We’re in the process of taking down our camp on the Kanektok for the winter, and as you might expect, we have our work cut out for us when it comes to breaking down rods, reels, lines, and a whole bunch of other gear for the off-season.
While breaking down literally dozens of fly rods, it might not come as much of a surprise that some rods don’t come apart so easily.. Particularly those that which have remained rigged for the duration of the summer. Rigged rods that are subjected to large changes in temperature have a tendency to expand and/or contract at the ferrule, making them extremely difficult at times to separate, not matter how hard you to twist or pull.
So, in our attempt to put our camp away in a timely manner, today we were reminded of a simple tip.. When rod sections are seemingly impossibly stuck, try cooling down the male side of the ferrule with a hand full of ice for 3-5 minutes. That should cause the male side to contract slightly, breaking the vacuum within the hollow rod blank, allowing you to easily separate the two sections.
It works really well and we think you should give it a try!