Taping the joints on Spey Rods ??? - Spey Pages
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Question Taping the joints on Spey Rods ???

I know this has probably been asked before but here goes:

Is taping the ferrules or rod joints together necessary with Spey rods? I always rub a paraffin wax bar on the male ferrrules when joining my 13.5 foot Orvis 3-piece and have never had the rod loosen up in a full days fishing.

Should I be taping the joints with black electrical tape also??

Thanks for any advise!
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Do a search on "Tape" and you should find enough to read for a month or so.

In short, the answer is yes, you should tape. Some will argue that it is not needed but sooner or later, you will blow a rod up.


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I agree with 'tip.
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taped rods blow up too taped or not ferrules should be routinely checked no matter what...

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-02-2008, 10:58 AM
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taped rods blow up too taped or not ferrules should be routinely checked no matter what...
But they do so far less frequently if taped correctly. Even Simon's demonstration in the superb Modern Speycasting DVD doesn't show the most effective method. You should lay down a linear piece of tape to connect the ferrules first and then spiral wrap over that. If done correctly, ferrules will not loosen up in a day's fishing, though I still check them periodically out of habit.
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Yeah, taping is probably good advice although I don't always do it myself. Paraffin seems to hold things together quite nicely. I have however, had a couple of incidents with single handed rods when throwing vigorous roll-casts where the rod came apart. Did not break but came apart. With the increased force on spey rods I think taping is just cheap insurance. Thanks for the reminder.

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My first post, but been reading for a while.
I never learned to two hand cast, but I just picked up a Beulah 6/7 Switch rod.
Should I be taping it or only on long days on the water??
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Thanks Gunner,
I've been looking over the pages, but didn't notice anything about switch rods. I'm just learning, so maybe I'll tape to have one less thing to worry about...
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It's not so much the rod that's the issue, but the spey CASTING. The torque placed on the blank during speycasting works the ferrules loose. Since I now speycast even in some situations with my single-handed rods, I usually make a point of taping them if I'm river or stream fishing. So, if you're going to be using your switch rod for speyfishing, I'd then tape it.
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Why Tape?

All the advice is right on the mark; why not protect your investment?

Another reason relates to prevention of lost tips. Many sections of Spey rods are lost when the fisher finishes his day , reels up his line and walks back through the brush only to find that not all of his rod made the trip home. Happens all the time. Not a pretty site!

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Yes you should be taping your Beulah Switch rod! They too are under as much stress as a regular two hander.
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Something to thinnk about.

My local TFO rep told me that 85% of broken rods was due to loose ferrules. I would tape the rod. FishHawk

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I always tape the ferrules whether using a spey or a switch rod.A buddy lent me one of his sinngle handers once and thought I was nuts when I taped the ferrules. I guess i was on automatic pilot. I also was the ferrules on the evening before every trip and wipe them down afterwards.
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On one of the other sites this issue too has been bouncing about...If you look at characters like Derek Brown ,Andy Murray, Simon Gawesworth, Mike Maxwell,Scott MacKenzie and so many of the traditional casters, their presence requires that they tape. The Legacy and tradition of Spey Casting with Two Handed rods demands a certain respect and understanding. Like a good Cigar or bottle of Scotch.
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