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Non-ceramic Fuji guides?
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---.dsl.lsan03.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 13, 2017 10:49PM

A very basic newbie question to all of you veterans (as compared to my previous, possibly painful request for information); why does Fuji NOT offer non-ceramic insert guides? Please open the floodgates, (hopefully)!!! Jim?

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Non-ceramic Fuji guides?
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 14, 2017 01:29AM

Mark, I believe the only meaningful response will come from Fuji.

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Re: Non-ceramic Fuji guides?
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: June 14, 2017 07:01AM

At the time Fuji entered the component market, ceramic guides were a fairly new and innovative entry to that market. Fuji aimed at the high end, cutting edge for their product offerings and managed to do well there. I would suppose they have seen little reason to enter any other portion or level of the market. Ceramic is what they do and they do it exceptionally well.

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Re: Non-ceramic Fuji guides?
Posted by: Jim Ising (---.dyn.centurytel.net)
Date: June 14, 2017 02:41PM

What Tom said.

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Re: Non-ceramic Fuji guides?
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---.dsl.lsan03.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 15, 2017 02:13AM

Thank you Phil, Tom and Jim for responding. Your input is always highly valued and respected, whether from a newbie such as me or veteran rod builders alike. While I have been and most likely will remain a “Fuji-kind-of-guy, my innocence in rod building dictated trying a set of Minima TKZV / TKF simply to experience the difference. I have not finished the rod yet due to having to order a different size for one of the reduction guides than anticipated, but the weight (or lack thereof) is impressive. I almost hate to admit the Minima TKZVs were chosen to retain a more conventional “look” for this vintage UL Conolon. From a practical sense, the Minima “Ms” might have been a better choice, but then I might as well have used KLHs.
I have yet to spend more than $70.00 on a store-bought freshwater trout rod (yes, I am a cheap bas#*^d) and even the cheapest ($19,95) Eagle Claw Featherlight has never grooved a guide in over ten years using 2-4lb mono / flouro in the streams and lakes of the Eastern Sierra.
My point is that it seems ceramic guides are not always necessary, regardless of the weight savings. If so, then why carry the extra weight? Please do not get me wrong, I am and will remain a “Fuji guy” as they are the ones who wrote the book everyone else reads and devotes huge sums into R&D from which all of us benefit. I applaud them for that! But do not expect me to pay $80,00 for a Torsite-ringed guide when a <$10.00 guide will do. But in their defense, anyone would be hard-pressed to find a better guide than their KWs, KLs or KLHs (in Alconite).

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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