How to Repair a Fishing Rod | Troubleshooting Guide

Get your rods snapped from the middle? Broke your handles, guide, or tip? Don’t worry, you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite rods just because any of these happen. Here we came with the hacks and DIYs for how to repair a fishing rod that gets magically your rod back into its original form. 

How To Repair A Fishing Rod troubleshooting guide

Surprisingly, repairing a fishing rod requires the tools everyone has in their home plus any old or spare rod from the garage. It all requires some Abra Cadabra and you are all set with your existing rod. Though, all of it is nice and cool until you have one-piece rods or the one with no hollow inside because they are the only types that can’t be repaired if snapped.

How to repair a fishing rod:

Repairing a fishing rod requires an old or spare rod whose components will be used in the existing rod you’ll intend to repair. The components you’ll require are a tip, guide, or pole body that is nearly 12 inches long.

While taking the spare rod, make sure you take the exact type of rod you are repairing, i.e. spinning for spinning rod, and baitcasting for baitcasting rod.

Repairing the Tips:

Getting the tips broken is a damage every angler faces in their fishing rods whether you buy it cheap or expensive. What happens is the 2-3 inches at the end break or the inserts get fall off. Fortunately, the fix of this type is the easiest and quick. Here’s what you need for it;

  • A spare tip
  • Lighter
  • Cement
  • knife/razor
  • Superglue
  • Sandpaper
Repairing The Tips

Although, you can get the spare rod tip kit that comes in various sizes. But usually, they are available in slightly bigger diameters so it’s better if you make use of a spare tip from any old rod that is no longer in use.


First lit the lighter at the tip to get it melted. Now, Cut the old tip with the help of the knife. Make sure you have made the edges even by scraping sandpaper against them. Just when you make the rod ready, apply a super glow and attach the new tip with it.

Though, you need to take care of the other things as holding the rod straight and making the line guides adjusted so that everything is aligned. Also, put an excessive amount of glue so that it holds the two pieces tightly. You can use the sandpaper after it is dried up.

Replacing the Guides:

If you have a damaged guide in your rod, then you may just simply replace it with a new one. The materials will be the same as we used with tip repairing except that here’s the extra material i.e braided line and tape. You can take the guide from the old rod just as we took the tip previously. Make sure, it is of the same size as the rest of the guides in the current rod.

In addition, guide replacement is one of the critical repairs in the entire rod. You need to be extra careful in this because a minor mistake can cost you the entire rod.


First of all, cut off the threads and the tape wrapped around the damaged guide. Be careful not to make any mark on the rod body. Though, you can use a lighter to melt the materials and get out the guide smoothly. But again, you need to be careful i.e don’t heat it too much otherwise it’ll damage the rod body. Do the same with the guide from the old rod you intend to replace the previous guide. 

Using sandpaper, make the new guide and the empty area to make it even. Now, adhere to the new guide to the empty area using the super glow. Tape up the guide and then knot a braided line over it. Make the wraps of the line over the guide foot, above and below the line guide. At each turnover, secure it with a super glow and then wrap the line again. Repeat it 2-3 times and then tie an overhead knot to make everything tight and firm. 

Rod Handle Repair:

Rod Handle Repair

Sometimes the handle just come off and broke apart. Though here again, we’ll use the sandpaper to make the things fine to be repaired. Here’s the new material we need, “a wooden dowel”. First, we’ll make the holes in the handle, and then coat it with glue after placing the dowel in it. Now, slide the other part of the ride through the dowel and seal it with the glue. 

Repairing a Broken Fishing Rod:

Apart from the minor damages, there’s a high chance you may end up snapping the entire rod. And, to your surprise, YOU CAN REPAIR THAT TOO!


Put together the two pieces of the rod and sand them down to make the edges even. In case of sharp edges, you may cut them with a blade or knife. Now, comes the measurement work. Using tape, you can mark both pieces of the broken rod and get the spare rod of the length from your garage. However, one thing you need to work on is to get a “thinner” rod than the broken one so it can easily fit inside. 

Now place the half part of the spare rod into one piece and apply super glue to the other part. Just when you have applied the glue, slide the other broken part into it so that it adheres to the part. Do the same with the rest of the rod part. Additionally, if the rod is thinner you can taper it because it should fit snug inside the rod. 

Keep it overnight to let it dry before you use this rod on the water. This rod, after repairing is usable, but the strength and sturdiness might not be the same. 

Fishing Rod Damages:

Well, now you have learned the repairings and certainly have got your answer too. But having extra knowledge about why a fishing rod gets damaged and ways you may risk the durability of the rod can save you a lot, in terms of your fishing experience as well as your reels.

Taking out from the above sections, the most common damages are;

Fishing Rod Damages
  • Rod snapping from the middle section 
  • Broken tips and ferrules 
  • Guide damage 
  • Snapped handle 

Most of the time, this happens due to either of the following reasons;

  • You are not using it correctly. Perhaps you are a beginner and don’t know the exact techniques of using the rod correctly. 
  • You may be less careless with storing and transporting the rod. 
  • Use hook keepers on the guide instead of having separate hook keepers on the rod. 
  • Your rod is not from a high-quality material o it has some factory defects. 
  • Putting extra pressure on the rod. 


Here’s the wrap-up “how to repair a fishing rod” with pretty much all the quick and easy hacks. So far, we think we are successful in getting the information precise and useful in the best way possible over the entire internet. With these DIYs, you keep your rods a little longer. However, you may replace it with a new one anytime you want, but sure, you are not settling for a cheaper rod.

Clinton Shannon

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