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Author Topic:  Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!  (Read 1114 times)

Offline SENKOSAM

Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!
« on: April 04, 2017, 04:50:46 PM »
I always seem to break at least two rods a year and usually they are old favorites no longer sold. I broke two rods last year and said to myself, self, there's got to be a way of repairing them rather than throw away rods with good guides and handle.

I start out with two cable straps (zip ties), super glue and 10 lb test braided line I no longer have use for.
1. I line up the two ends of the broken rod and overlap them 1.5-2" depending on rod action and bland thickness. My light action crappie rod (in photo) used a 1.5" overlap.
2. The straps are placed on the ends of each rod blank.
3. I put super glue along the aligned section and recheck rod and guide alignment.
4. When I'm sure the glue has set, I snip off the zip ties.
5. More glue is then applied to the outside surfaces of both blanks after which I start to tightly wrap the braid around both blanks from end to end.
6. If the edges of the ends are rough, I'll file them smooth and coat with glue.

I've caught 3+ lb bass on the medium action spinning rod and tons of pan fish on the light action rod that was repaired.

example of the cable tie in place (ignore the electric tape - no longer used)


light action rod with wrapped braid


I my love rods that have caught so many fish for so many years. Kind of like losing an old pal when have to chuck them due to my or someone else's carelessness.

The only rod I will repair is one broke 75% or more up from the handle. I have also extended the length of a light action rod with the end of a junk rod that never gets used. I use a hack saw for both, align the ends, etc.


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Offline Jigfishn10

Re: Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2017, 05:22:11 PM »
I know what you mean when you break a rod that you've caught so many fish with. I actually save broken sections of rods just for the sole purpose of using the section for a ferrules.

2 sections of the broken rod you want repair and put together by a wider section of an old broken rod. You can kind of use it like a pipe coupling. Make the repaired rod like a 2 piece rod and epoxy the ferrule on 1 side or make a epoxy both sides and make a single piece rod.

Offline SENKOSAM

Re: Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2017, 05:27:35 AM »
Not sure what a ferrule is. Could you post a picture?

Offline Jigfishn10

Re: Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2017, 05:51:40 PM »
You can make ferrules from old broken rod parts or by brass ones at a Janns Netcraft, Mudhole, Barlow's Tackle type stores.

I don't care for the brass ones, they make the rod heavier.  :)

Offline Jigfishn10

Re: Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2017, 05:55:26 PM »
Here's a rod I broke and repaired about 3 or 4 years ago. The ferrule is near the rod wrap stand to the right.

When the rod broke I basically tore it all down with the exception of the handle and reel seat, those were in good shape. I lightly sanded the rod down with wet/dry sand paper followed by steel wool and refinished the rod. It was originally maroon.

I epoxied in the female ferrule, again made from materials from an old broken rod, epoxied in the male end of the rod and wrapped in all new guides and hook keeper.

Offline SENKOSAM

Re: Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2017, 09:51:26 PM »
I had a felling that's what you meant. I was going to go that route but wasn't sure how to match the rod blank to ferrule size. That is a better method except for the last 5" of rod that has to be reattached to a 6' light to medium action rod.

Thanks for the info and the pictures.

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Re: Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 11:44:02 AM »
Some great info here! I never thought about using your method Frank but I can see it being great for when you are in a pinch on the lake! With that in mind, it would be easy enough to carry the pull ties and needed materials in a boat just in case that moment arrives.

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Offline SENKOSAM

Re: Repaired a broke rod just for the heck of it!
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2017, 02:23:33 PM »
Like the ferule idea. I would like to get a selection of size from the sources mentioned to fix breaks closer to the rod handle.)

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