This question is from Volume 6, Issue #5 of RodMaker
I want to build a 7 and half foot, 3/4 weight fly rod.
I want to use single foot guides but was wondering
if I should use the chrome or the Fuji style? Any
difference in rod action? Armand, Haverhill, MA
I assume by "chrome" you are referring to the
simple wire type guide versus a ceramic ringed
type. Neither will change the rod's action in the
least, although if you use guides that are very
heavy and/or use them in greater numbers than is
required, you can certainly undermine the performance
and efficiency of your rod to a noticeable extent.
I would recommend sticking with the fewest and
smallest guides that will perform the required task.
I think you'd be fine with either type. The wire
style is very inexpensive and work quite well. Quality
ceramics are harder, last longer and some anglers
believe that they just feel better with pressure on
the rod. I agree with them. You won't ever have to
replace one due to wear and they're quite rugged.
Beyond that, and on the size rod you suggest, I think
there would be little noticeable difference between
them out on the stream. ~ TK
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