Fix for fuji rod tip
Posted October 13 2007 - 11:43 PM
There was something like a black slotted o-ring that fit inside the guide tip. That o-ring is now missing and likely somewhere floating around in the Atlantic ocean. It seems that the tip without the o-ring is a little rough and the last thing I need is the metal to slice my line on a cast.
So how should I fix it? Can I get a replacement o-ring or do I have to get a whole new tip? I can post a picture if it will help but here is a tip that looks somewhat like mine.
Thanks in advance.
Posted October 14 2007 - 01:19 AM
Posted October 14 2007 - 10:16 AM
I think I understand how to get the tip off. I'd like to find the right tip somewhere on the internet but I'm not sure how the sizing works. Do you just measure in a straight line across the female end of the tip or does the taper work into the measurement?
Also, is there a better tip I can get? What would you suggest for replacing it? Having it all match isn't as important to me as having a tip that works. This is my learning rod anyway. When I figure out what I'm doing, I'll either make or buy a nice one.
Is the tip glue readily available on the internet too?
Thanks, this is a part of fishing I don't know anything about.
Posted October 14 2007 - 10:45 AM
Posted October 14 2007 - 12:32 PM
Many Tackle shops have limited tip top sizes both tubes and guide. You must get a good fit with the rod shaft. The most accurate way is to get off the old tip and clean off any old glue.. Then using a micrometer or vernier measuer the rod blank diameter about half an inch from the end of the tip. With luck it will be close to one of the std tubes. Buy three tip tops. One as dead on as you can get and one up and one down from the measurment. That way one of these suckers should fit very close. Tip tops are cheap. Time is not . Suggest Fuji BPLT in size 10 or 12. Size 10 gives you more choice in tube sizes. Easiest way for a newbie to fix on is 5 min epoxy. Hot melt is ok but you have very liitle working time and it is possible to over heat the blank. Clean up with old towel and paint thinners to wipe off excess epoxy. When you have lined up the guide it can move so whilst rod sets stand rod vertical. Before epoxy sets hard make a final check. Use left over epoxy to see how soft/hard it is. Seems like a simple job but there are a few steps to make. Most B+T that I see do this job make me wince. Many are not averse to trying to make up for size differences by slapping on extra epoxy. Your tip top is likely then to be not axilaly aligned with the rod shaft. This is crap capital C.
Posted October 14 2007 - 05:27 PM
Posted October 14 2007 - 05:50 PM
I have located some tips online. What are the measurements I am reading? For example what is a 10 ring 10 tube? Is that a measurement of millimeters? I can measure the tip I have with a caliper, but if I measure, and it doesn't say 10 on my caliper, I'm not going to know what that means.
I think it is a great idea to get three of them and I will do that, I just want to make sure I get three in the right neighborhood.
Posted October 15 2007 - 10:39 AM
Posted October 15 2007 - 12:20 PM
I am with you. My caution is aimed at the new guy who can so easily cock this seemingly simple job up. I used to carry hot melt around but truth is where I fish the ability to do a field repair is next to impossible. I am up to my teeth in surf or balanced on a rock. Nowhere to store the spares or fixing kit. To be honest I have only busted one tip when actually on the beach in over 25 years.. It's quicker for me to run yes run back to the car and get a spare rod.
Posted October 15 2007 - 05:10 PM
Atlanta King, thank you for your offer. I may take you up on it. Since the tip is so big, I think it may be a little more rare to come by.
I'll try and take a picture of what I have when I get home. For now though, does anyone know how the tip tubes and rings are measured? What does a 10 tube mean?
Posted October 15 2007 - 07:02 PM