and Maintenance of your World Class Fulling Mill Fly Rod
covered by the original owner limited lifetime warranty, and almost
certainly covered by your household or travel insurance policy
(we urge you to check this) it is frustrating if something goes
wrong with your rod which can ruin your fishing trip. These suggestions
will minimize the chances of mishap.
Fulling Mill rods are
made to the highest standards but however careful they are at
inspection it is possible to miss something. If you find fault
before the rod is used, contact Fulling Mill and they will do
their best to sort it out immediately.
Obvious maybe, but
fishing rods are breakable! Failure during normal use, though,
is unusual. Fly rods are designed to flex and bend gradually throughout,
the bend being more pronounced towards the tip.
A common cause of breakage
is pulling line out of the tip ring sharply back towards the handle.
It causes undue stress at the tip of the rod and may result in
a break near the tip ring (See Fig 1). This also
applies when playing a fish. Make sure you use a net or keep the
angles correct to avoid breakage.
Sometime your line
becomes twisted around the tip section or your leader knot gets
jammed in the tip ring. If there is any resistance, STOP, check,
and clear the problem before you pull on the line.
Loose ferules will
almost always result in breakage! Regularly check the joints through
the day to ensure they are tight. If they are constantly loosening,
apply a very light rub of candle wax to the male section.
Sometimes rods are
broken when dismantling. In all cases, keep sections aligned when
pulling apart. Sections should come apart with minimum force,
just twist and pull apart. Use a piece of rubber to more securely
grip each section if required. In stubborn cases use two people.
Each holds one section in one hand and the other section in the
other hand. (See Fig 2) Both people twist and
pull at the same time.
Weighted flies can
damage rods. If you are unlucky the fly hits the rod, generally
about 2/3rds of the way up the rod. Usually you won’t notice
but occasionally the speed of impact causes the rod to fracture,
either immediately or sometime afterwards.
Most breakages are
as a result of a knock. If you know you have banged a rod it is
worth checking for damage. Over a long period of time or through
heavy use, rods will start to fail because of this sort of damage.
This is normal wear and tear.
Sometime you know exactly
why your rod broke. It got trodden on, shut in the car door, driven
over, even snapped in frustration! In these cases, perhaps your
household or other insurance policy will help.
joints on your Salmon Rod
Fulling Mill provide
50m of top quality PVC tape with your Salmon Rod. TO avoid having
sections twist (when Spey casting) and prevent breakage from loosened
joints you should always tape the joints.
To use the tape, assemble
your Salmon Rod ensuring a snug fit between male and female ferrules
and alignment of rings and reel seat.
Fig 3a) Unroll 2 to 3 inches of tape from the roll and
while holding the rod in one hand and the tape roll in the other,
attach the tape end to the rod about an inch above the centre
of each joint section. (See Fig 3b) Pull gently
on the tape to stretch, and then slowly spin the rod in one direction.
Guide the tape towards the butt at a slight downwards angle ensuring
that the edge of each wrap overlaps the preceding wrap by about
Fig 3c) Once you have cleared the joint centre by about
an inch or so, pinch the tape off from the roll and flatten end
down, or for a more secure joint (if you are leaving your rod
up for more than a day) continue back over the wraps and finish
where you started.
If your rod is going
to be up for an extended period, we strongly advise you to replace
the tape weekly. All residue should be cleared before applying
removing tape, remove any residue from the rod by wiping lightly
first with white spirit, then dry off with a clean cloth.
Basic obvious care
of your rod will ensure it lasts a lifetime. Dry rods and wipe
clean after use. Clean cork handles with warm soapy water and
allow to dry before storing. Use the ‘keeper’ ring,
not the handle, to hold flies! Keep the reel seat clean and do
not over tighten. Keep grit off your fly line which causes damage
to the rod rings. Use a suitable line.
Most rods comfortably
handle a line each side of the suggested rating (ie. A 7 weight
will easily handle a 6, 7, or 8 weight line) but do not overload
Beware! Carbon rods
conduct electricity! In a lightening storm, stop fishing; lay
your rd on the ground and move away. Beware of overhead power
Fly rods are actually
remarkably strong and seldom break. If you do have a problem though,
Fulling Mill will do their best to ensure you are back fishing
as quickly as possible with minimal fuss and inconvenience.
It is always advisable to have a spare rod handy. Accidents happen,
and it is as well to be prepared! Fulling Mill Travel rods are
ideal for this. Store in the boot of your car, or in the bottom
of your fishing bag.