Modify fishing tackle the easy way

Sometimes, no matter how much you’ve spent on your fishing tackle, there’s something about it that isn’t quite right. It could be too long, too short, too thin, too fat… something just doesn’t feel right. But what can you do about it? It isn’t easy to modify fishing tackle, and replacing a rod or reel can be expensive. You’re stuck, right?

Wrong. In steps a little invention called ‘sugru‘.

Sugru is a little like modelling clay. When you open the packet, it’s soft, which means you can mould it into any shape you like. The difference is, however, that when it sets, it turns into something halfway between rubber and plastic. It’s amazing stuff, and I’m sure it has many more uses, but what sugru turns out to be really good for is modifying fishing tackle.

Check out this selection of videos, or even better, if you’ve got a fishing tackle fix of your own, get yourself on YouTube and send us the link, and we’ll happily add you into this article.

How to make a spinning reel more comfortable

Are you the kind of angler who can spend hours on end with a spinning rod in your hand? If so, you may recognise the soreness between your third and fourth fingers, created by rubbing from the reel. Well, that could be a thing of the past. Watch this video from Dustin Theobald, A.K.A. Philly Fisherman, for a really neat demonstration of how to use sugru to customise a reel.

Modify your landing net for some cool underwater video

Thanks largely to the GoPro camera, filming outdoor activities has become very popular. Fishermen have definitely not missed the trend. The fisherman in the video below attached his GoPro to his landing net, yielding some unusual shots he could cut into his favourite home-made fishing videos. As the angler admits himself, it’s a “rather bog ugly application” of the material, but the end result is “as effective as if Michelangelo had Sugru-ed it himself”!

How to modify fishing tackle when you can’t get parts

There are all kinds of applications for sugru in fishing, and given the fact that many fishermen enjoy a bit of tinkering, it’s something many anglers might keep in reserve. I keep mine in the fridge – it lasts longer. Sugru is the kind of material you don’t think about until, suddenly, it’s the only thing in the world that does the job! A quick scan of the sugru website shows that other anglers feel the same way.

There’s this guy, who used sugru when he lost the bung out of the end of his rod butt.

Replace the plug from the end of your rod butt-modify fishing tackle

Or even this guy, who made his own treble hook.

Make your own treble hook-modify fishing tackle

I’m not sure that last one would work, but full marks for ingenuity!

Create a line holder for a Tenkara fishing rod

Others use sugru as a fly tying material, while former fly fishing guide, Jason Klass, now uses it to create a convenient way of storing the line from his tenkara fishing outfit, as shown below:

Home-made line holder for tenkara rod using sugru

Line holder for tenkara

Let us know if you have any more cunning ways to modify fishing tackle with sugru.

Until then, happy fishing / fixing!

James Green About James Green

James Green loves nothing more than casting a fly in pursuit of salmon, seatrout or, when the opportunity arises, a tailing bonefish, tarpon or permit.