Installing a Gimbal Butt on a Fishing Rod Butt

If you want to take full advantage of one feature of our fishing rod holders, install a gimbal butt on the fishing rods you’ll be using with your rod holder.  I will help secure the rod from twisting from side to side when you are reeling in a fish.

It will take a little bit of mechanical ability to install a gimbal butt on a fishing rod that does not have one.  It will require the use of a handsaw, sandpaper, and contact cement. 


1.      The first thing you want to do is make sure that the reel seat is the proper length for your arm and hand to reel in a fish.  To do this just measure from the bottom of the rod tube to your most comfortable fishing position.  Or you can insert the rod into the tube and mark the spot where your hand is comfortable for reeling measure from the mark to the rear of the reel seat then cut that much off the bottom of the rod handle.  The length should be whatever’s comfortable to you.  Check it several times before you cut the handle.

2.      After you’ve determine the length that you need mark and cut your fishing rod leaving the reel seat where you have determined it will be comfortable for you.  

3.      Now take your gimbal and see if it fits on your rod where you’ve cut it.  You want to have a firm fit not tight or too loose but firm where it can stay on that yet turn freely. More than likely you will have to sand down your fishing rod handle until the gimbal can fit over it. If the gimbal is too lose on your fishing rod handle simply take some masking tape and wrap it around the handle until the gimbal is a firm fit.  Insert the rod with a gimbal on it to make sure of the length.  Make any adjustments necessary.

4.      When you have the gimbal fitting on the rod handle firmly you are ready to glue. During the gluing process you will need to align your fishing rod with the eyelets in the proper position.  We have found that the best way to align the rod is to put on the rod holder and glue the gimbal onto the rod handle then insert the fishing rod into the rod holder as you would when you’re fishing.  Making sure that the gimbal engages the bolt at the base of the rod tube.  There is a stainless steel pivot bolt at the bottom of the rod tube which is also designed for the gimbal to engage.  After you have the gimbal engaged in the stainless steel bolt check your rod seat and eyelets are lined up properly with the rod holder.

5.      Your job is complete. We recommend that you remove the fishing rod very carefully as not to move the alignment of the rod and gimbal.  Set the rod of side for 24 hours before use.

***** The reason for using contact cement it’s easy to remove if you need to.  Just add heat to the gimbal and slide to off the rod handle. *****  

 ***** If you don’t want to take on a project like this; look for a custom rod builder in your area the ones I know are happy to help. *****

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