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Old 02-19-2011, 08:21 PM
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Im making a custom stand up tuna rod and am trying to decide what to do for guides. The choices are all regular boat guides, roller stripping guide and end guide with the middle being regular, or just roller stripping guide and rest regular. leaning towards all regular fuji guides but wondering what others thought.
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by tunawrangler View Post
Im making a custom stand up tuna rod and am trying to decide what to do for guides. The choices are all regular boat guides, roller stripping guide and end guide with the middle being regular, or just roller stripping guide and rest regular. leaning towards all regular fuji guides but wondering what others thought.
Whats the size and weight? We use either Aftco HD, Aftco Wind on or Aftco Big Foot..
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the blank is 4' 6" and 50-80 class
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:48 PM
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I use the Fuji WDBSG guides with spectra line. They have an SIC insert. For spectra I will never use roller guides again. The coefficient of friction of wet spectra on SIC is insignificant enough where maintaining rollers just isn't justified.

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Old 02-19-2011, 08:58 PM
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I agree with the guy above when using a braid, but on stand ups i personally use Mono when chunking and or trolling so I like using the rollers.

For jigging I use Braid and agree with the guy above.
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All of my standup gear: Mono and roller guides,
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So would doing the roller stripper guide, then 3 or 4 regular guides and a roller tip be pointless?
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not at all... Having owned a rod manufacturing business for a few years, I find most rec fishermen are best served with an Aftco Bigfoot roller tip and FUJI LRSG type guides for the rest. Their newer guides are simply awesome. Sizes 25-20-16-16-12 for the guides. Simple stuff, low maintenance, will take braid.
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OP... are you using spectra or mono?
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Most likely mono
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Originally Posted by sharktripper View Post
All of my standup gear: Mono and roller guides,
I agree
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by tunawrangler View Post
So would doing the roller stripper guide, then 3 or 4 regular guides and a roller tip be pointless?
Yes; and it won't save you much if any money - 4 (and reallly with the SIC's, it should be 5) good Fuji SIC guides will cost as much as the middle 4 Aftco HD guides and only about $10 less for Aftco Wind-Ons.

I am not sure about the comment on maintenance, because if you rinse your roller guides with fresh water after every trip, the Aftco's are maintenance free; and if you don't rinse your rods & reels, well I don't know what to say?
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Aftco Wind-on roller guides all the way, wish I learned that earlier, cause I have 6 custom made standup rods with Aftco HD rollers and now have 6 more standup rods with Aftco wind-on rollers. After fishing with the wind-ons I am considering sending my HD Aftco rods to my builder to upgrade to Wind-on guides. To me they are worth the extra few $$$. I have fished with turbo guides and the crimps at the wind-on leaders tend to get hung up especially after fatigue sets in during extended fights with larger tuna. I am just talking about trolling or chunking; jigging is completely different game.
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I have rods with roller guides on tip and stripper, aftco HD ceramic guides on rest. Will the use of crimps and small spro swivels harm the ceramic rings?
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Originally Posted by Miss Sadie View Post
I have rods with roller guides on tip and stripper, aftco HD ceramic guides on rest. Will the use of crimps and small spro swivels harm the ceramic rings?
Yes they will - even the alumimum crimps can nick a ceramic guide.
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Without question, Winthrop Tool is the way to go with rollers. Their clearance and width will easily accept any inline swivel that you throw at it. Having a 400 lb swivel go through the roller without even a click is a testiment to its ability.

Now that they have come out with the express roller, they are now more affordable. They are roughly 1/8" wider than the Aftco and the frame is machine C&C'ed which translates into no bent parts that could possibly fail down the road. No bent angles + wider frame = longterm success.

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