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What fly rod guides do you use
Posted by: Scott Giaquinto (---.dhs.gov)
Date: April 10, 2018 04:16AM

Hello all, I am relatively new to rod building and have limited knowledge. My question is what brand guides do you use? I have so far only used Pac Bay guides, they claim the foot is pre ground, however I find I have to grind the crap out of them to get them the way I like.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.

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Re: What fly rod guides do you use
Posted by: Bill Hickey (---.nycap.res.rr.com)
Date: April 10, 2018 06:41AM

Snake Brand, both Universals and Originals. They are expensive, but the feet require very little prep work. REC Recoils are another quality guide that I'll use if a customer requests them, but on a personal thing I don't care for them myself. Those are the only 2 brands I'll use, unless I am doing a repair and I need to match what is on the rod.

As far as Stripping Guides, all of them require a lot of prep work, just does not matter what brand or style. I do use some Agates on Fiberglass, and of the two brands that I do use, the Joe Arguello ones are usually ready for wrapping, once in a while they will need a slight touch up, but it is not much.

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Re: What fly rod guides do you use
Posted by: Donald La Mar (---.lightspeed.lsvlky.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 10, 2018 08:57AM

Scott

I whole heartedly second what Bill H wrote above. And you'll not deal with nicer folks than Mike McCoy or Joe Arguello.

You might also check out Sea Guide for salt water stripping guides, which I have used, but prefer the REC Recoils even though they are, to my eye, butt ugly.

If you wrap with size A nylon or 50 wt silk the Snake Brand snakes will require little if any preparation. If you wrap with 100 wt, Gossamer, etc. a touch or two with a file on the guide foot toe is helpful.

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Re: What fly rod guides do you use
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Date: April 10, 2018 10:02AM

I too really like the Snake Brand guides, I like the way Hopkins & Holloway shapes their stripper guide feet, if anything many times I have to dull the edges a bit, and they made a thinner wire snake and single foot guide for the tips of lighter weight rods long before anyone else I'm aware of.

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Re: What fly rod guides do you use
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 10, 2018 02:39PM

I only build fly rods and use the Batson line of guides almost exclusively. I find that I need to do very little if any prep on them. I mostly use the single foot wire for runners and the MXN & LXN strippers.

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Re: What fly rod guides do you use
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 13, 2018 07:46PM

Fuji KW guides for strippers need little or no prep also. I use the L frame for runners. REC snakes are good also if you are into that, I have never prepped them but have been wrapping guides for a long time..

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Re: What fly rod guides do you use
Posted by: Scott Giaquinto (---.dhs.gov)
Date: April 16, 2018 06:24AM

Thanks for all the info to all who replied.

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