05 Placing the Guides


What do I need for this lesson?

Components Checklist:
  • Rod
  • Rod Recipe
Tools Checklist:
  • Tape measure
Materials Checklist:
  • Chinagraph Pencil

Placing the Guides

Correct placement of the guides is critical to building a better performing rod. Guides in the correct position distribute the load evenly across each guide and throughout the rod. Incorrect placement of the guides means there will be undue stress on some guides and not enough on others. It will also create more friction on the fishing line and guide rings themselves. This will effect overall performance and casting.

Using the Rod Recipe is very easy. All measurements are made from the tip of the rod with the tip installed. The Rod Recipe will look like the following. 108 – 269 – 440 – 637 – 897 – 1225. Do not use these measurements they are only an example. Use the Rod Recipe supplied with your RodKit. These are the measurements in millimetres from the tip down the rod to the centre of each guide ring.

Steps

  1. Measure down from the tip of the rod the first measurement. (Example 108mm.) Mark this point on your rod blank using a chinagraph pencil or tape. This will be the position of the centre of the first guide ring.
  2. Measure down from the tip of the rod the second measurement. (Example 269mm.) Mark this point on your rod blank using a chinagraph pencil or tape. This will be the position of the centre of the second guide ring.
  3. Continue this process for the entire recipe.

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