08 Aligning the Guides and Prepping for Epoxy

What do I need for this lesson?

Components Checklist:
  • Rod
Tools Checklist:
  • Rod Stands

Aligning the Guides and Prepping for Epoxy

The alignment of the guides is extremely important. Aesthetically you want the guides to align and this will also produce a better performing rod. With the guides in a straight line there will be less friction on the line. This will reduce wear and tear on the fishing line, improve overall casting distance, minimizes wind knots when casting in windy conditions and overall puts less strain on the rod and line.

There are a few different ways to align the guides. Some people use lasers, fishing line or just their eyes. In this example you are going to use your eyes.


  1. Aligning the Guides
    1. Connect the two pieces of the rod and sit it into the rod stands with the reel seat hoods facing upwards (vertical).
    2. Looking down the rod ensure that the rod tip is also vertical. Do this by turning the entire top blank while holding the bottom blank still. This means the two parts are now aligned.
    3. Look at the stripper (the guide closest to the butt) and see if it is vertical. If it needs aligning gently twist or wiggle the guide into alignment. Repeat with each guide. For the guides on the top piece of the blank be sure to hold the top blank to stop it from rotating while aligning the guides.
    4. Once you are happy with each guide have a look along the rod from the butt end and see if any guides are out of alignment then adjust accordingly.
  2. Cleaning Marks
    1. Go over your rod from top to bottom and remove any marks that you don’t want to epoxy over. Once the epoxy is on it it’s there forever.

The rod is now ready for the epoxy coat. Be careful with your rod now because you don’t want to bump a guide out of alignment.

If you want to you can now add any more details to the rod that you like. You can add a graphic decal to the rod or write something on it like a personalised signature using an Indelible Ink Pen. It is ideal to do this before the epoxy coat so that you can also epoxy your additions to make them durable and weather resistant.