Ceramic fishing rod guides

Ceramic fishing rod guides DEFAULT

The Low Down on Ceramic Inserts

A guide without a ceramic insert is an anomaly now-a-days. The technology is proven. A smooth hard surface for fishing line to run across decreases friction(heat) and reduces wear from abrasive lines. Each guide manufacturer has several ceramic insert options and they all call them different names.

A Basic Understanding

Ceramic inserts are measured by the manufacturer according to hardness. The harder the material, the more abrasive resistant the guide is going to be. Less friction will always translate into longer casts. The harder ceramic inserts will have a base of either titanium or zirconium which makes them lighter than aluminum oxide based inserts.

“Less friction will always translate into longer casts”

A harder ceramic insert also has its cons. The harder the material, the more brittle it is. Bashing a super hard insert into the gunnel of the boat is going to leave you replacing expensive guides more often. Generally, the harder ceramics carry a higher price tag as well.

If you choose to go with a low hardness level ceramic insert, you are running the risk of an abrasive line(braided line, wire) wearing and grooving the guides. A less abrasive line(monofilament and fluorocarbon) will have no negative effect on these inserts. Though they will not groove, they still carry more friction which decreases performance.

The Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of some of the most popular ceramic inserts:

Silicon Carbide (SiC) – One of Fuji’s hardest and most popular insert materials. It is a titanium based insert which is very light. SiC can withstand any braided or super line without grooving. SiC has been advertised to even be able to handle light wire line.

Nanolite – American Tackle’s Zirconia based guide ring. This is a high strength guide which allows for less material and reduced weight. Can easily handle braided lines and super lines.

Alconite – Very popular Aluminum Oxide based insert due to its light weight, durability, and hardness. This is considered to be a very versatile guide. Will handle braided and super lines.

NanoPlasma – American Tackle’s hardest guide. It is a Titanium Nitride base with a Titanium Oxide coating. Very similar in hardness as SiC.

Torzite – The creme dela creme when it comes to inserts. Fuji advertises this material is stronger and more flexible than SiC which allows for less friction and a thinner, lighter more durable guide. This ring is also at the top end of the price spectrum.

The Low Down on Ceramic Inserts

Choosing the Right Insert

In a perfect world, we are all royalty with bookoos of cash to spend on fishing rods, but unfortunately, we are not(at least I’m not). You need to keep your expectations, fishing style, and budget in mind. If you, like me, are clumsy and seem to throw around your rod every time you fish, you may want to consider a more durable guide. If you know you are going to be hammering down on some drag pulling fish, you may have to bite the bullet and spend the extra cash on a super hard insert.

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Fishing Rod Guides

"Sorta Like The Barrel Of A Gun"

A Critical and Delicate Rod Component

Fishing Rod Guides

Rod Guide on Carrot Stix Rod

So what exactly do fishing rod guides contribute to the form and function of a bass rod? Those circular loops of metal that are affixed to the length of the rod?

First, they keep the line away from the rod and secondly they provide a smooth surface over which the line slides. "So what?" you ask. By keeping the line away from the rod the ability to cast is enhanced. By having a smooth surface within the ring over which the line can move friction is minimized. And we all know that friction creates heat and that heat is not your line's friend. Furthermore, your line takes less of a beating, suffers less wear and tear by passing over smooth surfaces.

Guides serve to direct your line to your target, like the barrel of a gun directs a bullet. Imagine fishing without guides on your rod. You're ability to reach most bass would be greatly diminished.

Guides also contribute to a rod's sensitivity and casting distance. Guides that are lightweight and high quality function very well in transmitting line vibrations to the rod and ultimately the anglers hands. Another factor in rod sensitivity is the number and location of guides on a rod.

Rod Guide Materials

Historically, guides were predominately steel and sometimes were coated with chrome. Then, in the 1960's, ceramic rings were inserted inside the rings. This eliminated the need to replace guides due to wear. It just didn't happen. However, these rings were heavy and prone to dropping their ceramic inserts if the rod was knocked around. This system has been greatly improved and metal guide rings have ceramic inserts that are fastened directly to them virtually eliminating any "drop-out".

There are numerous materials from which guides are made. A dissertation could be written (probably has) about fishing rod guides and the material from which they are made, focusing on hardness, weight, heat dissipation, durability and a multitude of other considerations. I'm just an old "peddler" (salesman) and avid bass fisherman. So all that matters to me, unlike rod manufacturers and custom rod builders, is the weight and durability of the guides on the rods I buy. So I'll not try to explain the physics and engineering of rod guides. It's beyond me.

However, it should be obvious that the heavier the guides, the number of guides and where they're placed on the rod's shaft will impact that rod's general responsiveness and sensitivity as well as its castability. Heat dissipation, while important when deep-sea fishing where there are often long runs by the fish and extreme friction generated, is not really an issue for us bass fishermen. What should be important to us is that the guides on the rods we buy are lightweight and durable and that there are the appropriate number on the rod and that they are properly placed.

So, as for materials, I'll just tell the following are the most common.

Fuji SIC Guide - Shumano Cumara Rod

Silicone Carbide

So What Does SIC Mean? What are SIC Guides?

