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Guide recommendations for ARE 11' 6/7 switch as a CP rod
Posted by: rick humphrey (---.bchsia.telus.net)
Date: March 15, 2017 07:41PM

I am planning to build on an Anglers Roost 11' 6/7wt switch blank as a centerpin rod. The blank actually CCS tests out as a 7.8 wt, and I expect it to be able to handle lines in the 10-17 lb range.
Can anyone recommend guide size, number and a starting point for spacing? I build fly and spey rods, but this will be my first CP build. Also, do CP builders do static testing to determine final guide placement?
Any help will be appreciated.

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Re: Guide recommendations for ARE 11' 6/7 switch as a CP rod
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (172.56.42.---)
Date: March 16, 2017 09:48AM

I'd rate that blank as a 6 - 10 lb. line centerpin, maybe even a 4 - 8. The power is in the 1 power steelhead blank range. If you look in the search function I bet you'll find all the info you need as far as guide sizes. I static distribution test these rods to place the guides. 20 - 12 - 8 flys to the tip works well in all weather conditions, if your not in hard, cold weather during the winter you can go a bit smaller on the fly guides.



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Re: Guide recommendations for ARE 11' 6/7 switch as a CP rod
Posted by: rick sodke (---.vc.shawcable.net)
Date: March 16, 2017 11:13AM

Yup. It looks light for a West Coast pin rod. For larger rivers you want to toss at least 20-25g floats, and this blank will max out around 15g.
For great lakes or east coast rivers it should be a great solution.
The XST1383F Rainshadow blank has ERN: 10.0, AA: 66 for reference and it's about as light as I would go for wst coast steelhead, for example.

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Re: Guide recommendations for ARE 11' 6/7 switch as a CP rod
Posted by: rick humphrey (---.bchsia.telus.net)
Date: March 16, 2017 02:55PM

Much appreciated. Will check out some of the XST blanks.

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Re: Guide recommendations for ARE 11' 6/7 switch as a CP rod
Posted by: rick sodke (---.vc.shawcable.net)
Date: March 16, 2017 03:30PM

I built a spey conversion to pin rod using a (discontinued) Batson RX6 11'6" 6/7wt 4pc F1166.7 blank and it works great, flexing right into the butt.
ERN:10.16 AA: 68
I would look for something similar if you are looking for a 4pc.

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