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Old 07-14-17, 05:40 AM   #1
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Default fixing/replacing rod section

Hi all,

I have zero knowledge of building rods, but I recently broke the trip off one of the two sections of a small stream rod. It's fiberglass and I was wondering how difficult/expensive it is to make a new section for this rod? It's a cheap Eagle Claw and I could just buy a new one, but I also was toying with the idea of making the upper section a little lighter and a little longer.

Thanks for any ideas or help.
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Old 07-17-17, 09:14 AM   #2
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I have never built a rod, but for the time/money/equipment needed to repair yours (since you likely don't have any of the tools/stuff already), it would 100% be cheaper to just replace and/or upgrade.
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Old 07-17-17, 01:04 PM   #3
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To pile on to what iso1600 had to say, what you want to do would be very difficult and expensive compared to the cost of the rod assuming you're talking about one of the newer $30 butt-over-tip Eagle Claws.

However, if you still have the tip piece that broke off, you could probably reattach it. It won't look great, won't make the rod longer than original but it will still function. This could be done at a reasonable cost if you do it yourself. It's also relatively easy to do.

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Old 07-17-17, 05:26 PM   #4
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if you don't mind the tip being a different color you can do this... Go to a Goodwill type store and buy an old solid fiberglass spinning rod - or two or three. You can cut the tip off one and use it for the tip on your fly rod. What I do is take a piece of the solid rod that is just slightly larger in diameter than the fly rod. Then I sand a 1" tenon in the solid fiberglass piece and insert it into the fly rod. It is time consuming. Once you get the fit right you can epoxy it in. Once the epoxy cures you can sand the new piece to the diameter of the fly rod and use additional epoxy to fill any gaps. I have done this to save a couple higher end glass rods with broken tips. (A Phillipson and a Fenwick) The value is gone but they still fish fine.
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