Re: Making A Casting Rod into a Spinning Rod
A fairly quick and easy way to get a nice rod out of this change is to first decide what reel your going to use on the rod. Measure the spool lip diameter and buy a Fuji Alconite first guide that is as close to 1/2 the spool dia as you can get, if you in the middle, are using heavier line and have a choice upsize one.
Now take the spool diameter and multiply it by 27. Measure from the spool lip to that point on the blank and pick the closest guide as your choke guide. Now remove all the guides toward the reel from that point.
Lay the rod with the reel installed on something with a straight edge, could be a table, straight line on your floor, whatever works for you. Center the reels spool shaft on your line and have the top of the first guide you left on just touching the line and put the first guides position where it has it's foot on the rod blank and the top of the guide on the line like the guide on the rod is.
From this point if I drop the guide sizes by 2, ( 30, 20, 12), or what ever is working for your rod and reel, I usually have an easy time matching them to the straight reference line and still have decent guide spacing, usually the ones closest to the guides you left on the rod are the ones you have to mess with the most to get a straight line path. These guides are inexpensive in the small sizes so ordering a few extra to get the height right isn't going to kill the project.
When your done, looking through the guides should give you a picture that looks like a archery target from big first guide to the small guide you left on the rod.
Wrap it and go fishing. You've just built a New Concept Guide rod as Fuji intended, not as the factories have done it.
Last edited by CRD4Liberty; 12-29-2008 at 08:21 AM.