How Do You Fix a Broken Fishing Rod Guide?

Fishing can be an enjoyable activity that requires a lot of patience, skill and the right equipment. Unfortunately, as with any piece of equipment, a fishing rod will eventually start to break down. Whether it’s the guides that become damaged or the rod itself, it’s important to know how to fix a broken fishing rod guide so you can continue to enjoy your time out on the water.

The first step is to identify the problem. Typically, guides will start to wear down over time due to normal wear and tear.

This can cause them to become loose or even crack and break off entirely. If this is the case, then you will need to replace the guide. Guides come in different sizes and materials so be sure to purchase one that is designed for your specific rod.

Once you have a replacement guide, you need to remove the old one first. This is done by removing any screws or clips that are holding it in place and then carefully prying it off with a screwdriver or other sharp object. Be careful not to damage any other components while doing so.

Next, clean off any debris from around the area where the new guide will be installed. This includes any dirt or gunk that may have accumulated over time from fishing in dirty water or around saltwater conditions.

Once everything is clean and dry, it’s time to install the new guide. Start by sliding it into place and then use a soft cloth or brush to work some epoxy into all of the crevices between the guide and rod blank. Allow this epoxy plenty of time to cure before continuing.


Fixing a broken fishing rod guide isn’t too difficult once you know what steps are involved. Start by identifying what type of damage has occurred before purchasing a replacement guide that matches your specific rod.

Then remove any screws or clips holding it in place and carefully pry it off with a screwdriver before cleaning up around where you’ll be installing your new one. Finally, slide it into place and use some epoxy between all of its crevices before allowing plenty of time for it to cure completely so that your new fishing rod will be ready for another day out on the water!

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Emma Gibson