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what about micro guides?

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I don't own any rods with um, but I fished with a buddy's and while they slightly improve casting distance (Maybe 10 yds at most) the sensitivity felt the same to me.

So long story short, I'd buy them.

But to the guides defense i've never fished his pole before that and didn't fish wish it long so I really didnt get a feel for it.

I'd get Micro Guides IMO

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I should clarify I was using a 1 ounce rattle-trap so 10yds is slight to me for that lure. If it was a 1/4 oz t-rig it would be major to me.

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Maybe if I lived in a warmer climate. 

There have been many a May days where I had to bust the ice off of my guides.

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Maybe if I lived in a warmer climate.

There have been many a May days where I had to bust the ice off of my guides.

More reason to have two sets of rods! ;D

Back to the main topic, I have built a few rods with micros, and really like them. Line seems to come off the reel smoother which in turn could translate into fewer backlashes and longer casts. They also lighten up the tip section allowing the blank to bend the way that it was designed, and feels less tip heavy.

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I don't own a true microguide rod.  A few of mine have what are considered partially micro.  The first few guides are pretty normal, but the top 3 or so are pretty close to micro.  The few that I have fished that are true micro rods seem indistinguishable from my partially micro rods.  I think with a full micro rod I would just be worried about snagging or mashing one of those little boogers on the base of the rod, where I am normally not as careful with as I am the tip.  Other problems I have even seen with my partial micros is that when I am around algae or other slop the guides tend to get gummed up a little.  However, I do like the decreased tip weight and do feel that the micros make the blank a little more light and sensitive. 

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I think the "how far I cast" is pretty amusing.  Do a field test and have 5 of your experienced bassing friends make a "long cast".  When measured out, they will average right around 100 feet.  A normal cast is about 75 ft (uh, that's EXACTLY 25 yards).  So now you read how KVD casts 70 yards with normal Quantum rod and reel.  That more than twice the distance of an average fisherman's "long cast".  Yeah, right.

Don't believe everything you read.

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I have a Kistler micro magnesium and have tried it with different reels and different types of lures.  I have yet to notice an improvement in sensitivity or casting accuracy.  I actually think I can feel the line more when casting due to the coils of line hitting the eyes.  I also think the eyes are more fragile,  I bend them more easily when sliding in rod locker.

I will not be buying another micro.

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All im saying is, His Curado 200E7 and his Falcon Cara Micro, compared to my BPS Carbonlite/ Falcon Bucoo in the same action, and power (And close enough to identical lures) His outcasted mine by ten yards, yes 30 ft. Take it or leave it, i'm just stating my experience.

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Micro guides are like everything else, they have their place but are by no means a fix-all or inherently superior overall. Any weight that can be saved in the tip section of a rod will improve sensitivity. The micros also shoot line straighter which can improve casting distance and accuracy. There are various sizes of guides classified as micro, so line size, leader, knots etc that need to pass through the guides all needs to be considered. Braid with leader tied with an Albright knot should pass through a Fuji 3.5 guide with no problem. I wouldn't go smaller in this case.

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Guys around here that fish clear lake, ca hate them because the algae get caught up in them and is impossible to pick out. Even worse when it dries in the hot summer sun when the blooms are at their strongest

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