Fishing Rod End Repair

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Fishing Rod End Repair
Repairing a rod tip is a relatively easy process. (Gone Fishing image by Peter Jarvis from

Repairing the tip of a broken fishing rod is a relatively easy task that requires minimal tools. It is common for rod tips to break, and anglers should carry a small repair kit for emergency situations. Although repairing the rod tip is a manageable task, repairs of the middle sections are much more difficult and require expert skills. Some breaks cannot be repaired and require the section of rod to be replaced. Once the repair is completed, the rod will be slightly shorter than the original.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • New rod tip
  • Glue stick
  • Lighter
  • Razor blade
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Forceps

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  1. 1

    Rub the broken tip of the rod with the fine sandpaper. Work the broken section until all of the graphite fibres are even and smooth. This will make the tip much stronger.

  2. 2

    Use the razor to cut several very thin pieces of glue off the glue stick. Put the pieces of glue in the new tip top. Grasp the tip top with the forceps.

  3. 3

    Use the lighter to heat the new tip and melt the glue. Place the tip on the rod and position it in line with the rod guides. Allow the tip to cool.

  4. 4

    Shave more fragments off the glue stick and stuff the shavings in the gaps between the tip and the rod. Use the lighter to heat the rod tip and melt the glue. Wait for several minutes to allow the glue to dry.

  5. 5

    Use the razor to shave any glue clumps from new connection. The glue should be even with the edge of the rod tip.

Tips and warnings

  • You can draw a line in advance to help position the rod tip evenly. The glue shavings must be very thin to make them melt fast. Otherwise the flame will risk contact with the rod while attempting to melt the glue.
  • Do not place the flame of the lighter in direct contact with the graphite. The lighter must only be used to heat the metal rod tip. The flame can damage the graphite and may cause it to catch fire if contact is made.

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