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Old 05-29-2014, 06:00 PM
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I have a 2 piece fly rod. I noticed the other day that there is a stright white line inside the sleeve over ferrule about 1 inch long. There is nothing you can feel outside, The ferrule don,t come loose when fishing and it,s about 1/32" wide. It only goes to the start of the guide wrap, think this is a crack or a scrape. I know it,s hard to say without seeing, but anyway, the rod is a Sage XP 990-2 Thanks for any help.

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I have a 2 piece fly rod. I noticed the other day that there is a stright white line inside the sleeve over ferrule about 1 inch long. There is nothing you can feel outside, The ferrule don,t come loose when fishing and it,s about 1/32" wide. It only goes to the start of the guide wrap, think this is a crack or a scrape. I know it,s hard to say without seeing, but anyway, the rod is a Sage XP 990-2 Thanks for any help.
Sage has a good warranty, it just cost $50.00. I see you having three choices; 1) Go to a good local fly shop and ask them if it looks like a problem. 2) Send it along with $50.00 back to Sage. 3) Wait for it to break, if it ever does and then send it back to Sage.
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Why not just call Sage and ask them?

Without seeing it, and having absolutely no idea as to how Sage or any other company manufactures their ferrule ends, your description to me actually hints at something else though would be ONLY a GUESS.

That being, since the line is straight, .03 wide, white (hinting at a filler in that you didn't say it was an open crack), it sounds more to me as though in manufacture the ferrule is split or relieved, fit to the taper of the male portion, the filler setting up and then is most likely reinforced with wraps, then finished.

Essentially, establishing the minimal taper within the female ferrule to match the males without having to machine that taper in.....Hence the perfect locking fit.

But that is just a guess....Call Sage and ask.

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Thanks for the replys, makes me wonder, how many of you are fishing with cracked ferrules and don,t know it?????? Thanks again.
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Not me, my #1 go to rod is one piece!
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Thanks for the replys, makes me wonder, how many of you are fishing with cracked ferrules and don,t know it?????? Thanks again.
I have one with a deep scratch.
I patched it with superglue and that was at least 20 years ago. It's still fine.

Happens either from grit or the ferrule slipping, or both.
Blow into each ferrule end as you put your rod together to prevent #1.
Wax your ferrules to prevent #2
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Thanks for the replys, makes me wonder, how many of you are fishing with cracked ferrules and don,t know it?????? Thanks again.
I had one. I sent my Scott G904 back to the factory for other issues after eight years of fishing. Only after fixing all did they discover a cracked ferrule, so had to give me a new rod. Who knows how long I was fishing it with that almost invisible crack.
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I have two xi3's that both have that white line in the female ferrules just up from the handle. I think it is nothing to worry about, but am curious as to their purpose. All I can think of is to mark the spine for attaching ferrules.

Perhaps a rod builder will chime in.
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I have a Scott and a Sage rod that both have some stress fractures in the ferrules. They are white hair lines in the female end. I think they happen from casting when the ferrules come loose. That is actually a great way to break a rod.
If you cannot see the line on the outside, I agree it is a manufacturing feature.
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