Is your four piece a two piece? Or worse, your two piece a one? We aren’t talking women’s swimwear here. What I’m asking is whether you through no fault of your own, (or in my case a complete case of neglect) have a rod, or will have a rod that you just can’t get apart? I did and I have a sweet Caddis fly rod tube that held the two piece nicely but it still irked me.
I tried the knee trick–that’s the first method. Hold the rod behind your legs in the knee area and use your legs as as well as your arms to try to pull the offending ferrules apart. That didn’t work. I tried silicone spray in the joint and allowed it to seep in and got Shelly to pull as hard as she could on one end with me reefing on the other. Nix.
Kvetching about this situation to Nate, he asked “have you tried icing it? That’s what we’ve always done”
I felt sorta like Archimedes, except I was fully clothed, and it wasn’t my idea. Other than that though it was really similar. “Oh, good idea, it’ll contract.”
“Yep, it contracts.”
A stroke of pure genius. I went home and iced the rod at the joint for a couple hours and when Shelly got there we tried again. With a satisfying, ‘ploop’ the rod did the unstuck. File this one away, you might need it someday.–KM