How to fix a broken fishing rod

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How to fix a broken fishing rod

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If that fiberglass rod now out of warranty happens to break, don’t throw it away. Consider an easy way to fix that rod for more years of enjoyment. A little time and patience will give you both the opportunity to save a few dollars and keep fishing for years to come.


Cut two pieces of the broken rod so that a nearly smooth seam can be achieved. Often a fiberglass rod will crack, splinter and break all at the same time. Cut both ends of the broken rod back until there are no splinters or cracks left.


Examine the rod to confirm that it has an even surface. Once you have cut the rod to a point where you now have a solid surface on both ends, take the wooden dowel and sand it down carefully so that it fits snugly into both ends of the break, inserting it in at least 3 to 4 inches into both ends.


Remove the dowel and generously apply glue to the dowel. Reinsert it into the rod (be sure that the eyes of the rod are straight).


Allow the glue to set up as recommended on the bottle, then gently sand off any excess glue that may have formed as a result of the gluing process. Once the excess glue has been removed, it is time to pull out the thread. Starting with a simple half hitch about 2 to 3 inches above the break, begin tightly winding the thread--making sure not to overlap it until you have progressed 2 to 3 inches beyond the break. Tie it off with another couple of half hitches and apply the clear nail polish liberally. Once completely dried, the rod is ready again for use. It is also a great idea to use that clear nail polish annually to recoat the threaded area, and to coat the other guides and their wrappings for safety.


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