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Fox Duo lite handles ?

Discussion in 'Barbel Basics and Juniors Forum' started by Gerry Giles, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. Gerry Giles

    Gerry Giles Senior Member

    sorry for this basic question
    but just bought these new rods and the cork handles have a plastic wrapped coating is this just for transportation ? and its meant to be removed ??
    have owned lots of cork handled rods from the mk4 carp rods 50 years ago and never seen this before ?
  2. Anthony Pearson

    Anthony Pearson Senior Member

    Gerry, the plastic is usually removed so you can take advantage of the natural feel of the cork handle, which also gives you a far better grip. Some people leave it on if they are planning to sell it in the near future.
  3. John Hasler

    John Hasler Senior Member

    Yes you need to take it off else water gets under it then the cork stains. Great rods for the price I have a pair of the 11ft ones.
  4. Gerry Giles

    Gerry Giles Senior Member

    thanks guys
    thought this was the case just wanted to be sure in the past when my cork carp rods have got dirty I just sanded them
  5. Neil Smart

    Neil Smart Senior Member

    You are supposed to remove it, the touch and feel of cork is why cork is so much liked. But there are some that buy sofa's that keep the plastic covers on, so I see why you might want to ask.....:)
  6. Iain Tutt

    Iain Tutt Senior Member

    If water gets under the plastic mold could start to grow. I found this out to my detriment on a Drennan series 7 float rod. Although i got rid of the green mold the cork where this was still feels softer the the rest of the cork
  7. Bob Gill

    Bob Gill Administrator

    Yes, remove it for the reasons already stated.
    The more cynical among us would say that the wrap is there to hold the cork and filler together. :)