Re: Rod Spine...up or down?
I build fly and spinning rods 180* from the spine. Casting rod guides go on the spine. It's where the blank naturally likes to bend, I think it should be fished that way.
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On a fly or light tackle rod I don't believe it makes too much difference. I started out building conventional tackle, on an 80-130lb class stand up rod it makes a huge difference. Every blank has a natural curve it prefers to follow, especially 1 piece blanks. When a 300+lb Yellowfin hits and runs you can be sure the rod will bend the way it wants to. I've seen poorly spined rods twist in an anglers hands when under a heavy load. Now it's just a habit so I do it on every rod.
The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.