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#12829061 - 07/15/18 10:58 AM checking rod guides
ma1950 Offline
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Registered: 03/24/09
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When I have set the hook with one of my favorite rods the last 4 times the line has broken after the first 3 times I checked the rod guides with the Q-tip test with no results and spooled up with new line and the next times I set the hook the line broke like it was cut, is there any other kind of test I can perform that would be more conclusive?

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#12829067 - 07/15/18 11:09 AM Re: checking rod guides [Re: ma1950]
fivebites Offline
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If they're micro this won't work. If regular guides try to pull a piece of your wife's makeup cotton ball through the guides. It will usually hang up where it's chipped or cracked.


Edited by fivebites (07/15/18 11:09 AM)
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#12829068 - 07/15/18 11:10 AM Re: checking rod guides [Re: ma1950]
Donald Harper Offline
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Are you fishing a lake with Zebra Muscles? Bridgeport is pretty bad. I had 3 rods broke off within an hour from braid and 17 to 25 lb. Floro.. Got those fixed then had to start retying ever 3rd cast.
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#12829351 - 07/15/18 05:24 PM Re: checking rod guides [Re: Donald Harper]
ma1950 Offline
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Yes I am fishing a lake with Zebra muscles but out of the 6 rods I have been using this is the only rod with the break off problem. I only use braid from 20# and up. Thanks for your response.

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#12829352 - 07/15/18 05:25 PM Re: checking rod guides [Re: ma1950]
Neches Offline
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Q Tip does not always work, I broke off with braid 3 times in a row with a crappie rod, checked it at home with a q tip, it showed nothing.I started pulling the 10lb braid in circles around the eye and it sunk into the crack.


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#12829393 - 07/15/18 06:02 PM Re: checking rod guides [Re: ma1950]
Debra Hengst Offline
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Hope you figure it out.

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#12829489 - 07/15/18 07:24 PM Re: checking rod guides [Re: ma1950]
Donald Harper Offline
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My two Crigs and Trig were the ones taking the beating. Had no problems with the fast moving baits. The Muscles will cut the Braid like butter. My 50 lb. braid rod was the fist to go as we were dragging the 20 ft. contour and long lining. Had about a 2 lb. Bass on, when it came up and jumped the line broke.
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#12829907 - 07/16/18 08:24 AM Re: checking rod guides [Re: ma1950]
Whopper Plopper Offline
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Registered: 05/19/16
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I used the magnifier app on my phone to find a cracked guide that I coulded find with a cotton swab.

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#12829913 - 07/16/18 08:34 AM Re: checking rod guides [Re: ma1950]
ezbassin Offline
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Use a magnifying glass and also check the line guide on your reel as well as the guides on your rod.

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#12830509 - 07/16/18 05:13 PM Re: checking rod guides [Re: ma1950]
pagemaster Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
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Use your line like a piece of floss and check each guide.. My older falcon cara rods were bad for wearing a groove in the guides..

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