Most anglers know if you inspect and take care of your equipment, your equipment will take care of you.
Most everyone knows that a damaged guide will tear up a line quickly. Even the most respected and expensive fishing poles can affect the line if not used correctly.
The metal frame in which the guide tip is mounted usually has sharp edges protruding far enough from the ring to cause damage to the line when the angle between the rod and the line is 60 degrees or less. Be careful not to raise the rod tip too high when fighting a fish. Pulling the line back parallel with the rod, even at low tension can severely damage the line if it drags across the metal edge on the outside of the guide.
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