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I've only seen one of them rods....the boater I was fishing a tourney with said it was originally for flipping and power............I'm not an engineer so I won't try to wrap my head around why. But that is what he said.

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I have my first one on order from JB Custom Rods, so I hope so. The main thing about them, is they eliminate twisting of the blank when under stress, allowing more power, with less chance of breakage. Word on the street, is that the placement of the guides also eliminates line slap, and greatly increases casting distance.

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I bet it's lots of fun getting them in and out of the rod box.

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Are they really better than rod with guides on top?

Yes they are, less tendancy to have the tip twisting when in a fight. The ability to use heavy gear on a BC rod with the stability of a spinning rod.

Tight Lines !

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Are they really better than rod with guides on top?

Yes they are better! I don't own a rod that's not spiral wrapped and I have more than a dozen. Nothing could be more simple,loading the rod when fighting a fish wants to turn the rod to the guides down position. If you need proof, put the butt of your rod into a 2" PVC pipe on about a 45 degree angle with the reel up. Pull some pressure on line to load the rod. If the butt is free to turn in the pipe, it will flip to guides down instantly. I am building 3 rods for the "Road Trip" right now and they will all be spiral wrapped. I will be posting some pictures in the "tackle making" section in the next few days.

PS There is no extra problem with rod holders if the rod is built properly.

Ronnie

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Another advantage is that I can usually get away with a couple fewer guides on a spiral saving weight in the critical tip section.

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I bet it's lots of fun getting them in and out of the rod box.

My rod locker has individual tubes for the rods and the spiral wrapped rod are a pain to put it it.....Al

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I have two. One I use for tip up applications, and I like it.

The other is a deep crankbait rod, and it would be better if the guides were on the other side for this tip down application.

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Spiral wrapped guides are the bomb !

I have a custom that spiral wrapped and everyone is correct, it provides better control and helps the line move through the guides better.

You can't understand how sweet it is till you fish with one.

I recommend micro guides, the small guides are more efficient and also look awesome on the rod. The micro guides also make it easier to move them in and out of a rod locker.

I will have mine with me at the roadtrip outing if anyone is interested in tryng it.

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Half of my rods are spiral, half are not and I've been fishing both for at least 10 yrs. I see differences but not huge ones - casting distance is the same but the spiral rods seem to be a little more sensitive on tip-up "touch" presentations like worms. It's true you normally have one less guide on a spiral rod, which reduces the weight of the rod tip a bit. But that's pretty minor in the overall scheme of rod balance, etc. That said, when I build rods for myself, they are mostly spiral wrapped (Bumper style spiral). The only rod I won't spiral is one I would use for jerkbaits or topwater, fished with the tip down. A little sensitivity gain and paying for one less guide are worthwhile reasons. When I've caught large bass, I haven't feared a guides-up rod would flip over in my grip, nor have I noticed the rod tip torquing around. I was too excited to notice and the rods seemed to survive no worse for the wear. I have no complaints about how spiral rods handle around the boat or in my rod locker. Bottom line is that I would never hesitate to buy a quality rod just because it isn't spiral wrapped, but if I were making or having made a custom rod, I would consider a spiral wrap, depending on the presentation I was planning to use it for.

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