Hey y'all it's Alex with ALX Rods, and I wanted to share a little about our rod guides today.
A big question I get related to rod guides is "What size guides do you use on your rods?" So the answer to that is simple. We use a MidMicro size guide. To put that in context, a micro guide is 3 or 4 millimeters in diameter and a standard guides is 6 millimeters or larger. The MidMicro guide is 5 millimeters in diameter.
The reason we settled on a midmicro guide, and we prefer that on ALX Rods, is that the 5 millimeter is the best blend of all the performance features we were looking for. It's got excellent line control because it has a smaller diameter. Line control means a longer cast. We've also found that is increases the performance of the rod because it's less weight, it's a smaller framed guide, and what's great about that is the less weight you have on the rod - especially in front of the reel seat - the more sensitive your rod is going to be.
The other thing we found that is absolutely incredible about a midmicro guide is it passes a leader knot really well. I use braid. I use a fluoro or mono leader. I tie it with an FG knot, some folks use a uni to uni, never had a problem passing a leader knot through a midmicro size guide before.
So that midmicro guide, it really just gives us a perfect blend of performance which really enhances the rods and really lets our rod blanks perform the way they are supposed to.
Just a couple other little items. The majority of our guides are manufactured by Kigan, which is a Korean company. We've had excellent service out of them. We really don't have any rings popping out. Typically it's on a tip after the tip has been damaged. It's really the only time we see tips pop out. The other thing is our guides are stainless steel. We often get questions about that. They are a proprietary blend of stainless steel that holds up very well in all kinds of environments. So they have done very well for us.
Overall, that's a recap on the guides we use on ALX Rods. If you any questions or any other suggestions for a video, post them in the comments below and we'll be glad to answer anything that you got. Thanks and good luck on the water!
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