Fishing rods are made of some sturdy materials, so they don’t break easily. When they do, though, they can snap in many different ways.
They could break in half or at the tip, or have a broken rod guide.
Today, we’ll be exploring how to fix a broken fishing rod by discussing the most common ways fishing rods break and how to fix each of them.
Generally, you can mend a rod that snapped into two using the simple combination of epoxy and a fiberglass pole, while if you have a broken guide, you can replace it with a new one without the least bit of trouble.
Your rod can still look as good as new even after going through repairs; all it takes is a bit of work.
Let's look into the detailed steps to fix your broken rod.
How to Fix a Broken Fishing Rod: The Three Methods
To mend a broken fishing rod, you first need to gather the necessary supplies.
These may include a dowel rod, sandpaper, epoxy paste, rod wrap finisher, flex coat epoxy kit, tin foil, and a small bowl.
Understanding the nature of the break comes next. Find out the length and angle of the break before you get started.
From this point, you should figure out which repair method to use. Remember to choose a procedure that can best address the breakage.
1. How Do You Fix a Broken Fishing Rod in Half?
From accidentally running over your rod to closing the door of your trunk on it, there are quite a few instances that could lead to your rod’s destruction.
However, as heartbreaking as these scenarios are for any avid fisher, they don’t necessarily mean the end of the road for your fishing rod.
Follow these steps for fixing a rod broken in half:
Step #1: Smoothen the Broken Ends
You can either cut or smoothen out the rod’s broken ends, but we prefer smoothening the parts out so that the rod stays as close to its original length as possible.
Use sandpaper to do this until the ends fit together as if it were a clean break.
If a jagged edge results from the breakage, use a pair of scissors to cut the edges off so that the pieces are flush against each other.
Then, use the sandpaper to smoothen out those edges and add a bit of roughness to the surface.
If you let those jagged edges be, then it won’t be long until you have to deal with another break.
Step #2: Measure the Rod’s Circumference
For this, you need to wrap a flexible measuring tape around the fishing rod’s broken end.
Move along to the other piece to see if its circumference is lower. This will tell you the poll size needed for mending your rod.
In the absence of a flexible measuring tape, you can measure the diameter of each of the rod’s broken ends using a regular tape measure.
Step #3: Secure a 12-Inch Piece of a Fiberglass Pole
Secure a pole with a circumference smaller than your fishing rod. That is about an eighth to a quarter of an inch smaller.
Then, cut a 30-centimeter or 12-inch section of the pole so that it fits inside the rod and supports it without snapping.
Fiberglass poles are available at your local hardware store. The color you choose usually won’t matter since you will fit it inside the rod.
Take note that this method is only applicable to hollow fishing rods. For rods that aren’t hollow, you can either tape the ends back together or purchase a new fishing rod.
Step #4: Place the Fiberglass Pole Into One Section of the Rod
Make sure your rod is in a horizontal position before sliding the pole in to prevent you from inserting the pole too far.
Work on the broken half with the handle first before proceeding to the other.
Slide the pole inside until about six inches of it sticks out.
If the fit isn’t snug enough, you’ll want to wrap duct tape around the pole to make it thicker. Masking tape works, too.
Step #5: Apply Epoxy to the Pole’s Exposed Section
Now, for this part, you would need to pour two-part epoxy into a clean bowl.
Two-part epoxy should be available in hardware stores near you.
Using a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of epoxy on the fiberglass pole's end that’s sticking out.
Make sure to do this quickly after mixing so that the epoxy doesn’t set or dry before the rod is mended.
Step #6: Insert the Other Broken End Into the Fiberglass
Slowly and carefully push the rod’s other end into the exposed section of the fiberglass pole.
While you’re doing this, keep an eye on the pole’s guides and make sure they line up perfectly.
It will ensure that the line doesn’t get tangled when you begin using the pole again.
Press the two ends of the rod together so that they fit just right. Then, give the epoxy at least 24 hours to set.
Take note that the epoxy won’t set right away, so you may rotate the pieces of the fishing rod after sliding them together.
Once fully attached, you can add a layer of tape around the area for more security.
2. How Do You Fix a Broken Fly Rod?
Whether it’s because of a car door, clumsy boot, or a reckless dog, there are numerous reasons for a fly rod to break.
However, there’s no need to despair because, with a few simple steps, you can get back to using the rod in no time.
Step #1: Gather the Necessary Materials
You would need super glue, a lighter, a small piece of sandpaper, some thread, a hot glue gun stick, a knife, and a pair of pliers.
Step #2: Inspect
Do a full inspection starting from the butt to the rod’s tip. If the rod is broken in multiple areas, there’s simply no point in fixing it.
The same goes for a broken blank that’s anywhere below the tip of the fishing rod.
The inspection is to ensure that the rod is still fixable and can still be used once repaired.
Step #3: Fix Loose Reel Seats and Guides
Once you’ve established that only the reel seat was damaged or the guides have simply come loose, then you can start fixing your fly rod.
In most cases, you shouldn’t have too much trouble with these fixes.
For reel seats, all you need to do is sand off the old epoxy and apply a new layer. If you happen to be on the field while this happens, superglue should provide a good enough fix until you get home.
As for guides that have popped loose, you need to look for a clean hole to reinsert it into.
Start by reinserting the foot and applying a few drops of superglue around the opening.
As soon as it sets or dries, you’re free to take out your rod on your next adventure.
3. How Do You Repair a Fishing Rod Tip?
Using your knife, a pair of pliers, and some glue stick, you should be able to mend a broken fishing rod tip with minimal problems.
Step #1: Cut the Tip of the Rod
In most cases, when the rod blank's tip breaks, it’s not going to be a clean break. To make sure the break is clean, clip the tip of the rod using the pliers' cutting section.
Step #2: Make Sure Any Remaining Rod Blank Is Pulled Free from the Guide
Using your pliers, grip the severed top guide and heat it with a lighter so that the original glue softens.
Then, start pulling the remaining rod blank from the guide until nothing is left.
Step #3: Apply Glue Shavings to the Detached Top Guide
Using a knife, shave thin pieces of your glue stick and place them on the detached top guide. Then, grip that part with the pliers and heat it to soften the glue.
You now need to attach the guide back onto the rod’s tip carefully so that it aligns with the other guides.
If changes in the diameter prevent the original tip from fitting properly, you may need to purchase a larger tip.
There are few things more precious to anglers than their fishing rods. The care we provide our rods combined with their sturdy build means they are unlikely to get broken unless it’s an accident.
True enough, accidents happen. Whether you’re at home getting ready for a fishing trip or on the field, right in the middle of reeling in a catch, you can fix these problems.
Hence, we have to be ready with a complete rod repair kit at all times.
Our rods mean a lot to us, so we don’t just want to replace them with something new, we want to acquire information on how to fix a broken fishing rod.
Whether it’s an issue with a loose guide or a broken rod, our three methods, at the very least, will help provide you with the appropriate solution for the situation.