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 Post subject: Re: Cork Repair?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:15 pm 
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I didn't word it right, Rob. The "25 year warranty" from Orvis now costs $60 to have them repair it. I also have to pay the shipping to them. I'll check w/ Foscoe Fly Fishing Company and see what they have to say.


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 Post subject: Re: Cork Repair?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:06 pm 
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Ahhhh I guess that changed since I left. I checked the website and found this part has not changed

THE ORVIS GUARANTEE

For more than 150 years, we have offered the strongest return policy in the business. We will refund your money on any purchase that isn’t 100% satisfactory. Anytime, for any reason.

That’s the ORVIS way.

I’d give them a call anyway and explain it’s a faulty product and not like you broke a tip or something. It can’t hurt :D

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 Post subject: Re: Cork Repair?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:34 pm 
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1) Any "repair" you do to cork will feel and look crappy. Really, it's not worth the trouble.
2) Replacing a cork grip isn't hugely difficult, but it takes a skilled rod builder to do it right. It involves removing the reel seat and any guides on the butt section, carving off the old grip, gluing on a new one, reinstalling the reel seat and any guides, and refinishing where needed.
3) If Orvis will do it for $60, it may be money well spent.


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 Post subject: Re: Cork Repair?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:23 am 
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Phil,

Another option to fill holes is to take cork dust and mix it with epoxy to make a cork paste and fill the holes. Sand the patch after epoxy has cured. This will get it to look more like cork but will have a harder feel that the wood putty. Paul is correct, the grip can be replaced, and it is relatively easy if you don't have any guides on your butt section of the rod. Even with a guide on the butt section the guide just needs to be removed, handle cut off and if the reel seat is recessed, reel seat removed. Glue reel seat back on, ream handle and glue it on, replace guide if one was taken off.

Bring your rod to the Smallie show and we can look at it.

Ralph ;) :D

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 Post subject: Re: Cork Repair?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:24 pm 
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Phil, years ago my Dad would patch the cork on spinning rods with cork dust and water proof
Elmer's wood glue. Make it paste like, fill the holes, let dry, then sand with strip of sand paper.

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 Post subject: Re: Cork Repair?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:09 am 
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Yeah, I'm still weighing options. The hole isn't that bad yet -- I'm not gonna worry too much over it until it gets worse for now, I guess. It'll still fish. Maybe a winter project. Thanks for all the ideas, guys!


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 Post subject: Re: Cork Repair?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:55 am 
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Hey Phil how did this work out?

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