to dry completely according to instructions provided with whatever type of adhesive product used before getting ready for some fishing!