Tipping Point

Unfortunately, fishing rods break. Fishing rod tips are no match for untimely encounters with pickup truck tailgates, trunk lids, car doors, or feet. Then what? Chuck it and buy a new one?

With a little patience, sometimes the rod can be fixed by replacing the tip with the aid of a repair kit. As my rod collection breaks down through the year, snapped rods get set aside for a cold or stormy, non-fishing day when I’m more in the mood to (ahem) tackle these projects. There may even be other anglers in your area in the same predicament. I’ve read of fly-tying “parties;” so why not organize a “rod fixing party” while the game is on? Maybe you can even swap some parts.

Another option, if the kit tips don’t fit, or if you never liked building model airplanes as a kid and are short on patience like me, is to check the rate of a professional. Recently, I discovered Mike Woodward, owner of Woody’s Custom Rods in my neck of the woods.

I dropped off a couple of rods for him to repair and was impressed with his craftsmanship and attention to detail. Even though the action and feel may change a little bit with a rod tip repair because the rod may be shortened slightly, it also might be stronger than the original. Plus, I get to continue to fish with a trusty tool that has accompanied me on many outings.

How have you broken a fishing rod?


Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.