Learn the basic steps for setting up a rapid reduction guide train for your custom fishing rod.
4 Basic Steps for Rapid Reduction K-Guide Layout
While this guide concept works best with braid, rapid reduction isn’t as hard a concept as many rod builders assume. The basic principle behind rapid reduction is that it merges the best of the micro guide movement and new guide concepts to improve fishing performance.
From boosting casting distance and accuracy to increasing the rod’s overall performance, the rapid reduction guide train brings serious benefits to any angler.
1. Mount Reel and Reel Seat
Unlike other guide concepts, organizing K-Guides for rapid reduction requires the reel seat and reel to be in a fixed position.
Having your reel seat and reel in place is important because this is the only way to get true rapid reduction as the braid goes from the reel through the guides and out of the tip top.
For the most efficient rapid reduction layout, simply build up the handle and glue the reel seat in place. Once the epoxy glue has dried completely, attach the reel you want to use on this custom rod and move on to the next step.
2. Center the Reel’s Bare Axle
With the reel seat and spinning reel firmly in place, remove the spool from the reel to reveal the spool’s axle. Since this axle is located at the center of the reel, we can use this point to assemble our rapid reduction guide train.
Place the rod on the table with the spool’s axle aligned on the table’s edge, then take a step back and look at the blank instead. Make sure the angle of the spool’s axle coordinates with the edge of the table and the point where the blank crosses the edge of the table will be the choke point.
The choke point is crucial to assembling the rapid reduction guide layout and we will return to it shortly.
3. Set Up Stripper and Choke Point Guides
Now depending on the test of the braid, you will start off the guides with a stripper guide of either size 16, 20, or 25. For example, any braid up to 10 lb. will use a size 16 stripper, braid up to 20 lb. will use a size 20 stripper, and above 20 lb. braid will use size 25.
Once you know what size stripper is right for you, place it on the rod blank with some guide tubing so that the upper edge of the guide frame is on the edge of the table.
Then with the stripper in place, place the choke guide on the blank with guide tubing at the point where the blank crosses the edge of the table. The choke guide marks where the braid will transition from reduction guides to the remaining running guides, so it will be much smaller.
With these crucial guides in place, there will be room in between to add more reduction guides. The second stripper guide should be exactly half the size of the first stripper guide for the reduction to work correctly.
The second stripper and any guides before the choke guide should also have the upper edge resting along the edge of the table. This layout complements the angle of the reel in order for braid to pass through with the most efficient reduction setup possible.
Since braid is softer and has less memory, the smaller sizes of the first two stripper guides actually pull braid through as straight as possible by encompassing the braid and limiting its oscillation as it travels between guides.
Remember, guide tubing is a great asset for spacing your rapid reduction layout because you can easily shift the guides while also knowing each guide foot is secure in position. For precise guide placement on tapered blanks, guide tubing is available in various sizes for different diameters as well as in CRB Micro Guide Bands for the smallest of guide feet.
When you have the reduction train established with the top edge of each stripper guide on the edge of the table and the edge of the table running through the center of your choke guide, you are ready to get wrapping.
4. Add Thread Wraps and Epoxy Finish
Once you’re satisfied with the guide placement, wrap each guide with thread.
Then apply ProKöte epoxy finish, let it cure a full 24 hours, and you’ll be ready to experience the incredible performance of a true rapid reduction guide layout.
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