I own a Cabela's brand innercast graphite rod. This is the type of rod where the line runs through the inside of the pole (no guides). One must use a steel leader, that is supplied with the rod, to initially get your line through the rod. Well, I was daydreaming the other night (thinking about fishing Bear Lake) while inserting the steel leader inside of the rod, and managed to get the leader totally inside of the rod (none of the steel leader is visible). I realize it was a stupid thing to do, but now I have to deal with the problem. I have tried tapping the rod tip, hoping that the leader will come back out, but it appears that the rod tip has a ridge on the inside of it, and the steel leader is likely against the side of the rod and catching on it. The openning at the rod tip is also too small to try to insert anything even close to the size of tweezers. I have emailed Cabela's and they have no suggestions and say that it is made by a privat label manufacturer (probably in a foreign country) and so I can't get any guidance from the manufacturer. He also did not know of any other companies that make an innercast rod. It appears to me the only way that I can get the wire out is to heat the tip and hopefully the glue that was used will soften and the tip will come off. The tip is also thread wrapped and the wrap is varnished. I assume that graphite can take more heat than fiberglass, but I could be wrong. Any suggestions from you experts?
Thanks from the gear challenged fisherman, Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.