Re: problem with new sage rod
Have you all considered ferrule lube plus using a short length of latex surgical tubing to pull over the ferrule joints? Like taping the ferrule joints, the latex tubing will keep the ferrules from loosening, but it's a lot easier to deal with than having to re-tape the joints each time. With the tubing, you just roll it up onto one section when you take the rod apart.
On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .