For those who wish to build or refurbish their own rods we are able to supply a wide range of blanks and fittings . For further details you can contact us on:
+447787780318 between 9am - 5pm Mon to Sat
or email us at : email@example.com
Alps reel seat, from £30.00
As a rule we use Kigan and Fuji guides on our rods, allowing the customer to state their preferred choice.
Kigan guides are slightly lighter than the Fuji’s but are also more susceptible to damage; if knocked too hard the lightweight center has been known to crack and fall out. Genuine Kigan guides have the name stamped on the front leg but there are some cheap look-alikes that are easily recognised as they do not have any name stamped onto them. You need to be wary of these guides as the centers have been known to fall out for no apparent reason.
Fuji guides are the tough, durable brick shit houses of the guide world, but one consequence of their rigidity is that some of them creak to the point you may think the guides are loose or that the blank has cracked. Usually this noise will stop after a few casts but in persistent cases Fuji recommend spraying the guides with WD40 and leaving for an hour before wiping any surplus residue off. This should resolve the creaking permanently.
This is an example of how hard wearing Fuji Alconite guides really are. This rod was accidentally crushed in the owners sliding van door and the guides were completely flattened against the rod.You can see that after straightening, although the legs have a slight kink in them they are returned to a satisfactory, usable state. You can clearly see the liner of the guide is intact, but if these had been lightweight SIC guides they would have been destroyed and needed replacing.