Fly-rod sections can get stuck together and become difficult to pull apart. If you have trouble breaking down a rod, first dry your hands and the rod shaft; often, the problem is an angler’s inability to get an adequate grip on the rod, not a stuck ferrule (a connection joint). If that doesn’t help, try to warm the stuck ferrule between your hands. If that too fails, place the rod behind your knees with the stuck ferrule centered, grasp the shaft on either side of the ferrule, and brace your wrists and forearms against your knees. Then push your knees outward, using your leg muscles to leverage the rod sections apart with steady pressure.