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Bass-Bart but nice and simple! Unless you have a piece of junk for a rod, it should be fine on the rod.

good luck to ya!

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I agree with those who say that with good ceramic guides, you should have no  problem.  But, with enough line through the guides, guides will groove more quickly with braid than with mono.  The most likely trouble spot is the tiptop, so just check it every year as you are cleaning rods up for winter storage.  If you find the tiptop grooved, check the other guides-most likely they will be ok.  If the tiptop is grooved it is a simple job to remove it and replace it.

To remove one, just put a loop of line through the eye, put tension on the line, and heat the tiptop until it slides off.  Use hot melt or ferrule cement to glue on a new one and you're good to go again.

The main thing to remember is to not overheat the blank.  That is why I suggest putting tension on the tiptop before heating it.  It will slide off before the heat becomes enough to damage the blank.

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IThe most likely trouble spot is the tiptop, so just check it every year as you are cleaning rods up for winter storage. k.

What is winter storage? ::)

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I expect from your handle, Bayou something, you don't know much about winter storage.  Lucky you.  Our water gets a little hard up here, and I clean my gear up, winterize the boat/motor, put my roadster in the pole building, and get to work on building rods.

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What is winter storage?

December 25 when you have to stay home with the family!

8-)

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What is winter storage?

December 25 when you have to stay home with the family!

8-)

Funny you said that...  2 years in a row, I got rods as gifts for my brothers so we could fish on Christmas day!   ;D

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Yes, I've had a couple rod tips develop grooves in them from braided line. these are st. croix rods too!!

What line of st. croix rods were they ?

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The super lines cannot groove quality rod guides since the material is basically plastic (Gel Spun Polypropylene). Polyproylene is a thermoplastic polymer. Those that fish in muddy water a lot will get sand (which in most areas is silica (silicon dioxide, or SiO2)  particles imbedded in the fibers and that is what will damage the guide /inserts since the silica is as hard or harder than the guide material.

Some may experience what they think is line damaged rod guides but more likely those cases are a result of the rod being dropped or struck onto a hard surface which will crack the fragile guide inserts.

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