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Rod Tip Ring Fell Off, What should i do?

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Recently the top guide of my casting rod's ring fell out of the guide, should I be concerned about my line (30# braid) rubbing up against it? Will it eventually break the line at all? Any homemade fixes?

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First do not fish the rod till you get it fixed. I do not know where you are located but if you are near MD. I got a  great rod builder that can take care of you. If not go to your closest local tackle shop (not the big box store) and ask who repairs rods. I guarantee they will know who can fix it. Often tomes these shops have an arrangement with a rod builder and sometimes they employ a person to do it there.It should only cost about $20 bucks or less to have it repaired.  No big deal.

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Go to Wal-Mart or wherever you can buy fishing gear. Buy a rod tip repair kit (around $5), and a lighter if you don't have one. Watch a Youtube video on how to replace a rod tip. Take a couple minutes to carefully remove the old tip with the lighter and some pliers, then add the new tip with the lighter and glue that comes with the kit. It's very simple to do, just make sure not to overheat the existing tip when you're removing it. 

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2 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Go to Wal-Mart or wherever you can buy fishing gear. Buy a rod tip repair kit (around $5), and a lighter if you don't have one. Watch a Youtube video on how to replace a rod tip. Take a couple minutes to carefully remove the old tip with the lighter and some pliers, then add the new tip with the lighter and glue that comes with the kit. It's very simple to do, just make sure not to overheat the existing tip when you're removing it. 

 

10 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

First do not fish the rod till you get it fixed. I do not know where you are located but if you are near MD. I got a  great rod builder that can take care of you. If not go to your closest local tackle shop (not the big box store) and ask who repairs rods. I guarantee they will know who can fix it. Often tomes these shops have an arrangement with a rod builder and sometimes they employ a person to do it there.It should only cost about $20 bucks or less to have it repaired.  No big deal.

What happens if I continue fishing without the ring? what can happen??

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7 minutes ago, JonahMiao said:

 

What happens if I continue fishing without the ring? what can happen??

It will fray and cut your line. You'll be losing fish and baits left and right. There's a reason that insert is in there. 

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3 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Go to Wal-Mart or wherever you can buy fishing gear. Buy a rod tip repair kit (around $5), and a lighter if you don't have one. Watch a Youtube video on how to replace a rod tip. Take a couple minutes to carefully remove the old tip with the lighter and some pliers, then add the new tip with the lighter and glue that comes with the kit. It's very simple to do, just make sure not to overheat the existing tip when you're removing it. 

This x2. It's very simple to do. It only takes a few minutes even if it's your first one. This definitely beats the alternative of fishing with the busted one. 

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3 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Go to Wal-Mart or wherever you can buy fishing gear. Buy a rod tip repair kit (around $5), and a lighter if you don't have one. Watch a Youtube video on how to replace a rod tip. Take a couple minutes to carefully remove the old tip with the lighter and some pliers, then add the new tip with the lighter and glue that comes with the kit. It's very simple to do, just make sure not to overheat the existing tip when you're removing it. 

^^^ This X3  ^^^ 

I'm not the handy type, especially when working with broken rods, but even I have done this a couple of times... :) Very...very... easy to do. 

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21 minutes ago, BassinLou said:

^^^ This X3  ^^^ 

I'm not the handy type, especially when working with broken rods, but even I have done this a couple of times... :) Very...very... easy to do. 

x4 - I have trouble changing a light bulb, but I've replaced rod tips a half dozen times over the years....can't recall one that seemed appreciably worse afterward.

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Caution:  It will take only a slight amount of heat to loosen the tiptop, so don't cook it!. The blank can be damaged.  The best way is to be pulling on the tiptop as you apply heat, like with a rubber band.  then it will slip within a few seconds without damaging the blank.  If it does not come loose in a few seconds, stop.  The tiptop is probably epoxied on and heat is not the answer.  In this case take it to pro and let them handle it.  A pro will be able to better match the old tiptop for ring and tube size, and provide a better quality tiptop than repair kits do.

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If the ring popped out and is still intact you can press it back in and use a little epoxy to hold. Make sure to not get on the inside of the ring just where it joins the guide. I've done this and haven't had one pop out after the quick fix. 

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