How Do You Replace a Top Guide on a Fishing Rod?

Replacing a top guide on a fishing rod is an easy process and anyone can do it. With just a few basic tools, you can have your rod back in working order in no time.

The first step is to choose the right guide for your rod. You’ll need to know the size of your rod and the type of line you plan to use. This will help determine which guide size to buy, as well as the type of frame and foot.

Once you have selected the right guide for your rod, it’s time to remove the old one.

Start by removing any thread or wrapping from around the old guide, then use a pair of needle-nose pliers to carefully pull out the old guide. Be sure not to damage or break any of the other guides on your rod in the process.

Next, lubricate the new guide with some light oil or liquid soap and slide it onto the top section of your rod. Make sure it fits snugly but not too tight so that it can move freely when casting or reeling in.

Finally, use a thread wrap tool to wrap some strong thread tightly around both ends of the new guide in order to secure it in place and ensure that it won’t come loose during use.


Replacing a top guide on a fishing rod is an easy process that anyone can do with just a few basic tools. First, select the right size and type of guide for your rod, then remove any thread from around the old one before pulling it out with needle-nose pliers. Lubricate and slide on your new guide before wrapping thread around both ends for added security.

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Emma Gibson