Repair a Fishing Rod
Jul 09, · Professional Bass Fisherman Edwin Evers shows an easy and effective way to repair a broken fishing rod guide. This process is so simple it can be done at home or on the water. Never go without your favorite rod again! Viewed 16, times. views; Latest videos from Edwin Evers. Repair a Fishing Rod: My friend borrowed my light weight fishing rod and caught a very big fish! Shortly after landing the fish, the rod broke in half. I loved that rod, even more now with a great story attached, so I decided to fix odishahaalchaal.comted Reading Time: 1 min.
My friend borrowed my light weight fishing rod and caught a very big fish! Shortly rof landing the fish, the rod broke in half. I loved that rod, even more now with a great story attached, so I decided to fix it.
On the drill bit, I brainstormed for quite a while as to where to find a splint that I could put into the hollow shaft of the fishing rod. I even fishinh down and bought a dowel that was just over-size, planning to sand it down. Then I thought of the pile of old drill bits that I have. They are about the right length.
So I went though my pile finding the bit that fit "just snug", a little how to create explainer video is better than a pressed fit.
When fishkng put it together you must make sure your orientation is right. Most breaks will help you because their jagged edges align. A little swipe from a paper towel or two, and the mess from "copious amounts" will be cleaned up.
Now my fishing rod has a well earned battle scar from battling such a wonderful fish. Reply 6 years ago. I'm not going to rain on the parade, per se, but it appears as though you've created TWO stress risers in the rod.
If it works, I'm not one to judge as I like to fix and save as much as the next guy. Butthe reason fiberglass and other materials work well as fishing rods is rrod the applied stresses [to the entire rod] are 'equally' applied throughout the construction of the rod.
The drill bits are way too hard to allow the rod to flex as intended. I'd bet a case of beer that landing the same fish or likely a lesser one will break this rod again, only at one of how to get a job in maintenance ends of the fishnig bit.
I hope I'm wrong because sentimental objects define people's decisions to try such repairs. Introduction: Repair a Fishing Rod. By Moose Dr Follow. More by the author:.
Materials required: Epoxy Glue I use JB Weld Drill bit Paper towel On the drill bit, I brainstormed for quite a while as to where to find a splint that I could put into the hollow shaft of the fishing rod. Put glue on the shank of the bit, and put it into one end of the rod, about half way. Too glue to the other half. I just load the glue on -- the more the better, I say. Did you make this project?
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Our steps will require at least 4 days before you can use the rod again. The amount of time you took to read the word 'snap' is the exact amount of time it takes for your favorite fishing rod to break into two. Imagine this, you are ready for the fishing season, all excited and upbeat only to find out that one your rod is sitting there in two halves. Bad mistake. Those spare rods are still there but your fishing arsenal has a rod short, doesn't it?
Wouldn't it be better to go into war with all your weapons intact and in good working condition rather than diving into the unknown realms totally unprepared? And no, this is not an exaggeration. We will try to preserve our favorite rod along with the sentiments attached to it.
For whatever reason your rod broke, the steps in this article will be almost the same for all scenarios and anglers. This is the fishing rod we will operate upon in our article. We will try to make it an easy to understand step-by-step guide for you. As you can see above, the guide section was actually pulling away from the binding. The epoxy was chipping away before the rod broke. We surely do not want our six feet six-inch rod to become a five feet six-inch stick all in the name of a repair technique.
We would try to maintain it around the exact length it was before breaking. Time required to do the actual steps: minutes depending upon your speed. Total time required including drying of epoxy : 4 days before you can use the rod again. The following things are easily available at any hardware store near you or can be ordered online. The way we would want to start is by taking the dowel rod and inserting it into the rod blank.
Before that, you need to measure the break at the widest point. In our rod above, it was around an eighth of an inch, so we got an eighth of an inch dowel rod. Now, cut off about a four-inch section of the dowel rod using the tin snips.
Our plan is to now taper down the dowel rod and put about an inch and a half in the lower part of the blank and put the rest of the dowel rod in the upper part of the blank. Our next step would be to epoxy it in its place. Our search for methods to fix broken rods online lead us to many results where the person would take a metal sleeve and put it around their blank. While all these methods are good, we don't want a big eyesore on our rod or lose about a foot of our rod in length.
If we were to use a metal nail and our nail got bent, then we would be left with a permanent bend in our pole. When finished, we would wrap the whole thing in superline and put a layer of rod wrap finish on top. Thus the only thing we would see on the outside would be a new extended wrap essentially. In our rod above, the epoxy on it is kind of cracked, so we are going to lock that back down into place.
