The Real Purpose of a Reel Seat Arbor

The Real Purpose of a Reel Seat Arbor

A reel seat arbor is pretty simple; it allows the reel seat to be centered on a fishing rod. Despite its simple job, buying a reel seat arbor can get much more confusing. With plenty of options and even more opinions, it is good to do your own research before making any arbor purchases.

The Arbor's Purpose—The reel seat arbor works by displacing the distance between the reel seat and the rod blank so that the reel seat is positioned at the centermost point of the rod blank. Considering the importance of the reel seat itself, its arbor is just as pivotal to the performance of your rod.

Deciding on the arbor material is an easy place to start. Depending on what material you select for your arbor, it can either center the reel seat and contribute partially as a load bearing structure, or just center the real seat.

//www.in-fisherman.com/files/2016/10/Main-Image-The-Real-Purpose-Of-A-Real-Seat-Arbor.jpg

Popular Arbor Materials—Graphite makes an extremely lightweight arbor, but it does not come pre-bored. This just means the center of the graphite will have to be bored out to ensure the appropriate fit on the rod blank. Graphite arbors are sold in small pieces or full length, and come in measured increments so the outside diameter (OD) of the arbor fits into the inside diameter (ID) of the reel seat.


Polyurethane is a semi-porous yet solid material. Since it is semi-porous, it allows for an extra strong bond as the epoxy cures into the polyurethane and onto the reel seat. Similar to graphite, Polyurethane will require you to bore out the center. Polyurethane can be purchased in full length assortments and is sold based on the OD of the arbor and the ID of the reel seat.


Masking Tape is readily available, and makes for a lightweight arbor that will last for years. Using a masking tape arbor is quick and easy, simply wrap the tape around itself on the blank, occasionally sliding the reel seat over the arbor to ensure a snug fit.

One helpful hint for a masking tape arbor is if your tape wraps more than 15 times around the blank, consider substituting a larger arbor material or switching to a smaller reel seat.

There are probably more custom rod builders that use masking tape to build their arbors than any other type of material. In fact, Mud Hole Custom Tackle actually teaches using masking tape in their rod building classes.

Mesh Drywall Tape is a porous tape that is great for offshore saltwater rods as well as other heavy fishing applications. Often sold in wide rolls, the width of the mesh drywall tape usually has to be trimmed down to the desired fit. Mesh drywall tape creates a great bond because its porous structure permits epoxy to seep through the tape, thoroughly bonding the blank to arbor and reel seat.


Deciding On Your Arbor Type—Deciding on an arbor material can be tough based on the sheer number of materials and opinions out there. So while researching for your next reel seat arbor, keep these popular materials and simple suggestions in mind to ease the confusion.

In the end, you really can't go wrong using masking tape for your arbors in most applications.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Awesome Spoon Bluegill System

Awesome Spoon Bluegill System

Check out this deadly spoon system for big bluegills introduced by one of In-Fisherman's readers.

Frigid Water Smallmouths

Frigid Water Smallmouths

Doug Stange swims jigs with precision for frigid-water smallmouths.

MLF BPT angler and former Classic champ Casey Ashley has been with Costa del Mar sunglasses his whole career. At ICAST 2019, he shows OSG writer Lynn Burkhead some new products and talks how to pick the right lens color for the water.

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Pro angler Jonathan VanDam showcases new offerings at ICAST 2019, including the ultra-thin, big bait boxes, LED-lighted boxes and backpack-able gear lockers. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is simply a matter of putting a good bait in the right in front of them. Catfish

The Best Catfish Rigs

In-Fisherman

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is...

Several methods are available to estimate the weight of a fish. Some use length as well as girth measurements. Biology

Walleye Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 03, 2017

Several methods are available to estimate the weight of a fish. Some use length as well as...

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate explanation from the In-Fisherman biologists. Bass

Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 22, 2017

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate...

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you can Other Fish

Must-Have Striped Bass Tackle

Rick Bach - May 04, 2017

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you...

See More Trending Articles

More Custom Rods

Learn how to build the MHX Carbon Push Pole. Custom Rods

Build the MHX Push Pole in 5 Quick Steps

Mud Hole Staff

Learn how to build the MHX Carbon Push Pole.

Find out how to wrap a custom 3D tiger wrap in just 6 simple steps. Custom Rods

6 Steps For Holographic Tiger Wraps that WOW

Mud Hole Staff - July 22, 2019

Find out how to wrap a custom 3D tiger wrap in just 6 simple steps.

MHX Field Staffer Alex Terescenko discusses his go-to bass rods. Custom Rods

3 Great Tournament Bass Fishing Rods

MudHole Staff

MHX Field Staffer Alex Terescenko discusses his go-to bass rods.

Find out more about Fuji's new FazLite insert rings and added corrosion control process that protects the guide's frames. Custom Rods

FUJI Guides Add Fazlite Rings & Corrosion Control

MudHole Staff - September 01, 2018

Find out more about Fuji's new FazLite insert rings and added corrosion control process that...

See More Custom Rods

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now