How to Repair Fishing Poles

How to Repair Fishing Poles
Sometimes, fishing poles get stepped on. Sometimes, a fish makes a hard charge near the boat and breaks the rod in two. Whatever the cause, fishing poles sometimes break. Some fishermen throw away a broken pole, but that is usually not necessary. With a few simple steps, anglers can fix broken fishing poles on their own.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scissors
  • Ferrule
  • Ferrule cement
  • Lacquer
  • Thread
Step 1
Line up the broken parts of the fishing rod as they would be if the pole were not broken.
Step 2
Trim with scissors where there are breaks. There is no need to make the breaks completely even or smooth, but both sides of the broken pole must fit tightly into the ferrule, which is a device that is made of metal and that holds together the two parts of the broken pole.
Step 3
Rub ferrule cement on and around the broken ends of the pole, then slide each end into the respective ferrule ends. If there are any gaps, fill them with cement.
Step 4
Fix a broken rod guide with lacquer and thread. To do so, unwind any existing thread on the guide, then put the guide back in its original position. Wind new thread around the guide and the fishing rod itself. Coat the thread with lacquer, and let it harden.
Step 5
Repair the broken tip of a fishing pole by snipping off the end of the rod with a scissors. Make sure the end is as flat as possible. Rub a small amount of ferrule cement around the end of the pole, then slide on a new tip. Line up the tip with all of the other guides on the pole, then add additional cement where the tip and the fishing rod join. Allow the cement to become hard before using the rod.

Tips & Warnings

Do not use the repaired fishing pole until all the cement has hardened. If the repaired areas move when you put pressure on them, the cement is not dry enough.

Article Written By Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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