Also, we are not going to trim down the splinters at the break point on the rod. We will use those once we put the dowel in the place to make sure we line the rod up perfectly as it was before it broke. And as mentioned earlier, there is no way we would be hack-sawing some portion of the rod as we don't want to lose any length. Remove the reel and any line from the rod if they are present. The next step would be to wrap the whole thing past the original wrapping. Make markings on the dowel rod using the utility knife.
You would want to make sure that you have about one inch to be inserted into the bottom part of the rod. We want a lesser length of the dowel rod in the bottom part than the top because the top part of the dowel rod would be sanded. Therefore, we are looking at three inches for the top part and one inch for the bottom part in our four-inch dowel rod. Coming back, taper the dowel rod to fit it in our bottom part of the fishing rod. It is a trial and error based method. Use the sandpaper and try to fit it in.
Remember, not to do too much of tapering as you cannot add the wood dust back. Hence, use the sandpaper for a few seconds and try fitting it in. Rinse and repeat till you get a perfect fit for both the bottom and the top part.
We want the dowel rod to fit as tightly as possible but don't shove it down by force as it will split the blank even further. In case you do, it can be taken out with the help of a pair of tweezers. We would start fitting the dowel rod in the top part of the fishing rod first as it is a snug fit and it is not going to push past where we want it to be. If we were to put it in the bottom part first, then a definite problem will occur.
Next, take the tin foil and pour some epoxy over it. Using a toothpick, load both the holes from where the rod was broken, with epoxy. Put a generous amount inside till around half an inch from the entrance.
We would glue the dowel rod in the top portion of the broken pole first as we had discussed earlier. Push it in nicely and gently. Repeat the process for the other end.
As you push in the top part of the fishing rod containing the dowel rod into the bottom part, remember to use the splinters to align the rod perfectly.
Check your guides and we are done with this step. At the end of it, you should be left with a complete fishing rod with a dowel rod and epoxy inside the joint from where it snapped. Leave the rod like this for at least 24 hours. You can do this with the help of sandpaper but do keep a light hand while doing the same. We do not want to mess up the fiberglass construction with our sandpaper. Clean up the area around the crack until it is nice and smooth.
Our next step is to tightly wrap the area around the crack with a braided superline as it would soak up the epoxy and is super strong. Start with tying a tight knot with the superline on the rod at around an inch from the crack on either the left or the right side. Our goal is to wrap the superline as tightly as possible on the rod blank. Thus, start wrapping really tightly and snugly from one end and go all the way to the other end. Tie another tight knot at the other end.
Try to keep each turn of the wrap as close as possible to the previous one. Use your thumb nail to set it close if you need to after every turn. Braided superline is slippery and that is why your beginning and ending knot along with each turn should be very very tight. The end result should look like the picture above. In case a guide falls in the way of the wrap, do not worry.
Get as close to the guide as possible and then take the superline to the other side, again being as close to the guide as you can. Thoroughly mix the contents with a small brush. Even an old toothbrush would do. Generously apply the mixture over the braided superline that we have just wrapped tightly around the crack.
Keep the rod in your hands and rotate it while applying the mixture evenly throughout. Do not worry about it being in excess as excess is what we want. One important thing to note here is that we want to keep rotating the rod slowly for the next minutes while the mixture over the superline dries. Leaving it to dry by itself can result in accumulation of the liquid at the bottom due to gravity.
We want an even coating over the superline wrap. Sit outside your house or in front of a fan if you need to speed up the process with a natural breeze. We recommend you to leave it like that for at least 36 hours before taking your rod out for fishing. Please give the rod ample time to dry. If possible get a spinning motor that will hold the rod and keep spinning it for the next 36 hours till the flex coating dries off completely.
Thus we can safely conclude that this method of repairing the rod did work well. A thing we forgot to mention is that you can use a lighter flame to heat the flex coat epoxy from a distance so that no air bubbles remain there once you have applied it on the wrap. Thank you guys and girls for sticking with us. We know this has been a long and tiring project but that feeling when the rod is finally repaired after putting in so much hard work is priceless.
We have come a long way from a busted rod to a pretty good fix that may not look as beautiful as a machine finish but certainly works well. Go on and take your salvaged rod out for fishing. It must be craving to get some action ;-.
Share 0. Tweet 0. Pin 0. Time required to do the actual steps: minutes depending upon your speed Total time required including drying of epoxy : 4 days before you can use the rod again.