Repair a Fishing Rod




My friend borrowed my light weight fishing rod and caught a very big fish! Shortly after landing the fish, the rod broke in half. I loved that rod, even more now with a great story attached, so I decided to fix it.

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Step 1: Ready Your Materials

Materials required:

  • Epoxy Glue (I use JB Weld)
  • Drill bit
  • Paper towel

On the drill bit, I brainstormed for quite a while as to where to find a splint that I could put into the hollow shaft of the fishing rod. I even went down and bought a dowel that was just over-size, planning to sand it down. Then I thought of the pile of old drill bits that I have. I have every size +- 1/64" They are strong. They are about the right length. So I went though my pile finding the bit that fit "just snug", (a little play is better than a pressed fit.)

Step 2: Glue 1/2 of Bit In

Put glue on the shank of the bit, and put it into one end of the rod, about half way.

Step 3: Use Copious Amounts of Glue.

Add glue to the other half. I just load the glue on -- the more the better, I say.

Step 4: Put It Together "right".

When you put it together you must make sure your orientation is right. Most breaks will help you because their jagged edges align.

Step 5: Clean Up the Mess

A little swipe from a paper towel or two, and the mess from "copious amounts" will be cleaned up. Now my fishing rod has a well earned battle scar from battling such a wonderful fish.

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    Reply 4 years ago

    I'm not going to rain on the parade, per se, but it appears as though you've created TWO stress risers in the rod. If it works, I'm not one to judge as I like to fix and save as much as the next guy. But---the reason fiberglass (and other materials) work well as fishing rods is because the applied stresses [to the entire rod] are 'equally' applied throughout the construction of the rod. The drill bits are way too hard to allow the rod to flex as intended.
    I'd bet a case of beer that landing the same fish (or likely a lesser one) will break this rod again, only at one of the ends of the drill bit. I hope I'm wrong because sentimental objects define people's decisions to try such repairs.

    holy crap. brilliant use of an old bit. this is win for anyone that fishes. thanx for sharing