thru-handle or short butts with aluminum "unibutts" can
be a fast and easy or a difficult and time-consuming task, depending
on the construction of the original fishing rod. While I can do
it for any rod, in many cases no precise cost estimate is possible
until after the work has begun, and once started there may be no
opportunity to return the rod to its original condition. The reason
is that this operation always involves removing the original grip
material, cutting the original blank, inserting graphite composite
stiffeners, and layering epoxy onto and then resurfacing the original
blank so it adheres properly to the aluminum. As you can see, this
work entails a certain degree of risk.
of reel seats, on the other hand, is usually a minor repair project
involving the removal and replacement of the original grip material
(which will always have to be discarded). I charge $15 per hour
for this work, and it normally takes about 1.5 hours to complete.
Keep in mind, however, that the rod must then dry for a significant
period of time, so don't plan on getting the reel seat replaced
if you'll be needing the rod in a few days!