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Properly spined rod?

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Mayor,

 

The spine of a blank is that part of the blank that the blank will try to rotate to when put under a load. Did you ever feel that while fighting a big fish that the rod was twisting in your hands? What is happening is that the rod is being loaded and will twist to have the spine on top of the rod.

 

Proper placement of the spine for both fish fighting and casting distance.

 

Most production rods are not properly spined and it is rare to find a production rod that is.

 

To determine if the rod is properly spined you simply place a butt of the rod on a smooth, flat surface on the floor or table top. Gently apply a little downward pressure to the middle of the rod while supporting the tip end with an open hand. The rod will start to rotate and the spine will be on the outside of the curve as you increase the downward force.

 

Note the position of the guides and reelseat in relation to the spine. They are probably out of alignment.

 

Al G.

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Mayor,

 

Once you have spined the blank, marks it's position on a piece of masking tape wrapped around the blank.

 

For spinning, to achieve maximum casting distance, put the spine on the bottom along with the guides. If you are short casting and want a rod with lots of backbone and control then put the spine on the top and the guides 180 degrees opposite of the spine.

 

Al G.

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