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Old 01-17-2014, 12:52 PM
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Default Why skimp on alignment markers?

Got my Mystic Reaper 5wt the other day that my father picked up for my birthday. Haven't cast it yet, but it looks a lot nicer in person than in the pics, the blank really looks nice, almost iridescent in the light.

But, no alignment markers. Why no alignment markers? Why do manufactures skimp on this, what does it save them, 2 maybe 3 cents a unit?
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Default Re: Why skimp on alignment markers?

I cant say for the manufactures, but I have 2 rods with alignment marks on them and I have thought about having them removed. Just something about them bugs me to no end. Its to the point where its actually something I check to see if they aren't there.
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Default Re: Why skimp on alignment markers?

Same here. I don't like them.

To me it's easier and more accurate to align the guides by eyeball.

The problem is that the marks are both too close together and too far apart.
If they were farther apart, you'd have a longer baseline. If they were close enough (right on the end of the ferrule) that you could make them touch, that might also work.
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Default Re: Why skimp on alignment markers?

Don't really like they either. I too just eyeball the alignment. Some folks like them a lot but as I've had the eyeball habit for so long I don't use the dots on the rods that have them.
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Default Re: Why skimp on alignment markers?

Alignment dots are fine with me, some of my rods have them and on those that do, I use them. But I double check it against the fully rigged rods alignment.
Personally, of all the things on a rod that could possibly bother me, they are way down on the list.
Donít get me started on the ornate and garish company and series logos that trash up the butt sections on some rod blanks. That and some of the length and line designation graphics on todayís rods can viewed with the naked eye from Neptune.

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Default Re: Why skimp on alignment markers?

I very much prefer having the alignment dots. I am also like the hand written logo and rod description compared to the stickers....like Scott does vs the Sage stickers.
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Default Re: Why skimp on alignment markers?

I think they are invaluable on a four piece rod. Not sure why they wouldn't have them or why they would be considered a nuisance.

That said, my new Redington is missing the alignment dot on the butt section for no apparent reason. The only section of the rod with no guides, and they forgot the damn dot
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Default Re: Why skimp on alignment markers?

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I think they are invaluable on a four piece rod. Not sure why they wouldn't have them or why they would be considered a nuisance.

That said, my new Redington is missing the alignment dot on the butt section for no apparent reason. The only section of the rod with no guides, and they forgot the damn dot
Invaluable? Is it really that hard to just look at the rod with the guides down and see if they line up? Maybe the dots are useful, but invaluable?

And I think they're ugly.
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Default Re: Why skimp on alignment markers?

I've been eyeballing the guides for so long that even the new rods that have them..... I still just look down the guides. The first rod I got that had them was a 15' Winston, I guess they are helpful on those rods but like some others have said, I still eye it before I tamp them tight.

I guess it's a love them or hate them thing, I don't really mind them and the ones on the new Hardy rods are tiny so you really don't notice them anyway.
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Dots... No dots... Doesn't matter to me... I can just as easily look down my rod and tell if they are aligned... 4 pc rods... Just assemble and line up 2 at a time... Top two... Then bottom two... And last but not least put them together and eye them up again... Remember... This is fly fishing not BASSMasters... be patient and enjoy the outdoors
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