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When you put your fly rod together, do you just eye the guides, so they are straight?

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Yes, but mine have little white dots that I line up to get them straight.

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My 4 piece rod has white dots to help align. You could add these with a fine tip white out thing. But when I twist my two piece rod together, I can feel it seat in perfectly when its straight because the ferrules are just slightly ovular. Try to do it by feel a couple time, putting it in at a 45 degree angle or so and twisting until you feel it nest in there nicely. It's a very distinct feeling on mine, and it always lines up perfectly.

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I don't have any with alignment dots on any of my flyrods. I just use my calculating eyeball.LOL.

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Pontus, FYI I recommend that you not twist the ferrules. Try to put the two pieces together without twisting. You could damage the rod by twisting.

Posted on: 2011/1/31 21:47
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Sight through the guides.

Posted on: 2011/2/1 7:09
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"They say" that graphite is seated with a slight twist, whereas you never twist bamboo, et al, with a spigot ferrule, but go straight in.

Also, wax the ferrules on your graphtie rod. It does help.

I don't htink alignment dots are a make-or-break option, but I'm certainly going to prefer the dotted rods over the non. Its not so much aligning eyes, but if the butt section has no guide, its a bit of a bear.

FWIW, in a multi piece rod, I usually do the bottom two sections, then the top two, then join them up. its easier than trying to align the last two pieces on a 10' rod from the butt.

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My rods don't have any dots so I line-up by eye.

I just want to point out that if the guides don't line up perfectly it's not going to make a huge difference in casting ability. You could put the top section on backwards and it would still cast from bank to bank on most PA trout streams.

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I always use ferrule wax and assemble with a slight twist (graphite) as most recommend. For me it's just as easy to sight down the rod to align the guides but on most small streams it's not that critical.

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A method I've used for a while after getting a tip from an old trout stream veteran is when using graphite rod sections, apply a little "nose wax" to the male ends of the rod sections. What he meant by "nose wax" is the oil that seems to collect around the sides of one's nose. Simply rub your finger along the side of your nose and apply said finger to rod section. I've never had a connection stick after that on stream lesson.

Jeff

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wingshot, i do the same thing. just rub it a little on my nose, and I never have any problems.

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Just remember you guys, on the OUTSIDE of the nose! :)
Sorry, couldn't resist.

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As a Mediterranean I further warn against pulling up too much nose oil, which may cause the sections to easily slip out of place.

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The nose oil thing works for too much head on beer. Always was told to never wax or oil a ferrule. Makes dirt stick to it, which then wear's out the ferrule more quickly.

Yeah, I always thought graphite was intended to seat with a bit of a twist. And bamboo, never twist, just straight in, hands together. When taking apart bamboo, straight out, hands apart.

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St Croix expressly advises to use wax and a twisting motion when setting and removing the ferrule. In fact St Croix includes a tub of wax along with those instructions printed on the tub with each rod.

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