How to Repair Broken Fishing Poles

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Fishing is an activity that most of us have participated in since were children and for many adults the sport still attracts them. The main implement of the fisherman is his pole. What happens when your favorite fishing pole breaks? Many repairs to the pole can be made including broken tips, mid-pole breaks and loss of guides.

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    Repair a broken fishing rod that has been broken in the middle of the rod by trimming the ends of the break square and placing a ferrule in the break. One side of the ferrule is cemented to the top half of the rod and the other side of the ferrule is cemented to the bottom half of the rod. Ferrules can be obtained at sporting goods stores or fishing supply stores.

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    Replace a broken guide with a similar guide that can be found at sporting goods stores. The guide is re-tied to the rod in the place where the old guide was. If the old guide is still on the pole, cut the string that has the guide tied to the pole and remove both the guide and the old string. Re-tie the new guide in place and coat the new string with lacquer to cure it and hold it together.

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    Restore a broken tip by trimming the end of the rod square and cementing on a new tip that can be bought at most hardware stores. Be sure to align the tip with the rest of the guides.

Tips and warnings

  • If the rod is a valuable one or holds sentimental value, the best advice is to have a professional repair the rod. They are experienced in how to perform the repairs and the methods used to secure guides, tips and ferrules to rods.

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