How to Repair a Broken Fishing Rod

How to Repair a Broken Fishing Rod
Don't let a broken fishing rod keep you from fishing, when you can probably fix it yourself. It's possible to repair everything from a rod broken in half, to a broken guide, to a broken tip. You'll just need a few supplies to be back up and fishing. Everything you need for repair can be found at your local sporting goods store. Read on for some tips in repairing a broken fishing rod.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Replacement parts for broken ones Five minute epoxy Knife or scissors
  • Replacement parts for broken ones
  • Five minute epoxy
  • Knife or scissors
Step 1
Assess the damage to the fishing rod so you'll know what you'll need to fix it. If you don't already have the supplies needed to fix the break, your local sporting goods store should. They also will have knowledgeable people that can help you if you have questions about the repair.
Step 2
Fix a broken tip by first cutting off the broken and frayed end of the rod. Place the new tip on the end of the rod to make sure it properly fits. Align the tip up with the guides and then cement the tip into place. After the cement has fully dried, the rod is ready to be used again.
Step 3
Remove a broken guide by cutting the string holding it to the fishing rod. Discard the old string and guide. Place the new guide into position, making sure it aligns with the other ones. Secure it by tying new string around the guide and the rod. Apply a thin coat of lacquer to the new string so it will cure, keeping the new guide in place.
Step 4
Make repairs to a rod that's been broken in half by first trimming the broken and frayed ends. You want to end up with a clean, square edge. Cement a ferrule to the bottom half of the rod. Repeat this step by cementing the other end of the ferrule to the top half of the fishing rod. You can purchase ferrules at your local sporting goods store. Once the cement has fully dried, the rod is ready for use.
Step 5
Make a portable repair kit to have with you while you're fishing. This way you will be prepared for the worst possibility, a broken rod. A repair kit can be as simple or complex as you'd like, but should hold the basic replacement parts for your rod, as well as the material with which to attach them. Talk to the personnel at your local sporting goods store if you have questions about building your repair kit or making the repairs.

Tips & Warnings

 
If you have an antique or special rod that's broken, you might consider taking it to a professional to have it repaired.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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