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Old 08-21-2016, 07:34 PM
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Default 1st time replacing guides

I bought an old 7 wt Shakespeare rod off ebay. It needs new guides put on, the stripping guide is loose and rusty, several of the other guides are not aligned. Looking for suggestions on guide types people like and why, same with thread and coating, any help with the process would be welcome. I've been looking at videos and reading a lot of posts and it doesn't seem to difficult.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:01 AM
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http://www.hookhack.com/html/guidespacingchart.html
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:18 AM
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For guide type - if only replacing a small portion of them then match what's on it the best you can.

If replacing all of them I'm partial to the single foot minimas by pacbay. Less thread wrapping, quicker, lighter and rod keeps a more natural flex because it's only wrapped on in one place rather than at both the top and bottom for traditional snake guides.

If only doing this one rod then get yourself a small single rod kit of flexcoat or procoat - the one for about $10. Then you'll need some size A thread in color of choice and you're set to start wrapping.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:34 PM
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This is the stripping guide if you want to keep it original:
http://www.mudhole.com/Wire-Frame-Bo...s-Model-XB-XBB
This is the guide spacing chart I usually use:
http://www.fishpacbay.com/_docs/prod...ifications.pdf
I've come to prefer spar urethane over epoxy which you can see here:
http://flyfishinginnh.com/vforum/showthread.php?t=9322
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:05 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to replace all the guides, and add a couple more. How tight should the wraps be?
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:02 PM
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Tight enough so that the guides don't move around on you while you're applying the finish.
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I assume you don't want to dump a lot of cash into this rod so I would suggest going with pacbay components, they are well priced and good quality for the money. They can be found most anywhere online.

I've been buying a lot of my components here. He's insanely cheap and he's delivered the right stuff every time very quickly.

http://yeoldeenglishflyshop.com/stor...=0&sort=normal

For rod spacing I always start with the chart from one of the Bestů.Tom Morgan rodsmiths and adjust from there.

http://www.snakeguides.com/pdf/guide_spacing_size.pdf

I did a how to guide on building a rod from start to finish here. Detailed info with step by step instructions on how to to wrap guides and applying varnish start on the second page.

http://www.maineflyfish.com/forums/i...t-glass-build/

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Great info here! I'm putting the links in my rod builders file.
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Old 08-28-2016, 06:21 PM
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Just removed all the old guides from the rod. Pretty simple operation. I ended up just getting a guide set from Hook and Hackle. Spool of thread, hook keeper, some of the Flex-Coat and the color preservative. Looking around now for some plans to make a wrapping jig.
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If its going to be a one and done kind of deal then this will serve you quite well. I built my first 3 rods with nothing but a cardboard box and a book to tension the thread.

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