Tight ferrule fit - fighting butt with O ring

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Tight ferrule fit - fighting butt with O ring

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I have a similar problem as OZARKWATER except it involves the fighting butt extension on my Winston 9 ft. Salmon / Steelhead rod. The fighting butt was literally fused in and I could not remove it. I met a gentleman at a fly fishing show 2 weeks ago who suggested that I treat the insert area with WD 40 for a week (while the rod remains in a vertical position). The suggestion worked because I was just able to remove the butt section today. I tried to reinsert it....but it is just too tight and I prefer not to force it. The male section has an O ring and I am wondering if the condition / age of the O ring might have something to do with the problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - Dan
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Re: Tight ferrule fit - fighting butt with O ring

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Dan,
You might want to start with a good cleaning of the female ferrule. It is possible the o ring gave up some of its lubricant and created a ridge in the bottom of the tube. Then clean the male.
If that doesn't seem to make a difference, replacing the o ring might help. Take a good look at the opening of the female and look for possible dents or burrs from being dropped when the fighting butt was not inserted.
O ring style ferrules typically didn't have a tight metal to metal fit.
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One of those mystery problems. I have the same issue on a vintage Orvis graphite rod. Nothing seems amiss, but very tight fit and I can't seem to figure out the issue. I'll try again.
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Thanks for the reply and suggestion Scott.
The more I look at / examine the O ring.....it appears that the O ring is not soft or pliable .....but rather hard. Any idea where I can buy an O ring that would be the same size? Thanks - Dan

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Dan, I had the same problem with the O-ring on the male ferrule of a Heddon fiberglass spinning rod. I replaced it with an O-ring from my local hardware store. Any well-stocked hardware store should have one that fits.

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Thanks Dwight.....I am going to head over to my local hardware store in the morning and see If they have one that fits.

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Problem solved !!!
The fit is now perfect.
Thanks so much guys for your help and suggestions !
Heading to Pulaski New York in a couple weeks with this rod for some Steelhead action. - Dan

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