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Guide Spacing Chart

  • Measurements are from the tip-top with the sections assembled to the center of the guides.

  • This chart covers the most popular sizes and is something I've come up with over the years
    and is by no means the absolute rule.

  • The * indicates a braced or model 'T' guide for strength.

  • If your rod is within a couple of inches of the chart, a minor adjustment of guide spacing
    is acceptable. For instance, a 7'1" rod would still use the 7' chart with the 1" adjustment
    either applied at the last 2 guides near the butt section or spread over the entire rod.













 
Rod Length Line Weight Rod Pieces Guide Size/Spacing Guide 1 Guide 2 Guide 3 Guide 4 Guide 5 Guide 6 Guide 7 Guide 8 Guide 9 Guide 10 Guide 11
6'6" 2-4 2 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 15 21 28 35 1/2 45        
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1 1 2 3 8mm        
7' 2-4 2 Guide Spacing 5 10 1/4 16 1/2 23 3/4 30 1/4 37 1/2 45 3/4 55 1/2      
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1 1 2 2 3 8mm      
7' 2-4 3 Guide Spacing 4 1/4 9 3/4 15 1/2 22 1/2 30 1/2 38 1/4 47 3/8 58 3/8      
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1 1 2 2 3 8mm      
7'6" 2-4 2 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 5/8 15 5/8 21 5/8 28 34 7/8 42 1/2 51 1/4 61 1/4    
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1 1 2 2 3 4 10mm    
7'9" 2-4 2 Guide Spacing 4 5/8 9 5/8 15 3/8 22 29 1/8 38 46 7/8 56 1/4 65 3/4    
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1 1 2 2 3 4 10mm    
7'10" 00-3 3 Guide Spacing 4 5/8 9 3/4 15 3/4 23 30 5/8 39 48 1/4 58 69 1/4    
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1/0 1 1 1 2 3 8mm    
8' 2-5 2-3 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 3/8 15 1/2 22 1/4 30 1/4 38 1/2 47 3/4 56 1/2 66    
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1 1 2 2 3 4 10mm    
8' 3-5 4 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 3/8 15 1/2 22 1/4 30 1/4 38 1/2 47 3/4 56 1/2 66    
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1 1 2 2 3 4 10mm    
8' 14-16 4 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 3/8 15 1/2 22 1/4 30 1/4 38 1/2 47 3/4 56 1/2 66    
      Guide Size 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 16mm* 20mm*    
8'6" 3-5 2 Guide Spacing 5 10 1/2 17 1/2 25 1/2 33 1/2 42 50 3/4 60 5/8 71    
      Guide Size 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 12mm    
8' 6" 3-5 4 Guide Spacing 5 10 1/2 17 1/2 25 1/2 33 1/2 42 50 3/4 60 5/8 71    
      Guide Size 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 12mm    
8' 9" 3-5 5 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 5/8 15 1/8 21 1/8 27 3/4 35 3/8 43 5/8 52 3/4 62 1/2 73  
      Guide Size 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 4 10mm  
9' 2-4 2 Guide Spacing 5 10 1/4 16 1/4 22 1/2 29 3/4 37 1/8 45 3/8 53 3/4 65 77  
      Guide Size 1/0 1/0 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 10mm  
9' 5-6 2 Guide Spacing 5 10 1/4 16 1/4 22 1/2 29 3/4 37 1/8 45 3/8 53 3/4 65 77  
      Guide Size 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 12mm  
9' 7-9 2 Guide Spacing 5 10 1/4 16 1/4 22 1/2 29 3/4 37 1/8 45 3/8 53 3/4 65 77  
      Guide Size 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 12mm 16mm  
9' 10-13 2 Guide Spacing 5 10 1/4 16 1/4 22 1/2 29 3/4 37 1/8 45 3/8 53 3/4 65 77  
      Guide Size 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 16mm* 20mm*  
9' 3-5 3 Guide Spacing 4 9 15 21 1/4 28 7/8 36 1/4 44 53 1/2 63 1/2 75 1/4  
      Guide Size 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 12mm  
9' 6-9 3 Guide Spacing 4 9 15 21 1/4 28 7/8 36 1/4 44 53 1/2 63 1/2 75 1/4  
      Guide Size 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 12mm 16mm  
9' 3-6 4 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 14 1/8 20 3/16 27 3/8 34 7/8 43 7/8 53 3/4 64 5/8 76 1/2  
      Guide Size 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 12mm  
9' 7-9 4 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 14 1/8 20 3/16 27 3/8 34 7/8 43 7/8 53 3/4 64 5/8 76 1/2  
      Guide Size 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 12mm 16mm  
9' 10-13 4 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 14 1/8 20 3/16 27 3/8 34 7/8 43 7/8 53 3/4 64 5/8 76 1/2  
      Guide Size 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 16mm* 20mm*  
9' 6" 5-6 4 Guide Spacing 4 1/2 9 1/4 15 1/8 21 1/4 28 35 42 1/2 51 1/2 60 3/4 70 1/2 81 1/4
      Guide Size 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 12mm
9' 9" 5-6 4 Guide Spacing 3 15/16 7 7/8 12 3/8 18 15/16 26 1/8 34 3/8 43 5/8 53 1/8 62 5/8 73 3/16 84 5/16
      Guide Size 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 12mm
10' 4-6 4 Guide Spacing 5 11 17 23 29 7/8 37 1/4 46 3/8 55 5/8 65 1/2 75 1/2 86 5/8
      Guide Size 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 12mm
10' 7-9 4 Guide Spacing 5 11 17 23 29 7/8 37 1/4 46 3/8 55 5/8 65 1/2 75 1/2 86 5/8
      Guide Size 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 12mm 16mm

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