Love your equipment

April 6, 2013

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.

Polishing this metal edge can reduce the hazard, but it may remove some of the protective finish.

In the past, there were some fishing poles available that had guideless rods that were supposed to be the answer to the problems that everyone had with guide damage. This design never did catch on due to several problems.

The biggest problem was that the fiberglass on the inside of the pole where the line was routed was very abrasive and damaged the line. In addition, foreign matter can get inside the pole and destroy even the highest quality line.

A design change to address these issues was developed by Diawa where they developed a finish on the interior that did not affect the line. It did not address the other problems.

First is the casting problem. On a 7-foot rod the line inside has to deal with a friction surface the entire length of the pole, which can make it difficult for long or accurate casts. On a good rod with seven external guides, the friction surface on which the line travels is less than 3/8-inch, even with the largest of guides.

The other ways that fishing poles are damaged are by stepping on them or mishandling the fishing pole. Might be a good idea to protect your investment by standing the pole up in the boat, or don’t keep too many on the boat deck/surface. Keeping your equipment organized and in place can help.

The latest and greatest fishing poles have gone back to tough line guides that can handle braided line. If you use a cheaper pole and use braided line or the new type small diameter lines, you can quickly destroy the cheaper line guides.

Once the guides are notched or damaged you will then damage your line.

There are new lines coming on the market made by gel-spun polyethylene (Berkeley has a line called Nano-fil). This new line is as smooth as silk they say and can be casted long distances. It is primarily used on spinning outfits. If you use one of these new lines on a damaged line guide you will more than likely damage this very expensive line.

The guides on your fishing pole aren’t the only guides to worry about. You should also check your level wind guide on your reel or the line guide on your spinning outfits. These can get damaged as well over time and could cause you to lose fish.

The best advice is to purchase good quality equipment and check your line and equipment frequently.


Granbury water temperatures have rebounded into the low 60s. Granbury black bass and white bass have are good to excellent on most days. Sand bass are good on slabs in 5 to 20 feet of water on numerous locations on the lake.

The lower ends, in town and near Western Hills have been reporting good catches. Black bass anglers are working the lower ends of Granbury and catching numbers of fish in the spawning mode on soft plastics.

Squaw Creek black bass continue to be good as well to 6 pounds. Many anglers are still coming on the weekends when the lake is open to get some of this hot action.

Possum Kingdom and Lake Whitney have been reporting good white bass catches on the main lake. Hybrids on Proctor and Benbrook are good to 7 pounds on soft plastics and live shad. Lewisville hybrids are good to 8 pounds on the main lake.

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