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Jeff213
06-15-2007, 02:52 PM
And it wasn't even on a fish... I was pulling some line off the reel to tie on a new jig because the drag was fairly loose and the rod just snapped right in the area where you connect the tip section and the butt section. Really sad because the sensitivity on that rod made it my favorite rod to fish with.

deathb4disco
06-15-2007, 03:05 PM
I loved those rods -- wish they'd bring them back.

Jeff213
06-15-2007, 04:29 PM
you can buy them on ebay $60 for 2 of them including shipping.. I may buy some more those rods are awesome and the guy who sells them is great too.

deathb4disco
06-15-2007, 04:44 PM
Thanks for the tip!

CrappiePappy
06-15-2007, 08:44 PM
And it wasn't even on a fish... I was pulling some line off the reel to tie on a new jig because the drag was fairly loose and the rod just snapped right in the area where you connect the tip section and the butt section. Really sad because the sensitivity on that rod made it my favorite rod to fish with.

that had to hurt !! Must have had a pinch or crush damage to that area, unknown to you.
I have two ZG's myself. Paid $50 apiece for them, back many years ago. First true UL, or actually micro-lite, rods I ever owned. Love them for casting light jigs on 4lb line.
Mine are the ZG66LS model. What model is your "broken" one ? If it's the same one, or is close to this model ... I have a question : what'cha gonna do with the tip section ? Reason I ask is ... I need a tip eye for one of mine. The inner guide ring is gone from it, and I could use a new tip eye ... but, those puppies are so tiny, it's hard to find a replacement. If you're going to trash the broken rod, would you take $5 for the rod tip ?? All I would want is the tip eye and the last couple of inches of rod (still attached). PM me for further discussion. And, if you're keeping the broken rod components for "spares" ... I understand, no problem.

...... cp :cool:

Jeff213
06-17-2007, 12:16 AM
I feel really bad I already threw the thing out.. Its actually not even the original zero gravity front half of the rod. The top section is re-engineered and re-made. I got an extra top section from the guy I bought the rods from on ebay though so Its okay for me.. sorry about tossing it.

If you want to buy more of them I would reccomend searching for mitchell zero gravity rods on ebay though. These ones are great and end up costing $30 each.

http://cgi.ebay.com/2-Mitchell-Zero-Gravity-micro-light-5-spin-rod-NEW_W0QQitemZ200118928439QQihZ010QQcategoryZ36150Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Thats the guy I bought them from. I would reccomend his rods.

CrappiePappy
06-17-2007, 04:34 AM
I feel really bad I already threw the thing out.. Its actually not even the original zero gravity front half of the rod. The top section is re-engineered and re-made. I got an extra top section from the guy I bought the rods from on ebay though so Its okay for me.. sorry about tossing it.
If you want to buy more of them I would reccomend searching for mitchell zero gravity rods on ebay though. These ones are great and end up costing $30 each.
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-Mitchell-Zero-Gravity-micro-light-5-spin-rod-NEW_W0QQitemZ200118928439QQihZ010QQcategoryZ36150Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Thats the guy I bought them from. I would reccomend his rods.


Don't worry about it. I still have the one good one. And I really haven't looked all that hard for a tip for the other. I just thought it would be of benefit for both of us, if the tip eye was going to be trashed anyway. Glad you're still good to go.

Anyone looking for a super light panfish rod, should really look into these. They are frail, and won't take much (if any) abuse, but they really are a hoot to fish with.

I know some rod builders, so I may just contact them and see if they have a tip eye that's small enough to work. I could still use it, in a pinch, since it still has the outer shell/ring of the tip eye ... it just doesn't have the insert. But, that'll probably never happen, since I have several other rods that I enjoy fishing with ... even if they aren't nearly as light in weight.

Enjoy your ZG's, my friend ... and thanks for the eBay link.

.... cp :cool:

Warmouth
06-18-2007, 09:52 AM
Hi Pappy,

Although I am a registered member of Crappie.com I have not posted till today. I just had to reply to this thread. Read with great interest your need for a tip-top guide etc. for your Zero Gravity. Just to let you know, I am the inventor and the designer of the Zero Gravity rod series. I was Brand Manager for Mitchell from 1990-1997. This is one great rod although they were fragile. I still have several tips etc. laying around. I would be more than happy to send you one NC. Just send me your address. I have been in the fishing tackle business going on 31 years. My career has spanned Berkley(Pure Fishing), Zebco/Quantum, JWA (Mitchell/Johnson/MinnKota) and I have been with Frabill now for ten years. I was also the originator of Zebco Rhino Rods, Mitchell Fulcrum Rods, Spidercast rods and reels etc. I really enjoy this site and especially many of your posts as it appears you are well versed in the sport. If you would like to correspond directly with me my email is svogts@frabill.com. Nearing retirement and the misses and I are seriously looking around Paducah/KY lake area. I look forward to hearing back from you.--Warmouth.

