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As a new fisherman am I really going to be able to tell the differences in the rods with microguides and the ones without all things being equal? Almost all the rods I've got so far have the microguides and to be honest, I don't really care for them. It may be because I'm not used to them or know the difference in the feel but one of the rods I have has "standard" Fuji type guides and I seem to be more accurate casting with it and I like the feel of the rod better. 

 

What are your thoughts?

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I recently picked up a few of the micro guide rods and I haven't noticed any difference from standard guides. I would also think that your accuracy is not affected by the guides but rather the entire setup. I would think micro guides would be more accurate because the line doesn't have as much "play" as it does in a standard guide but that is purely hypothetical on my part. I have heard of guys who use a leader having more difficulty with the leader knot passing through and really cold weather fishing they will probably ice up faster. Other than that it is for weight savings and another marketing ploy really.

Micro guides wasn't a consideration when I picked up my rods, they just happened to have them.

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I have the Skeet Reese micro guide rods and there are no differences between the micro and standard guides.

 

I am supposed to cast farther with the micro guides but I have no idea if that is true as I don't cast a standard baitcaster to find out.

 

There are more important factors to conside when purchasing a rod but you can always throw micro guides into the equation.

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I have tried micro guides on a couple different rods and just do not see any difference in them over standard sized guides.

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i have to dissagree.i do think they cast a little bit furthur.they are also lighter.they also keep braid from wrapping as much as a regular guide.i have yet to tip wrap with micro guides.

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i have to dissagree.i do think they cast a little bit furthur.they are also lighter.they also keep braid from wrapping as much as a regular guide.i have yet to tip wrap with micro guides.

But if you weren't fishing with braid would you feel the same?

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I noticed a BIG difference with micro guides when I was only using spinning gear for bass fishing, but I can't tell a difference now that I've gone to the baitcaster. Maybe it's just me :))

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I bought one to try them out. I never noticed any difference using standard guides. What I did notice was when using a leader, the knot would hang up all the time.

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lighter guides make the rods action more like it should be and also lower the weight a bit and a little more sensitive 

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While I like the look of micro guides, I've noticed that if I'm fishing slop or muddy water the guides get mucked up and I can hear my line rubbing on all that debris. I didn't notice them improving my casting distance, nor did I notice dirty guides affecting the distance either. Just an observation.

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I have some customers who want a rod with micro guides while others don’t care much for them. I can say building a rod with micro guides is a little bit more difficult due to the smaller size I have to work with. Some rods you wouldn’t want micro guides anyways. I've had requests for flipping rods with micro guides. A problem with that is micro guides were originally designed to be used on light to medium rods. They weren’t designed to hold up to 65# line and the strain of pulling lure and fish through lily pads, grass, and other cover. Take a micro guide and try to bend it, not hard to do. Now take a double foot guide and try to bend it, a lot harder to do.

With micro guides you get a little more distance as it keeps the line leaving the rod in a more straight line with less play as it goes through the guide. The more play it has the more friction it creates which in turn slows down the line speed faster.

The theory of micro guides saving weight is a little bit a myth. A rod with micro guides, when done properly, has more guides than one that has standard guides. Reason it needs more is that fact that the line is sitting closer to the blank and you have to have more to keep line slap from happening.

They have their place but aren’t an ideal guide setup for all applications in my opinion.

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I only have one rod with micro guides, and that rods guides are not really as small as some of the other rods with micros that I have seen. The rod I have is a St. Croix Rage, I like it, but it's not because of the guides.....I just in general like the rod.

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I bought one to try them out. I never noticed any difference using standard guides. What I did notice was when using a leader, the knot would hang up all the time.

This. Totally happened to me yesterday and I'm kind of upset I didn't think about this. My double uni knot was hanging up in every cast.. I like the strength of braid buy I may go back to my fluoro..

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The micro guides should make the rod more sensitive as it is more contact points to transmit vibration to the blank... as far as them not holding up to braid its bs.. it works fine and they don't bend..... and 13 micro guides weigh less than half of 10 standard guides.....

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