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Do you prefer single foot guides to the old standby double Snake foot guides?

And do you use one or two Stripper guides?
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Default Re: Guides....

As far as looks I like the single foot guides, but as far as fishing, casting, and weight I dont think theres that much diffrence, maybe a hair in favore of the single foot.
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Default Re: Guides....

I have two 9 foot 8 wt rods, with the same line on them, and they are just about the same except one has snake guides and the other has single foot guides. The line seems to slide much more easily through the snake guides. I personally think that's why it casts much better and farther. But that could just be me.

I have several telescopics that all have single foot guides and I wouldn't give them up for anything, but I sure wish they had snake guides.
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Sorry I couldn't resist this,

A single foot guide would probably fall down alot and I don't know that I would trust a double footed "snake" guide. Two strippers are always better than one, especially if one of them is ugly.

Know that I got my smart A$$ comments out of the way, Most of my rods have double foot guides on them but I have one with single foot guides and
I like it for fishing in cold weather. I don't have any reasoning for it but they tend not to ice up as quickly as the snake guides do on my other rods. As for the stripping guides I have not noticed a huge difference having a second stripper on some of my rods. I have seen a good number of clients who build rods use stripping guides on the entire rod, they tell me that it makes a difference but all I felt on their rods is more weight.
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All the rods I have built for my shop are single foot, after casting for over 35 years I like them a little better on the newer blanks. Stripping guides depend how long the rod is..
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My St. Croix Avid has single foots, all my other rods have snake guides. I have always had the feeling that the line doesn't shoot through the single foots as well as the snakes. Could just be me.
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I've only built 1 rod with single foot guides & I'm not crazy about the look.... I like carbide snake guides & use them on all the rods I build. I can't really feel the difference in the way they cast. I don't have a problem with line slap. I use snake quides & 2 stripping guides if possible. Sometimes it's a pain to space them on a 4 or 5 pc. blank but if I can I'll put 2 strippers on them..
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All mine are salt...9wt tcr 16 and 20 strippers(SS framed gold cermat double foot) 6#6 recoil snakes and 2 #5; 10 wt tcr same; 10wt tcx 25, 20, 16( SS framed 25 double foot gold cermet, 20 and 16 single foot titanium gold cermet could not find old inventory SS framed) strippers; 6#6 recoil, 2 #5 recoil snakes;
11 wt and 12 wt(old winston xtr three piece blanks) same as TCX but used all SS framed fuji gold cermet double foot and all recoil snakes nickel/titanium wire
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Default Re: Guides....

I will usually have single foot guides with regular stripper guides. The length and weight of the rod I am making will determine size and number of stripper and SF guides. The casting form of the user and type of rod will determine if I install a tamer guide or not.
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