properly set guides the proper distance from the reel seat, and
along the length of the blank, it is necessary to set the rod (with
the correct reel) in a static stand. Temporarily attach the guides
to the blank and stress the blank with a weight running from the
reel through the tip top. This isn't hard to do: a piece of
PVC pipe set in a standard vice will suffice.
sufficient weight to the rod blank to fully depress the blank in
a smooth arc. The guides should be placed so that 1) at no
point does the line touch the blank and 2) the number and spacing
of the guides (as well as their ring size and design) allow the
line to as closely as possible follow the contour of the blank while
it is under stress.
To temporarily attach the guides, I've found that rolling slices
of surgical tubing down the blank and sliding the guide feet under
the slices allows me to reposition the guides easily. The surgical
tubing leaves no marring on the blank, nor does it leave behind
any sticky residue associated with tape or various "glue-on"
guide placement aids.
the guides have been placed, a thin indelible marking pen can be
used to mark the beginning and ending points for underwraps, which
usually look best when they are set an equal distance from the end
of the guide foot. What does that mean? A large guide will
have a longer guide foot than a smaller guide. Pick a distance (a
good millimeter ruler is a good idea at this point), then measure
the distance from the end of the guide foot an acceptable distance
(whatever looks right to you) and keep the same distance from the
foot of the guide feet along the entire set of guides.
After setting the reel seat and doing any overwraps on ferruled
blanks, whip the blank from side to side. A harmonic (sine wave)
will be produced. The point where the sine wave converges to create
the optical illusion of an 'X" is where the first guide should
go; all the rest should be spaced from that point with the exception
of the first (closest to the reel) guide. That guide should be placed
where minimum resistance and minimum touching along the guide liner
is encountered. The next guide toward the tip is the "shooting"
guide. This is the guide that funnels the line most directly along
the axis of the blank toward the tiptop. The objective is
that the line should "shoot through" the tiptop on a cast
with minimal resistance.
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