Get a “Trigger Happy” Grip on your Casting and Spinning Rigs
the original version I could feel the area where the grip ended and the trigger
begins. This transition is now more seamless with the new casting version as the
grip connects directly to the ring portion. The ring not only keeps the grip in
place and I found it delivered additional comfort when I was working reaction
baits with like ripbaits and especially when I was tossing swimbaits all day.
The heavier the bait or more aggressive the action the more the THCG benefits
come into play.
Placing the THCG over a Jackall
rod for fishing ripbaits
In addition to providing a soft trigger surface
the THCG offers the added benefit of increased grip on the rod itself with the
ribbed version. It also provides a nice comfortable leverage point when setting
into fish and muscling them towards the boat.
A look at the ribbed grip
Next we turn our attention to the new Trigger
Happy Comfort Spinning Grips (THCSG). These grips look nothing like a fingertip,
and instead resemble a rubber screw. Unlike the casting versions which go on the
trigger of your rod, the spinning version is designed to provide a layer of
insulation on the support arm of your spinning reel.
The spinning THCG is designed to
fit over the reel support arm versus the rod's reel seat
Installation on the spinning grip is nowhere close
to as easy as the casting versions. First you need to slide the smaller end onto
the front of the reel foot then push it to the support arm junction, this part
is easy. Then you need to pull the back edge of the grip all the way over the
rear reel foot. Trying to do this by hand is very difficult, and the best way to
stretch it over is with the extra leverage of a screwdriver.
Here we use a Okuma Helios as our
By propping one side of the screwdriver over the
rear reel foot you can gain enough leverage to pull the grip over and it will
snap into place on the neck of the reel. With reels up to 2500 size this can be
done with a normal screwdriver, just be careful not to scratch your reel. If
your screwdriver, or leverage object, is too sharp it is also possible to cut
into the grip itself and rip it open. We found it safer to use electric tape to
wrap the sharp edges as a precaution, and the company also bundles a bit of
plastic tubing that will fit some screwdrivers and also help minimize the chance
of cutting into the grip. With extra-large reels a larger and longer screwdriver
is required and you really have to put some muscle behind trying to stretch the
grip over the foot. Even with all the precautions we still managed to rip one of
our test grips on a 4000 size reel by applying too much pressure.
To install slip the grip over the
front of the front of the reel foot
Once the spinning grip is installed it is tight
enough, even on small reels, to stay in place and not work its way down the
support arm. Like the casting versions it provides a comfortable grip,
especially when fishing reaction baits or when working fish. We did find this
grip a little more polarizing than the casting version. Some of our editors,
myself included, never really got used to the extra gap area that it creates on
the support arm. While the surface is comfortable enough it just never felt
completely ergonomically natural to me.
A screwdriver is necessary in most
cases to provide extra leverage to stretch the grip over the back of the reel
Also depending on what outfit you are fishing the
support arm of the reel is not necessarily the main pain point. I felt a lot of
pressure was coming from the reel seat and the actual foot of the reel directly
onto my index finger, especially when working hardbaits or actively working a
shakey head worm for extended periods.
The grip provides extra cushion
and a nice grip surface but a number of us felt it also added bulk, feeling wide
and somewhat unnatural