Fly Rods and Ferrules

 Courtesy of Ray Schmidt and Kate Smith


Because of the strain and pressure placed upon fly rods during a cast, rods must be manufactured to exacting standards, especially the joints (ferrules) that hold them together.

When rod sections become unseated, fly rods can break. When failures like this occur, they are typically seen at the joint near the loose ferrule.

It is recommended that anglers assemble rods by putting sections together with what is referred to as, a “twist lock.”

Exposed blank on the Professionall II Series fly rods.  Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

Properly secured ferrules on the Professional II Series fly rods.
Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

This is done by intentionally miss-aligning the rod sections as they are pushed together to seat the sections. By setting the guides apart, at a 90-degree angle, then twisting the sections into alignment an imperceptible seal or “lock” will form, keeping the sections together.

To disassemble the rod, simply twist the sections so the guides are oriented at a 90-degree angle, than pull apart.

With heavier weight rods, the same process should be utilized.

With long, two-handed rods or big streamer rods, casting heavily weighted lines and shooting heads can twist rod sections while under load. Although, the argument can be made for taping ferrules, the best remedy is to follow the “twist lock,” method and regularly check rod sections to ensure they are tight.

If multiple failures occur, than it may be best to use surgical or electrical tape on the ferrules to secure their fit.


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