- 01 Introducing the RodKit – Tools and Materials
- 02 Finding the Spine
- 03 Installing the Rod Handle
- 04 Installing the Rod Tip
- 05 Placing the Guides
- 06 Setting up Your Work Area and Preparing Your Guides
- 07 Wrapping The Guides
- 08 Aligning the Guides and Prepping for Epoxy
- 09 Applying The Epoxy Coat
- 10 Sustainable Fishing
- 11 Using Your RodKits Fishing Rod
05 Placing the Guides
- Rod Recipe
- Tape measure
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Continue this process for the entire recipe.