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REMOVING A FERRULE - click to enlarge




Whenever I had occasion to repair a rod, removing a ferrule used to cause me lots of trouble. One day several years ago I broke the tip of my rod at the ferrule, and as I had only brought along the one tip it looked as though I would have to Cut my trip short, since I carried nothing to make repairs with, and did not like to risk breaking the tip a second time by cutting it down and using it as it was. I had carried with me a few lures and hooks, a wooden minnow and a small piece of copper wire that I used to string my fish (if by any chance I killed one). The case looked hopeless until it struck me that I might take one of the screw eyes from the wooden minnow and by screwing it into the broken piece I might get it out.

After drawing out the pin with my knife, I finally succeeded, with the aid of a straightened fishhook, in screwing the eye in. I then twisted the copper wire around the ferrule to use as a handle while I heated it. As soon as it was warm I slipped the largest fishhook I had through the screw eye, with the attention of drawing it from the loop of wire so that I might catch hold of the ferrule with my handkerchief and pull the wood out.

What was my surprise to find the wire held like a vise, and a gentle pull was all that was necessary. I made the repair then without any trouble, and went on with my fishing. It struck me that I had found a way to remove a ferrule with the smallest amount of heat, and no chance of marring it. Since then the simplest thing about repairing a rod is removing a ferrule. If the rod is broken I drill a small hole in the wood and remove the pin. After screwing in the eye I make my loop of wire and fasten it somewhere and pull tight.

When the heat is applied just as soon as the cement is melted the wood slips out and you never get it hot enough to do any damage. If the rod is not broken you donít need the screw eye.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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