Originally Posted by juro
You can go along the spine or opposite to it - but never askew. Guides at a 90 degree angle to the spine are just plain wrong unless you plan to tip cast side to side.
Tell that to Sage. As Russ says, there's no consensus on spining a blank. When I built rods, I spined them to match my casting style but that doesn't mean they were spined "right". As far as I'm concerned, there's no "right".
Tracking is another issue where there's no consensus -- does it matter or does it not? I tried to ensure that my rods tracked straight but did it make a difference in the way they cast? I can't say that it did.
The only way I can answer the question is to suggest that you spine it the way that it suits you.