Teams Location: Rockport, Texas
The rod repair went well but not perfect. The plastic cone that screws down onto the reel seat is what is cracked. The first try of using a stainless steel gear clamp worked but was a constant irritant with its sharp edges. A new more pleasant attempt was needed.The foam was cut away from the leading part of the cone. An attempt at doing a winding like on a reel seat was a less than spectacular success. The plastic of the cone has ridges which stopped me from being able to snug the windings really tight. They were left on the cone and given a coating of clear fingernail polish. In this picture you can see the crack location. The camera refused to focus on the reel seat for some reason.
After a lot of thought it finally dawned on me to use a plastic wire tie or ties to hold the cone from cracking any more. There were two black ties in my tool box so they brought out to be used. After installing the first one, the cone seemed very solid so the second one was put back in the tool box. The junction of the tie was oriented to my finger rests on it in a very comfortable position.
Next, of course, was to go try it out. Amazingly it works very well. The water is very rough in the winds today and no fish were landed. But this is a good beginning to a day of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.