I should start by saying that I am not a rod builder and I know very little of what goes into building a rod. What I'm dealing with is a custom rod that needs repair. It was my dad's rod, he had it built years ago out of a blank he had waited to use. It's a Sage with gold guides and thread wraps. The tip is broken and the reel seat has shifted. The tip guide is straightforward for Fred's repair guy, it's the reel seat I'm not sure what to do about. They've asked if I want a graphite, aluminum, or stainless seat and if I want it to be one or two pieces. Hopefully I attached the pictures correctly of the current seat and a couple replacement options.
This is a river centerpin rod, not a fly rod. It won't see the salt. I don't even plan to use it except for maybe the odd time where I already have an ideal coho or steelhead day planned out. No bushwacking, no scouting, no crowds. I just want to restore the rod as best I can. Any advice on what I should do?
Sorry I never got around to responding. If your not using it for fishing, I would just order the seat that's on the rod now as it will be super cheap. If you want it to look similar you could always go with a cork insert similar to what you have now. Call Phil at Racerocks Custom Rods, he is a sponsor of this forum and a great guy. He will probably have exactly what you want and could probably ship it to you overnight. Cheers