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Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > November 2013 > Clean and Patched Cork Grips
Life’s too short to fish with an ugly rod, so during the off-season get your grip back to like-new condition in a few easy steps. A natural material like cork gets beat up with use.
Most rod manufacturers use cork filler to give their grips more shelf appeal on the sales floor. After repeated soakings and dryings, the filler gives way and leaves open holes. If these holes go untreated, the wetting and drying process weakens the surrounding areas and the cork tears, thereby ruining your grip. A bit of cork filler is an excellent stopgap.
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Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits. When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters. His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.
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