Re: Ice on the guides, can they be kept clean ?
Believe it or not, I had the same problem last saturday morning, although by 9 it was warm enough to no longer be a problem. I used to work with a guy who grew up fishing in Michigan and remember hearing something about having a can of PAM cooking spray to sray on the guides to prevent that. This might be as ideal as rubbing butter into a burn, but its all i've heard.
Maybe someday we can get smart enough to build rods with solar panels on them that will heat the guides. Hopefully we won't have warmed the planet up enough to where ice isn't a problem before then.