Reader Tips: Balanced Butt

It's invisible, waterproof and durable and will work on both cork and foam handles...

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A weight-balancing kit pops on the butt of your rod and lets you adjust the amount of weight until your rod is properly balanced. Whether you're casting plugs or working a jig off the bottom, a balanced rod drastically reduces muscle fatigue and strain. The only problem is, the rubber butt cap has a tendency to pull off when you take your rod out of a holder. Some anglers solve this problem by wrapping electrical tape around the connection point. This works, but it's unsightly and leaves hard-to-remove gunk on your rod. A simple solution is plain old rubber cement. It forms a quick-drying bond between the rubber cap and your rod butt. It's invisible, waterproof and durable and will work on both cork and foam handles. Best of all, when you want to remove the kit, a quick twist does the trick, and you can remove the leftover cement in seconds simply by rubbing it with your fingers.

David E. Spletzer
Brooklyn, New York