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Since we're talking about Aftco light weight rollers

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How would the Aftco light weight roller tip top work on a surf plugging rig.

 

Can the ball bearing handle the repetitive casting and high RPMs and would braid catch between the roller and the frame??

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I recently read an artical where the author made claims that the new generations of roller guide tips were as light as traditionals, casted equally as well and had reached a point in developement where they are a viable alternative for standard ring tips in non-boat rod applications (if I can find it I'll post the source).

 

These are the tips:

AftcoLightweightRollerTips.jpg

 

The part that most caught my interest was that, because of the roller, friction at the tip top is substantially reduced - especially in situations where you're reeling in a fairly substantial leader connection knot.

 

If a tip can extend the useful life of an Alberto knot, with no downside, it's worth a try. (I hate tying those things at 3:00 A:M on a cold windy night)

 

[ 12-07-2004, 10:48 AM: Message edited by: Sudsy ]

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Suds,

Got a rod with them things on it. Built it in 96 and I'm just hearing a little funny noise from one guide and it's not the tip. I have used this as a light offshore casting rig and fish it off the beach too. 20lb braid with 25lb shocker. No problem passing a knot but won't pass a knot in heavier leaders. Just measured the slot @ 3mm so a knot with a dimension of more than 2.5mm would not be reccomended IMO. Nice guides otherwise.

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Found them easy to work with. File and taper same as metal guides. They make little clicking noises when a fish makes a good run. Only one major problem---MAD UGLY. Decided to sell the rod I had put them on, two years no luck, took them off and replaced with reg Fuji's, sold in two weeks.

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