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Roux Maillet Fishing Rods April 04, 2018 21:24:42
Smaller and fewer numbers of guides are often used to save a few cents. A two-cent savings adds up over a production run. Others use components that may look like their name-brand counterparts but are of considerably less quality. When it comes to a custom fishing rod you will always know the exact components because you select the components for the build. Additionally a custom builder can assist you with your selection... again an OTS manufacturer only provides you what "they want you to have (seems backwards huh?)." Example: you go to dinner at a local restaurant and soon after sitting down at your assigned table the waiter delivers your food... without asking your meal preference.
Equally important as the length of the rod is its power. Power is a relative assessment comparing one rod against another. So we need a way to make this comparison of one rod with another. We can then decide the fly line that can be used with that rod and the reel needed to accommodate that line. Its like making sure all the pieces of the jigsaw fit. The standard way of describing this quality of power in a rod is by giving it an AFTM rating. That stands for American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association. This has long been accepted as the best way to ensure that you are matching rods reels and lines for maximum effectiveness. Its a bit like making sure that you have the right tyres for your car and that you are using the right kind of fuel - it may work OK with something else but not at full potential. We need to understand this AFTM system if we are to make sure all the pieces of equipment including the rod work together.