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Offline steve339

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How to secure the reel?
« on: Feb 03, 2010, 10:45 PM »
I recently purchased a St Croix Premier Ice combo package.  The reel is held on the handle by two "rubber bands".  The package said to apply heat from a hair dryer.  I did and it did shrink the bands a little, but the reel still moves around.  Is this normal?  Do I need to add more heat?  Or do I need to just tape it with electrical tape?  Thanks in advance for your input.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 03, 2010, 10:51 PM »
you need to heat it until it doesn't move at all.

I actually still like using tape over these heat shrink tubes, seems like they are smoother on the cradle of your hands.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 03, 2010, 10:53 PM »
I use black electrical tape.I have 6 St.Croix rods,my favorite rods.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 03, 2010, 11:01 PM »
I had the same problem with my st croix rods that I just bought. I tried the hair dryer method but that did not work like you said so I used a hand torch. I just had to move it around a lot so not to burn the cork.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 04, 2010, 10:00 AM »
I recommend silicone tape over electrical.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 04, 2010, 05:05 PM »
It seems to go from zero to hero all some have to do is lie.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 04, 2010, 05:29 PM »
electical tape (3m brand) has yet to let me down.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 05, 2010, 07:12 AM »
silicone tape is amazing and works great. Another one is co-flex medical tape that sticks only to itself and leaves no sticky residue.Just make sure to pull either one tight when wrapping.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #8 on: Feb 05, 2010, 10:23 AM »
Silicone tape comfortable long lasting and great holding power.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #9 on: Feb 05, 2010, 01:33 PM »
I use velcrow straps...works okay.
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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #10 on: Feb 05, 2010, 05:32 PM »
I use 3M electrical tape, but the silicone tape sounds worth trying.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #11 on: Feb 05, 2010, 06:10 PM »
I ran an electrical pull tie through the rod holders & pulled it tight.
Problem solved.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #12 on: Feb 06, 2010, 08:16 AM »
I tape over the heat shrink, and the best tape option is Hockey tape...it is meant to add grip and to be use on ice...what more can you ask for

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #13 on: Mar 02, 2010, 09:10 AM »
been using electrical tape on my ice fishing rods for 30 plus years< its all you  need to secure a reel on a cork handle, any thing else is a waste of money. would never use a factory made reel seat does nothing but kill the feel.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #14 on: Mar 02, 2010, 11:19 AM »
I picked up a pack of the silicon rubber "O" rings from B Pro, extremely tight and about 1 inch wide.  Had a beatch of a time getting them on, but the reel doesn't move at all.  Cost was a couple dollars, comes in a couple different sizes.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #15 on: Mar 02, 2010, 04:51 PM »
I put the first couple of raps of electrical on backwards on both ends then rap normaly never have the sticky mess when the tape shrinks.JMO.


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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #16 on: Jul 15, 2010, 09:57 PM »
I have to agree with others, electrical tape works the best.  The roll is small enough to store in a pocket on my rod bag, should I ever need to remove/change reels.  I would stay away from reel holders, they do take away some feel and always seem to work loose.  By directly attaching the reel to the cork handle you will feel more bites, and it feels more natural in your hands.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #17 on: Aug 26, 2010, 09:43 PM »
Check out the brown O-rings that I use on my rods:
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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #18 on: Aug 27, 2010, 02:21 AM »
That's why I use ice rods with screw down reel seats  ::)  I like the HT polar lites series.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #19 on: Sep 02, 2010, 11:44 AM »
I tape over the heat shrink, and the best tape option is Hockey tape...it is meant to add grip and to be use on ice...what more can you ask for

Ya, hockey tape eh. :thumbsup:
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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #20 on: Sep 03, 2010, 10:28 AM »
On my St. Croix's I use electrical or hockey tape, they both work great. Even seated reels can slip out or become loose, tape never fails.
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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #21 on: Dec 07, 2010, 08:03 AM »
I use hockey tape also. Dual purpose I also use it to tape the handles on my softball bats.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #22 on: Dec 08, 2010, 11:29 AM »
I use the band-aid brand self adhesive tape. It sticks to itself not the cork and as long as you wrap it correctly, it stays rock solid all season. And its soft on the hands  ;D
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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #23 on: Dec 08, 2010, 01:34 PM »
Just seems funny to me that you spend $50 on a nice st. croix and u gotta tape the reel on! i just use the cheap ones or maybe some zipties.

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #24 on: Dec 08, 2010, 02:03 PM »
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Just seems funny to me that you spend $50 on a nice st. croix and u gotta tape the reel on! i just use the cheap ones or maybe some zipties.

I dont mind having to tape my reels on, I actually prefer it. It allows me to get perfect hand placement. I hate the zipties, my father in law uses them and they are uncomfortable on the hands

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #25 on: Dec 08, 2010, 06:37 PM »
listen to the JUNKY hockey tape is the way to go its made for ice and has a nice fell to it better then electrical tape

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #26 on: Dec 09, 2010, 12:05 PM »
ok you talked me into it. my next rod will prolly be a premier so il have to get me some hockey tape!

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #27 on: Dec 30, 2010, 07:02 PM »
 I have used graphite reelseat bands,just like the ones that would come on a long crappie rod with a tennessee handle for years now. Infinitely adjustable,cheap,they stay in place and it looks better to me than tape. You can find these at any rod repair shop or on-line at Mudhole or any other rod building supply house.  They come in three or four different diameters so measure twice,order once!!

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #28 on: Jan 05, 2011, 06:58 AM »
Frabill actually has a product available on their website called reel tape havent tried it yet but i guess its designed to handle cold temps better then electrical tape.   heres a link 


http://www.frabill.com/rods-reels/reel-tape.html

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Re: How to secure the reel?
« Reply #29 on: Jan 05, 2011, 07:22 AM »
hmmm, interesting, they call it a self adhering tape. So far nothing is better then hockey tape, but this sounds interesting. My company sells something called, it is a self adhering tape that you wrap around casts and such. Not sure if it would take on waterpetvet

 



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