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Guide alignment
Posted by: Brian Weathers (---.mobile.att.net)
Date: September 02, 2019 10:21PM

New builder here. Any tips on guide alignment. I spent a painful amount of time and depending on which eye I use it’s a moving target. Thank you for any advice.

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: September 02, 2019 10:39PM

Run a line through the guides and pull taut. Now sight down the line. Much easier to see if you have a straight line path.

A colored line, perhaps orange fly line backing, is ideal for this.


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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Brian Weathers (---.mobile.att.net)
Date: September 02, 2019 10:40PM

Thank you Sir. I’ll give it a run!

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: John DeMartini (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: September 02, 2019 10:42PM

I eyeball it inside the house toward a lighted area, and outside against the driveway,

When I think I am done I ask my wife to check my work and make any corrections if necessary.

Works every time.


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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (172.58.45.---)
Date: September 02, 2019 10:48PM

Install reel, center up on reel, align others to this guide. Another way, 180 rod, align exposed guide parts equal distance each side of rod.
It's all cosmetics, rod performance will be the same with any minor misalignment you have.

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: September 03, 2019 01:24AM

I have multiple pairs of glasses. When doing guide alignment, I put on the pair of glasses that lets me see all of the guides clearly.

Then, in my well lighted work shop, I place the tip of the rod against the white wall and with the bright lights shining on the rod and guides, sight down the rod.

With the correct glasses and bright lights, the alignment goes pretty quickly. When I am aligning, I start with the butt gude and go up from there. One thing that I do, is to put on the foot of a spinning reel that has had the reel cut off. this basically gives me a single point to use as a reference point when I am lining up the guides. If using a reel, the actual starting point for sighting is not so clear.

If you are like myself and have a lot of reels laying around, it is pretty easy to find a spinning reel that needs to be sacrificed in the interest of better rod building. So, cut the head off of the reel foot and you now have your alignment spot.

Also, if you use a dremel tool with an abrasive cut off wheel to cut a v shaped notch in the center of the elevated post from the guide foot, you essentially have the equivalent of a rifle sight to sight down the rod. It eases the job and makes the job go quickly.

Be safe

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Steve Gardner (---.nc.res.rr.com)
Date: September 03, 2019 07:16AM

Mr. Kirkman shared with me the idea of using orange fly line over ten years ago,
have used it ever since, WORKS GREAT!

I tape the one end along the seam of the reel seat ten pull taunt trough the tip.
Also use it for static testing guide placement, and alignment of spiral wraps, its high visibility just makes thing easier to see and correct.

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Richard Hahn (---.bltmmd.fios.verizon.net)
Date: September 03, 2019 09:14AM

The simplest way that I found is to align from sighting down the back of the blank. Try it ...... it works

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Bill Sidney (---.gci.net)
Date: September 03, 2019 03:49PM

every one has there own way for alignment, they are different but also the same what way works for you . as I see it ,

William Sidney

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: September 03, 2019 04:14PM

Wrap your guides on get them as close as you can looking down on them. After they are wrapped, with the reel mounted look down from the reel going away from the reel then closer to the reel and align again, sighting down the blank. Sometimes you may unwrap a guide doing this so don't loose them if they should fall off. You will just have to re-wrap it and start the alignment process over. Once you get them straight on the top side guides up, flip guides to the bottom and check alignment again from the back side. One more time from the top and quick check from bottom and you should be good. Put back on your wrapper and put color preserver on or wrapping epoxy, whatever you are doing. I usually use color preserver so that goes on first then wait for it to dry and apply the epoxy.

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (72.239.229.---)
Date: September 07, 2019 10:13AM

I suspect a guide as much as 1/8" out of line would not result in a measurable difference in casting compared to a guide within 1/1000 of an inch of perfect alignment. Of course opinions will differ, but it's facts that matter.

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Re: Guide alignment
Posted by: Ken Brown 2 (---.229.194.3.res-cmts.sm.ptd.net)
Date: September 18, 2019 12:06PM

In terms of guide alignment, my first build was visibly off after I completed it. I have used the rod several times with no issues getting nice distance on the casts. Visually speaking, it wont look 'perfect' but it works for me. Now if I was building for someone else, then I would ensure that everything is perfectly straight.

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