Here's a question from the July/August 1998 issue of RodMaker magazine:
"I am in the process of building a light-power rod for a customer and cannot
convince him that the use of double foot guides will significantly stiffen the
rod. He wanted the double footed guides for durability reasons. Just how
much is a rod stiffened by the use of such guides? Joseph . . .Cranston, RI.
Contrary to popular belief, the use of any guides, single or double footed,
will soften a rod, not stiffen it. With a double footed guide you
may indeed stiffen that tiny area between the guide feet but this makes up
such a small area of overall rod length that any stiffening effect is negligible.
What is significant however, is the additional weight added by guides of any
type. Prove it to yourself. Take a bare blank and holding it at the butt
end give it a good shake. Now securely tape the guides you plan to use
onto the blank and shake it again in the same manner. Surprised? The blank
will now deflect further and dampen more slowly than before due to the
extra weight of the guides.
If you wish to preserve the orginal feel of a blank as closely as possible, it
is vitally important to use the very lightest guides that will still offer the
necessary durability for the job the rod is asked to do. ~ Tom Kirkman
If you have any tips or techniques, send them
along! Help out your fellow rodmakers!
~ Publisher, FAOL