3 Ways to Repair Your Rod on a Budget

Most fishing rods are pretty durable, but every now and then you will come across a situation where you break one. Luckily they can be fixed with just a few simple tools that you probably already have laying around at home. With a little bit of elbow grease, you can make one of your broken rods look like it is brand new!

Method 1: Snapped Fiberglass Rod

To repair a fiberglass rod that has snapped in two, you first want to start by sanding down both ends that are broken in order to get rid of jagged edges and make them flush. You can also use a pair of scissors to trim down these edges before you start to sand them. Next, measure the circumference of your fishing rod at the break and head down to your local hardware store. There you will want to buy a fiberglass rod that is the same size as your pole. 

Cut around 6 to 12 inches of the fiberglass rod and insert it inside of your pole. As you do this, place plenty of epoxy on it and put the other end onto it. Leave it alone for a while in order to dry, and once it is done, give it a try!

Method 2: Replace a Guide Rod

In order to replace a broken guide rod, you first want to find a razor blade or knife and remove it from your fishing pole. If it becomes too difficult to remove the threading around the guide, try heating up the area for a few seconds to soften it. Once you get the broken guide rod off, sand down the area to ensure a smooth and clean surface to install a new one with. 

The next step is to place the new guide rod in place with some tape. Once it is properly aligned and where you want it, take some thread and wrap it around the foot of the guide. After it is tied off, put down a layer of epoxy to hold everything in place and give it some strength. Once it is dried, you are ready to get back to fishing!

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Method 3: Change a Rod Tip

Start by taking a lighter and heating up the tip of your rod in order to loosen up the adhesive. Use a pair of pliers to take off the tip and then use some sandpaper to smooth out the tip and strip off any remaining adhesive. Using the same lighter, now you need to heat up some rod cement inside of the new tip that you plan on putting on. Once ready, put on the new tip and let it cool. You should have a properly working rod tip once it is finished!

Final Thoughts

Fixing a rod doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, and these three ways can help save you some time and money if you find yourself with a broken fishing rod.

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