Originally Posted by Skip
Replacing a guide is not hard to do yourself.
Remove the old one by carefully cutting the thread. I use a razor blade held flat along the rod.
Once guide is off - you buy one that matches. Anglers keeps fair amount in stock.
You can buy thread to match existing. Tape one foot of guide on rod - then wrap the other one. You'll work up to the guide - this let's thread climb onto foot nicely. Going the other way often leaves a gap.
Do the other side - check it is in line - then finish with clear nail polish , 2-3 light coats. Might not be as nice as factory but will work.
Heck , I once fished a rod with guides taped on by thin strips of duct tape.
Other option is George Pavlik 410 255-2540 in Pasadena. He'll match it perfect and I find his prices very reasonable.
Thanks Skip. I'll give it a try...only real way to learn I guess.
Good to have George's number to bail me out if I butcher it up too badly.
I've replaced a lot of rod tips while out on the water. A few of my 7' rods are probably down to 6'8 now after a few new tips have gone on, and been broken off again.