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Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Lynn Leary (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: November 10, 2017 07:05PM

I want to build a 7'6" steelhead casting rod and use the Fuji KW series guides. My first thoughts are to use a 12, then an 8, then the KB series in size 5 and then the KT series also in size 5. The blank will be a MHX HM904. Does this seem reasonable? I am trying to keep this as light as is possible.
Any and all opinions from those that have used these guides before will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance/
Lynn

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: November 10, 2017 07:39PM

I would use a KW 10 as the stripper followed by a KW6 as the transition guide and then KB/KT5 as runners. You can now get a Fuji LG Alconite micro tip top with a 5 ring in the new BC or CC finish. If you want to go lighter I would use KW10, KW5.5: and KB/KT4.5 runners, with a size 4.5 ring tip top. These guides are great, real performance enhancers. Hope this helps. Oh by the way if you are planning on using titanium frame K guides than you can use the RV6 as the stripper in lieu of the KW10.
Norm

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Date: November 10, 2017 07:57PM

Which HM blank are you using? There's more than one 904.

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Lynn Leary (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: November 10, 2017 08:09PM

Thanks Norman, that RV6 sounds pretty interesting with the KW6 transition guide. I don't think I want to go smaller than the KB/KT 5 runners but the combination using the RV and the KW sounds pretty intriguing.
Now off to Mudhole....
Thanks a bunch,
Lynn

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Lynn Leary (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: November 10, 2017 08:19PM

Spencer, I want to use the High Modulus HM-P904-MHX.. I know it isn't necessarily a Steelhead blank but I like that type of action because of the extra fast tip and the rigid butt. Would be interested in your thoughts though.
Thanks.
Lynn

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.drr02.mskg.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: November 11, 2017 11:54AM

You can use the RV6 then all runners in size 5 even if the runners are stainless steel. The finishes are so close you most likely won't be able to tell that one is titanium. So it would be RV6, however many KB's you want, then KT's. I would use at least 3 KB's on a casting rod. This combo is what Fuji recommends, KR6 then all runners the same size. At least that used to be their recommendation. I've built a number of them, all work well. Be sure you get the RV6 oriented correctly. It looks backward, but that's why they call it "reverse." I'm not sure after putting one on backward that it makes a significant difference.

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Lynn Leary (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: November 12, 2017 06:27PM

Thanks Michael, I had wondered if the RV was to be put on backwards because of the description of "reverse". I am looking forward to trying this guide setup as it is new to me. Always interested in trying something new and different. Kind of like the first time I used a size 5 guide on a fly rod and thought it looked so small, but it worked and I couldn't of been happier.
Thanks for your input,
Lynn

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: November 12, 2017 07:24PM

I have used the RV6 on three casting rod and they work great. Single foot toward the reel. The ring has a slight slope forward like the Fuji K guides which helps to shed loops, and the single ft toward the reel supposedly helps prevent line slap against the guide frame. On one of these rods I used a size 5.5KB as the transition guide followed by 4.5KB/KT runners. For the other two rods I used KW5.5 as the transition guides followed by the runners. Both set ups worked great, but I like the double KW 5.5 transition guide for heavier powered rods. The RV6 is the same height at the base of the ring as the KW10.
Norm

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Lynn Leary (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: November 12, 2017 08:57PM

Norm
For lack of any other reason to use the size 5's was that the 5.5's were out of stock. As it turns out I ordered 3 of the KB 5's and one was on back order anyway. Looks as it I out smarted myself. Mudhole has always been a great source for Fuji titanium guides so as slow as I go I'm sure it will show up before I need it. Thanks for the feedback.
Lynn

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Date: November 12, 2017 09:45PM

There's reason to think you're making a good choice there, that type rod and action might make a nice twitching rod also for coho. That length and power rod is also popular in Alaska with the locals.

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: November 12, 2017 09:59PM

The size 5’s will work perfectly fine. Hopefully you will not have to wai too long for your backorder to arrive.
Norm

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Re: Fuji KW series guide sizes
Posted by: Lynn Leary (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: November 13, 2017 09:28AM

Thanks for your advice on my project. I got the idea for a 7'6" casting rod for steelhead from a friend that had a G-Loomis IMX rod in that length that he really liked. Unfortunately all of his fishing tackle and his house were lost in the fires that ravaged the Coffey Park area here in Santa Rosa. I gave him a few rods that I had built plus some reels that were in good shape so he could get back on the water. We both felt better when He received his new tackle. I'll build him a new rod to replace the one He lost when time and money become available. There are times in life when you realize how much you have when you meet someone that has been left with very little. Maybe now we can finally get out and do some fishing like we have talked about doing for quite some time and never had the chance.
Thanks again Guys,
Lynn.

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