CrappiePappy
06-19-2007, 07:04 AM
Hi Pappy,

Although I am a registered member of Crappie.com I have not posted till today. I just had to reply to this thread. Read with great interest your need for a tip-top guide etc. for your Zero Gravity. Just to let you know, I am the inventor and the designer of the Zero Gravity rod series. I was Brand Manager for Mitchell from 1990-1997. This is one great rod although they were fragile. I still have several tips etc. laying around. I would be more than happy to send you one NC. Just send me your address. I have been in the fishing tackle business going on 31 years. My career has spanned Berkley(Pure Fishing), Zebco/Quantum, JWA (Mitchell/Johnson/MinnKota) and I have been with Frabill now for ten years. I was also the originator of Zebco Rhino Rods, Mitchell Fulcrum Rods, Spidercast rods and reels etc. I really enjoy this site and especially many of your posts as it appears you are well versed in the sport. If you would like to correspond directly with me my email is svogts@frabill.com. Nearing retirement and the misses and I are seriously looking around Paducah/KY lake area. I look forward to hearing back from you.--Warmouth.

Email sent.

.... cp :cool:

Jeff213
06-24-2007, 06:41 PM
I just contacted the guy who sold me the rods originally and hes selling me 5 of the top sections of the rods for $11 each + shipping.. wow I think I am set on my favorite rod on earth for quite a while!

grt0404
04-11-2009, 11:34 AM
i have the same problem with my zg50 the tip top is missing the insert and the second guide has been cut by the line and would like to find the parts to fix it. just love that rod.any help would be appreciated.

CrappiePappy
04-13-2009, 05:30 PM
i have the same problem with my zg50 the tip top is missing the insert and the second guide has been cut by the line and would like to find the parts to fix it. just love that rod.any help would be appreciated.

Send a email to Warmouth and ask him if he has any of the tips left. He sent me some tips for my broken ZG rod ... and it's good to go. He may even have a guide to replace yours.
He's the man to talk to !! His name is Steve Vogts.

stevevogts@stowmaster.net

... cp :cool:

grt0404
04-17-2009, 04:13 PM
sent him a pm with no reply

CrappiePappy
04-17-2009, 06:30 PM
sent him a pm with no reply

He's kinda busy, according to our last conversation (by email) ... and doesn't frequent the site, often, so he probably won't see the PM. You might do better to use the email link, but even then it may be awhile before you get an answer.

... cp :cool:

Catch'em
03-07-2016, 10:37 AM
Really old post here but I ran across it obviously looking for this fine specimen of a crappie rod. Does anybody know of someone refurbishing these rods? Found nothing on ebay and I contacted Steve years ago and he said he had already got rid of the rest of the ZG parts.

CrappiePappy
03-07-2016, 05:40 PM
Really old post here but I ran across it obviously looking for this fine specimen of a crappie rod. Does anybody know of someone refurbishing these rods? Found nothing on ebay and I contacted Steve years ago and he said he had already got rid of the rest of the ZG parts.

Which "parts" in particular are you looking for ?? If you still have the rod intact, and just need guides or a tip eye replaced ... most any rod builder could probably take care of that. They may even be able to fix/replace a busted handle or reel seat. But, if the rod itself is broken ... that may be a lost cause.

I'm just guessing, but ....
You probably aren't going to see them on eBay, as most whom still have a functioning rod are likely still using it, and those that broke theirs beyond repair probably trashed them long ago.

... cp :kewl

jaxsprat
03-07-2016, 07:03 PM
I feel really bad I already threw the thing out.. Its actually not even the original zero gravity front half of the rod. The top section is re-engineered and re-made. I got an extra top section from the guy I bought the rods from on ebay though so Its okay for me.. sorry about tossing it.

If you want to buy more of them I would reccomend searching for mitchell zero gravity rods on ebay though. These ones are great and end up costing $30 each.

2 Mitchell Zero Gravity micro light 5 spin rod NEW | eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/2-Mitchell-Zero-Gravity-micro-light-5-spin-rod-NEW_W0QQitemZ200118928439QQihZ010QQcategoryZ36150Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Thats the guy I bought them from. I would reccomend his rods.

Guess someone wanted those rods before me, cannot find any left on ebay..

CrappiePappy
03-07-2016, 07:26 PM
Guess someone wanted those rods before me, cannot find any left on ebay..

Yeah .... I'd say after 9yrs that they would have sold or been taken off eBay :Rofl

(just funnin with ya, Jax .... this thread is originally from 2007 :yikes)

... cp :kewl

Catch'em
03-08-2016, 02:51 AM
You can stumble onto a rod from time to time but they all have broken tips. I was hoping someone like they guy mentioned in above post from ebay could refurbish a broken rod or repair the rod tip using something like a quill but those little tiny eyes would be a chore as well i would think. Oh well it was worth a shot to ask and bring this one from many moons ago! Carry on nothing to see here :biggrin