Today, Silicon carbide, referred to as SiC, and titanium carbide are considered the best materials for fishing rod guides. Friction and heat are reduced to a bare minimum with these advanced ceramic ring guides. Less friction translates into longer casts. Additionally, this material stands up to the new braids and superlines,. As guides with silicone carbide or titanium carbide are quite expensive you will find them only on your "high-end" brand name rods or your custom rods.

Fugi Hardloy Guide - Shimano Compre Rod

Aluminum Oxide

Alconite, Sounds Space Age

Alconite is a guide material whose base is aluminum oxide. It offers exceptional smoothness and durability but at a lower cost than silicon carbide. Fuji alconite guides were developed to be lighter than SIC, Hardloy or aluminum oxide. The surface is extremely smooth.


Hardloy is another grade of aluminum oxide, another ceramic material, from which fishing rod guides are made. it is not as expensive as the preceding materials but us quite durable. Fuji Hardloy guides are that company's most popular guide.

Aluminum Oxide

The ceramic material from which guides began to be made some 40+ years ago and from which many are made today.

Recoil Guide - G. Loomis Rod


Titanium used for fishing rod guides is a new and expensive development. A nice feature is its propensity to spring back to its original shape even if bent flat. RECOIL® guides from REC Components, found on high quality rods like G. Loomis, are made from nickle titanium alloy. This is a material which enables the guide to bend and spring back to its original shape. It is also 4 to 5 times lighter than similar guides. It is also highly resistant to corrosion. These guides do not have ceramic inserts. The metal is hard and flexible at the same time. How does that happen?

It should be pointed out that there are some rod makers, mainly custom rod builders, that are not particularly impressed with Recoil® guides. The complaint is that superlines cut grooves in the guides and can do so rapidly even for weekend anglers. This has certainly not been my experience. But I have a lot of respect for the guys whose skills enable them to make excellent custom rods and felt their opinion should be passed along.

I've included below a brief table showing you which guides are used by some rod manufacturers.

Rod CompaniesRod NameGuides Used
All StarAll RodsFuji Aluminum Oxide
e21 Gold TiCH
e21 Carrot Stix Steel, Chrome
Kistler All rods Fuji Ceramic (?)
Skeet Reese All Rods Zirconium
Quantum Cumara Fuji SIC
Quantum Compre Fuji Hardloy
Quantum Crucial Fuji Alconite
Falcon Cara T7 Fuji Alconite
Falcon Low Rider Fuji Aluminum Oxide
St, Croix Premier Graphite Fuji Aluminum Oxide
St. Croix Mojo Bass Batson Aluminum Oxide
St. Croix Avid Fuji Alconite
St. Croix Tour Legend Fuji Alconite
G.Loomis GLX Bass Recoil Titanium
G.Loomis Mossyback Rods AFTCO Alconite
G.Loomis Smallmouth Alconite
G.Loomis Spinnerbait Rods Alconite
G.Loomis Drop Shot Rods Alconite
Bass Pro Bionic Pacific Bay Hialoy
Bass Pro Extreme Pacific Bay Hialoy
Bass Pro Jim Morris Signature Fuji Titanium SIC

Other Guide Considerations

Double Footed Casting Rod Guide
Single Footed Rod Guide

Style Of Guides

Fishing rod guides are produced in both double and single footed formats.

Single foot guides weigh less and are more sensitive. These guides are used most often on spinning rods. Though originally used on medium to light spinning rods technology has facilitated the construction of heavier duty spinning rods and correspondingly single foot guides to accommodate them.

Double footed fishing rod guides are for designed to provide more strength and tend to less sensitive. They're found on casting rods for bass and other rods manufactured for large game fish.

Number of Guides

A rod with more guides will generally cast better and be more responsive. Energy and stress are more evenly spread throughout the length of the rod. This makes for a more responsive rod and a rod that will withstand the pressures encountered while fighting a bass.

Generally speaking, there should be a guide for every foot of rod. A 6' rod should have six guides, possibly seven, plus a tip guide for example. Spacing between fishing rod guides is wider at the butt end with the distance reducing as they move closer to the tip. Lower quality rods will often be found to have too few guides. Be certain to count them and if there are fewer than one per foot of rod put the rod back on the rack. Also check the in-line placement to assure they are aligned correctly.

Innovation Marches On

The Newest Thing In Rod Guides - Micro Guides

In 2009 at ICAST the first production "micro guides" were introduced. Prior to this they were used exclusively by custom rod builders, at least in the U.S. These new guides were in sizes 2mm-5mm. To put this in perspective, production rods have an end guide with the measure of 6mm.

Allegedly these smaller fishing rod guides offer increased sensitivity due to the decreased weight of the guides themselves and the reduction in necessary thread wrap and finish lacquer. Less line "slap", when line bangs against the inside of the guide rings, results in greater casting distance and fewer wind knots. The one I like best is a reduction tangles from rods on deck or during transport. I like that one because I rarely have less than eight rods on deck.

As for negatives, they can clog with water-borne material like leaves, slime, grass etc. They can freeze over in temperatures under 32°. I'm not concerned about that one because if it's that cold I'll not be on the water. Don't know about you. Lines with memory like fluorocarbon or monofilament that have been on the reel for a while, can perform poorly as it won't pass through the rod eyes very easily.

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