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Fly Rod stripping guide placement
Posted by: Dave Traver (---.246.242.78.res-cmts.swv.ptd.net)
Date: January 17, 2020 03:27PM

Building an 8 1/2’ 5wt fly rod for myself. Somewhere I read that it can be advantageous to angle the stripping guide slightly towards your stripping hand. Something like 15 degrees or so.
Has anybody tried this... thoughts?

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Re: Fly Rod stripping guide placement
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: January 17, 2020 04:00PM

It won't make any difference. The line doesn't know where the rod is - only where the guide is. But don't take my word for it - mock the rod up and go out and cast it both ways.

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Re: Fly Rod stripping guide placement
Posted by: Ron Schneider (---.mthmcmta01.res.dyn.suddenlink.net)
Date: January 17, 2020 04:29PM

While that might help slightly while stripping line, it may add to the wear on the line if fighting a fish or while simply reeling in the line.
And, once it leaves the stripper, it has to go back to the 180 for the rest of the guides.
I tend to go up on the stripper guide size to help with both.

Best wishes,
Ron Schneider
Schneider's Rod Shop
Mountain Home, Arkansas
[www.schneidersrods.com]
schndrod@suddenlink.net
870-424-3381

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Re: Fly Rod stripping guide placement
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 17, 2020 10:07PM

The only real benefit is convenience, as it is closer to the off hand that is doing the stripping.!

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Re: Fly Rod stripping guide placement
Posted by: Dave Traver (---.246.242.78.res-cmts.swv.ptd.net)
Date: January 18, 2020 07:57AM

Thanks gentlemen. All good points. I will mock up the rod and give it a try. Just looking for a couple of ways to make the rod perform better than one off the shelf. I've already done a couple of things with the number of guides and guide sizing.

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Re: Fly Rod stripping guide placement
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: January 18, 2020 01:25PM

It might depend upon which side of the equator you intend to do your fly-casting. I think the earth's spin on one side of the equator has the opposite effect of its spin on the other side?

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Re: Fly Rod stripping guide placement
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: January 18, 2020 11:28PM

First time I heard of it was reading the L. A. Garcia fly rod building book, mocked it up and tried it, don't believe he ever said why in the book. Suspected it might cause line stacking on the reel under tension.
Not the only different thing, he installed his wrap epoxy with something resembling a dulled center punch, and only had epoxy setting on top the wraps, none down the side.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/18/2020 11:48PM by Spencer Phipps.

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Re: Fly Rod stripping guide placement
Posted by: ben belote (---.zoominternet.net)
Date: January 19, 2020 11:17AM

Spencer, i think the reason for keeping the epoxy on top of the wrap was to make it easier to remove the guides and clean up for replacing..he,s thinking ahead..snake guides wear out..

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