Alps Guide Question - Looking for the link to it @ Batson

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  1. 5-20

    5-20 Poseidon Group's Back Up Trident Thrower

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    I am getting my first custom salt rod built. Pretty excited about it. I've had only one other custom rod built and that was a freshwater bass jig rod a good number of years ago.

    This rod is an Edge 7'10 #80 rod. Wanted to ask about the Alps guide listed on the build sheet.

    It's listed as Batson XTCHXNZG from sizes 10 through 25.

    I looked it up on the Alps site and couldn't find this exact guide. Knowing myself, I'm probably missing something. Ha. Wondering if one of you could maybe send or post the link to this guide.

    Hmm, so, I think I have a good idea of how I want to have this rod built. Meeting with a local builder to get this done soon.

    Just wondering if any of you guys would want to suggest me thinking about anything that I might want to add to the build or get done from a performance standpoint?

    Going with all Alps components on this rod. It is going to be a very versatile rod and I am thinking I will use it for moving baits like poppers, stickbaits, some casting jigs and sardines.

    Couple of thoughts I've had. Possibly adding a trigger seat. I really like those coming from a freshwater swimbait background. Casting heavy baits repeatedly often feels a lot better with a trigger seat. I'm just not entirely sure it's the right way to go with this rod.

    What about adding a hook keeper. Sometimes I really like having one, so that I can hook up a big bait to the rod quickly and so that I don't have to hook it up on the reel and end up possibly nicking the line or scratching the reel badly.

    Appreciate any other thoughts you might have. This is going to be a fantastic rod and I want to get it built right.
     
  2. mike garrahan

    mike garrahan TheSabreGuy

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    The Batson catalog lists them as Part# XTCHXNZG. They are the heavy SS316 stainless steel HXN guides for 50lb to 80lb builds. The TC is the frame color and the Z is the ring type which is zirconium. I have used the XBHXNLG which are very similar except that the frame color is black and the rings are the standard Aluminum oxide. They are very good guides.
     
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  3. swami 805

    swami 805 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I wouldn't put a trigger on it, the way you grip a heavy rod is much different,it would just be in the way.
     
  4. InDeepShip

    InDeepShip Ah ship

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    I would definitely add a hook keeper ive seen people use a fly fishing rod guide as one before
     
  5. 5-20

    5-20 Poseidon Group's Back Up Trident Thrower

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    Thanks, did a direct search for the part number and it came up.

    For the hook keeper, Alps lists several sizes for the ForeCast regular hook keeper. Would the large sized one be the best choice?
     
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    CRD4Liberty Newbie

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    Hook keeper size is tied to the size hooks you use. If you couldn't have found to exact Edge guide it wouldn't have surprised me, they buy enough guides to sec their own guides if they wanted to. Pac Bay used to make a guide for me when I was more involved in production rod building.
     
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