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    broken rod tip

    Went out today to cast a few and ended up slidding down the hill. When I got up, I found that my rod tip had broken. About a half inch. So I was wondering if anyone knew how to make repaires to a broken tip? Any info would be apriciated.. _Duane


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    Re: broken rod tip

    I once did that and just glued the tip guide back on to what was left, I later ordered another complete tip section. I do not see much difference between the two as to performance. I have been told it makes the shorter one faster but I can't tell the difference. So I use the replacement section and now have a spare the works just fine.

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    Re: broken rod tip

    If its a name brand rod, most likely they will take it back and issue you a new rod or just a tip. Either way, find out. I know my loomis GLX rods, and Sage rods have a GREAT warrenty. I only need to pay postage both ways if a rod breaks. New one is sent right out.

    Broke a tip once and they only replaced the tip section, not the whole rod. Performance was a bit off kilter. So I call them up, sent them my "new" rod and they me out a brand new replacement. Sage CS is great!


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    Re: broken rod tip

    Eagle claw, what type of glue did you use? I was thinking of tying that, after all it was only about a half inch to maybe an inch. The rod itsself wasn't a real expensive rod. It is a reddington rs3 4wt. But it is my go to rod on many days...


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    Re: broken rod tip

    redington should offer a replace tip atleast..call them before you glue it


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    Re: broken rod tip

    Quote Originally Posted by dead_drifter View Post
    Eagle claw, what type of glue did you use? I was thinking of tying that, after all it was only about a half inch to maybe an inch. The rod itsself wasn't a real expensive rod. It is a reddington rs3 4wt. But it is my go to rod on many days...
    DD,

    Most sports shops sell rod tip glue. It kind of like hot glue but a little stronger. You just heat it up with a lighter and dab some on the rod.

    I've broken many tips. First try heating up the metal tip and trying to pull the broken piece out of it. If that doesn't work, take a small drill bit and ream the old piece of rod out.

    If the rod is a little to large a diameter to fit the tip onto it, take a piece of 600 grit sandpaper and lightly sand the laquer off the rod so the tip will fit on.

    I have the same rod in a 7wt. Decent rod for the money.

    Good luck,
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    Re: broken rod tip

    It was so many years ago I don't remember, I am sure there are some rod builders on the board that can recommend something. I will tell you something else, I have some $800 dollar rods and just test casted a cheap rod that I am giving to a kid. I can cast just as far with the $50 dollar rod as I can with the expensive rod so I am sure you will not see much difference with this slight adjustment to the rod.

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    Re: broken rod tip

    First take Simms' advice and check the warranty status.

    If they won't replace it....

    A temporary repair can be made with the hot melt cement mentioned by CD, (also called "ferrule cement"). It could last for years, but it's a bit brittle. Someday you'll make a cast and see the tip sliding down your line. On the "plus" side, it's easy to replace a worn tip guide without damaging the blank.

    For a permanent repair, use a two-part epoxy cement. There are cements sold specifically for rod building, but any good quality cement is sufficient. If you fish enough to wear out guides, the tip will be more difficult to remove.

    Depending on the rod taper, and the location of the break, your old tip might be too small. Replacement guide "tube sizes" are usually sized in "sixty-fourths" of an inch (incl half sizes). If the existing tip doesn't fit, take the rod to the shop to test fit, or measure very carefully.


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    Re: broken rod tip

    A 1/2" break shouldn't be hard. The stuff to use is ferrule cement - it may be in the archery dept if it isn't in the fishing dept. Clean up broken end and check fit of tip first. Then, heat up cement and place on rod. Then heat tip and push onto rod tip.

    Repairing a tip is somewhat of a pain since you first need to find a matching section of tip. Unless you fix rods and have a stock, that first part is the toughest.

    I like ferrule cement, but have used epoxy. If you use epoxy make sure you fixture the tip so it stays straight. If it is a little off with ferrule cement you can always heat it and realign it. Once epoxy sets it is permanent, so make sure it stays straight if you sue epoxy.


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