The ins and outs of FLY ROD REPAIR

While hiking to a local fishing spot I snagged my fly rod on a branch and “dis-located” a snake guide.

We’ve all had accidents while on fishing trips, it seems like  a lot of memories are created by the adversity of “stuff happening” on outings.  The following are some instructions on how to Repair a fly rod.

cut wrap off fly rod guide

cut wrap off fly rod guide

Using a straight razor or craft knife scrap off the wraps at a low angle.  DO NOT CUT INTO THE ROD BLANK.

Work your way around the blank, don’t force the cuts.  Nibble away at the wraps.

 

With the wrap removed closely check to make sure the blank is smooth.  I’ve wiped the blank with a little alcohol to make sure it’s clean.

Position the guide, making sure it is lined up with the other guides.    Apply a little masking tape to hold it in position.

Rewrap the guide using the instructions at WRAPPING THE GUIDES then use color preserver and finish as described in  FINISHING THE FLY ROD.

re-wrap guide and finish

re-wrap guide and finish

The last step is to get back out on the water and catch some fish!