On my new rod I must not have got the little cap at the end glued on all the way around.

I also did not run the ring all the way up the reel set rings.

I have some epoxy holding the ring to the end cap of the rod. What is the way to remove this?

I do have about 1/8" of space between the two pieces.

I know stupid, but I never have been able to claim I was the brightest bulb in the pack.