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Guide Spacing
Posted by: Robert Flowers (---)
Date: July 20, 2020 09:16PM

I just received my New 3 weight, 7"6" Quartz Crystal Glass rod blank today, and am looking forward to buiolding this rod. I have looked up several online charts, and they all differ a bit. Does anyone have experince with this rod build, and if so, is there a recommended rod guide spacing chart?

Thanks in advance.


Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: July 20, 2020 09:33PM

There isn't one look in the library, static distribution test, near the bottom of the page.

Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: July 20, 2020 10:30PM

Start with any chart, and then adjust as necessary.

I will add this - the butt guide (stripping guide) should be located 32 inches from the rear of the reel seat.


Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: July 20, 2020 10:52PM

Here is a fly rod guide spacing calculator that will give you a good starting point to use for your static test. As Tom mentions 32" from butt to stripping guide works very well.

Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Dan Pentecost (---)
Date: July 21, 2020 01:28PM

Is there a good article on here or post that describes the static test?

I do a static test on my staircase. Just wondered what is the proper way. I have two NFC fly rod blanks on order will be the first fly rod I have built I am also curious how to get the spacing

Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Robert A. Guist (---.inf6.spectrum.com)
Date: July 21, 2020 02:06PM

Hello Dan.

Yes, go up to the "Library" and scroll down 2nd from the bottom.

Tight Wraps & Tighter Lines.


New Bern, NC.

Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: July 22, 2020 08:50AM

Static test at AnglersResource.org

The two line method is far superior to the one line in that the guides are not used to load the blank. Therefore they may easily be moved without unloading the rod.

Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---)
Date: July 23, 2020 08:12AM

I'm not confident a single guide placement plan is best for fly casters of all different abilities and all different casting styles.

Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Robert Flowers (---)
Date: July 23, 2020 11:08PM

I just want to chime in and say thanks to everyone. I followed your advise, learned how to do the two-line static test, and what to look for. My guides are spaced a bit differently than what was recommended in the guide placement charts, and load the blank more uniformly.

As an addition, CTS places tiny white marks on their blanks to show where the spine is located. I checked the spine using the flex test on all four sections and found the provided marks were just a bit off center. Just a heads-up on that one.

Again, thanks. This rod will be as perfect as I can get it.

Tight Lines and frisky fish


Re: Guide Spacing
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---)
Date: July 24, 2020 10:58AM

If you want to hold your guides in place to test the rod flex yet still be able to slide/move the guides and not leave adhesive on the blank I suggest going to a sewing supply store and getting a couple spools of elastic thread. If you take 5-6 tight turns of elastic thread around a guide foot and tie a square knot to secure the thread it will hold the guide tight to the blank for testing but still allow you move the guide an inch or two. When you go to remove the wraps just touch them with a razor blade, the elastic thread will literally jump off the blank, and it will leave NO adhesive gumming up the blank

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