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what i personally have found is that you want 100 percent fray after the stop knot for casting performance...line peeling off the spool will catch a solid tag as well as the knot effecting casting performance. the closer the knot when reeled towards the back of the spool yields a longer cast than towards the front less line has to cross the knot or tags when unspooled from the cast.
it does look like an indicator in the water and that what basically you want... you want to see that bobber stop hit the bobber after the cast ... if it doesn't hit then of course your fishing to shallow or are hitting an obstruction on the way down.
Or...your float utilizes a plastic bead for the line to slide through, and heavy usage has caused the line to cut into the plastic. The result is a pinched line, and trouble getting your bait to depth.
the problem with the guides is the wedge created after the guide from the guide wire holder towards the rod tip ... it catches the knot itself not the fray.
I use a 8 ft. medium action rod that has large guides. The small black rubber stoppers go through it very well. The other issue is having a spinning reel that has enough room on the bail so that the stop can be wrapped with out getting tangled. This year for ice fishing I am going with the new in line reels for slip floats. These reels should cure some issues. This is my first reply and I just joined! Love it! FishMohr
mcscruff-cubby mini might makes such rods.a stouter base than a fly rod but with a small tip for flinging small stuff.mine was about 30 bucks
My thoughts.....I am a diehard St Croix fan. BUT, my 6 foot Panfish Special has guides that are WAY too small for ease of bobber stop flinging. I also use the yellow/green stops from Thill, and after a few casts they become frayed, and tend to snag on the guides. And if you envision using this rod during colder temps, beware that icing of the guides will only make things worse.
Matter of fact, I purchased an inexpensive Berkley rod last year for the sole purpose of slip float fishing during colder months....much bigger guides. And it's time to put the Croix' away for the season, and switch to the Berkley.
In my opinion, the guides on the panfish special are too small diameter for using bobber stops. I do it during the warm months, but it's certainly not optimum.