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My jig stick has lost two of its microguides. The material that holds a rod guide in place has deteriorated to the point that it no longer works for these two guides. How am I to go about replacing these two rod guides? I have the two microguide casting guides to put on the rod, just no way to hold them on the rod blank.

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mudhole has videos on line how to wrap guides. there are others out there just go to youtube and search rod wrapping.  it's easy.been building my own rods for 6 years now. 

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As stated above, and also you can try to find a local builder who repairs and he/she might do it for a surprisingly low price.  You are not far from Mudhole, you might go there and ask if they have some local builders they recommend.

 

Oops, you're in  CO, not FL.  Go to the biggest fishing shop in the area and ask for a recommended builder.

 

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I have a great custom rod builder here in MD. Find one like that near you by checking at local tackle shops. I have a friend that had a couple of guides with issues on his favorite Gator worm rod (something he has used for a couple of decades). Tom, my builder, actually stripped all of the rod guides, varnish and paint off. He then chose a nice modern set of guides and redid the entire rod for less than you could buy a mid priced rod for. He loves it and it even turned out to be lighter overall due to the simple finish on the rod blank now. It is finished very similar to how G Loomis does some of its rods.

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I use elastic thread from Walmart to hold the guides on a rod while I wrap them with nylon thread.  Some prefer rod guide cement, which is a weak hot melt glue stick.  After wrapping, you coat the thread with slow cure epoxy and rotate the rod until the epoxy sets up hard enough not to sag, an hour or two depending on epoxy brand.  Honestly, if you can find a rod builder in your area, the easiest and best way is take it to him.  The reasonable fee is usually worth the hassle avoided.  He can make it look like it never happened.

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