Gosh well, I should bite my tongue, but others might get the wrong idea and overlook the basics. I get that as an emergency temporary fix, but the standard beeswax (any sewing shop) is the usual solution, and I don't see why this one would be different. As long as rod ferrules have been around (metal also) it is the standard way of snugging a ferrule. It will self fit to provide a much more even bearing surface than a stretchy pastic film. It will easily add and maintain 1/8" of gap in a spigot ferrule, more if too much is applied. It enables the ferrule to be snugly but not force fit, as the wax tends to cling to itself between the surfaces. It comes loose easily for disassembly (again, unless too much is applied and the fit is made too tight). If a ferrule can't be maintained in that way, it was either poorly maintained to begin with, poorly fit, or both, and it is going to need a repair, such as a coating of epoxy/flex-cote. If it were a new rod, I would bring the poor fit to the attention of the maker, unless I knew I was guilty of abusing the rod. But a spigot ferrule should never wear that loose if maintained to begin with. I'm not sure why the lower section the spigot is glued into isn't reinforcement wrapped, but maybe that is a new invention on an old and well proven technology. If not, that is the next spot that will need repair.
I'm sure the fix shown works, but the concern is that it won't work for long and may cause other trouble because you can't count on how the pressure of the fit will distribute itself. As a parallel, here and there folks give the advice to use a vinyl protectant like Armour-all to clean a fly line., easy, and apparantly effective at first. Well, it works great a few times, makes the line slick and it seems to work great. Until it is softened and ruined. Thus, I would use it only on a line that is already worn out and due to be repaced, but not on one that would work fine if cleaned and maintained with an appropriate product.
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