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: Pure parrafin on the ferrules

12-21-2000, 10:20 PM
Just in case anyone missed this trick, the use of pure parrafin wax - dirt cheap at any grocery store - is one of the best substances to rub on rod ferrules to keep them from slipping while also ensuring the rod comes apart easily. Highly torsioned ferrule joints deserve further consideration toward being taped with eleectrical tape. for instance 15 foot four pc Spey rods.

Advantages: cheap, natural, holds together ferrules, loosens ferrules

Caveat: it melts in really hot weather, don't leave the wax where it can melt and soak into fabric, car seats, clothing, etc. A container that can handle wax as a liquid or solid is best. I melt some into a fuji film can. It reshapes after a hot day on the flats but when it hardens again it's still fine. I had a chunk of parrafin in a shirt pocket when it got washed and dried. The wash cycle was fine but the hot dryer melted the wax into the cotton - now I know how they do it at Barbour.

01-22-2001, 09:52 AM
don't throw away used chapstick containers....clean 'em out, melt some of the wax IN
one of them, when it re-hardens, you've got a ready-made dispenser.

02-02-2001, 09:42 AM
Another alternative to parrafin is bowstring wax.

02-02-2001, 10:15 AM
I've been using ear wax.

02-02-2001, 12:30 PM
Ugh! Mike - that's more than I needed to know. You could get yourself out of the Gear review program with that technique http://www.flyfishingforum.com/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif [TIC] haha <font size="1">and all that</font><!--1-->

03-12-2001, 04:07 AM
On the film can... I forgot to mention that I use Fuji film cans, not just because of the vibrant film colors but because the cap has a dimple in it that I use to aquaseal a dowel to(anything will do). This keeps a hole in the middle of the wax even if the heat melts the wax, which happens several times a year.

03-14-2001, 01:53 AM

From your description of the film container with dowel, I've got this image of chalking up the ferule like a pool cue...did I get it right? Until now, I've been carrying around a chunk of paraffin and rubbing it onto the ferule when needed. I like your pool cue version better. Thanks for the tip.

03-14-2001, 07:40 PM
For what its worth Bees wax has a bit higher melting point and willnot melt or slump in any of the sugested containers. I have used this for a no of years on both Metal and our current non metalic ferrule conections A small circular section aviable from most sewing shops to carry as is in your kit.


03-24-2001, 03:32 PM
I chopped the block of parrafin into a bunch of little pieces and put them into the tiny ziploc bags fly tying materials come in (the ones without the staple holes!) - i've got a half dozen of them spread around so i can always lay my hands on some, and each rod case has one stuffed into the top.

03-24-2001, 10:23 PM
I still use baggies for chunks of wax in my chest pack. It melts and hardens several times in a season. The chunk that melted into my Sagetech shirt actually was in a baggie, but of course if you aren't as dumb as I was to put it through the wash cycle baggies are all it takes.

05-07-2001, 10:53 PM
I use this kind that was in the feather craft catalog, Ed there told me about it. I am gonna try that chapstick tube idea, seems like a good one.