I built up the trolling rod for a 50W and the stripper needed to be a pretty good distance away from the reel so when the line came from the sides of the 50W, it didn't rub on the frame opening. When I put my 30 on it (built up a heavier rod for the 50W), the line was hitting the blank between the foregrip and stripper guide because the stripper was fairly far away and fairly low and the reel was much smaller.
The WT are nice, but at $400 a pop, MANY guys won't spring for them. Even their cheaper Xpress are $300 a set. I build up full tuna rods, Seeker Black Steel blanks, Turbo guides with the Gold or blue plated rings and ALPS reel seats/gimbals for less than a set of WT with tip tops! No problems with the rods with Aftco W/O or SHD's, or ringed guides. Yes, the aluminum frame is lighter and more flexible, as is the Titanium roller. But with rods that are already fairly heavy and with the large reels attached to them, MOST people won't notice the difference between the WT's and other roller guides in terms of weight and quality, but they WILL notice the price difference!!
The Aftco's and other brands have lasted for years and landed tons of fish. Yes, WT are incredibly nice, but the majority of fishermen won't spring for that kinda of money on the rod. Commercial fishing, maybe if you have the money to spend on that stuff and fish big money touranments, or West Coast doing lots of long range trips and you only have a few rods, I can see springing for them. For the average Joe Smoe weekend fisherman, they won't turn him into the next Dennis Braid!!
Yeah, an extra $400 per rod. Multiply that by a 12 rod spread!! Now you are talking almost $5K! $60-$100 for another brand of roller guides or normal ringed guide vs $400 isn't "a few bucks" difference!! I go on my friends boats and we split fuel costs, which runs around $250-$300 with bait and stuff. The "few bucks" difference pays for the trip! Not everyone is doing 10 day West Coast fishing trips where the gear needs to be sturdy and more durable and the trip costs a few grand and the fisherman doesn't have 16 rods! Private boat with 5-7 guys on an overnight trip to the NorthEast Canyons doesn't need WT roller guides!! Heck, last year most guys were lucky to get out 5 times Offshore the whole season due to weather and stuff! 5 years, it breaks down to $50 a year, but they gotta pay up front all at once!
You don't lose fish just because you aren't running WT guides, just like you don't need the newest, latest, greatest blank, fanciest reel seat or blingiest butt wrap. A simple Boomer Jr with ringed guides or Aftco Roller guides will catch fish just fine thank you and be a lot less expensive, which means you can fish more often!!!
I agree with Wahoo and Makoman, buy quality gear and take care of it and it will take care of you. You don't need the latest, most expensive stuff out there to catch fish and have fun!