Picture of Repairing Fishing Rods
These are just a sample of the rods I have customized or repaired; I can make a rod from blank shafts in 30 minutes and do a repair like the one I am going to show you in fifteen minutes. Many of the rods I get are from the garbage others are given to me and some I buy or build with parts I buy or salvage.
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Step 1: Rod From The Garbage

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I was out for a walk when I spotted this fishing rod in the garbage the but end was broken just in front of the guide behind the ferrule and it was covered in a thick layer of dust. The price tag saying $47.95 was still on the rod telling me they broke the rod just after buying it and left it in storage for some time before throwing it out.

Step 2: The Reel

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The first thing I did for this repair was to take the reel off the rod, clean and test it. The reel looked and worked like new, this rod was worth taking out of the garbage just for the reel.

Step 3: The Break

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The but is the strongest part of the rod and breaks like this one happen for two reasons; cold and stressed or just over stressed, this can happen when the drag on the reel is set too heavy, the line is too heavy, and you pull to hard, or try to lift a big fish. It can happen when the drag is set right the line is the right poundage and the rod is very cold. This reel is rated for 6-8-10 pounds and the rod is rated for 8-10-12 pounds. I tested the old line and estimated it was 15 pound test.
JonO328 days ago
Recently broke a new fishing pole. I saw this and decided to fix it myself using brass tubing as ferrule, apoxy, .3mm steel wire for whipping, and covered with clear apoxy


I hope you catch some fine fat fish on your salvaged recycled rod and reel.

Thank you so much for sharing.


Josehf Murchison (author)  Ricardo Furioso9 months ago

Wait until you see the fly pole and reel I got out of the waste bin.

Send pix.
Josehf Murchison (author)  Ricardo Furioso9 months ago

It is an 81/2 foot Daiwa Swinger.

The rod is not bad the reel works but needs a lot of work.

ChrisD110 months ago

I recently purchased a used 11 ft. carbon fiber crappie rod, upon closer inspection noticed the laquer on the ferrule is cracked down to the would you repair this kind of crack...would like to get it fixed before using it. Thanks! DC

Josehf Murchison (author)  ChrisD110 months ago

I would put a dab of clear nail polish on the crack sets in 5 minutes and you are ready to go.


I just fixed my first rod yesterday thanks to the information on this instructible. Got the rod and reel for 5 bucks and it retails for 90 brand new. Helps very much

Glad to have been of help.

Very nice job. Turned out great

Glad you liked it.


sephillips1 year ago

It is really hard to find someone around here who still repairs rods and reels. I am happy to see someone showing how to do it. I have several needing repair so that I can take my granddaughter fishing this summer. Thanks also for admitting that you didn't make it perfect on the first try; that gives me more hope that I can eventually get ours usable!

Josehf Murchison (author)  sephillips1 year ago

You are lucky I have no grand children to share the things I do with.

l8nite2 years ago
back in the stone ages when I was growing up, having a good fishing pole was a BIG deal and you learned how to care for and repair it but nowadays I find fishing rods and reels on the trash all the time while I'm "curb mining" unfortunately they aren't a good seller at the flea markets. I keep all the reels and any poles that are in good condition are usually given away, broken poles make great stakes in the garden. Very nicely done "ible" !
Josehf Murchison (author)  l8nite2 years ago
Funny how times change now we are a disposable society.
mvieke2 years ago
Really great instructable and especially nice pictures of the whipping process.
I'm going to keep my eyes open for "junk" reels so i can try this. get my vote
Josehf Murchison (author)  mvieke2 years ago
I had to redo the whipping five times before I got photographs I could use.