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Old 04-27-2005, 07:22 PM
debarb debarb is offline
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I think it depends on what you want. There's a soft side and a stiff side in most blanks--the side where the rod bends very readily, and the side which bends least readily. I like the rod bending readily on my forward stroke, so I place the guides accordingly, on the outside of soft bend. If you want a stiffer rod on your forward stroke, and a softer one on your backcast, then you put them on the other side. Don't know that I'd actually notice the difference if they were reversed, but I think I'd notice, as Juro suggests, if the spine were simply ignored
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