Why Prep The Guides?
We need to file down the feet of the rod guides so our thread smoothly transitions from the blank to the guide.
If the guides have not been properly filed down, the thread will may snag during the transition from blank to guide foot, and worse, a rough guide foot can even scratch the rod blank, causing damage later on.
As you will see, it may be an easy step, but we point it out because it is a very important step.
(Video tutorials provided below).
Prep Your Rod Guides In 3 Easy Steps.
Step 1 – Use a small file and work the end of the guide foot so that it comes to a point.
Step 2 – Afterwards, take a piece of light sand paper and buff the underside of the guide feet to ensure it is smooth.
Step 3 – Be sure to check one last time and remove bits or burrs in the metal that could scratch the blank and even cause catastrophic rod failure.