Fishing Rod Repair (Read This Before You Throw It Away)
When fishing rods snap, it is often from the tip.
The easiest way to repair it is with hot glue or super glue.
Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Gather the Supplies for Fixing a Rod Tip
To fix a tip top of a fishing rod, you’d need:
Hot glue/ Super glue
Some heavy objects
An old tip or a new replacement tip
Step 2: Glue Up the Rod Tip
Being an angler, make sure you have these glues in your supply closet at all times. Fixing your rod tip as soon as possible will keep you from being a rod short.
A clean break means you can easily use the same tip to fix your rod. You might have to pull it off completely yourself if the tip top hasn’t entirely separated from the rod blank.
When done, slide the broken tip on the rod to align it perfectly straight.
Now that you know it’s in the correct position, keep it aside for a while.
Pour hot glue or super glue on the broken piece, and place the tip gently until it feels in place.
Once satisfied, hold it in place using heavy objects on both ends of the rod.
Keep the rod in a place where it will remain undisturbed for at least the next 24 hours. Do not touch the rod before that!
The heated glue must dry out and set before you can use the rod to catch more fish. Or else, the rod’s tip can end up breaking the second you cast a line, and it will be lost to you forever.
Step 3: Fixing up A Replacement Tip
In the case of a lost tip, you would have to contact the manufacturers for a new tip. Most brands readily provide replacement tips; only a handful don’t.
If you manage to get your hands on a replacement, follow the same process mentioned above and fix the rod with a new tip.
This method of fixing the new tip is the quickest and the most effective.
There are times when the break happens farther down the fishing rod near the first rod guide. In such cases, you’d have to break off the first rod guide, use it as the new tip, and follow the steps above.
Removing one entire rod guide will ultimately shorten your rod and will lead to a loss of a tiny bit of sensitivity but it will still remain functional.
How to Fix a Broken Fishing Rod?
The most useful skill that you can learn as an angler is fixing a broken fishing rod. In the long run, it will save you lots of time, money, and frustration.
Although rare, there are times when a broken fishing pole is beyond a DIY repair. In those cases, you’d have to contact the manufacturers to get your rod fixed.