The cork grip provides the only connection between the angler and the rod. Therefore, a well shaped, ergonomically designed grip made from high grade Portuguese cork is essential to high quality rods. The foundation of a good grip is cork specifically graded for fishing rod grips. REC has ensured its supply of large quantities of high grade cork rings and pore-filled preformed grips by entering into a long term partnership with a leading manufacturer in Portugal.
Quality cork rings have few voids, well sanded perfectly parallel sides, and concentric bores. Well made cork grips are perfectly shaped, pore filled, sanded smooth, and have concentric bores. All REC cork products meet these criteria.
REC produces fly rod grips in six standard styles in the two highest grades only (Flor=Highest, Super=Next Best).
REC offers natural, rubber cork, and burl cork rings in a number of sizes. Natural cork rings are offered in two grades. Flor grade represents 4 to 5 % and Super grade represents 12 to 15% of the annual harvest.