Rod Balancing

By Tom Kirkman

Here's a question from the Volume 4 - Issue #3 issue of RodMaker magazine:

RodMaker Magazine

"I'm having trouble getting my rods to balance. I have added weight to the inside of the blank where the butt cap goes but I am finding that to get the balance I want I have to add as much as 2 ounches of weight. This isn't acceptable to me and I wonder how other guys do it. Thanks." Randy . . .Eau Claire, WI

Adding a small amount of weight to the rod, as far back as possible so as to do the most with least, can sometimes make for a rod that is a bit heavier yet more comfortable to fish with. Other times, the rod is so long or the balance point desired so far to the rear that the amount of weight needed to achieve such balance creates an unacceptably heavy rod.

There are a few additional ways to help balance a rod which don't reply upon adding weight directly to the rod. One is to use a larger or heavier reel to shift the balance back towards the rear. Another method often overlooked is to make sure to use the lightest and smallest guides possible on the blank's tip area. Even a small reduction in weight here will favorably shift the rod's overall balance point back a significant amount.

Then again, there are times when due to the overall length of the rod and the desired balance point being so far towards the rear of the rod, that you simply cannot achieve that balance by reasonable means. In such cases, you just have to do all you can to keep the rod as light as possible so a bit of forward balance won't be objectionable or fatiguing to the angler. ~ Tom Kirkman

Publishers note:

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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