I have a cheapo (I think) 3pc cane rod that was given to me by my father-in-law. I caught a 20" brown on it this past spring without incident but then proceeded to break the rod right below the ferrule, closest to the tip end, while I was struggling to take the rod down. I have decided to try to fix the rod on my own since it looks like it has already been repaired at least once before and probably is not of the quality to merit professional attention... but I need some advise. Some of you may shudder at the idea of this, I have no idea if it is correct or not, but I figured that the easiest way to repair the rod would be to drill out the cane that is stuck in the ferrule and then reinsert the top of the second section, wrap it and that's it - I only lose an inch of rod length. So, I found a drill bit that seemed to be the perfect size and proceeded to drill the broken bit of cane out the ferrule. Here comes the question: I was only able to drill out a half inch or less of cane before I hit what seems to be metal. The ferrule section is probably over an inch and a half (I don't have it in front of me) and I expected that more cane would fit inside of it. Am I wrong or is something very wrong with this ferrule? Is there anything else that anybody feels they should warn me about before I proceed? I am a little lost here. Thanks very much in advance.