Line Guides on Fly Rods
The guides ordinarily used on fly-rods are of two kinds, rings-and-keepers, and English snake guides. Of the two, snake guides are very much the best. Not only does the line render more freely through them but they are much stronger and less liable to become bent than the ring guides; and they facilitate "stringing up” the rod very materially. Snake guides of German silver are rather soft and the continued action of the line through them soon produces grooves. This Is particularly the case with the hand guide—the guide next the reel—and the top guide. For this reason steel guides are the better. As an aid to casting and for the purpose of saving line-wear it is a good plan to have the rod fitted with an agate hand-guide and agate top. If the rod is thus fitted German silver will do for the rest of the guides. Agates cost from $0.75 to $1.00 each.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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