Fishing rod guides are spaced along the rod to guide the fishing line, prevent tangling and enhance the performance of the fishing rod. The guides also support the weight of the fish caught while the fisherman reels in his catch. Factors influence the guide sizing and spacing, such as the type of fishing rod, length of the rod and fishing line weight.
Fishing Rod Guide Sizes
Fishing rod guides vary in size to accommodate the tapered rod with larger guides placed closer to the hand-grip. The size classification also varies between guide manufacturers, though the actual measured sizes of the guides generally run from 1.8 mm to 6.4 mm in diameter for the top guide, and 7 mm to 25 mm for the guides along the rod. A guide kit or fishing rod kit will usually contain the guides for the blank rod, usually with several guides in each of one or two large sizes then one or two of the smaller guides.
Fishing Rod Guide Placement
The placement of fishing rod guides depends on the type of rod. The first large guide is usually placed about half-way along the blank rod with subsequent guides placed in decreasing intervals up to the top. The rod type and length determine placement. For example, a 6-foot long spinning rod might have the first large guide at the 3-foot mark along the blank rod, then the subsequent guides placed at 22 cm, 19 cm, 17 cm, 16 cm and so on with only 11 or 11.5 cm between the last two guides. A fishing rod kit will include guide placement instructions. If you want to build a rod without a kit, use a similar rod to determine guide placement.
Fishing Rod Guide Styles
Guides are available in different styles. Snake guides resemble a thin metal strip with a lone spiral at the center. Stripping guises are produced in the familiar loop shape with the two ends of the metal strip extending in opposite directions to provide support. Single-foot guides are in standard loop form but with only one extension, forming an L-shaped profile, for attaching to the rod. Each brand of fishing rod guides manufactures the guides of different metals and alloys.
To build a fishing rod, you don't have to break the bank. Start out with a fishing rod kit to get a feel for the fishing rod building process, and expand from there. Additionally, fishing rods for children are often shorter and require smaller guides. Bring the rod blank with you when purchasing guides to ensure the size suits the blank rod and your needs.
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