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Old 03-05-2012, 12:37 PM
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Default Rod Assembly Question

I was at a meeting where one of the speakers taught that to avoid having your graphite rod come apart during fishing one should twist the rod during assembly to “lock” the pieces together. When one dissembles the rod then you twist in the opposite direction. Is this sound advice? I seem to remember being told not to twist the rod pieces when assembling the rod.

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Old 03-05-2012, 12:52 PM
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I think it's not a good advice at all....never twist a graphite rod...
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When I put rods together, I bang the end on the ground after each piece is added. Holds forever that way. On a more serious note, I've heard to twist and not to twist, so I called the tech department at Sage a few years ago. They said twist all you want. I asked if they could be twisted too much, and the tech said, "Nope". I twist them a bit, but not much. It usually makes taking them apart too difficult if they're twisted the recommended 90 degrees.
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You don't ever want to twist a rod that has metal ferrules, especially bamboo

Giving a twist to a rod with spigot or tip over butt ferrules is probably fine
Personally, I keep my sections from separating by waxing the male end ... just not metal ones
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Use ferrule wax and twist.

the wax is the most important part. it helps hold the pieces together and will helps prevent the pieces from sticking when you are taking it apart.

the mentality of not twisting is "old" info.
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Use paraffin on the male ferrule, never ear or nose oil. I carry a birthday candle in my vest. I put the pieces together a bit off center and twist to line up the guides and seat the ferrule. Hold each piece close to the ferrule. I've never had a problem.

When you are twisting , you can feel the resistance. This is the safeguard against rod breakage. I don't think you can adequately seat the ferrules or line up the guides without twisting.

Line up the guides, not by sighting down the rod with the guides on top as most do. Sight with the guides facing down. As you sight down the top of the rod blank, you can see how much of the sides of the guides project on each side of the rod blank. When the rod blank transects the guides down the center, you are perfectly lined up.

Try it and see if this is not a better way to center the rod sections.
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Burts Bee's is what I use but I've heard nose oil is fine, curious as to why not?
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Burts Bee's is what I use but I've heard nose oil is fine, curious as to why not?
Body oil contains fatty acids and salt. But worst is that it contains fine particles of dirt. It is an abrasive.
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My Clearwater II came with ferrule wax, so i wax it. I called TFO tech guy and he advised not to wax theirs.
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silver creek, back 40 some yrs ago i was taught to use the ear oil(behind the bottom lobe) on the male end of the ferrel. I can see your point. As for lining up the guides, the rods i have built have got small dots on both sections for that very purpose. Small but great feature. No guessing.
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