I wax all my rods, finds it much easier to take apart. Never had a problem with them slipping apart or dust/dirt collecting either.
Recently sent a rod to Scott for service on the cork handle and it was sent back with a note that wax was removed, besides the cork work.
I took that as someone at Scott wagging their finger at me haha
My wife bought me an old book from Left Kreh called Lefty’s Little Tips. He says to
use candle wax, bees wax is to tacky, and tends to pick up dirt, paraffin wares off to quick. I always wax my rods, as I don’t fish even close to as much as some of you guys I only wax at the start of the season, but then my switch rod stays assembled almost all season
Waxing does work. Some rods need it more than others. Generally this is a result of improper fitting ferrules. In two handed rods it can become very pronounced and in some cases a clicking sound can be heard from a ferrule section. Wax wont help that scenario. A light dab of epoxy and a fine round file will fix it but its not for the faint of heart.
When using wax on rod ferrules use very little and take the time to heat it up with a heat lamp to let it flow and spread evenly.
I run the ferrule next to the pore covered nasty part of my nose each time I assemble and jam the rod together firmly. I used to just jam the rod together but paid the price when a nice rod got stuck permanently. A little nose grease is my method.
Candle wax and electrical tape. That was the standard for everyone back in the old days in the UK with big ugly Spey rods. If you didn’t, you’d either have a rod that would come apart when you didn’t want it to or one that didn’t come apart when you did want it to.
Whatever you anti-waxer. Spreading your false narrative all over the internet. You know how many blown up rods, overflowing warranty centers and overworked rod repair men and women you and your ilk are responsible for. Blasphemy .
I wax just so I can get the sections to separate. I've damaged more rods trying to get them unstuck and broken down than anything else. Love 2 piece rods. I leave my 4 piece rods together and use as a two piece. Echo Rods has a warning about taping your ferrules, they'll come and steal your bacon...