How Are Fishing Pole Guides Measured?

Measuring Fishing Pole Guides

Fishing rod guides are the metal components that run along the length of a fishing rod. They serve two primary purposes: providing a smooth surface to ensure that the line runs through the guides without snagging, and helping to distribute the weight of the line evenly along the rod.

The size and number of guides on a given rod is largely determined by its intended use and type of fishing line being used. Knowing how to measure these guides correctly is critical for selecting the right type of rod for your needs.

Step 1:

Measure the outside diameter of each guide using either a ruler or caliper. This will allow you to determine what size guide should be used in order to accommodate your type of fishing line, which may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Step 2:

Count how many guides are on the rod, including any tip-tops or stripping guides. Tip-tops are small rings located at either end of a fishing rod and usually have larger diameters than other guides, while stripping guides are typically located near the reel seat and have smaller diameters than other guides.

Step 3:

Measure the distance between each guide, starting at one end and ending at the other end. Be sure to include any tip-tops or stripping guides in this measurement as well. This will give you an accurate representation of how far apart each guide is spaced on your fishing pole, which can help you determine if it is suitable for your intended use or not.


Measuring fishing pole guides correctly is essential for ensuring that you select a suitable rod for your needs. By measuring both the outside diameter of each guide as well as their spacing along the length of the rod, you can make sure that your chosen pole will be able to accommodate your type of fishing line without any problems. Additionally, counting how many guides there are on a given pole will help you understand if it’s suitable for what kind of fishing you plan to do or not.

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Emma Gibson