How to Assemble the Male to Female Sections of a Fly Rod

How to Assemble the Male to Female Sections of a Fly Rod
Fly fishing rods can exceed 8 feet in length on many models, a necessity in order to properly fly fish in a river or stream. Because of their size, fly rods are usually composed of several different sections that can be broken down and transported as a much smaller item. This makes it possible to store a fly rod in a duffel bag or backpack. Each segment of the fly rod features two kinds of ends--one on end is a male section, while a female section is at the opposite end.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cotton swab
  • Paraffin wax
Step 1
Determine the order of the segments as they compose the fly fishing rod. Most rods get narrower as they near the top of the fly rod, and this usually makes it easier to line them up in the proper order.
Step 2
Use a cotton swab to wipe away any dirt or sediments inside the female end of the rod.
Step 3
Lightly rub the male end of each segment with paraffin wax. This will help hold the rod segments together when you are fly fishing.
Step 4
Line up the female and male ends of neighboring rod segments. Push the male end into the female end, twisting the two sections against one another as they join to secure their grip on one another.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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