Best Way To Fix My Fly Rod?

So I was all geared up in my waders ready to go out and I stupidly closed the end of the rod in the door of my car….yeah, I know. Dumb.
Putting my stupidity aside it WAS a 9wt, 9ft 2 piece. Only about the last 2 1/2 inches or so broke. Will the last 2-3 inches missing make a huge difference? I don’t assume it will be the end of the world.
The ends that are on the rod currently are the twisted piece of metal. I will refer to it as a curly q shape for descriptive purposes.
So how can I put that type of end on? Can I use a regular fishing end for a light weight saltwater rod?
And best ways to go about it?

Thanks everyone,
Fishless Friend

6 Responses to “Best Way To Fix My Fly Rod?”

  1. Kevin B says:

    Depending on the manufacturer, it may have a warrantee that will cover the damage. Some have an unlimited lifetime warrantee.

    Although I know Im going to get some flak for this…I would take it to a fly or tackle shop and they can tell you if it has a warrantee. If it doesnt, they should be able to put a "tip-top" on for you. Some say that the rod is ruined but I have done this before and replaced the tip and I still was able to catch plenty of fish with it. I grew up rather poor and was taught to use everything I had for as long as possible. Money still doesn’t grow on trees.

    I have a tackle business and when anyone buys a fly rod from me I urge them to buy a rod case to go with it. Your situation is exactly why. Here’s a link to my fly rod cases.

    p.s. The curly Q things are called Snake Guides, the first guide on your rod is called a Stripping Guide (there may be two of these).

  2. Jim W says:

    You broke the tip off of the rod, a replacement tip that might fit the larger diameter may be purchased at a fly fishing shop. It will effect the rod performance, but just how much you will not know until you repair it and use it. It has been damaged.

  3. pheasant tail says:

    It can be fixed:

    The guides (curly q – known as "snake" guides) are placed on the rod
    at specific locations to allocate the correct "bending" and stress points
    You would be best off to to use a dremel tool and cut off wheel and cut the rod at the first guide – then put on a new tip-top at that spot.
    A fly rod shop will have replacement tip tops and glue.

    The rod will be a litte shorter and a little stiffer, but will work fine.
    I have made many repairs of this fashion on heavier weight (7-10)
    fly rods over the years.

    Before you do this,however – do as Kevin suggested – check and see if it under warranty.

  4. Brook E says:

    First off, check with the manufacturer. Virtually all top-end manufacturers will repair or replace, even if the warranty doesn’t specifically say so. But most better quality rods, nowadays, carry some form of a lifetime or long-term warranty.

    On a lower end rod, you’ll have to fix it. This is not a problem. Even off the break. Take the tip to a tackle shop and have them fit a new tip-guide to it (they come in a diversity of sizes). You can attach it with special cement, if you want. But epoxy or super-glue works just as well.

    The question is, how far from the remaining snake guide before the break? If it’s very close, I would remove the snake guide (rather than shorten the rod further) and add the tip guide. If there’s plenty of room, just put on the new tip guide.

    There’s no question that the action will be affected. Whether you actually notice it or not, with only 2 1/2 inches gone, is another question. Most of the time you wont.

    While it’s true that the heavier the rod the less affect such a break will have, it’s not necessarily so. I have a 5-weight Orvis that arrived with the top three inches broken off. I notified them, and they sent me a new tip, and told me to keep the old one. I repaired the broken one, and, near as I can tell, the action is the same with either one of them.

    The whole point is, of course, that, as you say, it is not the end of the world.

  5. AIRFLOW says:

    ALL great answers, check to see if its still under guarantee, i recently broke one of my orvis fly rods and they sent me a new one. Fixing it is possible, as suggested, but you’re rod blanks casting ability will be effected, you’re fly line wont load the rod as well. I personally would try the warranty, if that fails buy a new one and fix the tip and keep the rod as a spare. Oh and the last thing, the guides are called snake guides, the first two guides on you’re rod will be lined alconite guides, aka stripping guides.

  6. Coachgun says:

    Go to a good Sporting Store. Most will have a selection of replacement tips where the part that slips over the rod gets progressive larger. Find the smallest one that will slip over the end of your rod and glue it on. I have fixed 2 rods this way and can not tell the difference in them. Make sure the tip is a Fly Rod tip and use something like Ferrel Cement to glue it on with.

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