Re: Larger or smaller....
You would think that smaller guides would 'funnel' the line better and allow for better shooting, but unfortunately that's not the case.
There is a lot of 'slop' and small guides actually 'choke' the line, slowing the shooting speed.
Not tapering the guide size from rear to front helps with this too, but it looks out of place
Another reason for big guides is to help avoid problems with tangles created by hard charging fish. Small tangles may at least travel through larger guides, while the same tangle with small guides would pop the tippet of worse
Big guides may not look as pretty but they're best as long as they don't make the rod tip heavy.
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart