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Guide train help
Posted by: Chris O’Cain (---)
Date: February 03, 2024 05:18PM

Just found this site and I am really excited to have found it. I am still fairly new to rod building, I have built 6 rods and they are getting better each time. Right now I am working on a 6’9” power level 1 slow pitch jigging blank from Thrasher. I am setting it up as a spinning rod. I am having a hard time finding info on my guide train, size of guides, number of guides and spacing.

If anyone would be willing to get me headed in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it. I am really excited about this build so I am reaching out for a little help on it.

I am planning on using Fuji guides but I am not set on any model yet. I am a PNW guy, this rod will be used on bottom fish and albacore.

Thank you,
Chris

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Re: Guide train help
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: February 03, 2024 08:08PM

This is one place to start: [www.rodmakermagazine.com]

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Re: Guide train help
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: February 04, 2024 07:14AM

Anglers Rsrc-Fuji in the left margin is a good source, too. I strongly endorse the KR series of guides for spin, and use the KR software to locate and size the reduction guides. Hit the menu button to find other stuff, including the two line stress method of locating running guides. The two line method is actually easier to use than the one line since you can move the guides easily without unloading the rod and retention of the guides while doing the test is much easier.

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Re: Guide train help
Posted by: Kendall Cikanek (---)
Date: February 04, 2024 10:06AM

Tom’s link and the Angler’s Resource KR and New Guide Concept algorithms go together. I use their KR system and check the alignment from choke guide rearward on a straight counter-top edge (Tom’s link). It’s always either right-on or a guide needs slightly nudged in one direction (rod taper variation can cause very slight changes). I add a couple of more running guides than the KR software calls for on rods in the 6’10” to about 7’2” range using progressive spacing back to the pre-set choke guide.

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Re: Guide train help
Posted by: Chris O’Cain (---.mycingular.net)
Date: February 04, 2024 01:22PM

Thanks for the information! I have looked at all the information you guys recommended and I feel like I have a solid plan! I really appreciate it!

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