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Post 12 Sep 2021, 16:42 • #1 
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Has anyone considered adding guides to a Browning Silaflex? I have a 322975 which is a really fantastic rod with a DT5 and a lightweight reel. There is quite a bit of “line slap” and I can’t help but wonder about adding more guides.

I tend to rely on Tom Morgan’s guide spacing chart. Browning used fewer guides than that.

Any discussion about adding more guides for smoother line control?

The purist in me will fish it as-is. I don’t see myself actually adding guides - I don’t think I could match the wraps for one thing.

Anyone else been down this path?


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Post 12 Sep 2021, 19:20 • #2 
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Browning knew what they were doing when they built the rod.

I think of the modern rush to add more guides as just a fashion thing.

If it's a fantastic rod now, why add more guides?


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Post 12 Sep 2021, 21:44 • #3 
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I have the 322980 and haven't noticed any more line slap than I usually feel on a quality rod.

Larry


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Post 13 Sep 2021, 09:56 • #4 
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. A type specific guide chart, like the Morgan spacing for the progressive Winston/Fisher rods, may or may not suit that rod. Not worth the trouble to find out. IF the rod needed a rebuild, or IFyou just wanted to do it for the heck of it, then it might be fun to experiment with spacings, but more for the observations involved than any significant change.

I'll assume you have inspected all the guides for rough spots. After that, any slap you are observing is probably because of trying to power a too-light line. I think that is a 6 weight. Try a DT 6 or WF 7 and I bet you will see the line come under better control. Let the rod do the work.


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Post 13 Sep 2021, 21:53 • #5 
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Thanks for the opinions.


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Post 14 Sep 2021, 19:46 • #6 
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FWIW, both of my 7'6" Browning Silaflex rods were nice with a 5wt, but really came to life with a 6.


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Post 15 Sep 2021, 07:59 • #7 
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I agree with the advise given so far. If you want to add guides, then its best to reset all of the guides. The nice thing about doing it that way is you don't have to worry about matching thread or finish color. Everything will be new.


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Post 15 Sep 2021, 12:53 • #8 
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It is a 6wt.I never fish mine much but the 6' in the same lineup is a 5wt which i use a 6wff.Casts far and true for me.


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Post 15 Sep 2021, 22:25 • #9 
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I got my hands on a 322975 unbuilt blank a few years ago and played around with the guide spacing including what the originals used. I liked casting it best with either 8 or 9 guides and ended up going with 9 because I thought it looked better than 8 on a static test.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy. They are nice rods.


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