How Do You Remove the Bottom of a Fishing Rod?

Removing the bottom of a fishing rod is an important process for cleaning and repairing your rod. It can also help you to replace the eyelets, guides, and handle on a rod, or to inspect the integrity of the blank. Fortunately, removing the bottom of a fishing rod is fairly straightforward with the right tools and some patience.

Gather Your Tools

Before you start taking apart your fishing rod, be sure you have all the necessary tools on hand. You will need:

  • A Phillips head screwdriver.
  • A pair of pliers.
  • A rag.

Take Apart The Fishing Rod:

Unscrew The Handle: The first step is to unscrew the handle from the rod. Use your Phillips head screwdriver to loosen and remove any screws that may be holding it in place. Be careful not to strip any screws as you do this.

Remove The Guides: Once you have removed the handle from the rod, you can then start removing the guides from it. Use your pliers to gently pull off any guide wraps that are present. Be careful not to damage any of the eyelets or guide wraps in this process.

Clean The Blank: Now that all of the components have been removed from your rod, it’s time to clean off any dirt or grime that may have built up over time. Use a rag or cloth dampened with warm water and mild soap to clean off any dirt or buildup on your blank. Make sure to wipe down all of its surfaces until they are completely clean before moving on.

Remove The Blank From The Rod: Once everything has been cleaned off and dried, you can then start removing the blank from its tube. Start by gently pulling on one end of it until it starts coming out of its tube. Once it has been pulled out a few inches, hold onto both ends of it firmly and slowly pull it out further until it’s completely removed from its tube.

Once you have successfully removed all components and cleaned off your blank, you can now put them aside while you repair or replace what needs fixing on your fishing rod.


In summary, removing the bottom of a fishing rod is relatively simple when done correctly. Be sure to gather all necessary tools before beginning this process and use caution when removing components like handles, guides, and blanks from their respective tubes. With these steps followed correctly, anyone should be able to easily remove their fishing rods’ bottoms with minimal effort.

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Michael Allen