I was not sure where to put this post so here goes.
I picked up a new stick to fish 25# line and decided to go with a 8' deckhand style rod. With this rod having cork tape and no reel seat I went with a after market reel clamp in order not to tare up the cork wrap. As you can see the stock clamp being so thin it would sooner or later start to break down the cork wrap.
After market clamp
Issue solved, so I thought.
When I installed the reel onto the rod I found that the aftermarket reel clamp wrapped around the grip further making the nuts that attach the clamp to reel posts screw further onto the posts. In order to screw the nuts down enough to hold the reel secure to the rod the posts would be flush or stick a little past the nuts.
Well I have seen this issue before and I have also seen a few different ways to over come it. Did I want to cut down the posts a bit? No, because if I fish this reel on another rod with a reel seat and have to use the stock reel clamp, the nuts would barely thread onto the posts then. Place a stack of washers onto the posts? Nope, with my luck the first time I went to attach the reel to the rod I would drop the washers onto the deck to never to be seen again. Notch a blade screw driver? Maybe, I have seen this done many times but there has to be a easier way.
Then it came to me, a spanner bit.
These bits are used to drive spanner head screws. This type of screw I have seen used mostly on elevator button panels, but will it work?
I looked at a few hardware stores but either they did not have them or the span was not wide enough to fit over the reel posts. I looked on line and found one place in my area that carried the largest size, I think they make. So I went down with reel in hand and the clerk was nice enough to open up the bit package of size #14 and what do you know? It fit perfectly.
After taking the bit home I measured it and the inside gap was 3/16 of an inch. I don't know if any others have had this issue before or if you will in the future. If you do this little bit may solve a issue for you also.