ROD BUILDING TIPS
Setting Guides

By Allen Crist

When using single foot guides here is a way to keep them in place. Place a stick of low temp glue on your bench. Then warm the foot, after filling, over a BIC type lighter and stroke the foot on the glue stick. Place it on the rod. Then when all the guides are placed on the rod bank, use strips of masking tape to hold them while you perform a static test.

I have a piece of PVC about 12 in long bolted to the wall at a 45-degree angle. Here I can place the butt of the rod in the tube and run a line up the guides then down to a weight. (Mine is a water jug) I can pull on the line and cause the rod to bend. I look for an even distance between the blank and the line. With the guides glued with 'low temp heat glue' it just takes a twist to release them after removing the tape. Reheat and retape at the new location. I can then take the rod out and test cast it. With the guides held in place with the glue and tape. It will tell you if you have got the spacing right.

Back at the wrapping bench remove the tape and wrap on the guides. Caution: This can burn the fingers if you are not careful and it takes very little glue to hold the guides. If you get too much on the blank remove it when cool with your thumbnail. ~ Allen Crist (aka "flysoup")

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If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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