Normark rod upgrade.

john step

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 17, 2011
Messages
6,015
Reaction score
1,007
Location
There
I have just had the sliding reel fittings replaced on an old but favourite Normark. 12 foot match rod. It has a light action but recently the reel fittings have driven me nuts.

To say the service was speedy andn efficient is an understatement.
Phones Thursday. Took it in Friday. Picked it back up Saturday as he had a cancellation and did it overnight for me. A very reasonable price too.
Anyone living within driving distance of Grimsby and doesnt want to trust the post may care to bear this man in mind.

He does whippings, new rings, handles and mends poles. Worth making a note of his number.

Ron Wright, 077918633226

 

Ray Roberts

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 12, 2008
Messages
4,589
Reaction score
855
Location
Eltham, SE London
I did this a good few years ago to a couple of old favourites. It used to get right on my wick when reel became loose. I took a spool of insulation tape with me and taped the rings for a while but fitting decent seats kept the rods usable for a few years. I still use the sawn down butt of one to put new line on reels. It saves whacking the ceiling fan, lol.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

whitty

Well-known member
Joined
May 11, 2017
Messages
6,063
Reaction score
1,617
Location
Luton Bedfordshire.
I had two rods done by John Hutchinson some years ago now,a Silstar heavy feeder rod which I also had low bells and bigger diameter rings as I used it for barbel fishing,long ago sold now,the other a tri-cast feeder rod I bought from the original small shop Les Crawley opened up in Park Street,Luton,before moving across and further down the road,the rod is a lovely chub rod,but it reel fittings were a constant pain,John did similar to this rod and it is now a pleasure to use...
 

mikench

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 1, 2015
Messages
16,310
Reaction score
2,544
Location
leafy cheshire
It looks a very good job Pete. I contemplated having this done to a couple of Amorphous whisker rods but in truth the reel is rock solid and I like the old fashioned look and feel so didn't bother.
 

whitty

Well-known member
Joined
May 11, 2017
Messages
6,063
Reaction score
1,617
Location
Luton Bedfordshire.
I must say Mike,I just prefer the more modern fittings,not only that people are forced to put their reels in the right place.:giggle:
 

mikench

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 1, 2015
Messages
16,310
Reaction score
2,544
Location
leafy cheshire
I think I do too Alan but those on the Daiwa rods function in a perfectly acceptable manner and, as I only use them occasionally, i prefer to keep them original and thus the rods remain authentic.
 

Keith M

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 1, 2002
Messages
4,267
Reaction score
851
Location
Hertfordshire
The sliding reel fittings are fine on my older Diawa Amorphous Whisker float rods and never cause reels to loosen their grip at all, plus when I’m using a pin I with them I do prefer to be able to change the reel position if it’s needed in certain conditions; and having these fittings on these rods is a good thing for me.

However on two of my older 11ft Avon’s which have sliding reel fittings I’ve had the reels fall off several times in the past, often when playing a fish; so now I use some bycycle inner tube to stop the reels falling off; and this works fine; but if I used these rods more often I wouldn’t mind getting these converted.

That reel fitting conversion looks great John.

Keith
 
Last edited:
Top