I need a lot of rod guides

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  1. ☆THRASHER☆

    ☆THRASHER☆ Thrashing Some Rods.

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    I'm sure this has probably been covered but here we go again. I've never posted in this section before, but my buddy and I are getting ready to wrap 30 + rods.

    We would love to use all American parts however that doesn't seem to be a possibility. Unless someone here know something I don't.

    The rods we will be wrapping are specifically for albacore. We will be wrapping 40-60 Pound trolling rods and 20-40 pound live bait rods. We fish with live anchovies mainly but also will throw some Iron with our live bait rods. Live bait rods will be spinning and casting rods.

    Obviously guides for these rods are going to cost a pretty penny. I'm trying to look at this as if I were going to buy 15 rods for myself, what would I be willing to pay extra for. The function is most important. Budget is going to be second. I'm considering Alps Fuji and maybe some REC micro guides used in a combination.

    Any advice is truly appreciated. Smart ass comments and mocking is also enjoyed.
     
  2. FAT CAT

    FAT CAT FAT CAT

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    I'm not sure there are any American made guides (the RECs might be), but you can get very good guides from Fuji or ALPS without breaking the bank.
     
  3. ☆THRASHER☆

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    REC manufactures the raw material here in the US but it is assembled in Brazil and they also apply finish to their guides here in the US.

    I guess I'm really wondering, bang for my buck which model Fujis or Alps to start with. I've ordered samples of Fuji titanium torzite but don't think I see the value for 30 sets.
     
  4. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I've been very happy with the alps XN guides.
     
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    FAT CAT FAT CAT

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    There's no need for Titanium. Just wash your rods properly and they won't corrode. Fuji K series Alconite will do what you need to do. Also the ALPS mentioned above.
     
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  6. cmepen

    cmepen I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I like Alps XN guides, depending on desired construction and action, calstar, GUSA, or seeker blanks (USA). Alps aluminum or Fuji graphite reel seats. Sounds like some fun building and even more fun fishing! Good luck and tight lines!
     
  7. Capt Richie

    Capt Richie Atlantic Custom Tackle

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    don't think you will like the REC guides on those type of rods..I use them on light spin rods ..With braid they seem to add friction when reeling in a fish..

    Fuji is the best guides money can buy...If you want to go all Fuji let me know how many & type of guides ..I can give you a discount over retail ...
     
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  8. Bill Batson

    Bill Batson Bill Batson Advertiser

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    I would recommend the ALPS XN guides on the 20-40 and the ALPS HXN on the 40-60.. you can contact a Batson Enterprises Distributor..
    www.batsonenterprises.com
    call Batson directly if you need additional help..we are in Sequim, WA
    360-681-2381
     
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    Wow I can't believe it Fuji guides are made in China as well what's the world coming to
     
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    SALTYDAWG Advertiser Advertiser

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    Bill Batson Bill Batson Advertiser

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    ALPS guides are not made in China.. We do ALL ALPS production in Taiwan.
    We feel the quality of the employees is much better and the quality of products is much better..
    From the machining, stamping, anodizing and finish work..
    you will not be disappointed with your choice to use the ALPS product lines..
     
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    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    Off the wall question, for a Batson/Alps distributor:

    what the main difference between Batsons, Alps and Forecast guides ?
     
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    Bill Batson Bill Batson Advertiser

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    ALPS has guides made of SS316 and Titanium and the Forecast Guides are made from SS304..
     
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    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    Thank You...
     
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    Batson-Brands Advertiser Advertiser

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    Not every day do you get to speak with the CEO of Batson Enterprises!! Try talking to the CEO of Fuji!
     
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  16. gecsr1

    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    I'm honored :)
     
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    Croaker.Stroker Old White Guy

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    What made be buy Alps guides was that they used 316 stainless instead of 304.
     
  18. ☆THRASHER☆

    ☆THRASHER☆ Thrashing Some Rods.

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    That is so true:cheers:

    I will be buying Alps parts for my rods. Now just trying to figure out if they're going to be stainless, titanium or maybe some of each.
    I have talked to many local rod builders both big and small and every one of them has said Alps guides are great.

    Thanks for chiming in Bill. All the locals I've talked to speak very highly of you.
     
  19. Bill Batson

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    Thank you for the kind words.. you will not be disappointed with your choice to use our quality products.
    Please feel free to contact Batson Enterprises directly with you questions.

    877-875-2381
    www.batsonenterprises.com
    [email protected]
     
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    Baller Jig Chucker

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    I have had Alps components used on all my latest rods and am EXTREMELY happy with them...
     

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