Guide close to ferrule
From your description it sounds like the guide foot ,assuming it is a snake, would be too close to the female ferrule. I would move it back to allow about 3/4-1" clearance of guide and wrap from female. There is a site <rodbuilding.org> where you could pose this question to get some other opinions on this.
I didnt ask before, what section of the rod are we talking about and what are the specifics of the rod, length,wt ,etc.,? In my opinion the further back on the rod the less critical is the issue of spacing.