Here's a question from Volume 5 - Issue #1 issue of RodMaker magazine:
New Guide Concept Quandary
Just set up an ultra-light rod with the New Guide Concept as outlined
in an earlier issue of RodMaker. I finished off the rod with 4 #8 low
frame single foot guides. This also included the choke guide which
was placed on the intersect point between the blank and the straight
path from the reel spool centerline. The rod cast great! Very smooth
and very quiet. I was quite satisficed.
Then I decided to take those last 4 guides off and replace them with 4 #6's,
just to see what difference it would make, if any. Well, there were a couple
of noticeable differences. First, the line made noise as it passed through
the guides. It made a "fffffttttt" sound as it went out. Nothing ear
shattering, but I could now hear it whereas with the #8's I could not. I
figured the line was being constrickted somewhat. What bothers me,
is that the second thing I noticed was that the casting distance was
increased by about 5 feet. I cast 20 times and the results were
always the same.
So I get this extra noise and possible line constriction but also extra
distance. I'm confused. What gives? ~ Mark in Springfield, VA
You havewitnessed a balancing act between increased line friction and
reduced rod weight. On the one hand, the smaller ringed guides are
constricting the line a bit more than the #8's did. Hence the noise
you hear. But you are also seeing the effect of a lighter rod tip and
the advantages you reap when more of your imparted casting energy is
sent into actual casting of the lure reather than starting and
stopping the rod. In this particular instance the lighter guides
improved rod efficiency and therefore casting distance, more than the
increased line constriction reduced it. I'd stick with the #6's.
~ Tom Kirkman
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