ROD BUILDING EQUIPMENT – Guides: Whenever you have gone fishing with the kids no doubt, you have spent many an hour untangling the guides. Chances are it’s happened to you. With your custom-made rod, you want to be sure that you have a top-notch guide that is going to give you good performance. There will be no shortage of selection of style. Then along with the guides, you get to select from a variety of rings and or course the color frames and you are continuing on your rod-building venture.
Now lets get serious as to what type of fishing you are going to be doing and the rod you are building which has no doubt been planned around this aspect.
Aftco has a whole selection of guides, which of course are top of line. Each has a very specific use. For rods that are going, to average 20-80 pound lines and for tuna rod actually the stand up rods then your requirement with be the Aftco heavy duty.
The Aftco lightweight rollers are specifically geared towards 2-30 pound catch for both fresh and saltwater fishing. As we have talked about in the past the lighter you can keep your rod the better. That’s why these Aftco lightweight rollers are perfect. They are a single foot model. You will get the same casting distances with this as you would with ring guides, and there is no maintenance to them.
Another great Aftco guide is the Aftco Wind-on. This has lots of room so it makes it perfect for passing the knots. It is a heavy class type so needless to say it is rugged and most durable. It has over sized feet that are perfectly contoured which allows for a smooth flow.
When it comes to guides one must not rule out Fuji. They have some wonderful models that provide a variety of duties. You are going to find superior medium weight guides and salt-water use as well and that just naming two of many. Fuji puts the same craftsmanship and quality into their guides just as they do with all their other products. It’s very unlikely that you would be disappointed with the quality in this area. Just to give you an example they use a Hardloy ring devised from very high grad aluminum oxide. They are diamond polished which means they are lighter, able to get rid of the heat and most importantly are not hard on your line. With some inferior models, it doesn’t take long for the guides to wear down the line.
Before moving onto another topic of items need for your self-made rod, we need to mention the guides from Pacific Bay. There is a wide variety to give you a good amount to choose from. If you are concerned about finding the perfect guide for your specific rod then don’t give up hope until you have checked out Pacific Bay, as its highly unlikely they won’t have what you need.