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Rod Components

Reel Seats

Reel seats are available in up and down-locking screw winch and sliding bands. I normally use screw winch reel seats on rods #5 weight and above and sliding band reel seats on lighter rods.

Depending on client preference reel seats are sourced from Snake Brand, Bellinger, Joel Lemke or REC in nickel-silver for freshwater use. If a rod is to be used in salt or brackish water (great bream and flathead rods) I use aluminium reel seats from Snake Brand, Lemke or REC.

Unless otherwise requested all reel seats use Australian native wood inserts. Our native woods are available in a range of beautiful figured and coloured forms and I hand-turn the inserts  from resin-stabilized blanks and finish them with multiple coats of Tru-Oil gunstock finish, hand-rubbed between each coat with a final application of gunstock wax. A little time consuming but the final product is totally impervious to water with a deep lustre.

A range of the wood inserts is shown here and I can quickly obtain other woods as required.

My favourites are:


  • Blackheart Sassafras and Spalted Myrtle from Tasmania,

  • Coolibah and Bimble Box from Queensland,

  • York Gum and Salmon Gum from WA,

  • Red and Brown Mallee from South Australia, and

  • Black Mulga and Ringed Gidgee from Central Australia.




Many of the figured blanks are cut from burls on the trees, a non-destructive harvesting technique, while others are cut from the lignotubers of the mallee species. Exotic woods can be supplied on request.


All grips are turned in-house from the finest Portuguese flor-grade cork I can find. Rods up to #4 are usually fitted with a half-wells grip while rods #5 and above have a modified full-wells grip. A cigar shaped grip can be supplied on request as can other shapes you may like.

Winding check

All rods are fitted with a nickel silver winding check in either dark or bright nickel silver. Aluminium is substituted for salty conditions.


Good quality, correctly sized and placed rings are fundamental to good casting performance. I use the best rings I can obtain and use the sizing and spacing chart developed by Tom Morgan from extensive testing.

Rings available are:

  • Snake Brand Universal snake guides in chrome or black nickel finish, or

  • single or double foot REC Recoil rings in chrome or black finish.

Stripper rings

I usually fit the low profile, traditionally styled Mildrum rings with a tungsten carbide centre but these can be replaced with Snake Brand or REC Cercoil strippers . Agate strippers with rings coloured to match the rod are available at extra cost (about $35).


Unless requested, all rods are whipped with high quality silk thread, plain or tipped with contrasting colour. I keep an extensive range of colours so the choice is yours.


Whippings are usually finished with multiple layers of low-bulk two-part epoxy but can also be finished using high-quality spar varnish for those who prefer a more traditional look.


Hook keepers

Hook-keepers are available upon request at no additional charge

Particular requirements

My objective is to provide clients with the rod they want so I am happy to mix and match to meet your needs. If there is a particular blank you want, I will do my best to obtain it though sometimes this will add to the wait.

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