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Old 08-16-2010, 05:33 AM
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While fishing yesterday one of my rod sections had seperated and was barely attached, maybe on by about 1/2 inch. It was starting to get dark and I was getting bites and went to sets the hook and snap. Broke that 1/2 inch off and lost the fish. Never even notice it was seperated. Check your rod so it doesn't happen to you. I can probably cut that broken end and smooth it up but am thinking about just replacing that section. Losing that little bit might make that section weaker and it might snap the out part of the upper section. I did get it back on and caught another fish just before it was too dark.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:37 AM
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I've heard you can get a 'sleeve' of some sort to mend the bits together (done in the UK anyway), but not really a recommended fix. Send it in and bite the bullet.

As for checking your connections, this is something that should be done on a regular basis. With 2-handers this is an ongoing debate about just waxing the connections or taping same together, both, or nothing.

That subject has generated hundreds of posts on the SpeyPages web site.
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Good advice to check the ferrules. Too many people take it for granted that their ferrules stay in place. One can have a rod that costs $69.95 or one that costs $695. Ferrules find a way to slip.

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It is also more common with 4 piece rods than 2 piece.
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It is also more common with 4 piece rods than 2 piece.


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Both of mine are 4 piece.
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Default Re: Check your rod

I do a lot of fishing for Pink and Coho on the Eve and Campbell River on Vancouver Island and the last thing I do before hitting the water is to use a bit of electrical black tape on my rod joints. It is a precautionary thing, and I have never lost or broke a section by having it come loose during fishing. A friend taught me that - especially so for rods with more than 2 sections, but I tape them too. Better safe than sorry.
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I do a lot of fishing for Pink and Coho on the Eve and Campbell River on Vancouver Island and the last thing I do before hitting the water is to use a bit of electrical black tape on my rod joints. It is a precautionary thing, and I have never lost or broke a section by having it come loose during fishing. A friend taught me that - especially so for rods with more than 2 sections, but I tape them too. Better safe than sorry.
Good idea there. Mine always comes apart at the middle section. My rod can still be used. A person gets so occupied at times you forget to check.
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the last time i ordered i rod from St.Croix they sent a small disc of wax in a plastic container. applying a thin coat to the male ends of each section helps keep them in place and supposedly helps in removal as well.
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Default Re: Check your rod

Has anyone ever tried Teflon tape on the male ends to address ferrule separation? I haven't yet, because I just had the idea

Even though it will wear off after a few times putting the rod together and taking it apart it should work. It also won't lose its cling when exposed to water like the electrical tape mentioned above.

I use the stuff on my guitar's tremolo bar to make it stay where I put it. Should do the same for a fly rod, right?
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