I use dubbing wax on my ferrules and have yet for one to seperate. The trick is not to use too much and to put your ferrules together while holding some rubbermaid spongy towels(not sure what they are called, but know that they are used to line the shelves of rv`s) in each hand and firmly secure your joints , also works great for stuck ferrules, just a little trick from the spey guru Bill `Wildturkey` Williams.
I've been trying "taping" with strips of rubber cut from bike tire inner tubes. Have glued pieces of velcro - one to the end of the last part of the strip and one that will be exposed when the strip is wrapped. When you unfasten the velcro, the strip just unwinds itself - spoing! - and is indefinitely resuseable. Seems to work pretty well, especially if the rubber surface (underside against rod) is a bit "sticky" and not too slippery. Still experimenting, but it hasn't failed yet and is faster than tape.
Well, the taping issue raises every now and then, I guess there is no single one and only right way to do this (either, as any other thing ). However, I am a little bit surprised about tha claim that taping takes too much time, as it is about 5 minutes all (tape on... tape off), and this time is quite short compared to the usual fishing time, normally (hopefully) several hours. But, I know serious practitioners of the art who never tape, only check regularly the joints and tighten them. I tape always, and especially my new rod, which has spliced joints .
two handers ,the carbon models,,hardly ever see them for sale,anywhere,,as for myself,,,i scratch the surface radially, with an automotive scratchpad,wether lightweight ferrules or spigots,clean with acetone,seems once set;they don't come apart,,my theory;carbon to carbon,the one thing about the tape,,seems to either stain the finish or ,pull it off,,as in the case of the B-W expert i purchased as a backup,,,of course the Daiwa's have the best,as far as impact resistance,,,finish i've seen:chuckle:
Wax, I feel that wax is a dirt, grime magnet. Taping is a real drag and looks a little tacky on you new rod that you have given up your new born for.
There is a product called ferrule lube that you can use clean things up with so they work better. Hammer's suggestion will work also.
I personally don't tape, but check my ferrules all the time while fishing, or just casting at the park.
When I assemble my rod at the start of casting or fishing, I will pull and twist the sections to line things up. When instructing we insist that students tape their rods as they use more power than finesse to cast. So far only lost one mid section because of loose ferrule and that was at least 10 years ago.
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on the grime thing,,,happened a couple times,even without wax,,pretty brutal,,especially after giving up my firstborn,,or was it my second,,?!,actually i REFUSE to tape, Willie,some day you'll read a tale about a fishing a Sharpe's early carbon two-hander during hot summer's eve's,,,,,i'll gladly hand you a B-W,loaded,anytime you're ready to fish the Rogue,,Mike,,hey don't give away my secret to profitability,,how else can i afford the longspey addiction,my best guess would be ,on the ferrules ; use what works;you'll know when it doesn't:hehe:
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