I built a rod in 2015 using the CTS vintage blank and REC components. It came out nice....accept.....
I've pulled out two snake guides on a few of occasions. I've been lucky enough that just one end pulled out so I have not lost a guide anyway. They've always slipped back in and I've been able to continue to fish.
I have a theory - color preserver prevents Flex coat epoxy from penetrating the thread. It's difficult to get a homoginous bond of thread/guide/rod resuting in a weak mount.
On the other hand, if you ommit color preserver, light color threads look like crap. They turn translucent exposing the guide foot and the whip finish thread end.
A couple of slutions -
1. Use dark color threads without color preserver - an aesthetic compromise.
2. Use non-color preserver thread.
I have never tried the second solution.
Can anyone comment?
Does it behave just like a wrap with color preserver or can you get good penetration of the coating?
It's possible I didn't use enough thread tension when I wrapped the guides in question I supopose.
Another issue I have with snake guides is my knotted leader knots get stuck in the space where the guide meets the rod.
I'm thinking I should have applied enough epoxy to create a fillet there.
One more question - do you seal a cork grip and what do you use?