Polished hardwood or cork inserts to fit Lemke LC1 and LC7 (uplock or downlock)
Polished hardwood, acrylic or cork inserts to match our LC1 and LC7 Lemke Concepts reel seats, to fit both up lock or down lock seats.
They will also fit Struble U20/D20 reel seats, and Struble U20/D20 inserts will fit Lemke LC1/LC7
One insert can be purchased for each set of reel seat hardware at the price listed. The surcharge price applies for any inserts purchased without matching hardware.
Customers outside the UK: export purchase price will apply excluding UK VAT sales tax
Inserts labelled with a two or three letter code are hand made by Taniwha Rodworks and each is unique (one of each). If several inserts are listed as available under one code, then they are all very similar in appearance, colour, figure and quality to the one pictured.
Where the code has a third letter 'S' the wood has been stabilised by infusion with acrylic resin under vacuum and/or pressure. These inserts are hand made in the UK by Taniwha Rodworks using a range of techniques and finishes to enhance wood figure and grain finishing with at least three dip coats of ultra hard, waterportoof and flexible UV resistant clear coat. Then polished to a high gloss finish.
Lower cost wood and cork inserts without individual 2 or 3 letter codes are made for us and are not stablised. The photo provided is representative. You will receive one in the same wood and of a similar general colour, but each will have their own unique colour and grain pattern. We do not provide individual photo selections.
Assembly, care and maintenance
When making your rod, use a good quality epoxy to assemble the reel seat, preferably a non-running epoxy gel . Do not use super glue or expanding urethane glues.
Take care to ensure there is a glue seal and bond all the way around the joins between the wood insert and metal parts, and between the wood insert and the blank. If you are using an uplock reel seat, make sure that you seal the void area between the cork, blank and reel seat hood so water cannot seep under the cork handle or wood insert.
It is usually best to fit one or other of the reel seat or cork handle, allow the glue to dry, then fit the other. There is more risk of parts moving or leaving gaps if you try and glue them all to the rod blank at the same time.
It is important that you allow your rod to dry completely after each use before storing it in a rod tube. An occasional wax and polish will help keep the wood insert in good condition.
If the wood dulls over time with use you can restore the shine with a fine polish Plastic or car paint polishes are a good choice, or try polishing pads finishing 8000-12000 grit.
If the varnish finish on the wood insert gets damaged, chipped or cracked in use, sand back the affected area, clean and allow to dry. Then apply several thin coats of outdoor or yacht varnish, fine sanding between coats. Wiping on very thin super glue coats will also work but make sure you buy the semi-flexible kind, not the cheapo stuff!. Allow the finish to fully harden then fine polish.
Cork inserts clean up well with soap and water, or try a little tooth paste.
LC1 /LC7/U20/D20 insert dimensions
OD main cylinder: 16.3mm
Length main cylinder: 55-60mm
OD rebate for screw fitting: 14.5mm
Length of rebate for screw fitting: 20-27mm
ID (bore): 10-11mm approx
Weight (approx) cork 2g, stabilised hardwood or acrylic 6-8g