Reviewed by Scott Cushman
There’ve been a number of occasions when I have needed one of these packs.
Maxistrike have come up with a couple of convenient and economical products: rod tip and guide packs for emergency on-the-spot rod rescue jobs. There’ve been a number of occasions when I have needed one of these packs.
At some stage or another in your fishing career you’re bound to experience a busted rod tip or guide. Often it happens when we’re putting a rod in the cabin; the tip gets smashed, so that the insert pops or the frame wire breaks, rendering the guide useless.
The problem with trying to fish with a guide that has no insert is that the line will get damaged each time it is drawn over the naked frame. You lose fish, and the line has to be replaced shortly afterwards.
Missing the guide out altogether when threading the line isn’t a smart idea either, because the uneven pressure on the blank may cause a break in the rod. The best solution is to have a spare on hand, especially if you’re planning a multi-day fishing trip. Taking replacement guides and tips means you can do a quick repair; you don’t miss out on the fishing action.
The Maxistrike rod tip pack comes with six tips from 2.4 – 6mm diameter, a glue stick and instructions. It’s a very simple job to gently heat the broken rod tip, remove, heat the glue (using matches or lighter) and apply it to the blank before sliding the new tip on and aligning it with the other guides. Leave it for a few minutes (not hours) and you’re back in action.
The guide pack has two guides of each size and would be suitable for all kinds of rods, from sprat rods to surfcasters. These aren’t high-end Fuji guides - but they’re meant to be replacement guides for emergency situations.
If you were learning how to build a fishing rod and wanted some economical guides to experiment with, these would also be a perfect choice. I could see this being a good purchase in case you made mistakes, or you wanted to build a basic rod before graduating to a more expensive project.
The guide pack comes with six different guide sizes with two of each, plus thread, glue and instructions. You could take one of each and a couple of tips and be covered for very little space and money at $16.99 for the guide pack and $9.99 for the tip pack.
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