- Sep 16, 2014
with hard chrome rings does it still wear them out as it used to...? not all rod rings are lined... I used it with my browning Aggressor 13' heavy feeder (ceramic ring inserts...) it cut the inserts to bits
Only on the cheapest guides I think. Guides are really two parts. The frame (which’ll be chrome, stainless steel or titanium) and the insert (Fuji have O-rings, Fazlite, Alconite, SiC and Torzite). Even the cheapest O-ring inserts should be ok with braid these days. That said, a lot of coarse manufacturers stick to cheaper Korean or Chinese guides. Most are good, but sometimes could be questionable. I’ve not had any problem with any so far but can imagine longer rods and heavier feeders could occasionally see it happening if the quality isn’t there. Typically, if you’re spending more than £50 on a rod though, i can’t imagine it happening often these days. Although it obviously does. Sign of a VERY cheap guide if it does though. Vast, vast majority will be fine. Unlined ones... I wouldn’t use with braid personally as 8 strand ones especially may suffer.