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#12397466 - 08/23/17 08:55 AM Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods
that1time Offline
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I was wondering if anyone has used this type of rod before, and if so, what are your thoughts? I have put a few pictures of what they would look like below from what I could find online. I have done a little research on them, and while there are some varying opinions, I can't really find anything negative other than people aren't used to them. In fact, from what I can tell, they have several advantages actually.

I am currently talking to a custom manufacturer and they want to sponsor me, but I want as much info before going with them. I have 2 rods now that I will use this weekend for the first time. So far, they are very light, and I can see why it has been mentioned that there would be less fatigue on your wrist from the rod wanting to twist under load, and it seems to cast/flip/pitch a bit better and smoother.

I thought it was a gimick at first, but seems legit and they are really nice, well made custom rods. Any info or advice would be great.



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#12397474 - 08/23/17 09:02 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
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I bought a JB custom rods like this and I liked it, it did seem the line came off a lot smoother while pitch sling skipping (I call it pitch sling skipping because that's basically how I get a bait under and to the back of a dock) until it broke just past the 3rd spiraled eye before they straightened out.

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#12397495 - 08/23/17 09:19 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
leethefishking Offline
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We have offshore rods wrapped this way. It's to keep heavy braid from rubbing against blank when fighting large fish. These are on reels that pull 50 to 90 pounds of drag. I don't think you would ever see any benefit to it on conventional weight stuff

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#12397507 - 08/23/17 09:29 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: Huckleberry]
Tisdale Offline
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I have 12 JB Custom rods with spiral guides and I love them all. Have you talk to John about your rod breaking?

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#12397508 - 08/23/17 09:30 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
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They definitely look different, but have advantages.
Line not rubbing on the blank or the tip
The force on the rod tip when fighting a fish would be more equally distributed among the bottom side guides, instead of the last two guides top on a traditional baitcasting rod (the last two top guides before the line crosses to the other side the blank)
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#12397550 - 08/23/17 10:08 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
RKT Offline
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I have built rods this way and the conventional way for bass fishing and crappie fishing. I have not noticed any advantage or disadvantage either way.

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#12397563 - 08/23/17 10:15 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
AMERICAN-TEXAN Offline
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All personal Preference but I truly believe they make it much easier to fight a fish...

Most of my rods are Spiral Wrapped... I use only LDC's (Low Down Custom Rods)

I also feel casting is more accurate but a lot would disagree with this
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#12397574 - 08/23/17 10:22 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: collincountytx]
that1time Offline
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Originally Posted By: collincountytx
They definitely look different, but have advantages.
Line not rubbing on the blank or the tip
The force on the rod tip when fighting a fish would be more equally distributed among the bottom side guides, instead of the last two guides top on a traditional baitcasting rod (the last two top guides before the line crosses to the other side the blank)


This matches what I've heard and read and felt. Like I said so far no down sides, just a different look.
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#12397588 - 08/23/17 10:30 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
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My mechanic has one. He likes it, I think he drop shots with it. It's cool.
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#12397591 - 08/23/17 10:30 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
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The only thing I found with them was that they were a little harder to target cast with. The bait wanted to go right of where I was casting. Had 2 made up on Shikari blanks, a P803 and P804. Once you got used to it, it was easy to aim a little left with it. Don't know if it was just the way they were wrapped or what. They did seem to cast a little further with ease, too. It depends on which way the wrap goes as to if you are left handed or right handed, so you do not break the guides off when you lay it down on the deck. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

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#12397609 - 08/23/17 10:41 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
TXFishNinja Offline
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The only "disadvantage" I've ever heard is when the rods are laid on deck that some of the eyes facing down can get damaged with a bumpy ride. I've personally never have had that problem and enjoy the ones I have.

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#12397692 - 08/23/17 11:25 AM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
Txduckhunter Offline
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Make sure they have rod socks on when you put them in a locker with racks. They will hang up going in or out without the sock.
I've got a couple and they are ok but nothing spectacular, certainly weren't as good as they were hyped up to be. I won't go out of the way to purchase another one.

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#12397840 - 08/23/17 12:44 PM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
rxkid2001 Offline
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How many major pros who do whatever it takes to earn their living use them vs traditional guides?

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#12397857 - 08/23/17 12:59 PM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: rxkid2001]
that1time Offline
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Originally Posted By: rxkid2001
How many major pros who do whatever it takes to earn their living use them vs traditional guides?


I'm sure most view it like anything else, if they were sponsored they would use them.
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#12397916 - 08/23/17 01:33 PM Re: Spiral eye wrapped fishing rods [Re: that1time]
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I think that would drive me crazy after a day of fishing with it.

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